Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Layne Jorgensen

Second Advisor

Dr. Jung-il Oh

Third Advisor

Dr. Juan Gonzalez


This study used a personality questionnaire to address the lack of literature concerning how the general population perceives personal trainers and what qualities they desire in them. The Big Five Inventory (BFI) with two demographic items (gender and previous experience) was administered to 130 undergraduate students at The University of Texas-Pan American to determine perceived and desired characteristics. High extraversion was most commonly associated with personal trainers. High extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, as well as low neuroticism, were most desired in personal trainers. Significant differences were seen between perceived and desired means across all dimensions. Additionally, gender produced main effects on perceived extraversion and conscientiousness, and desired extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. No main effects of previous experience existed. While only partial support was found for the personal trainer stereotype, the findings suggest that personality is an important aspect of the trainer-client interaction.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American