I have had the great fortune and honor to work with some of the most dynamic personal trainers/fitness coaches who happen to be women. On more than one occasion I have seen men, whether in good physical condition or not frown, scowl or have immediate hesitation in training with a woman.
Has there been any experience any of you have come across regarding this situation and how was it handled.
I have to agree with Karin. Although I’m obviously answering this from a male trainer’s perspective, I have to say that “frowns, scowls or immediate hesitation” on the part of some clients simply comes with the territory – no matter what gender the trainer is – as some clients will “question” whether we trainers know our stuff, until we’ve “proven” ourselves to them. I once worked with a larger group of County Parks and Recreation employees – the majority men, and initially I was “tested” in this way. I work with a lot of athletes, and, for example, I may get those same “questioning looks” when I first start training with a “specialized” athlete like a power lifter who thinks that since I don’t power lift, that I may not know how to train them (the same “could be” true with fencers, crew or any other sport athlete that I personally do not participate in). Also like Karin, I’ve been in this industry training for over 18-years, and I am not easily intimidated in a training situation, so the looks, scowls or frowns (if they come) don’t bother me 🙂
I think that Karin hit on something here. I find that oftentimes the cross-gender training relationship works to our ADVANTAGE as trainers. A vast majority of my clients are women, and as Karin says that her “male clients feel less intimidated and less in need of competing,” I find that the same is true with my female clients. Interesting…