Rule number 63 in my Rules of Being a Good personal trainer says never mix business with pleasure and I invite you to take this to heart. This is an article about using your position as a personal trainer to get it on with your client.
And in personal training, not all clients are vulnerable individuals throwing themselves at you. Personal training clients also come in the form of highly attractive, highly confident individuals that may live a lifestyle that you find attractive. It is a bad idea in personal training, to mix business with pleasure. Because, although it may be great for your ego, your reputation may suffer as word gets around.
But you completely alienate yourself from people who want you to train their significant others. Now there are going to be some clients that just want to have a good time and see you as a great opportunity. That is none of my business. It only becomes an issue when money is exchanging hands for other services. There are tons of places to meet great people but your gym should be off limits. You spend a lot of time in the gym and there may be that one person that really knocks your socks off. For instance, I have a boot camp where anybody can walk in at any time.
There was this one girl who I absolutely had to date. I run groupons, which allow clients to try my bootcamp for a month before they actually sign up.
Later down the line once everyone knew she was my girlfriend, it was fine if she came to my bootcamp. Now getting arrested is an extreme situation. What I can tell you is that when things go wrong in that situation regardless of whether or not both adults were consenting at the time, the fallout can be really bad. If you want people to take you seriously, you have to hold yourself at a very high standard.
Hold yourself to the same standard of other professions that require a lot of face time and support from an authoritative role. Teachers are not supposed to date their students, therapists are not supposed to date their clients, AA sponsors are not supposed to date their sponsees, and trainers are not supposed to train their clients.
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