Fitness and personal training has always been a male-dominated industry. However, women are leaving their mark in the field in big ways.
I mean, who can understand female clients better than female trainers? This is the reason why so many women are turning to female personal trainers who go through the same physical, physiological and psychological changes and trusting them to help get them in the best shape of their lives.
Let’s take a look at some of the varying perspectives on women in personal training and their role in fitness.
Personal Trainer Gender Attitudes
A study published by the International Journal of Exercise Science wanted to investigate the attitudes of the perceptions of male and female athletes of same or opposite gender personal trainers. This study, called Attitudes Toward and Preferences for Male and Female Personal Trainers, stated that previous research on the subject has historically shown there is a preference for male coaches. However, this study found that there is no longer any gender bias towards personal trainers.
This research analyzed the feelings of both male and female athletes and looked at such criteria as personal trainer education, confidence in the trainer, personal trainer gender preference and other factors. The study found that neither males nor females showed any preference for gender, showing that female personal trainers in particular, have made great strides from the dated perception that males were the more highly regarded gender for fitness training.
Choosing Between a Female Male Personal Trainer
According to a popular blog titled “Females need a female personal trainer” the opinion of the author is that most women are better off with a female trainer. While she says that this is not due to education, she does equate her rationale behind the comfort level and trust that is necessary to have with one’s personal trainer.
For some women, it is more challenging to be open about your personal concerns with a male trainer than it would be with a women. On the other hand, some women might appreciate the varying perspective a male personal trainer would bring to the table. A completely different perspective altogether is that you could just select a trainer based on their experience and your ability to get along.
Whatever you choose, consider your level of comfort with a trainer of the opposite sex and if there are any personal concerns you would have that would lead you to train with a female trainer.
How Male and Female PTs Communicate
There are few people that would argue that men and women tend to communicate in very different ways. If you are a female and seeking a personal trainer, it pays to know the communication style you prefer in the person you are paying to help you achieve your physical and nutritional goals.
When men talk, they are usually placing a priority on productivity and efficiency. Women on the other hand are not necessarily looking for solutions but rather for someone to listen and understand. When men listen they are usually doing so with the assumption that their advice or assistance is needed. Women don’t feel that conversations need to result in fixes or resolutions, they just want to talk.
If you are a female seeking a personal trainer, consider how these communication styles will work for you. If you really want to relate to your personal trainer and enjoy the communication you have with them, a female personal trainer may be your best bet. If you are all about the business end of results a male personal trainer may be better suited towards your needs. This advice does not work for all personal trainers, some men may be excellent communicators and some women more focused on productivity.
At the end of the day all that matters is that you are getting help reaching your health and fitness goals. Whether you decide to train with a male or female trainer, just be comfortable in your decision and base your decision on your end goals. Whatever you do, just remember: Stay motivated. Stay active!