I think it depends on what kind of workout/activity you have planned for your client. Tell a major league pitcher not to chew gum (or whatever!) and pitch and you’ll be laughed out of the park. I do think that in general the risks of choking outweigh the benefits of chewing gum in a typical fitness workout. You’re the trainer, you’re in charge.
As a general rule I would say no gum chewing during a workout. Just drink plenty of water!
Never. If doing a specific activity where it is interfering with breathing I might make a “suggestion” about gum. People w/medical conditions, on meds, trying not to smoke, older often chew gum.
In the water, I’d suggest spitting it out for safety. One senior I work with CONSTANTLY eats gum or hard candy, and he’s a retired dentist. If this makes the guy happy…and his breath is pleasant…at 85 who am I to reprimand or tell him don’t. I’m more concerned with the quality of his exercise/work out anyway.
I agree to a point with all the Fit Pros especially with the word “reprimand” as they are adults and it’s not my place to treat my clients as children (especially as some of my ladies are in their 80’s). While I don’t necessary approve of chewing gum, I do think that it is a personal decision. People “chew” or hold gum in their mouths for various reasons from oral hyigenes to dry mouth and everything in between. I would be more incline to ask someone not to workout while eating a mint/tic-tac/hard candy, more than a piece of gum.
Now that’s not to say I’m perfect as I’ve personally walked 2 marathons, (3) 1/2 marathons and as well weekend walks up to 12 miles “holding” a 1/4 stick of trident sugarless gum (yes, it’s a tiny piece), but it keeps me happy. 😀