Should personal trainers be charged?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Just seen on local news (London, UK) that one borough council (Hammersmith & Fulham) is now charging personal trainers for training clients in public parks.

Shouldn't government be encouraging more physical activity, instead of adding yet more layers of bureaucracy and taxation?

What do you think?
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    The nanny state in action again. I expect New York and Seattle to ride that bandwagon :) Seriously though its a horrid idea governments should encourage healthy habits but I guess that's hard when a lot of campaign contributions come from tobacco, oil, and factory farming....
    2429 days ago
    Isn't the point of the park to be free for everyone, since it is paid for by everyone's taxes?
    2433 days ago
    I've discussed this issue at greater length in my blog - see

    Thanks for your comments above!
    2459 days ago
    Crazy, wait till the US decides to do the same :) I mean how do you determine who is "training" and who isn't??? My friend is a personal trainer, yet we work out together...she gives me tips but that's all. I don't pay her, yet it could be construed as "training"

    What's next??? :)
    2459 days ago
    This has got to be one of the most stupid initiatives around! Of course H&F might be saying it's the professional that pays out of their fees, but in reality those costs would be passed on to clients in the form of higher fees, thereby discouraging them to do any activity at all.

    And how are they going to police it? Who's to say that a professional trainer can't happen to be somebody's best friend helping them out? Not that I would suggest cheating, you understand...
    2461 days ago
  • EDWINA172
    Wow! No, I don't believe trainers should be charged if they're training someone in a public place.
    You're right. The government should encourage more physical activity.
    2462 days ago
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