My Mom has been with a personal trainer for years now. She always says it's expensive but for her it is worth it. She is totally enamored with the man and thinks he is her best friend. Three weeks ago I had a meeting with him to see if he could give me tips for chronic neck and shoulder pain. He wanted me to sign a package contract which was never my intent as the gym is an hour away. I said I would think about it. I asked my Mom later what the man charges. She said she was making $1000 per month for the first six months and then she would be paid up for the year. (She goes to the gym 3 times a week but only works with him 2 times a week for an hour but I think several minutes of that she is on the treadmill. Gym fees are on top of his fee and are $29.00 a month that she pays separately.)
I talked to the trainer, Derrick P., again and asked him what he charges and that I couldn't afford $6,000 like my mom. He said that was for a two year contract and that my Mom gets a great rate because of the package. Then he added that he would charge me $40 an hour.
I was very troubled by her having to pay for the entire two years the first six months of the first year. Anything could happen in two years. I don't understand why he cannot just be paid 2016 when it get here but he will not respond.
My Mom has no money to go to the dentist and quibbles about every $5 she thinks she has been over charged yet this guy can demand anything.
She keeps maintaining that the contract is only for a year. If you take the rate he would give me of $40 for 52 weeks that adds up to $4160. So she would not be getting a deal; but rather she is getting touched.
I looked up is credentials to NASM (a sport medicine org) and he is not certified as he claims on his website. He also claims an APEX certification but so far I can't find is on the lists of five other organization. There are more organizations. I could spend the time and try to find them all but I will never know when I have searched all of them. Again the gym or the trainer have agreed to send me his credentials.
Tension between my Mom and I have hit a fever pitch. She has accused me of doing this because I am afraid I might not get my money. I am in total disbelief that she trusts this guy more than me. Before this she was all for giving me power of attorney but I don't think so now. I am emotional about her comment and do not wish to talk to her at this point. I have spent hours trying to explain why this is unethical or at least fishy.
Another detail is that he insisted that she give him six post dated checks. I don't get that because if she fails to pay he can just stop training her and he will not have an out of pocket cost. Yet if she breaks a hip or heads to Jamaica her loss would be very difficult to recoup.
I have contacted the bank and of course they couldn't do anything. I called the police to see if they could just check out is credentials but they won't. I didn't think they would but gave it a try.Trainer is not responding requests for contract copies The gym and the trainer are well aware how upset I am and their failure to cooperate makes my anxiety level go up. So the longer this goes the more angry I get.
What should I do and can you help me?