During my many years of personal training I have met my fair share of clients that could be described as `characters` for sure, not just clients though, trainers too. Here’s one of many strange experiences that I’ll share with you in today`s blog.
Now whether you believe in ghosts or not, from time to time strange things happen that leave you a little unsure about this, it might be true, or it might not be, I honestly really don’t know. Personally, I’ve never seen one, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
One of the very first gyms I worked at years ago was rumored to have been actually built on an old grave yard, I don’t know if this is true or not but can remember the whole area years before being a little spooky before they started to develop it when it was nothing more than waste land and a large dumping ground. Firstly, they built a nightclub that failed after a couple of years, then came the gym which was a great success.
Is our gym haunted?
Anyway, several people reported sightings of an old man dressed in old fashioned clothes walking through the gym late at night. I never thought anything much about this until one night I was heading back to the gym for my last client of the night, where upon arrival I found another trainer totally freaking out, he was completely white and shaking!
I said “What’s up? You look like you’ve just seen a ghost!” which of course freaked him out even more as apparently that’s exactly what he had just seen! Not the greatest thing I could have said considering the circumstance at hand. Well, how was I to know?
Anyway, after several minutes he calmed down enough to tell me he saw this old man and thinking it was a potential client who wandered into the gym (this did happen occasionally) went to see if he could assist this man, he said he followed him around the corner where the man vanished before his very own eyes!
I know this sounds crazy, and actually my first reaction was to laugh, but as this was a very level-headed type of guy who was obviously very distressed, I didn’t.
He was so freaked out that he actually ran out of the gym, and quit the job claiming he could never go back in that gym ever again! He was convinced he really had seen a ghost! He was a good trainer, and despite many people’s attempts at trying to talk him into reconsidering his decision, he never did come back.
It was kind of a spooky feeling in there at night afterwards for a while knowing whatever he had seen had made him quit and never want to come back ever again.
What really happened I don’t know, but I found myself now listening to every little noise in that gym. However, no one ever saw the mysterious man or ghost or whatever it was ever again. So, it was all forgotten about pretty quickly. The trainer in question seemed to vanish as no one else heard from or saw him again for a long time after that.
The truth is revealed!
Around two years later I came across that same trainer once again when I was out with friends one night, we were reliving old stories and of course I brought up that particular night he saw the ghost. He admitted as he was feeling under a lot of stress from work and home, he had been taking magic mushrooms, anyway that night he took too many and was hallucinating and actually went on to have a complete breakdown! We both had a really good laugh about this now the truth was finally revealed.
A ghost in the gym?…I think not!
So, a question to all trainers, what’s the craziest story you have experienced during your time as a personal trainer?