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?
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.