As a fitness professional, do you have an obligation to correct others when you're a customer at a gym?
You join a gym (at which you do not work) and you see trainers not doing their jobs the way they are supposed to, or you see fellow customers performing exercises with poor, unsafe form. Do you cross the line and correct them (trainer and/or fellow customer)?
I would mind my business as I feel that is up to the individual who manages the personal trainers and the members on the gym floor.
I know it gets under your skin, however, I would leave that alone. Somehow I believe that situation is fraught with problems.
I would seek ways to create collaborative relationships with the staff as you never know how they might be of professional assistance to you.
I posted a question similar to this a while back:
In this case as a guest...I would not feel obligated to correct the trainer or their client.
I only interfere when it's a questions of life or limb or when I am being asked for advice.
I try to tell myself that I do not know the other trainers' goals, and I have sometimes told my clients to do an exercise differently from the beaten path with a very specific goal in mind.
But it still kills me sometimes to watch it. That's why I pretty much exclusively work out at my own studio.
That's a tough one. We do not know what the goal is, or the condition of the client which may prevent proper form.
My head would say to get on with my own workout and my heart would be crying out to ask if they would like some help...another reason I do my personal workout in private.
Who's to say what is right or wrong ?
We must remember this is an unlicensed, non regulated industry that allows just about anyone a chance at becoming "certified"
If the safety of others is eating at you, it may be appropriate to speak to the head trainer or director and very delicately share your observation. It is their facility and they can decide if the information is something they wish to act on. The feedback may also be better received coming from within the facility.
But honestly- if I saw something that crazy I'd be looking around for John Quinones from the TV show What Would You Do?
Most of the time it's best to agree to disagree with what we see.
I agree with all of you. It's frustrating, but it's better not to say anything. Thank you for your opinions.
If it's bad or dangerous then yes.
That's a very tricky situation.
Overall, I would not correct the form in front of the trainer or client.
Courtesy towards the other trainer goes out the window when you (the outsider) correct another trainer. Managers should do this (and it would be best if this was done in private).
Also, since you don't work in the facility, why should the client listen to you? Did the client ask for your opinion?
As The Rock would say 'know your role...'