I personally do not see a problem with an occasional text between the trainer and the client, so long as personal space and preferences are honored. Not everyone uses texting, but then again a lot of people have come to depend on it for “immediate communication.” Respecting the technology, I use texting with a client to send reminders, confirmations and “yes” perhaps even asking if they are well. That being said, I do NOT overdo it, nor do I do it without first obtaining my client’s permission or in direct response to a text from them.
Whether it is considered “weird,” and when it crosses the line in my opinion is when it is unwanted, or obtrusive.
I hope that this helps.
Texting is not the way to go to discuss a workout, however I do have a few clients who check in with me via email on daily basis as part of their program which is one way they “stay on track”
I will email clients articles that pertain to an area of interest or check in asking how they are feeling after a particular workout!
I text time changes and have no problem with any of my clients being bothered!
If you’ve assessed their stage of readiness, and they’ve indicated that they are ready, confident and willing to change, is it unnecessary to text.
I have to concur Karin. Just ask yourself…
Would a doctor text his patients to make sure they are taking their medicine? For me it is a resounding no.
John, please heed my words.
At the outset, I always ask my clients for their contact information and include texting capabilities. If they resond “yes”, I make sure they are comfortable being contacted that way (many people don’t have unlimited texting) and then only use it as a means to respond to texts I receive from them, normally announcing tardiness.
Once you make a personal contact (I speak from experience here) with it, you open a can of barrier worms. Rarely did anyone have a problem with me contacting them but, my inbox EXPLODED!!! Some got the impression that my text inbox was their personal blog posting site, and were giving me every little update (sometime I got over 200 texts a day) and querry they could. I have since found that a phone call is not only more personable but, re-initiated those boudaries I had lost.
Please don’t make the mistake I did. Make phone calls and leave voicemails, send e-mails, and open a Facebook account to communicate with clientele. Texting WILL be a nightmare! I promise.