Because I don’t plan on being sick, i don’t have anyone fill-in. Vacations or trips are the same. Establishing RAPPORT with your clients is one of the best things you can do as a trainer. When you have that, and things come up, because they will on both sides, it won’t bring any hard feelings.
While you are out, you can simply give them an assignment and text or email you that is was done and how it went. And, of course, I don’t charge them for it. 🙂
I have a vacation coming up, and it’s always a best practice to let your clients know in advance. Communication is always key, if there is a regimen or workout you’d like them to perform while you’re out that can supplement the need for a “fill-in” This is a very dynamic field and things can happen from time to time. Be upfront and your clients will appreciate that. Remember we all have a life, just dont be the guy that sends a text 5mins before a scheduled workout saying…sorry cant make it. Be good to your clients and they will be good to you.
Give plenty of prior notice for vacation time. When I am sick, day of, I call my client and tell them so. As mentioned above, people come to trust their personal trainer and understand that in the rare times when we are sick we must be really feeling aweful. We must also trust the client who is sick last minute. It comes down to mutual respect.