Personal Trainer or Friend?

Has your workout session turned into happy hour?

When you hire a personal trainer, why do you do it?

The answer for all of my San Diego personal training clients and most others I would assume is to “look their best” or to maximize their body to it’s fullest potential. My clients are looking for flat stomachs, trim thighs, jiggle free arms, and a solid cellulite free butt because my resume proves that I can do so. My job as an experienced trainer is to give them just that…and in most cases I do. (of course the clients level of commitment comes into play too, but that’s for another blog.)

My clients are also looking for the accountability and motivational factor but in the end, results are what truly speak volumes. It’s not about looking better than before. It’s about being the best that you can be. It’s about a winning attitude…anything less than that is not worth your time/money.

I received an interesting email from a trainer who says that his clients are content with the “better than before” results that they are getting in exchange for his/her great personality and attitude. I’d like to see a client write that testimonial…

While as a personal trainer my job is to be friendly with my clients, my job is not to be their paid “friend.” If I wanted to do this, I would hold sessions at the local happy hour hot-spot. Of course I would never do that because I take my job very seriously. I don’t mislead or deceive my clients and most importantly, I practice what I preach. I do not want to disappoint my clients. I don’t want them to feel better… I want them to feel the best that they’ve ever felt.

So what do you think? Personal Trainer or friend?




About Nikol Klein

Nikol Klein is former Professional Ballet Dancer turned Women's fitness expert. She currently works with Women all over the world as a personal trainer and Ballet Strength coach to dancers.

Posted on April 2, 2011, in fitness, nutrition, personal training, weight loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Melanie Mercotio

    Good trainers know where to draw the line. I think it is important to be friendly and personable but hanging out with your clients, etc is a little too much. There are tons of trainers out there though who hang out with their cleints. not good.

  2. There are lots of trainers at my gym that like to chit chat with clients and even other members at the gym while they are working out. It is so unfocused and undisciplined. I take your approach. Good post!

  3. I think a lot of people want a friend when they buy into personal training. If they just want to talk that is there prerogative. I’m still charging them the same 😉

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