The Personal Trainer: A Tale of Pain, Gain, Greed & Lust

The Personal Trainer: A Tale of Pain, Gain, Greed & Lust

by David L. Herbert

ISBN: 9780989401203

Publisher PRC Publishing Inc.

Published in Mystery & Thrillers/Thrillers & Suspense, Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

In Upper Arlington, Ohio, outside of Columbus, a young man becomes a “certified personal trainer.” He provides service in a health club called FitAgain. A young mother comes under his care. In the process, the services he provides are substandard. The young mother’s fate is sealed. He is then confronted by the legal system. He undergoes trial. Flaws in the fitness industry and in the legal system are exposed in this new legal thriller. At the end, one righteous man is left to mete out justice when all else seemingly fails.

Sample Chapter

Tony Piccini wanted to go. He wanted to see Meri one more time . . . to finally close a chapter in both of their lives. However, for a number of reasons he could not go.

The New York corporation which owned the health club where he worked in Upper Arlington, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, had told him in no uncertain terms that he could not go to see Meri or her family. He had been told that he was not to call them or send a note, not even a card or anything in writing. He really had no choice but to do what they told him.

All the corporation had done was put out a news release. It stated:

FitAgain Corporation

News Release

Columbus, Ohio – FitAgain Corporation with offices in New York and facilities all across the United States and in three foreign venues expressed its deep regret for the recent and untimely death of one of its members in a facility it owns just outside of Columbus. Mark Trudeau, CEO for the FitAgain corporate organization, expressed his sorrow for the untimely death of Meri Margaret Lawrence who passed away at the facility yesterday. He was quoted as saying, “Apparently, a previously existing medical condition led to and caused Mrs. Lawrence’s unfortunate death at our facility while she was working out in order to improve her well-being. We express and convey our deepest sympathies to her family on this unforeseeable and unpredictable occurrence.” He added, “Thousands of our members safely work out in FitAgain facilities each day without any adverse effects. Our departed member, Meri Margaret Lawrence, and her family will remain in our prayers.”

Tony had come to the Upper Arlington FitAgain facility just outside of Columbus some three years before he met Meri. He had been trained by staff members of the Club through the materials provided by the New York corporate office to the Club. He became certified as a personal trainer by corporate through the use of their materials within a few weeks after he started. Once he was so trained and certified, he then became a member of the corporation’s recommended fitness professional organization, the USA - Personal Trainers Association (USA-PTA), which provided him with liability insurance to cover any injuries which might happen to client-members of the facility where he provided service. He paid for the insurance coverage himself, but FitAgain required the coverage if Tony was to provide any service within their facilities.

Tony liked the Upper Arlington club where he worked, as well as most of its members and almost all of his co-workers. He worked hard at selling the corporation’s services and its club endorsed products. He quickly caught on to the process to serve club members and their individualized needs for attention. Those needs included exercise, weight loss, nutritional and supplement counseling, life coaching and even sometimes, more personal attention for some of the female club members who did not have all of their needs fulfilled at home.

Tony was good at keeping his female charges happy in all categories. The position he held was certainly a step up for him from a variety of waiter jobs he had previously held at a number of Columbus-area eating establishments. Since he had attended but not graduated from Kent State University in northeastern Ohio, his career opportunities otherwise were somewhat limited. However, neither a college degree nor a license was necessary to be a personal trainer. Not in Ohio. Not elsewhere. In fact, no such license was required anywhere in the United States.

Tony had liked working with Meri. She was a quick learner who really wanted to lose weight and to lose it fast. She worked hard and followed all of Tony’s directions and his prescriptions for exercise activity. She also took all of the supplements and other nutritional products he recommended to her. She even listened when he told her to cut down on her physician-prescribed medications to control her elevated blood pressure. He told her that these medications were slowing her fat burning efforts and therefore hindered her weight loss.

Tony was very upset about what had happened. He did not understand how things could have gone so wrong. If only he knew more and had been provided with better training and preparation by FitAgain or for that matter anyone else, anyone at all. Any civil or criminal responsibility for what happened to Meri while she was under his care seemed almost unbelievable – even surrealistic. Certainly, Tony never intended for any of his efforts to go wrong. All he ever wanted to do was help Meri. Now all he wanted to do was say good-bye.


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Author Profile

David L. Herbert

David L. Herbert

David L. Herbert is an Ohio lawyer with over 30 years of legal experience in both civil and criminal trial work. He is a former college athlete who is intimately experienced in the legal aspects of the sports medicine and fitness industries. He knows the health club business and the facilities providing service in that industry. He also knows the nuances of personal training having helped write standards of practice for the industry over the last 25 years. During his career he has served as a plaintiffs’ lawyer and as a defense attorney in the personal injury and medical malpractice arenas. He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for several years early in his career. He has authored over 30 books and book chapters on various aspects of the law and the fitness industry and has made presentations before virtually every professional organization in the sports medicine and health and fitness industries. In his latest book, The Personal Trainer, he uses his expertise in all of these arenas to bring forth a dramatic fictional legal thriller about the fitness industry and the justice system.

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