I need some advice

  • jerseyguy

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    Aug 12, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    I've been working with a trainer at my gym for a few weeks. We've had three sessions and the last one is this week. Here's my question: What's the protocol for tipping? Do I or don't I? And if I do, how much? He works full time at the gym and gets a cut of what the gym gets for these sessions.
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    Aug 12, 2008 5:25 PM GMT
    No tip is necessary. But we all need motivation right? The time to act on this is when holiday or birthday time rolls around... a good guide is the cost of one training session ($40-80 or whatever) in cash or a personally selected gift.

    PM8
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 12, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    Tipping a trainer? Never heard of that. Maybe we should tip the girl at the front desk too????? How about the locker room attendant???? Pool Guy???? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 12, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    Back when I was training, I got tips on birthdays and holidays... but probably the best tip I ever got was when I was leaving Dallas.

    One of my favorite clients knew I was buying a house in Beaumont and had lots of expenses.

    At my going away pool party, everyone brought gifts and he brought me a card... so I publicly made fun of him for being the "only cheap one in the bunch."

    I saved his card for last and when I opened it, there was a check inside for $5,000.

    Needless to say I was overwhelmed... and NO Joe... I never had sex with him and he never asked. He was just a really good guy who wanted to help me.

  • joeindallas

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    Aug 12, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    Did you declare it with the IRS ? Why would I think that about Doc and you showed me the check that night.
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    Aug 12, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidTipping a trainer? Never heard of that. Maybe we should tip the girl at the front desk too????? How about the locker room attendant???? Pool Guy???? icon_rolleyes.gif


    What you americans don't tip these peopleicon_eek.gif
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    Aug 12, 2008 9:00 PM GMT
    PHLmuscle8 saidNo tip is necessary. But we all need motivation right? The time to act on this is when holiday or birthday time rolls around... a good guide is the cost of one training session ($40-80 or whatever) in cash or a personally selected gift.

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    This is what I've routinely heard.
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    Aug 12, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    I work as the personal trainer in our small gym, part time, in addition to other duties. I make minimum wage there and I don't mind it at all (I'm basically donating my PT expertise). I really enjoy the clients, never discuss my birthday, and have never expected a tip. I think I would probably politely refuse if offered.
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    Aug 12, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    Never discuss your birthday?

    What did you discuss during rest periods? Back when I was training people, we talked sex, relationships, dating, politics- virtually everything...

    My clients would joke that they paid to come hear me talk about my life LOL

    One of them would tell me that they couldn't wait to train to hear the next exciting episode...

    I was intense about their training. The received $65 worth of training in every session, but we also had fun.
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 12, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    Since Personal Trainers are like The Hairdressers of the New Millinum, shouldn't teh clients pick the topics ?
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 12, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    Since Personal Trainers are like The Hairdressers of the New Millinum, shouldn't the clients pick the topics ?
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 12, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    Thanks I think LOL
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    Aug 12, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    You have NO idea what it was like to have Joe as a client... very memorable ;)
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 12, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    Thanks I think JIM Hey you said I was one of your hardest working client
  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 12, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    Years ago I signed up for personal training at my old gym. It was for 12 weeks. I think it was $1200 then. I was impressed with my physique and the knowledge I gained. I gave him $100 and a video(no DVD's then) on Nude Personal Training as a gag gift. He's an awesome trainer. And what's another $100 after spending $1200? If you're going to uise one long term, then I'd wait until birthday and xmas.
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    Aug 12, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    I usually tip at the holidays; usually 10% of what I have paid him that year...

    My travel schedule is complex, and I need to have someone who can make time for me on my schedule. He's a hell of a nice guy. Keeping a trainer happy just good business sense.

    Several years ago when I was recovering from a serious, debilitating, illness I hired a full time trainer for 4 mos, then tipped him at the end of his contract. If you are paying by the session, or for short term periods, I would think that at the end of the contract/sessions would be an appropriate time to make a gift or tip.
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    Aug 12, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    I don't think the circumstances warrant tipping. TIPS = "To Insure Prompt Service".

    It depends on where you are, however, it does to keep in mind that tipping for professional services can be considered an insult in many places.

    Terry
  • GQjock

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    Aug 13, 2008 12:02 AM GMT
    I've been a trainer and have used them too
    There IS no protocol for tipping trainers
    You can do it if you want but it's not expected
  • jerseyguy

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    Aug 14, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys. It certainly helped. icon_smile.gif