Sometimes the intensity and long hours breed genuine friendships, as they did for Jody Johannessen, a marketing professional who works out at La Palestra, an exclusive Manhattan gym, with two trainers, one of whom is Marissa O'Neil.''Putting my health and improvement of my health in her hands, for me that was a huge thing,'' said Ms.
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Johannessen, who wanted help rehabilitating her injured back.
Correction: April 28, 2005, Thursday An article on April 14 about personal trainers misspelled the surname of the trainer who said, ''A lot of inappropriate stuff goes on.'' He is Jim Windus, not Windis.
''I thought that he was just going to help me correct my technique and maybe teach me something new,'' said Ms. (''My boyfriend,'' she replied.) Not long after, he got her home phone number and began to leave messages.
During the third session he invited her out to a nightclub. ''I couldn't go through an hour of constant bombardment for a date in return for free weight-training sessions,'' she said.
A hard session leaves you wide open on the looks front, too: stringy hair, wet patches, grunting like a warthog. That’s a sure-fire way to overstep those boundaries.
You look like s***, and your PT doesn’t even grimace. “If you’re lacking confidence, sharing sensitive details is a big emotional hurdle to overcome, but can create intimacy,” says psychologist James Lamper. READ: 3 Moves To Boost Your Pelvic Floor & Your Libido It’s standard to text your PT to say what you’ve eaten, or when you’re working out. Reader Rosie Smith had a near marital mishap, and it was down to her PT.
Windis said that when he got his start working at the Sports Training Institute -- widely regarded as New York's first personal-training gym -- during the 1970's, ''There were no rules,'' he said.
''Everyone was flying by the seat of their pants.'' Nowadays most reputable gyms require trainers to complete an in-house training course or get certification from an outside organization, which often have guidelines regarding professionalism.
Too embarrassed to complain, she canceled her membership and joined a gym farther away.
Few professional relationships throw people into such physical intimacy as one-on-one gym training; and few are as fraught with the peril of crossing business and pleasure.
READ: 6 Questions You Should Ask Your Personal Trainer For most people, hiring a PT is based on one thing: a desire to look and feel better.