Yeah, look at that swing and that style... (not to mention the 2 scared people in the background, keeping a safe distance from me). I am definitely personal trainer material!
Last Sunday at the gym I was working some weights when one of my trainer friends, Rocky, came up to me.
-You La, how are things?
(I don't love when people start talking to me while I am doing weights, but I am so used to it by now that I have almost stopped caring).
Once I'd finished my rep we started chatting, and soon we started talking about the what the sad economic situation was doing to us.
-Hey, if you need a job maybe you could come here and work!? Rocky suddenly said.
-Eh... work at this gym you mean?!
-Yeah! You could be a trainer! It would be great!!
-I am not sure if I could be a trainer...
-Sure you could. You love sports and training! You come here almost every day! And look at you! You're so.... tall and fit...! You could totally be a trainer. I bet there are many girls here wishing they were as tall as you are!
-Rocky, I can't really train someone to be tall?!
-Eh... nah... well....
-And we both know I am twice as wide as most Chinese girls here.
-Yeah, true... well.
-So why on earth would they want me to train them?
(Rocky thinking for a short moment)
-OK, fair enough. Even though I still think a lot of Chinese girls would like to train with a tall girl it is true that they are already smaller than you. But you can train all the laowais!
-Most laowais are already tall so what could I do for them? (I couldn't help myself. I had to say that!)
-Well there are many fat laowais here! I bet compared to them you are fit.
Yup, and that's the story how I got offered a job at my gym: To train fat laowais and short Chinese girls. Thanks but no thanks!
Another interesting thing that I was also told is that when you are working as a PT in China, your job is not simply to train your customers. You should also be an annoying phone stalker. As many people are too lazy to come and train every day, Rocky explained to me that it is your job to call them a few times a week day and ask them why they haven't been training lately. This is done in order to push them to come to the gym more often.
-Does this include sending text messages? I asked.
-Yeah. Text messages and phone calls, asking them why they haven't been here for one week. They need that sort of push. They need someone to tell them.
So there we go. Anyone wondering why you're getting all those phone calls from your trainers at the gym -they are just thinking about your very best! (and I've cracked yet another nut here in China).