I love working out at the South End studio with Lily, and have generally had a wonderful experience in the shared gym space, working with other trainers and clients to respectfully provide access to equipment and workout areas by openly communicating.
That all changes when the high school students enter the gym. I provided feedback in autumn of 2017 regarding the Rice hockey team and their unsafe gym etiquette. Their behavior didn't seem to change over the course of the months they visited the studio.
This week, the BHS cross country team had their first session while I had one of my regular PT appointments with Lily. I observed two of the trainers (whom I respect and like) introduce the kids to the basics of personal training...but neither of them spent any time discussing gym safety and general etiquette, expectations, and rules of conduct.
I am increasingly uneasy around these teenagers, as many of them do not notice or respect personal space and boundaries of equipment range. Last fall, I have had a kid nearly kick me in the head while I did chest presses on the floor. This week, one of the kids walked through our training area without looking at either Lily or myself. He could have been injured, and so could we.
I implore you to ask your trainers to give the high school students a safety talk at the beginning of training sessions, so that they are aware of what is expected in a shared gym space. I really love working out here, but Lily and I always have to prepare ourselves for the impact their presence will have on our sessions. Safety shouldn't be something I have to actively think about while I am working out with my trainer.