Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Training At Bally's

I attended two training seminars today as a part of my overall training to be a personal trainer at Bally’s Total Fitness. So far, Bally’s seems like a good company to work for. The guy who led the training seminars was great. He was funny, nice and laidback. Before we began the seminars, he said, “If anybody needs to use the bathroom, feel free to do so. They are located…”

The reason I’m mentioning this seemingly minor detail is because I actually quit a job after only one week of training because the managers did not allow me to use the bathroom.

Background: I had proctored an exam early in the morning. I had to be at training for the said job (a waiter position) shortly thereafter, which meant I had to bolt from the university and drive at breakneck speed in order to make it to training ten minutes early (“because if you are on time, you are late,” they had told us—ass-holes). There was no time for me to relieve myself. Once I arrived they made us stand in a line for over 20 minutes as we all waited to learn how to punch in. Then they had us sit at tables in the dinning room. Meanwhile, the morning coffee I had drank hours ago was begging to come out, so after I sat down I approached a manager and said, “Excuse me. Before we begin, could you tell me where the bathrooms are?” In a dismissive, condescending manner he replied, “We’re beginning now. Please take a seat.”

I was shocked—and fucking furious.

But it gets worse. On the wall of the dinning room was some feng-shui shit with trickling water, which really made want to pee. Plus, they never gave us a break. Oh man, my bladder was in agony. But I knew I really hated these people when we were told we had to memorize every ingredient in all the mixed drinks, yet the alcohol beverage manger kept referring to notes as she read us the ingredients! Hello?! Way to lead by example. Hypocrites.

Anyway, I’m excited about this job not only because I love fitness, but because I really believe in the product/service I’m selling—health! I’ve been very impressed with the people I’ve met who work at Bally’s. I’m happy to say that I won’t feel like a phony doing my job. I really want to help my clients obtain their fitness goals. I’m excited to be able to convey some of the vast exercise knowledge that I’ve built up since the age of 16.


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