Healthy and Sane

Being bullied into PT

October 2nd, 2009 · 14 Comments · breakfast, Ellie Krieger, pizza, polenta, product reviews, salmon, shrimp, snacks

Ah, I wrote a post last night and forgot to publish it!! I was wondering why you guys didn’t comment 😕 I ended up making cookies for the guy and told him that I need to think about it but that finances are tight right now. The truth is that I could pay for it in theory (it may be a little painful but probably doable if I cut out some other things), but I can’t decide if I really need it (I can’t just spend $300+ without really thinking about it. Maybe one day when I’m rich and famous 😉 ).  Do you think I made the right choice? So here it goes…

I have a little story from today. Bare with me… I need your help!!!

I planned on doing some speed work on the treadmill today. It got COLD here in Boston, so speed work seemed like the perfect answer… 10x400s were on the schedule to be exact. I “met” someone else that is running the Boston half marathon, and emailing back and forth with Betsy this morning got me even more excited about the race. I was so ready to run today… until I got on that treadmill :( Even during my warm-up walk I was feeling off. I couldn’t walk as fast as I’m used to because it hurt my shins. Not a sharp pain, but something that was definitely nagging me. Then I sped up to a slow warm up run. Once again, I couldn’t do my usual warm up. It hurt. I continued for a few minutes, hoping I just needed to warm up, but then started worrying that I’m actually contributing to an injury. I got off the treadmill and decided to talk to a trainer. Long story short, the guy was a postural therapist and offered to look at me. He said my alignment was completely off, that I wasn’t using my right hamstring and let all my left leg do all the work, yadda yadda yadda he scared me shitless. He then said he could “fix it” if I came back in an hour for a session. Sweet! I was shaking I was so scared that I couldn’t run. The session was great. He stretched me for 30 minutes, massaged my right calf (which was the problem), made me do some random exercises (one legged squats, etc.) and then I went back on the treadmill. It seemed to be ok now. He said my alignment was good now.

I asked the guy if I owed him anything for the session and he said that this one was free, but that I should really schedule some follow up personal training sessions, where he’d show me strengthening exercises so that I run more evenly and don’t get injured. He said he’ll also thoroughly stretch me out before every session and that this should really help. He was ready to schedule my next appointment but this was just a lot of information thrown at me in one hour’s time, and I wasn’t ready to fork over hundreds of dollars for a package of training sessions. I told him I’ll email him with my schedule, but now I’m not sure. It’s a lot of money and I feel like I’m being bullied into this. I think the sessions would help and I know that I’m not running straight (that’s why my right hip always hurts after my long runs) but I don’t think I urgently need to start seeing a personal trainer either. This is so hard. What would you do in my situation? I’m leaning towards sending him a very nice email telling him I can’t afford it right now and bringing some cookies over. :) … Or should I suck it up and get some sessions since they’ll help me in the long term?

By the way, I went back to the gym after work and finished what I started – 10 x 400 at 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.5, 8.6, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 8.6 with recovery at 6.5. It was hard but I knew I would feel a million times better if I finished, and I did!!! 😀


Inspired by the week’s CEiMB recipe for New York Breakfast hosted by, my breakfast was a yummy lox/tomato sammie. I somehow ended up with a whole lot of bread at home, including some new light bagels so I didn’t buy the bread Ellie recommended for this.  Now that I think about it, though, by substituting a bagel for pumpernickel bread this breakfast became even more “New York.”

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*These bagels are somewhere in between a mini bagel and a regular bagel in size; they seem a little less dense that a regular bagel (good thing!) and are only 110 calories. I like them! :)

So for breakfast I had 1 Kim’s wheat bagel with 1 laughing cow wedge + some wild lox and a sprinkle of dried dill



Mmm, lox <3

+ some TJ’s nonfat European style yogurt with tomato slices. I love that I had a serving of veggies for breakfast! 😀



1/2 FFL english muffin + Barney Butter and 1/2 banana



Leftover parmesan polenta with roasted mushrooms + shrimp



+ 1 serving of sea salt somersaults (my favorite flavor!!)


And 3/4 serving of TJ’s chocolate covered edamame. I was definitely stress eating at this point because of my mini injury. 😳


At some point, again out of stress, I ate a brownie (unpictured). I wasn’t proud of it at the time, but at the end it fueled me through a kick-ass workout so I guess it was ok. Sugar is good sometimes!


Tortilla pizza: TJ’s low carb ww tortilla with pizza sauce, organic part skim mozzarella, roasted mushrooms and black beans + carrot sticks on the side. Sometimes these tortilla pizzas totally take care of my pizza craving (like today!!). So easy, quick and delicious 😀



‘Nuff said. Seriously, no more eating out of the bag!!!!!!


Please help me figure out what to do with this trainer/postural therapist thing! Thanks, guys – you’re the best!! :mrgreen:

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Deb

    My thought is that if you are feeling “bullied”. Don’t Do It!! He might be able to help you but I am sure that you can find someone else to help you that would not be bullying you into using their services. Your idea of thank you note and cookies sounds good but will probably be wasted on him, but it will make you feel like you gave him some sort of acknowledgement for his helping you.

    I don’t have the money to pay for a personal trainer/therapist. I have been having “runner’s knee” and I have found a lot of exercises and stretches through research on the internet. All Free! You might try this. Just search your symptoms. There is a lot of information for runners ailments. Well that’s my 2 cents worth!!
    Hope it gets better soon!

  • #2 - Kirsten

    Good idea with the cookies! I’d say good call, focus on what you learned in the session and you can always go back in a couple months if you change your mind. Fun you met someone else who is running! I am crossing my fingers the rain holds off for tomorrow’s run!

  • #3 - Mellissa

    I would just politely say you can not afford it right now, my other thought is does he a physical therapy experience? If not, he really shouldn’t be giving you hip exercises! There are a lot of really good trainers out there that can offer a lot of help but they should never be used to fix an injury.

  • #4 - Sara

    If you are worried about the money then I wouldn’t commit to anything just yet. You should do some internet sleuthing and see if you can come up with things on your own that you can do to fix it. If not, then maybe save up for a few more sessions next year. Don’t stress about it too much!

    All the food looks yummy, so happy to hear that you liked the lox sandwich :)

  • #5 - Lori

    It has to be tough to be a PT right now with the economy – this person is probably really pushing to get and keep clients. If you are uncomfortable in any way, than that is reason enough to not do it. Never feel pressured to put out that much cash.

  • #6 - Betsy

    Ugh, sorry to hear about your pain but it’s great that the trainer was there to help you. That’s what they’re there for! However, they are not there to try to convince you into sessions that you may (or may not) need!!

    WTG with completing your run!!

    Thanks for the shout-out :-)

  • #7 - Pam (Highway to Health)

    I always feel bullied when I talk to the personal trainers. It is their job to sell so I get why they do it but it’s so frustrating! I think you are making the right choice.. If you can’t affoard it right now there will always be another time!

  • #8 - Alison

    I wouldn’t go for it. I’d resent being guilted or bullied into something.

  • #9 - Julie

    I think you should write him an email politely saying you can not afford a package. However, if you can afford to pay for one or two session, I would do that. Pay close attention to the exercises and stretches… then do them yourself! I am a trainer and I truly want to help people… if he will not let you buy just one session… he is in it for the money.

  • #10 - Lizzy

    Go to Physical Therapy instead! It’s covered by insurance and they can help you with your pain!

  • #11 - Shannon

    i would say that no, you don’t need to see this guy right now. i think that getting some strengthening exercises to do is a VERY good idea, but this is something i would go to PT for. Maybe try one session with him? Or try to get a trainer with a friend (it’s cheaper), and he should still be able to address those things.

    Ironically enough i am making an appointment to get my running form checked out when i’m in arizona… i didn’t even ask how much it is, but if i’m causing myself injuries, i’d rather get it fixed :)

  • #12 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    Definitely look in to physical therapy. Even if you just go for a session or two, they will be able to give you some strength exercises and stretches that can make all the difference. I have had nothing but positive experiences with physical therapists (and unfortunately, I have had a LOT of experience with them). Good luck!

  • #13 - chandra

    As someone who is certified as a PT and currently trying to get a job as one, I agree that you should not be feeling bullied into buying sessions. I had a PT do that to me and I hated it (and I caved because I’m weak!). It’s great that you got that free session and felt better afterwards, but I’d say try it on your own for awhile and see how it goes. Do some research on some of the info he told you was causing the problem and see if you can find exercises/stretches to do to help out. And as some of the other comments are saying, if its bad enough, try a physical therapist maybe too. But to start with I’d say take some of the “symptoms”/issues he told you that you have and research them to see what you can do on your own. Good job not giving in right away. :-)

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