Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Personal Trainer Etiquette

Hiring a personal trainer is becoming very popular and more affordable than ever - no longer are private fitness trainers reserved for the rich and famous. Like any other daily interaction, there are a few codes of conduct to follow to ensure you have the best experience possible and do not offend your trainer or other gym members.

1. Dress Appropriately!

You're in the gym for a workout, not a fashion show! The dress code exists for a reason. First, make sure your clothes are washed and clean; ditch the pit-stained white tee. Proper running or cross-training shoes are essential - not only will you be able to take on cardio and plyometric style workouts, but walking into a steel plate or barbell can leave you with a broken toe or foot.

Ladies, sports bras keep you comfortable during those jumping jacks but also prevent you from putting on a free show... Wear one.

Guys, those "barely there" gold's gym style tank tops went out of style in the early 90's... If we can see your nipples there's a problem. In the same vein, clothes that are way too loose or overly tight and scandalous will inhibit your range of motion, turn you into a distraction, and look downright embarrassing.

2. Keep It Mild.

Never wear strong perfume or cologne. Your body heat intensifies your bath of Gucci or Acqua Di Gio - your personal trainer and the people around you don't want their eyes watering from the smell! Apply lotions or oils only when you're ready to leave. Oily fragrances also pollute the sauna, whirlpool, and swimming pool.

3. Get Off of Your Cell Phone.

Your trainer should never talk or text on their phone during your session. Extend the same courtesy to them. We are all busy and have hectic lives, but you have a fitness goal that you are trying to achieve. If you constantly stop your workouts to take calls and text don't blame your personal trainer when you don't reach your health and fitness goals in a timely manner.

4. Be Courteous and Polite.

Yes, working out is tough and often uncomfortable and you leave your session drained. Joking around or playfully whining is fine, but constant complaining and fighting your personal trainer is exhausting for them. There's nothing worse than a client who complains excessively and is negative during the session. You hired a personal trainer for their expertise in fitness and/or nutrition not as a personal emotional punching bag.

5. Respect Your Personal Trainer.

You hired this professional for a reason. While trainers rely on your communication, allow them to control the workout. One of the biggest complaints fitness trainers have about their profession is working with clients who don't respect them as professionals. Give at least 24 hours notice if you cancel or reschedule your appointment. "Day-of" cancellations usually result in a charge for your session - never try to weasel out of paying for a last-minute cancellation! Would you argue with your dentist or doctor for a cancellation fee?

A professional personal trainer will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and treat you with the utmost respect. Show them the same and you will build a close synergistic relationship that will take your to your fitness goals and beyond!

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