You need to read this! I recently got an email from someone who is a brand new personal trainer. The story she told me was very interesting and disturbing and I'm reposting it here to help give people insights into what goes on in some health clubs. I am omitting the name of the trainer and I do not know the name of the health club. Here is her email to me:
I very recently became certified. Upon learning of my passing, when a client (of another trainer) arrived for her training session, the manager of the gym announced to us BOTH (she and I) simultaneously, that I would be training her instead because her regular trainer wasn't there.
When I tried to explain to him that I wasn't prepared (I didn’t know her health history of the and I have never had a client before), he made a joke about how I'd rather earn minimum wage working the desk. It was a very awkward situation.
Was I wrong to think that I should have known in advance who I would train? I feel like without knowing anything about her physical condition (injuries, med history, etc.) that I could not design an appropriate exercise program for her.
I thought a trainer's reputation was paramount to building up his / her clientele and income. I didn't want to risk going through a “half-assed” workout, in plain sight of those on the floor. I realize that once I step into that gym, I am being judged as a professional in the field.
The manager of the gym said I was overreacting, and that if a client becomes injured by a trainer, the law states that the client has the responsibility of divulging their health conditions to the gym / trainer- NOT the other way around. Am I imagining how ridiculously wrong this seems?
What would YOU have done?