I talked about that with my husband (also a trainer). He would not train a woman at her home by herself for the very reason you are describing. As personal trainers, our reputation is one of our most important assets, and we cannot afford to have it tarnished by unfounded accusations. There will always be a footnote to some according to the adage: “If there is smoke, there must have been a fire.”
Thank you all for the AWESOME responses everyone! I think that the general consensus is that most (if not all) females are more hesitant to train males in their home versus male trainers/female clients.
I’ve personally only trained males that were former clients and that I’ve known them for a period of time, as you never know what’s behind the door when you get there. This is not to say that training unknown females is a 100% guarantee that everything is great, but I feel that as a female, we are more comfortable in this type of situation.
As Danielle said if the person is a family/friend of a client then it’s a little different.
I do know personally of a male trainer who had a client (female) hit on him and although he declined, it did not have a very happy ending for him personally as his integrity was put in question, which was really unfair for him. After that he no longer trained women in their homes but only in an outdoor/gym setting.
A vast majority of my clients are women and I train them in whatever environment works for them and me, including their homes. Not quite the same question, but I also work with girls (minors) but when I do, I insist on the presence of a responsible adult for their comfort and the benefit of all concerned.
When I have trained males in their homes, I had a prior relationship with them, therefore, I am comfortable with the in-home setting. I never meet men I don’t know in their homes for the first consult. I arrange for a meeting elsewhere in a public place first. Naturally, if the man is a referral from a client, as an example, a brother, i have met with him in his home because I knew the family and his reputation.