Hi Debbie. While “reprimand” might be too harsh a word for me, I do have a “rule” of no chewing gum (or anything else for that matter) when actively exercising. In my opinion the risks far outweigh any “benefits” and so why do it? I’m really not that anxious to have to use my CPR or choking victim skills!
I agree with LaRue.
I think the word “reprimand” might be a little strong.
I would let my client know about the danger of chewing gum while training and leave the choice up to them.
Some folks are aware that they might have a distinctive aroma in their mouth that they would like to proactively manage.
Thanks for your question, Debbie.
I too agree that reprimanding a client/member may be too harsh.
As I pointed out, a fellow trainer brought this to my attention, and when I admitted that I personally chew gum at times when I work out she basically told me I should stop and that I shouldn’t due to all the reasons cited by some of you.
Thanks for your replies!