Avoiding Liability as a Fitness Professional

by Lemar Moore
Personal Training Quarterly January 2016
Vol 4, Issue 1


Unfortunately, injuries do occur during exercise, and the legal implications that follow them can be quite significant. Taking small, reasonable precautions at the onset of a new personal trainer-client relationship can stave off significant problems down the road.

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This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »



1. Butt v. Equinox 63rd St., Inc., 139 A.D.3d 614, 32 N.Y.S.3d 160 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016). 
2. Cox v. U.S. Fitness, LLC, 2013 IL App (1st) 122442, ¶ 14, 2 N.E.3d 1211, 1215–16. 
3. Feeney v. Manhattan Sports Club, Inc., 227 A.D.2d 293, 294, 642 N.Y.S.2d 674, 675 (1996). 
4. Layden v. Plante, 101 A.D.3d 1540, 1541–42, 957 N.Y.S.2d 458, 461 (2012). 
5. Lund v. Bally’s Aerobic Plus, Inc., 78 Cal. App. 4th 733, 738, 93 Cal. Rptr. 2d 169, 172 (2000). 
6. N.Y. Gen. Oblig. Law § 5-326. 
7. Quintana v. CrossFit Dallas, L.L.C., 347 S.W.3d 445, 452 (Tex. App. 2011). 
8. Vaid v. Equinox Greenwich Old Track Rd., Inc., No. FSTCV136019426S, 2014 WL 2504762, at *3 (Conn. Super. Ct. Apr. 30, 2014).

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LeMar Moore is a certified personal trainer and a New York licensed attorney with a wide range of experience in commercial litigation and corporate tr ...

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