Personal Training Business Blog
The FAT poll
Yesterday was an interesting day. I posted a poll asking whether FAT Personal Trainers had a place in our industry. Here's what it asked:
We sent this poll to:
The number of individual people who clicked through to the poll was:
The number of votes received was:
the results on the poll itself show 436 but there were 20 more that didn't show because I messed up and stopped the poll to look at something but lost the 20 initial votes - sorry everyone - technology moment ;)
The poll is now closed and the results were as follows:
The FAT feedback
The poll also stimulated the following feedback from across the world. Below are the emails and facebook coomments/posts we received:
How was the poll designed?
If you examine this poll carefully you will see it was designed to explore the perceptions we have of the rights of fat personal trainers in our industry.
Do fat PTs have the right to be there, or only if they train fat people, or not at all. Those were the only three ways you could vote.
Given that the voting option "if the client is fat too, then that's fine" is essentially a 'Clayton's offer' (a hollow opportunity) the poll, to some degree, forced voters to be absolute in their stances.
I think if you look at the results of the poll and the feedback, the poll has been a success in that it has certainly received a lot of votes and it certainly stimulated some feedback.
Interestingly, although 553 individual people visited the page only 456 found a way to vote. Does this mean that 103 people (18%) couldn't find a comfortable way to vote because of the design of the poll? Or because the issue is quite contentious still? The email and facebook feedback seems to support this.
What do you think?
From the results, this issue does divide our industry almost right down the middle. As such, this still requires some discussion. I'd like to invite you to post your thoughts below. I know there is some feeling out there around this topic, and I know ptdirect.com staff are lining up to comment too. What are your thoughts?