No one expects people to smell their best at the gym. But should smelling REALLY bad get you kicked out?
This story’s creating a bit of a firestorm in the Twitterverse these days. Shawn Morales, a frequent Gold’s Gym goer, was told he could no longer be a member after the management received several complaints that his body odor was offensive. Afterwards, Shawn took to Twitter to get the story out and has garnered some support online… and so has Gold’s gym.
Fitness and body odor. Oh boy.
Hey, it happens, right? To be expected? Part of the game?
While the VAST majority of people go to great lengths to minimize their own stink at the gym, sometimes you have to deal with those who could use a little Body Odor 101. And it can be VERY uncomfortable to have that conversation whether you’re a friend, trainer, instructor or just another regular at the gym.
Thought I’d shed a few tidbits about what I’ve learned about B.O., hygeine, how to tell if YOU smell and how to tell someone else they smell… when you REALLY don’t want to.
Dealing With Body Odor As A Trainer
First off, being a personal trainer is AWESOME. I get to watch people get stronger, faster & more confident. I get to see change first hand and teach people new things. I get to be a part of someone’s transformation, and I love being able to witness the speed bumps and triumphs along the way.
But there are downsides to being a trainer. And one of them is dealing with other people’s odor. 99% of the time, it’s cool. I don’t mind it and it doesn’t even faze me. Most of the time, I don’t even notice or think about it. But that other 1% of the time? I sometimes feel a little nauseous. And uncomfortable. And awkward.
I’m sorry if that offends you. But it’s true. And every, single trainer or instructor out there will tell you that it’s one of the MOST uncomfortable topics when it comes to training someone for the first time.