I think a union of trainers would help trainers who work for large fitness chains. I have seen gyms slash wages by 50% or more for trainers while keeping management salaries untouched. I have also seen gyms fight against unions. I believe it would benefit the maintenance staff at these same facilities who often deal with abuse. What do you think about a trainer/fitness union?
Good question. I think if you don’t like how a gym is treating you, then you should look elsewhere for a job. Even better, find your entrepreneurial spirit and start your own training business. This way you set your own hours and the hourly rate you think you deserve, and choose your own benefits deal. I worked in gyms for many years and when I had enough of working for someone else, I started my own business and it was the best thing I ever did. It’s both challenging and empowering because your success is in your hands–not someone else’s. You create your reputation for excellence in the market and you decide how financially successful you are. You make your own destiny, and this applies to life, not just being self-employed. Remember, your career in fitness isn’t limited to a gym.