All fitness centers are a place for many types of athletes. Bodybuilding studios and fitness centers for women are not included. All fitness centers offer personal training. There was always a separation between male and female personal trainers. The big question here is why men and women avoid personal training with the opposite sex.
From the perspective of female personal trainers, I see this avoidance of male and female personal trainers quite often. First, most personal trainers are ready to work with anyone. Some may prefer older adults, men, women, children, or just athletes. In my personal experience, some older women avoid male personal trainers because they feel like they are only doing bodybuilding, which reduces the chances of training with a male trainer. Some women consider male trainers to be "arrogant". A good majority of women only want to train with female trainers because they find training with men uncomfortable. Most women are looking for trainers who are understanding and competent. Some are looking for trainers who specialize in certain aspects of training such as weight loss, corrective exercises, and strength training and who have no preference for men or women.
I recently encountered a gymnast while training some clients. Let's call her "Connie". She spoke to some of my clients, both men and women. She asked her about my personal trainer skills and personality. My clients then discussed my training methods and personality. When I walked over and introduced myself, she said that she had been looking for a personal trainer for a while and that I was the kind of trainer she wanted to work with. Of course I had to ask her why. When she heard some frustration in her voice, she said that she felt intimidated by the male personal trainers she had seen in this special fitness center. She had to be trained by someone who was "like her", a female personal trainer.
In very rare cases, men have come to me for advice on achieving goals. Admittedly, I'm always ready to help someone with fitness issues, whether they're male, female, young, or old. I forced men to intentionally avoid me like the plague in the gym, even though they saw me training for several months. Don't the letters on the back of my uniform represent "Personal Trainer"? Am i intimidating? Do you think that my years of experience and knowledge are inadequate? Am I not strong enough to discover you? "Do you think you'll insult me while you speak to me?"
A few years ago when I was in the gym with my husband. I saw him bench press on his last set. There was a guy on the breast press who obviously needed help. He waited for my husband to finish and walked past me without a word and asked my husband for a place. I was disappointed. I may not be 6 feet and I weigh 200 pounds, but I can clearly see an adult male lifting over 200 pounds. I was deliberately ignored. The question is why? Is it a testosterone thing? Don't you feel comfortable asking a female personal trainer for help? Is it the male ego?
According to an anonymous source, I got some answers to my previous questions. Most men prefer to train with male personal trainers, depending on their build or constitution. Training with another man who is fit or "in shape" ultimately leads to the same fitness results. Many men believe that female trainers have no knowledge or no way to relate to them. Others see female trainers as a distraction, may have an attitude or bad personality. Some men might care less about it as long as their fitness goals are met. In some cases, men prefer a female trainer because they feel uncomfortable training with a male personal trainer. There is definitely a pattern with both sides. Everyone wants personal training with someone they can identify with, whether it's a male or female trainer. The choice is ultimately yours.
When researching this particular topic, I found little or no detailed information about why men avoid personal training for women.