CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


POLL: What would you do??

A friend of mine found out that her personal trainer is her babysitter's brother and learned from her that he has had a life long hatred of fat people. Like to the point of being disguisted by them.

**So, hypothetically, if you were over weight and found out the personal trainer you hired to get you skinny was disgusted by fat people, could you feel comfortable having them train you?**

Personally, I am so self conscience as is, I couldn't continue with someone if I felt like they were judging me while I was trying my hardest.

Thu. May 1, 3:49pm

Add comment  
I think it could work to her benefit, because, he will probably work her butt off, to make the fat person go away.
She will definitly be getting her money's worth.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 5:38 PM

Add comment
No, personally who is he to judge and that's what I would be thinking the whole time.... I couldn't deal with it, I'd have to drop him.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 6:03 PM

Add comment
i agree with 5:38. it could work for her. as long as he doesnt make comments to her that are rude or disrespectful

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 7:05 PM

Add comment
personally ...

I'd at least speak to him directly before firing him on gossip!

I guess it would also depend on whether or not she likes working with this trainer? Is she getting the results that she needs/wants? Does she feel good/comfortable working with this person?

Whatever his personal views are, if he isn't bringing those views into his work with her, they should remain his personal views.

It also seems like an odd line of work for someone who HATES fat people ... is it possible that the information has been skewed in relay - seems more likely that he has an issue with fat (if he has an issue at all) and is dedicating his life to helping people conquer it.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 7:36 PM

Add comment
I am currently earning an associate's degree in fitness with the intention of becoming a personal trainer. I am still overweight right now but literally working my butt off at the same time.

I see this bias all the time from some of my fellow students, especially the men in their young 20's. They have no compassion for fat people, especially women. I cannot understand how they can enter this industry with this attitude, when 80% of their business will be overweight people with the goal of losing weight! I believe a lot of jocks enter this industry believing they will only work with athletes, then see they must work with the obese population in order to pay the bills.

I would NOT work with this type of personal trainer if I KNEW that's how he felt, not just from gossip. Even if he didn't say anything negative to me, I wouldn't want to be around that kind of negative energy. As women we're bombarded daily by the media that fat is disgusting and I wouldn't pay $40+ an hour to get that (silent) attitude from someone I've employed.

Friday, May 02, 2008, 2:30 PM

Add comment
Isn't the point of getting a trainer because they're disgusted with themselves for being fat??????

Friday, May 02, 2008, 2:33 PM

Add comment
How often do self disgust, and feeling loathing from others really motivate one to change? (permanent, healthy change) From what I've read on this website, it appears to trigger just the opposite. Self loathing and self disgust seem to lead to cramming many twinkies down the gullet. Isn't that how so many people got into this situation in the first place? Surround yourself with loving, supportive people who want what's best for you, good health at a healthy weight. Drop those people who want you to lose weight because you're a disgusting blob.

Friday, May 02, 2008, 2:41 PM

Add comment
Personal trainers are well... personal.
If she feels comfortable and motivated with this person, stay. If she doesn't leave. There is no right or wrong on this question. The person who says I would find it a motivating factor is right for them, the person who says it would make them feel self conscious is the right choice for them.

The correct answer do what your heart tells you.

Friday, May 02, 2008, 4:10 PM

Add comment
A personal trainer really shouldn't call you skinny or fat, or make remarks based on that. They just should be helping training YOU. I'm not too fat right now, but I'd leave them anyway. What a jerk. Some people have a hard time with their weight

Friday, May 02, 2008, 10:10 PM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge