let me answer that from a woman’s perspective: if you are wearing loose-fitting shorts and are showing me an exercise with your legs up in the air, I would likely look the other way. If I were alone with you, I would not be comfortable.
Karin brought up a good point and pants are probably preferred. But, if the shorts are long enough and paired with a nice shirt, then I think it would still be professional. It would also depend in the material–the shiny silky gym shorts would be less discrete (and more likely to cause a mishap) than something like cotton khakis.
Hello Chris Williams,
I believe long pants are more professional; but, of course, dress for the conditions in an appropriate manner like mentioned by Karin. Nowadays, there are plenty of comfortable clothing options for heat to wear long pants at all times. Just put yourself in client shoes and check the mirror during a practice session in private if there are any concerns. Close fitting clothing makes following a trainer’s form easier and covers up well.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I have seen some male trainers wear bike shorts under looser fitting shorts so that there is no chance of embarrassment for either the trainer or the trainee. I don’t think that shorts in and of themselves are unprofessional, as long as they’re not too short.
My personal preference is calf-length capris, or bike shorts that come just above my knees if it’s summer and we’re outside.