Supplements are becoming a large problem in the personal training industry as they are a big threat to its integrity. Many personal trainers sell supplements to earn commission and to supplement their income.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with selling supplements it can pose a dilemma where you are put into a situation where you could compromise your personal ethics in order to sell a supplement your client might not need in order to make a little extra money.
If as a trainer, you have done your research and it is clear that a supplement could help your client reach their goals then go ahead and recommend it to your client. In some cases even when the product is valid to the customer as well as high quality the client can still suffer from expensive prices due to the high mark up necessary in order to fully compensate the personal trainer.
Unfortunately it is quite rare for a personal trainer to adequately research a supplement before selling a supplement under the promise of excellent results. In this scenario the trainer is creating a problem when the client after spending money on the recommended supplement sees no results.
Commonly the most expensive supplements offer the biggest kickbacks to the personal trainer and thus the client ends up paying even more for a supplement they might not even need.
If you want to recommend supplements to your client you need to put in the research in to just how effective the product is. The supplement industry is filled with more than just the standard protein powder and creatine. There are always the latest trends promoted on TV such as raspberry ketones.
It might have take you months to build up a trust with a client so don’t breach that trust just to make a couple of dollars on a single product.
Lastly when you do recommend a product make sure the client can get the best price possible. It is not difficult to set up a discount code page for your favourite brands a long with some affiliate links. This enables you to offer the best prices available via voucher codes whilst still earning your commission. Just take a look at this MuscleFood discount code page and this Myprotein discount code page as an example.