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The Gym - Ugh Ugh Ugh

August 8th, 2016 at 03:08 pm

I am now going to rant a little bit about my dumb gym, so you can skip this bit if you want.

Rant!! When I got to class (the class I take, not the class I teach) today I had not been paid for May, June or July. Grrr!

Rant again!!! I walked in the door and the owner thought I was the teacher for that class. He said "Here's L!" And then he backpedaled and said "Oh, no - wait - M is teaching today!" Huh? I said "I am?" and he said "Yeah, didn't you get L's text?" Um, no. But I keep all of my music and choreo in the car, so I taught.

Rant Rant Rant!!! While I was doing abs (almost done with the class, but not done) he comes over, distracts me and starts handing me some cash for July he said. I told him (between heel digs) that I hadn't been paid for May or June either. He said I wasn't there in June. I left on vacation June 26th, so what was he talking about? I missed two classes (I teach two a week) and taught 7.

Rant Rant Again!!! He paid me some weird low-ball amount, which I will use to pay down the mortgage.

And more: He said I'm now supposed to teach three classes and one of them is 8:45 am which I told him I can't do until school starts. I hope we ironed that out, but I think we probably didn't.


1. I am going to quit this gym.
2. I already contacted another gym that has the license for the class I teach, and they have spinning, too, and I'm certified to teach that for life.
3. I need to recertify for the weightlifting class, and it's $290, but this other gym pays $25 per class, so I'll have that paid back in three months or less.

So there you go. Big changes, I guess. And even though I so don't want to recertify, and I think it's stupid (the main reason I need to recertify is that I wasn't teaching in a licensed gym which is because my gym let the license lapse). I've been certified to teach this class since 2002.

I know that ultimately this will mean more money and I'll be happier with a well-run gym.

Now I just need to concentrate on getting architecture work - need a new project for 2017 (made all the money I need to for 2016). This feels like a turning point in getting control back.

4 Responses to “The Gym - Ugh Ugh Ugh”

  1. alice4now Says:

    I think you have come up with a sound plan going forward, you never know when those certifications will come in handy down the road. Glad you will be quitting the current gym, the owner sounds super shady!

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Is that how you usually get paid? He just hands you cash? How can you document that or make sure it's correct?

  3. Buendia Says:

    Shady... yes, that's the exact right term!!! Yes - that's how he pays us. It's insane. I document it on my own, but it's hard to account for it. And I have expenses related to working out the gym which I have to offset the money I make (certification, gym equipment), but I'm not sure how he's accounting for the cash on his end. Ugh.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That is so unprofessional to pay you while you are teaching a class! Of course if he was trying to pull a shady one on you it is the perfect time to pay you as you are distracted and teaching... How annoying, sounds like a good plan to give them the flick. Life is too short for headaches like that.

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