We chose to hire trainers as independent contractors at our community rec center. We have four excellent trainers under contract already, but I frequently have other trainers approach me about training here. My loyalty is to my current trainers, and I don’t want to completely saturate our gym with trainers and make it hard for all of them to fill a schedule. The latest argument was that a potential trainer has two of our members he wants to train and if he doesn’t train them here, he’ll take them somewhere else. I am just curious what other managers do – do you limit how many trainers you will hire on? What do you say to those who claim they will take members away? I don’t really want to open our doors to any and everyone so it becomes a free for all. Any tips would be great!
Hello Kelly Serfas Bower,
I would go with my gut on this one. Is the trainer in question NCCA certified or better? I personally would not threaten anyone which makes me wonder, what are their motives? An idea for you: I have trained in facilities with the agreement to pay a portion of my earnings to the facility.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.