Two SS incidents from the Y this weekend.
I got my cast off on Thursday ( after 15 weeks and change) and am still in Physical Therapy. I was doing the "work out" ( read walking around the track under supervision) that my therapist designed for me to with a Personal Trainer at the Y.
Apparently the trainer has made quite the impression with the 'tween set. A group of 3 12year olds followed us around, trying to flirt with my 26year old therapist, making obnoxious comments, running past us and getting quite close to both us as we walked. Asking the Trainer for hugs, ect. basically making nuisances of themselves. At one point they asked him for a date. Both he and I told them that he was being paid to work with me and they upped their attention seeking behaviors. Their mother came by and we asked her to control them because they were impacting my time with the trainer and she replied that they were kids and we needed to stop "picking on them" and told them not to worry that she'd "take care if our attitudes". I dread hearing what she actually told the higher ups. sigh.
I relate. My trainer, Mike, is very good looking and has quite the "following" at the gym. Our time together frequently gets interrupted by female members just "dropping by" the machines we're using to say hi. Mike's pretty good at saying hi politely and then redirecting his attention back to me.
Now, those girls in your case were being really annoying and inappropriate. They need to be reported to management, if their mother won't control them. Which clearly, she won't. If your trainer is going to do well, he's going to need to learn how to redirect "interrupters" in a polite but firm manner. Otherwise, interrupters will control his sessions and he will lose clients.
To add to your story about the guy "using the equipment however I want!" I submit:
I work out with Mike twice a week. Unless we're using specific equipment out in the main area of the gym, we use the private trainers' room. There is a large sign posted on the door stating that the room is for private training sessions only, but the door doesn't lock. The same equipment can be found in the main gym area. Training clients pay extra for the privilege of having that room and the trainers to themselves.
Two weeks ago, I walked into the training room with Mike and there were three people in there. Another trainer, Joe, his client, Sophie (who I know from outside of the gym), and a woman I didn't recognize, who was in the middle of her workout. It was unusual enough that Joe and Sophie were there because the trainers try to avoid scheduling us in the training room at the same time because it's a long, narrow room without a lot of space and well, most of us using trainers aren't the sort of fit athletes that feel comfortable doing strenuous exercises in front of other people. And for another random person to be in the room without a trainer was just weird.
When the random woman saw me walk in with Mike, she rolled her eyes and huffed out a breath and sighed, "Great." Mike's brows rose. Joe said, "I thought she was waiting for you." And before Mike or Joe could say anything, the lady stomped out of the room.
I looked to Mike and asked, "What just happened?"
Joe and Sophie finished up and left. Mike shrugged and we started my workout. A few minutes in, the lady comes stomping back into the training room and says, "Can I at least finish my set with XYZ equipment?" Unfortunately, she was demanding to use the piece of equipment I was using at the time. Mike explained that I was using it and the same equipment could be found in the main area of the gym. And then he added that this room was for training clients only. She said that was a stupid rule, she paid for use of the gym, too, and it wasn't fair that a room full of equipment wasn't available to her.
Mike refused to make me get off of the equipment she wanted. She stomped away. I introduced Mike to the concept of a special snowflake, which made him laugh.
The woman did go to the management to complain. Mike said they told her that she would have to sign up with a trainer to use the trainers room. And over the last two weeks, she has tried to "sneak" into the room while Mike and Joe are training with clients and every time she sees the room is occupied she makes a big show of sighing and stomping away.