It’s no surprise that men dominate the fitness industry. And with the little to no clothing women wear in fitness competitions, it’s pretty obvious that all of it is geared towards the pleasure of men. It’s difficult to be successful as a personal trainer and even more so as a female. You have to know your craft, be business savvy, look good, be “cute”, and have a great personality but you will have to take criticism and shade from men.
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Male clients want male trainers because a woman can’t possibly work them hard enough. Trust me when I tell you I’ve busted some balls within the first five minutes of training some of these guys. Pretty embarrassing for them, especially because I knew that they didn’t take this 5-foot trainer seriously. And that’s all right; I thoroughly enjoyed inflicting pain (read: facilitating exercise) on any client that is willing to listen.
Since fitness is so male dominated, I often worked with mostly men. Some of these men didn’t value the opinions or input of women. Un-open to new ideas they couldn’t retain any of their female trainers, which made it difficult when female clients want a female trainer. And guess what gender trains the most?
As hard has it was trying to deal with all the testosterone, I learned a lot from them in how to run a business, be direct and straight-forward, and acquired a take no shit attitude. I do feel that women are very afraid of how people perceive us and we are afraid of being labeled as a bitch, but we need to get over that… Like NOW, because we need to get these coins. A hard work ethic isn’t just for men; it’s not working like a man, it's just working hard.
Originally Published on YouNeedTribe