Over at my gym all new sign-ups get 5 free PT sessions, 3 sessions of fitness assesment plus recommended workout and two follow-up sessions. I've been there for about 8 months now and designed my own workout last month because I started doing some reading and found out that workouts should be changed every 3 months approx because the muscles get used to 'em.
Well, I went to a trainer (not the original one who I had the 5 sessions with) to get my BF tested on the Tanita today, and it measured 29.9%. Before I get flamed for using the Tanita, I don't have callipers, am planning to get a pair soon, and I'm using BIA to track in the meantime!! The trainer was quite helpful in explaning the printed readings and what everything meant, unlike the other trainers there, so I asked her what she thought about Tanitas only passing the current through the lower half of the body and where to get callipers.
While I'm asking her about the lower half body thing, the original trainer walks in and says "testing your bodyfat *again*?!" in a sharp voice and I say yeah. The last time I tested it was 3 weeks ago so I don't understand what the problem is. The trainer I'm speaking to asks the original trainer about the Tanita and the original trainer explains with exasperation that it's not true, the Tanita goes through the whole body and is 80%-85% correct, and insists I'm ok. And I say "I'm not!" while laughing.
Later when I walk out of the room, I can see the original trainer bitching to the other trainer about me through the glass. And throughout my whole session at the gym the original trainer looks really pissed off with me.
I'm really.... speechless.. at this sort of attitude from a trainer. I'm feeling the original trainer is pretty annoyed that I changed my whole workout and have been using my own planned one - just two days ago I was doing standing calf raises with two feet positions to work the lateral head and medial head, and the trainer was looking at me funny - and the fact that I am not satisfied with the Tanita readings.
But I mean, it's the standard BF method of testing this particular gym uses and measures people by, and people generally regard trainers in gyms as authorities on health because they're educated in this area. So how can anyone be pissed at me for not being happy with the reading??? Or measuring every 2-3 weeks? That's contradicting and confusing. It's really dumb.
Anyhow, after two months in the gym when I first started, I was already thinking that if I were to get PT sessions I'd ask some other trainer because I observe all the trainers at the gym and I didn't think we'd get along well. Thank goodness Jesus says that I am full of "abundant life" and will never have to be ashamed, and got me to repeat it every morning. If I hadn't, I would be very upset about this situation.