Posted: August 15, 2011 in GENERAL

This post is going to detract a bit from the norm of my blog so that I could clear the air in terms of what is been bugging me lately.  I’ve been in the fitness industry for a short time and there is one thing that really saddens me.  Now, before I reveal what this is, I should say this post doesn’t apply to everyone.  It is my hope that those to whom it applies know who they are and will hopefully read this with an open mind.  So, to those who this doesn’t apply, please ignore this post or better yet pass it on to someone who might need it.

Ok here it goes.  Sadly, I’ve noticed that there is an extreme lack of respect for personal trainers and their time.  I think the majority of people don’t realize who we are, what we do, and the amount of education most of us have.  For instance, I think that there is a big part of the population who things that everyone and anyone can do what we do.  Really?  I’d love to see it.  To prepare for our sessions, we really do invest time in preparing the perfect program.  We have to study several fields in order to do a good job.  Most people THINK they know what they are doing but have never even opened a book and know NOTHING about anatomy.  That amazes me!  How can you pretend to know what you are doing if you have no idea how the body works?  We study human anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, kinesiology and need to be able to adapt to a huge range of personalities.  In addition, most of us work odd and long hours which can include days that start at 5:00 AM and end at 10:00 PM.  Also, what we get paid for IS our program designs and supervision of your exercise plans.  So, while we are always happy to answer a question or two or even three, is it really fair to ask us to design entire programs for free?  I don’t think that is appropriate at all.  After all, people wouldn’t like it if we walked into their jobs and asked for free merchandise.

Here’s another thing.  If you have an appointment, BE ON TIME.  Although you think five minutes may not be a big deal, it can throw off our whole day.  Sometimes we have appointments back to back and at others we can really use the break to take care of a few things like a quick bathroom break.  So, please realize that if you are five minutes late there are consequences.  It’s NOT just five minutes.  Be considerate of our time and the time of our other clients.  And, yes, I AM so serious.

We spend a lot of time worrying about you and hoping that you are happy and meeting your goals.  Most of us are NOT in this for the money at all.  I know I am certainly not.  We love what we do and are for the most part are happy people. But, there is that handful of people who just make things needlessly difficult.  To those people, I dedicate this post.

I guess all I am asking is for a little respect.  If you don’t value what we do, that’s totally fine. Personal training isn’t for everyone.  In that case, don’t use our services.  Please just don’t be part of the problem.  There is never a need to be rude or make any remarks that disregards or devalues the services we provide.  We wouldn’t come to your job and do that to you.  Just be polite.  We’ll do the same.

Thank you!

  1. Hi Rachel, you’re definitely right about this and thanks for sharing. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a trainer lately and am always impressed by how thoughtful his program design is. I, for one, really appreciate the time and effort that my trainer has invested in helping me realize my strengthening goals, in spite of a very limiting knee injury. It’s so worth it!

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