Guys, I will share with you a sad story...sad because things went out of proportions. There are always two sides of a story, so it is only fair if I invite you to read the other side. Go on Facebook and look for Curtis PT Fulcher, on his wall you will be able to read his point of view and also make yourself an idea of who he is...
On Friday the 23rd of June at around 5.45pm, I was on the top floor of 24/7 gym with my two clients Simona and Joseph having a PT session.
Suddenly from the corner of my eyes, I saw Curtis PT Fulcher having a photo shooting "bare chested" on the gym floor.
I went to see his friend, the one who was taking the picture and told him: "If you want to take pics, why don't you go into the spin studio, as it is empty".
I turned around and went back to my clients, but realised the photo shooting on the gym floor was still on...
I was ANNOYED, HUNGRY, TIRED WITH VERY LITTLE PATIENCE...RECIPE FOR DISASTER, so I went downstairs at the reception to speak with the member of staff on shift.
Chloe was on shift, I pointed Curtis on one the CCTV camera and Chloe and I both went back upstairs.
At that point Curtis was on a XTrainer, so I left Chloe to it and returned to my PT session.
At 6.30pm at the end of my PT session, I had a word with Chloe and she told me that Curtis have been rude to her...
I WAS NOT THERE, SO I DONT KNOW WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED.
Monday 26th am, I saw Andy briefly and he mentioned the story with Chloe and that most likely Curtis PT Fulcher would be banned.
Monday evening, Andy Hunter the 24/7 GM was called at the desk by Curtis who asked to have a word with him. Andy invited him in the back office and both men had a conversation which turned into a HEATED CONVERSATION.
If you haven't yet read Curtis PT Fulcher Facebook status, please do as it will help you understand better.
Curtis went in the office with his phone and basically set Andy up as he RECORDED, VIDEOED on his phone the whole conversation...
Curtis PT Fulcher is a Personal Trainer, so well aware of commercial gyms etiquette, standards.
In my years as personal trainer and my experience as a gym user in France, Spain, Belgium or England it is unheard of a gym member taking pictures "BARECHESTED" on the gym floor in rush hour.
Unless, the management of the gym is aware of it and happy with it?
1- I told his friend to tell him to use the Spin studio for his pics.
2- Chloe (member of staff) tried to speak to him and HE asked her about the gym etiquette, or where it was written that people couldn't have a BARECHESTED photo shoot on the gym floor...
3- Andy made the professional mistake to voice out loud that he may ban Curtis from the gym.
4- Curtis went to the back office WELL PREPARED, HE lured Andy in his trap and posted everything PROUDLY on his Facebook page.
5- As you can read on his Facebook page, he threatened Andy H several time that he will make him lose his job, if he doesn't receive a gym year free membership.
6- Check the attached picture, it is private message Curtis PT FULCHER sent to Aaron, ordering him to delete his status or Andy H would pay for it.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS:
1- Andy didn't act professionally by talking in the wrong place of what may happen with Curtis.
2- On Monday, Andy avoided Curtis the whole evening...WHY??
IT TURNS OUT THAT ANDY HAS RECEIVED TWO PHONE CALLS ON MONDAY MORNING, TWO BAD AND REALLY HARD TO STOMACH PHONE CALLS.
BOTH OF HIS PARENTS ARE "SERIOUSLY" ILL, I CANNOT GET INTO DETAILS AS YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.
After receiving these phone calls Andy was not in the mood to deal with anything or anyone.
UNFORTUNATELY HE HAD TO FACE CURTIS AND WE ALL KNOW THAT IT WENT WRONG.
I read your post on Facebook and you talk about being PROFESSIONAL...
1- What is to be professional? To be barechested on a crowded gym floor?
2- To ask a member of staff where it is written that "We are supposed to wear clothes when on the gym floor"
3- Arent you personal trainer?
4- You were given possibilities to stop the situation going out of control, instead you preferred to make THINGS WORSE.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANDY AN YOU IS THAT ANDY IS A GOOD PERSON WHO HAD A VERY BAD DAY.
THIS LED HIM TO BE UNPROFESSIONAL, I REPEAT, HIS PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES LED HIM TO BE UNPROFESIONAL.
EVERYBODY MAKE MISTAKES...
IN YOUR CASE CURTIS, I LET PEOPLE DECIDE WHAT THEY THINK OF YOU...
IT IS REALLY SAD TO WISH TO SOMEONE TO LOSE HIS JOB, IT IS REALLY SAD TO BLACKMAIL SOMEONE AND TO THREATEN OTHERS AND ASK FOR YEAR GYM MEMBERSHIP IN EXCHANGE OF YOUR SILENCE.
I don't know what is on that video you recorded but I will and most people will know soon. As you set him up, it is hard to have any kind of sympathy for you.
REMEMBER, GOOD PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES. Andy is my friend BUT HE IS ALSO AN EXCELENT GM, nevertheless I ADMIT THAT HE MADE A PROFESSIONAL MISTAKE.
CURTIS YOU MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES A LOT, YOU SHOWED YOUR TRUE COLORS.
PERSONAL TRAINING IS ABOUT PUBLIC RELATIONS, YOU HAVE TO BE A GOOD PR AND A BETTER PERSON...
I THINK THAT WITH WHAT HAPPEND TODAY YOU DID YOURSELF A MASSIVE DISSERVICE.
THE FITNESS INDUSTRY IS BIG BUT NORWICH IS SMALL, SO YOU CANNOT AFFORD A BAD REPUTATION!!
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