The first woman to train as a personal trainer in the US has left her job after nearly three years as an employee of the company.
The woman, who is still employed by the firm, said she was told by her manager that she had to stop her work at the firm because she would no longer be able to maintain her own life.
The personal trainer is the name given to someone who works as a trainer to help clients recover from physical, emotional and mental challenges.
The women work closely with clients to ensure they stay motivated, maintain a good physical appearance and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
But the personal trainer also takes on the responsibility of helping clients recover their personal financial independence.
“I would say, ‘OK, if you can’t afford to live off the money, it’s OK to take a job,'” said one woman, whose identity was used for fear of retribution.
“If you can afford to work from home, it means that you’re going to be able and willing to do that, and you’re able to get your own income.”
The women are among a growing number of female personal trainers who have left their jobs, claiming that the pay and benefits have been too low.
One woman, from New York, said her personal trainer boss made $13 per hour and promised her a raise of $10 if she quit her position.
“They don’t pay me what I deserve,” she told Al Jazeera.
“When I said I was going to quit, I was told, ‘Well, if it’s not enough to keep you afloat, we can give you another $10.
You’re on your own.'”
Another woman, in her 30s, said the pay was lower than the company’s salary, which is $75,000 a year.
“There are only so many hours you can get paid, and I was doing the job that I was supposed to do,” she said.
“The pay was low, the benefits were low, and they didn’t even have the basic necessities like food and water.”
Al Jazeera contacted the company, but did not receive a response.
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
The company did not respond to the company website for comment, as it did not provide any details about its pay structure.
The firm also did not return a request for an interview with its former boss.
In recent years, the number of personal trainers in the United States has more than doubled to about 100,000, according to data from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
Many of these trainers work for companies such as CareerBuilder and Careers in Sports, but many are also working at the personal training companies themselves.
Some trainers have reported that their bosses are not always upfront about the compensation offered to their positions.
“Many of these folks are really struggling financially, and their managers are really pushing them to work for them at a certain wage, so they’re not going to have the time to do anything else,” said Ashley M. Dyer, a personal training consultant who is also from Florida.
“These people are very afraid to go against their bosses because they’re afraid that they’re going down.”
The lack of financial independence is becoming a serious problem for many of the women who work as personal trainers.
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the National Association of Personal Trainers, nearly half of personal trainees said they had left their job to start their own businesses.
One of the biggest issues they face is the lack of funding and support for personal trainers, and often are forced to pay the bills.
The Association of American Personal Trainors estimates that over half of trainers have either stopped working or have had to quit their jobs.
A survey of 4,700 trainers conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that personal trainers earn an average of $21,200 a year in salary and benefits, but the average wage for personal trainers in the entire US is $20,500.
The study also found that the average personal trainer salary is $23,400, with the median salary for a personal trainee at $26,000.
“It’s a very difficult and costly job for many trainers,” Dyer said.
According in a survey by the Association of Professional Personal Trainees, a national association of personal training firms, one in six trainers surveyed said they were not earning enough to make ends meet.
“This is a great time to be a personal assistant or personal trainer,” said Julie DeBryden, the organization’s president and CEO.
“You can have an incredibly good career, but then you have to take on a great amount of debt and then have to do what’s required to pay for the bills.”