I heard something pretty disturbing on a radio morning show last week, and it has stuck in my mind since. I decided to make a post out of it, wondering if I could get some of you lovelies to respond. The topic was on personal trainers, and if your trainer flirts with you- or crosses any lines. Callers were phoning in with their stories- from harmless flirting all the way too affairs with their trainers at the gym. But one caller really got my attention. It was a male, who said the owners of the gym that he used to be a personal trainer at encouraged trainers to flirt with their clients. Take their clients out on dates. Even sleep with their clients- all simply to raise the client’s self-esteem. By boosting the self-esteem, clients are feeling better, which they will thank their gym/trainers, and therefore continue their business there and spread positive word of mouth comments. More calls came flooding in after that, with even more horror stories and more trainers calling and confirming that really does happen in gyms.
Say what??? I have never used a personal trainer, I really can’t afford one and I do just fine working out on my own, but say I did. So I would pay money each month, drive to a gym, get all sweaty and sore with a trainer, only to have him hit on me and try to sleep with not because he’s interested at all in me- but because he wants me to keep paying his wages. Anyone else find this disturbing? I reached out to my followers questioning this, and got a few responses. Some ladies said that they did go on dates with their trainers, but the moment they stopped working out with them, they never heard from said trainer again. This actually happened to a close friend of mine about three years back, she assumed her and her trainer were boyfriend/girlfriend, but as soon as she stopped paying her gym dues, the phone calls stopped coming in.
So I have to wonder- how many trainers participate in this type of disgusting activity? How many gym owners encourage their workers to act this way? And if you are seeing your personal trainer on a personal level- how do you know that you are the only girl for him? What’s to say his little black book isn’t filled with names of his other clients, and he’s just waiting to seduce them? Have you ever had to turn down your trainer who tries to get too personal with you? I would love to hear any thoughts on the subject!