A growing number of personal trainers are expanding there scope and teaching group fitness classes to supplement income and help keep group fitness programs running while instructors are out. I recently witness a nail biting tragedy where a personal trainer was covering a sculpting class a argument broke out in the middle of the class, there were people in the back of the room doing there own thing, no cueing, modifications, or class instruction for that matter. We all know that personal trainers are not group fitness instructors… But, would you let a personal trainer teach classes if you did not have an instructor?
Wow! That is one can of worms you opened.
It doesn’t appear that the personal trainer who was covering is making a habit of teaching group fitness class. He/she was simply helping and something unfortunate occurred.
I wouldn’t blame the personal trainer in this case. It appears he was directed to cover the class by management perhaps? Perhaps management learned a valuable lesson.
I know of some awesome personal trainers who teach group fitness classes–boot camp to be precise.
However, to answer your question what would I do in situation like that? I make it a habit of being able to teach what I offer at my studio, so likely, I’d teach the class.
A train wreck, right?
I teach at this studio that was a personal training studio and recently started offering classes, twice a week. I am close friends with the manager/owner. I am not sure she knows how bad the situation is. Being short staffed, she is overworked and possibly over looking a lot of things. Luckily her clients/ members have not made any complaints, yet. I have shared my opinions, hopefully they are taken into consideration. FYI – the trainer enjoys teaching wants to continue.
As both a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Spinning Instructor, I can attest to the fact that individual instruction and group instruction entail different skill sets. An entirely different level of focus is needed to scan a group, monitor form, provide appropriate cueing, and adjust the class intensity quickly to match what is happening in the group. Every fitness professional has an obligation to work within the scope of their training aand expertise.