the legal resource for fitness entrepreneurs
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10 Ethical Guidelines for Fitness Professionals

10 Ethical Guidelines for Fitness Professionals

When running a fitness gym or coaching athletes, you have to be worried about more than just plan creation and marketing.  There’s what is legally required and there is professional and ethical behavior. Let’s talk about 10 ethical guidelines for fitness professionals. Be Honest in your representations They say you should fake it until you...
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Do fitness professionals legally need to be certified? (US, Australia, Canada, UK & Brazil)

Do fitness professionals legally need to be certified? (US, Australia, Canada, UK & Brazil)

The question of whether fitness professional legally need to be certified is a fundamental question, both for those starting out in the industry and for those who’ve been around a while who might be under the impression that industry practice might equate with legality.  Let’s talk briefly about the situation in the following countries: USA,...
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Working with Minor Athletes – Special Legal Issues

Working with Minor Athletes – Special Legal Issues

It is that time of the year, when the new school year begins, school physicals are being feverishly done, and parents are registering their children for athletic leagues, and school teams. Working as a fitness professional with minor athletes gives rise to special legal issues. Here are 9 such special legal issues that relate to...
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Fitness Professionals: Am I allowed to touch my clients?

Fitness Professionals: Am I allowed to touch my clients?

Fitness training is by its nature physical. While that might seem obvious, the question of whether it is professional and ethical to touch your clients is a question to consider in light of your own circumstances and fitness business. Touch is part of many professional occupations, including medicine, hairdressing, aesthetics, physical therapy, massage, and personal...
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Training for free?: Legal protections you need to have in place

Training for free?: Legal protections you need to have in place

You decided to do some personal training or fitness training for free. We’re not going to talk about why you might have decided this, or the pros and cons of training for free. Instead, we are going to dive into a discussion of the legal protections you need to have in place if you decide...
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New Fitness Client Legalities 101

New Fitness Client Legalities 101

Regardless of how effective your advertising and marketing is, your client onboarding process for new in person fitness clients is essential for making a great impression on the client. Attracting new clients and retaining existing clients is always challenging. However, providing an outstanding and seamless customer service experience through an onboarding process which addresses important...
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Legal risks and issues to consider for Fitness Trainers working online

Legal risks and issues to consider for Fitness Trainers working online

We’ve written about Liability Risks that fitness professionals face and highlighted that websites can open a fitness professional up to liability risks that go beyond those that a face to face trainer may be at risk for liability. Let’s talk about the legal risks and issues that need to be considered for fitness professionals are...
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Special Legal Issues for Independent Contractors working in a gym

Special Legal Issues for Independent Contractors working in a gym

Where you train clients and your employment relationship (whether as an employee or a contractor) may change your risk of liability drastically. Let’s talk about the special issues for independent contractors working in a gym setting. The first question is to ask: Are you really a contractor? This is a fundamental question; however, we won’t...
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Disclaimers and Best Practices for Nutrition and Exercise Advice

Disclaimers and Best Practices for Nutrition and Exercise Advice

As a fitness professional, you may be in search of best practices for nutrition and exercise advice, and specifically disclaimers for nutrition and exercise advice you may offer in the course of your work as a fitness professional. So, what are some professional best practices for nutrition and exercise advice? Be aware of your legal...
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Free Lawyer-Drafted Fitness Disclaimers

Fitness Disclaimers

Be Protected So you’re here because you’re a fitness industry professional..  You may be a coach or nutritionist – and you understand that liabilities are rampant in this industry. That is why FitLegally is here to help you.  As a triathlete, lawyer and MBA, I understand the fitness industry + the ins-and-outs of legal stuff...
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