Personal trainers share their weirdest client requests
From bare-chested wrestling to being asked for help with Tinder, fitness pros are often on the receiving end of some strange client demands
Europe's leading online local services marketplace has revealed the top ten strangest requests its personal trainers have received from clients.
Bark.com surveyed over 2,000 PTs to find out the weirdest requests they've had from clients, including strange behaviour and the most unusual places clients have asked for a PT session.
The top 10 strangest requests include bare-chested wrestling, to hold the client's face while exercising and being asked to message someone on Tinder on behalf of the client.
As for the weirdest places people have requested a training session, one trainer said a client was so shy she insisted on booking a racquetball court at 6am to avoid being seen.
The top ten weirdest requests personal trainers have received from clients are:
- Training sessions without clothes
- Bare-chested wrestling
- Intimate relations with the client
- Message a man on Tinder on behalf of the client
- Glute massages after every session
- To not sweat during the workout
- Implement a safe word
- To not make any eye contact during the session
- Hold the client's face while doing exercises
- Scream offensive language at the client during the session
The full results of the survey can be viewed here.
Personal trainers also revealed some of the most inappropriate behaviour they've experienced, such as a client getting undressed before a workout while they changed, discussing the details of their affair and being sent explicit photos.
There are more than 3,400 personal trainers currently active on Bark.com across the country, working across weight management, nutrition, fitness, muscle building and various types of sport-specific training.
Bark.com connects customers with local professionals for any project, including accountants, cleaners, personal trainers and plumbers.
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- They aren't paying enough attention to you during training sessions
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- Inappropriate client relationships
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