Should I make it mandatory for new clients to have a physical exam?
by Jen Allan
I am a part-time self employed personal trainer and Boot Camp instructor and have been for about a year and a half. I am insured and make sure that all new clients sign contracts and liability waivers.
I have always verbally recommended that they get a physical but haven't made it mandatory in order to train them. Now, I'm having a change of heart and feel I should make it mandatory that they get an OK by their doctor before starting a training program.
My concern is that I'll scare away new customers, but I'm also fearful that I could start training them and would be unaware of potential health risks they could have. This seems to be a tricky issue, especially if you are self employed without the protection of a larger gym. What is the consensus out there?
Thanks so much!
Trainer working at a fitness center, but not doing appointments ???
I had been working at a fitness center for 7 years and have been ask to become a personal trainer. The owners want me train members, but not in the traditional pt way - such as 1 hour individual appointments. They want me to show members new workouts and also train our staff to do the same. My concern is will this be breaking the requirements on what a pt should be doing? Am I responsible as the certified pt if injuries occur or is the fitness center if I am not with the member doing their complete workout? Would need professional insurance along with general liability insurance? If so, please explain what they both cover.
As a pt, we are required to do assessments and testing before beginning any exercise program with a client- how will the above work with that?
Very concern with the pt requirements by law!!!!
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