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Clothing Etiquette for Personal Trainers

Clothing Etiquette for Personal Trainers

When it comes to the fitness industry and fitness professionals, the question of ‘what to wear?’ can be a tricky one to answer. Assumptions can be made regarding the informal nature of the industry, leading some to believe that wearing ‘whatever makes you feel comfortable’ is OK. However, in order to dress to impress, a few basic rules still apply. Keep reading to learn more about successful and effective ways to make the most out of your personal presentation as a fitness professional.

Tidiness And Cleanliness

Whether you like it or not, much of being a professional Personal Trainer is invading your client’s personal space, especially if you work in a gym. For this reason, being clean and tidy is essential when it comes to dealing with your clients. Gyms are already a mixture of not-so-pleasant odours from quite a few people - don’t let yours be in that mix.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Hair
    If you have long hair, keep it in a ponytail, or a bun. You don’t want to have it all over your face or dripping with any sweat your hair might be holding. In addition, when your hair is not clean, the odour can be quite strong when in close proximity.
  • Never Forget To Use Deodorant
    This is a pretty well-known grooming routine, however nobody is free from an occasional accident! To avoid this from happening, keep an extra deodorant at your workplace or in your gym bag.

    However, it’s important not to go too overboard. Yes, it is better to smell like strong jasmine or cologne than sticky sweat, but don’t use ten different strong scents all at once, as it can become overwhelming. Some men’s deodorants can be quite strong, while some excessively sweet women’s perfumes and body mists can be very overbalanced. Citrus scents are a good replacement, as they are generally more calming and better-received. The aim is to go for something neutral and reserved.
  • Fresh Breath
    When leaning towards a client to advise them on how to improve their workout, they will probably be able to smell your breath. Be sure to clean your teeth regularly. Keeping an extra toothbrush at the workplace is a good idea, and carrying mints is too.
  • Nail Cleanliness
    Excessively long or dirty nails are a big negative for many people. Nails are a magnet for harbouring bacteria, so keep them trimmed and squeaky clean. Plus, nobody wants to be touched by somebody with dirty nails. Keep a little nail brush at your workplace to ensure your nails are always in good condition.

What To Wear To The Gym

As a Personal Trainer, you’re allowed to wear activewear at work. However, even though your uniform might be more flexible than others, as a professional PT there are still some rough guidelines that you should follow. It’s all about first impressions!

  • Block Colours
    There may already be a designated company colour code or uniform in place. But if there isn’t, make sure you choose simple block colours. Feel free to wear any combination of colour in your own workouts, but with a client, keep it professional and simple.
  • Modesty
    If you are a personal trainer, chances are you have a body worth flaunting. But doing so during a client's session is not on. The session is about the client, not you. So dress with modesty in order to make sure that you don’t overwhelm or distract your client. Inevitably your clients will have a range of different personalities and fitness levels, so you need to dress in a way that makes all of them feel comfortable. Avoid low cut or midriff tops, see through tops or pants for women, and singlets or overly showy clothing for men. Of course, in your own workouts there aren’t any restrictions, but with a client it’s their workout - not yours - so don’t take centre stage.
  • Size And Style
    While you don’t necessarily want to show off your body, there’s no need to completely hide it either. Baggy jumpers, jackets or pants may not be the best choice. Instead, choose well fitted clothing in layers that allow you to remain comfortable, yet modest and well presented. Steer clear of too many buttons and zippers, avoid wearing jewellery, and make sure your clothing is always clean and in good condition.
  • Keep It Hygienic
    Wash your clothes regularly and replace anything that is ripped or worn. It’s a great idea to keep your normal gym gear and Personal Trainer gear separate, in order to make sure that you always look (and smell) your best when you are on the job. Iron your shirts if necessary, stay warm with a good sports jacket, and maintain a professional image at all times.

Appropriate clothing etiquette helps you to gain respect and trust. As a Personal Trainer, this is a crucial part of doing business. Don’t overlook its importance; make sure that you are tidy and clean so that you can put your best foot forward as a fitness professional.

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