I recently took advantage of a deal through my workplace for a gym membership. I did so because this particular outfit has a gym near me that has a nice pool and the cost was reasonable and I decided it was time I did some swimming. I started last week, and I’m aiming to swim three, maybe four times per week. That will likely mean I’ll manage to do it two, maybe three times, but hey I have a goal.
I remembered from the last time I had a gym membership that I would have to endure a sales pitch or two – for personal trainers, special programs, classes, supplements and so on. This place was no different. I called them up for an orientation (so I could find the change room). They wanted to do an assessment. In my experience, assessments are sales tools. I said no thanks, I’m really mostly interested in swimming. But we could give you tips? Thanks but I don’t need tips. I know how to swim. Have you considered strength training? Right now I mostly want to swim. You should consider strength training. We have excellent personal trainers. Thanks, but…. If you don’t want an assessment, I’m going to have to ask you to sign this paper saying you refused. Can’t I just refuse? No, you have to sign the paper. I signed the paper.
A few days later I received a phone call at home from the gym. Is there a problem with my membership? No, not at all. I just wanted to ask you if you’d like to set up an appointment for an assessment. Um, I’ve had this conversation. I mostly want to swim. Swimming can be an excellent part of a well-balanced program. We can talk to you about that. Look, the only person who is going to do any physical assessment on me is my doctor. Oh, does your doctor work out custom programs for you? Look, I mostly want to swim.
I’m enjoying the swimming. I’ve been doing laps, alternating each lap from one stroke to another. When I get tired, get out of the pool and do some Chi Kung (pick your spelling) movements I learned years ago when I practiced Tai Chi. Then back in the pool for more laps, followed by a few minutes in the sauna and to the showers and home.