It seems to be that personal trainers and hiring is a big fitness topic. I have seen fitness forums, including IdeaFit, ask these types of questions…
Whether or not it is better to hire or be hired as an Independent Contractor or as an Employee?;
What type of liabilities are involved in both types of hires?;
However, I have not come across the question posed as to gym members’ preferences, if they have any at all (probably because most may not know the employment status of their PT and therefore difficult to get stats on this).
What are your thoughts?
Have you, as a gym member, had a preference?
As a gym member, could you tell the difference between a PT that was an employee or one that was an independent contractor?
As a personal trainer, have members or your clients made comments about this preference?
Hi Lawrence. I just came across your posted question. Although it was asked quite a while ago, as ‘they’ say “better late than never!”
To my mind, it really does not matter (nor really should it, so long as the members are choosing from qualified trainers) whether the trainer is employed by the gym or an independent contractor. Now, keep in mind, my answer is ‘assuming’ that all of things are EQUAL (e.g. the fee for training, qualification of the trainers etc.).