Monday, October 24, 2016

Microstory 436: Floor 6 (Part 1)

Ever since the company I contract with found out that some of their products might have been responsible for a few deaths, gym attendance has dropped dramatically. I am the in-house trainer and recreational manager. The entire sixth floor is dedicated to health and well-being. Most of the employees who came here didn’t need full exercise lessons, but they liked that I was around to give them advice. Most organizations with exercise rooms just have machines laid out with no one in charge of them. My half-brother works here as an administrative assistant, and suggested I lobby for a position that didn’t exist. I had never done anything like that before, but I have the right personality to put myself out there and take a risk. Our mother helped me come up with a pitch, and well, here I am. I absolutely love working here. In fact, if I ever won the lottery, I doubt I would quit. It’s much more laid back than my job as a regular trainer at a gym franchise. I didn’t hate it there, and I did earn better pay, but here I’m in charge. I get to decide what I do with my day. I make it easier on my clients by wiping off equipment for them, and even cleaning up their trash. I chose these duties to help relieve their stress, which is the whole point of exercise. Well, that’s not its only purpose, but mental health is important. That’s why it’s so frustrating that people have stopped coming by. It would really help them get through their problems. If they would just trust the system, their lives would be better. I’m thinking about developing some kind of program to encourage exercise. I don’t know what it would be; maybe a step-tracker contest. It just has to get people to think about enriching and maintaining their lives.

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