How Can I Tell My Personal Trainer (or Anyone Else For That Matter) That They Stink

Being a personal trainer is AWESOME. They get to watch people get stronger, faster & more confident. They get to see change first hand, teach people new things and be a part of someone’s transformation. Most of the time, a trainer won’t even notice or think about their smell. 99% of the time, they will smell just fine, and even if a Client smells, many trainers don’t mind it and aren’t even fazed by it. Yet that awkward other 1% of the time, a person’s smell can be extremely pronounced, uncomfortable and nauseating. 

 Sometimes it’s really not their fault: you can’t always smell your own brand of sweat. Other times, it might not be the trainer themselves, but their clothes that
stink. Failing to wash clothes daily (or letting them sit in our sweat) can cause smelly bacteria to grow, and it’s often not ‘activated’ until we start to sweat again (hence why clothes can smell just fine out of the wash, but start to stink when sweaty). Likewise, sometimes people shower the night before, wake up, go to work, then get their sweat on. By the time they hit the gym, it may have been about a day since their last shower, and that can be another reason someone smells more than usual.

It can be REALLY uncomfortable to tell someone they smell out of the blue and unfortunately most people will suffer in silence, afraid to offend the smelly offender. But you shouldn’t have to do that. Just because you’re too embarrassed, nervous or scared to say something, doesn’t mean you can’t get your point across. So stop suffering in silence and let The Incognito Help Line tell them they smell, so you don’t have to tell them yourself.

If you’re not familiar with the service, The Incognito Help Line, is an anonymous message delivery service that will personally call and tell your trainer they need to pay closer attention to their hygiene. Simply provide the recipient’s contact information and The Incognito Help Line will deliver your message with the kindness and care your trainer deserves.

Concerned that they might not know how to improve their scent, The Incognito Help Line can offer several suggestions or advice as well. They can explain that sometimes clothing can be saved with baking soda, intense detergents and hot water, but sometimes they cannot. They will suggest that your trainer give their clothes a sniff post workout and if they REALLY stink, it may be time to ditch them (sports bras, undies, socks and all). They will encourage them to consider a quickie shower pre-workout, switching to morning showers or re-applying deodorant a few times during the day.

How to avoid smelling bad at the GymAt the end of the day, it’s one thing for your trainer to get a random phone call or note when they cannot validate where it came from or if it’s meant to be taken seriously, or as a stupid joke by one of their gym buddies. But when your trainer gets a personal phone call or postcard from The Incognito Help Line, they’ll know the message is serious and shouldn’t be taken as a joke, and it’s that personal touch that makes all the difference.

As the number one professional anonymous messaging service, The Incognito Help Line knows that sometimes its easier to let someone say things for you, which is why The Incognito Help Line was created- for people to start saying the things they need to say. So don’t fire your trainer or avoid them- let The Incognito Help Line tell them they smell, so you don’t have to