Both! As others have said, I’ve given clients gifts when they’ve reached milestones or achieved a specified goal. I’ve also sent cards or a small gift at a birthday or when something is happening in their lives (death of a family member, birth of a new baby, etc.). I like to recognize their achievements and major life moments.
I’ve also had clients give me gifts. Many were from clients that I had trained for a long time and our relationship had morph from just that of client to that of friend. I’ve had clients invite me to birthdays, weddings, showers.
Personal training is just that…personal! I really make it a habit to get to know my clients. What is going on in their lives. Why they’re striving for their goals. What their motivations or deterents are. Alot of those are the people they surround themselves with. Overtime we get to know each other really well, both personally and professionally!