“You must be Monica!” He beamed at me. “I’ve been waiting for you. You seem pretty nervous, first time, right? Here, let me walk you through what we’ll be doing together!”
And he did. We spent an hour together just going through a game plan to get me started towards my goal. By the time that hour was up, we’d become friends. At least, I felt like we had. He was easygoing and fun to talk to. We joked together. Best of all, he didn’t make me feel like a failure for my state of total physical disrepair.
“It happens,” he shrugged when I mentioned how ashamed I was. “Physical fitness doesn’t come as easy to some as it does to others. That’s why there are people like me. To help people like you out.” He winked at me and I laughed.
Here’s the plan we came up with, as he described it to me.
“Basically, you need to focus on your weight and your heart health,” he said. “So we’re going to start on cardio with a touch of weightlifting to get you some muscle mass. In order for this to work, however, you need to start paying attention to what you’re eating.”
He must have seen my face when he said that, because he laughed and was quick to reassure me. “It’s not that bad. Your problem is you start out with goals that you can’t possibly reach. Let’s face it, you’re not going to switch over to an all-vegetarian, super-healthy diet overnight. Let’s take it one step at a time. For now, I want you to cut out the soda and fast food. In addition, I want you to drink this.”
He handed me a bottle and I read the label.
Weight-On: The One-Stop Weight-Gain Formula. A Solman Company Product.
I recognized Solman. It was the name of the gym. “You guys have your own protein shakes?”
“Actually, we have a variety of formulas to suit a variety of needs,” he explained. “This one has a high caloric content that should help you gain a little weight. We have other products for people who are overweight, or are managing medical problems like diabetes. They’re very important to our programs. I promise you, if you drink this twice a day, you’ll start seeing results and it’ll be worth it. Give it a week and you’ll be very, very pleased.”
“Alright… how much will it cost?” I asked. Because, let’s face it, I wasn’t made of money, and this sounded a hell of a lot like a scam to take more money.
“Absolutely free, comes with the trainer program,” he answered.
Well, that settled it.
The rest of that day’s session was spent with George introducing me to all the equipment and facilities in the gym. When the session came to an end, he handed me a box of the formula – fourteen bottles, enough to last me a week. I promised him I’d give it a try and come in every day at three to start working out.
I left feeling lighter than I had in weeks, and as I walked out, the woman at the desk smiled at me and said, “Gee, you look as though you’re walking on the moon!”
I grinned. “Maybe I am!”