By samsterling - 13/03/2016 22:30 - United States - Blacksburg

Today, I paid $500 for a gym membership after moving into a brand new house, since 12 years of software development has taken its toll. When I told my instructor about my goal to lose 35lbs in two months, he simply said, "Yeah... That's not going to happen. Try another gym," and left promptly. FML
I agree, your life sucks 18 300
You deserved it 4 162

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He kind of did his job there though....the average healthy weight-loss rate is approximately 1-2 lbs per week ish? Weight-loss as rapid as you wanted could really screw you up.

35 pounds in 2 months is really a bit high but 20 to 25 should be possible.

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I've been told 3 pounds a week is a safe amount to lose, but he could have had more tact.

He kind of did his job there though....the average healthy weight-loss rate is approximately 1-2 lbs per week ish? Weight-loss as rapid as you wanted could really screw you up.

He didn't really do his job at all. His job is to inform, and assist - not to just turn away from clients. It only takes a minute to explain that OP's goals are unhealthy but they can come up with a plan to lose the weight at a more realistic pace.

Yeah, but why did he tell him to try another gym? Doing his job would be "that's not a very realistic goal, let me help you choose a better one."

35 in two months isn't abnormal at all if OP is 300+ pounds. Usually people that heavy have very rapid weight loss at the start and then it levels out.

To OP: I'm 100% sure that, no matter how unrealistic your goals were, the personal trainer or instructor or whomever was "assisting" you was being a 100% dick. He should help you formulate a plan of action rather than effectively telling you to fuck off, if only because that's kinda why they hire those people in the first place. The reality is that, for most people, it doesn't matter how much you exercise if you eat like shit. If you have healthy eating patterns, you will naturally shed weight, though exercise moves it along more efficiently. High-intensity interval training and the like helps burn calories in a short amount of time, and can assist if you are particularly busy. Set goals for yourself, and don't kick yourself if everything doesn't work perfectly the way you planned it!

Actually about 5 pounds a week is the healthy maximum

I agree with this BUT he should have been more professional - tried to talk with you to set more realistic goals, not just up and leave.

I've lost weight rapidly. not only does it make you feel like shit, the loose skin looks worse than being fat, imo. it's disgusting. not only is my body still gross, I cant even fly away with these bat wings. dont. do. that.

Sometimes it's best to be honest. If they don't think it would be healthy to lose that much in that space of time I could understand. However if it was said rudely they need to understand better customer service. Is it refundable?

Weight loss doesn't come over night. It will take time, and it's impossible to predict how fast or slow it will be for you to get fit or lose 35lbs. I suggest you put your ego aside and get to work, that is the only way to sure success. Good luck.

not to mention the fact that you're ideally replacing fat with muscle so your weight might not go down. I think weight is less important than looking fit honestly.

35 pounds in 2 months is really a bit high but 20 to 25 should be possible.

Unless you are over 100 pounds overweight, that isn't going to happen and is probably dangerous. Agreed he probably should have explained, but you're probably the 1000th person to set an unrealistic goal.

Really that trainer should quit if he's gonna start snapping on people. Weight loss is a complicated thing that not even experts can 100% understand - because it varies from person to person - so a trainer should be prepared for clients to be uninformed for the most part. Hell I work in a cookie store and grown adults go "Uhm. The pink one? the sprinkles?" when it says "sugar cookie" right in front of it. Never expect your customers to know ANYTHING. Lol.

35 pounds... Hey that's the amount of asshole the gym instructor has! Seriously though, he could have been way nicer to a potential member. FML

16 kg in two months, while certainly possible, is really unhealthy weight loss and you'd be losing a lot of muscle mass as well as body fat. you've got to remember that muscles weigh more than fat so having a slower weight loss while still maintaining muscle mass or even slowly building muscle mass is much better. 15 years of bodybuilding experience have taught and shown me this repeatedly, good luck! :)

that person is a major dick, but they're not wrong. anything more than 2 pounds a week of weight loss is unhealthy and could even kill you. You should still report them to the gym staff though. They don't need to be doing personal training if they're gonna act like that.

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