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Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors, And Workout Coaches, Tell Us Some Insider Secrets About Your Job

We're all ears.

Whether you are someone who is an avid gym-goer or you occasionally step into the gym every once in a while (or never), I'm sure I'm not alone here in wondering about the lives of personal trainers, group fitness instructors, workout coaches — or people who otherwise get paid to work out for a living.

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Personally, as someone who loves a good workout, I have quite a few questions for fitness pros.

For example, I'd love to know: What are some of the most surprising things about being in the fitness industry?

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Maybe people would be surprised to know that you're just as reluctant to wake up for an early-morning workout as your class or clients are. You're just really good at making people believe otherwise.

Speaking of clients, are there common things they do that secretly (or not-so-secretly) drive you up the wall?

And being in the business of being so physically ~close~ with people on a daily basis, do things ever get... awkward? Are you constantly getting hit on?

(And yes, I'm just going to ask: have you ever dated a client??)

Is there anything about the job that you secretly hate? When do you find time to workout for yourself?

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Also, are you always sore or not even fazed by it anymore?

Are there darker sides to an industry that prides itself in the physicality of it all?

How common is body dysmorphia (or related issues) behind the scenes? Beyond the physical, are there mental or emotional aspects that don't get talked about enough? 

If you have something to share — a story, a surprising secret, a viewpoint that doesn't always get to see the light of day — tell me all about it below. It can be big or small! If you'd rather remain anonymous, all good — just go ahead and fill out this form. You might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.

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