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?
I think this is a very tricky situation because we have personal trainers like Todd Durkin who teaches group fitness. He calls it boot camp. However, it would be really crazay to see Todd teach–let’s say Zumba.
This is definitely outside of the scope practice according to the credential the individuals possesses, and I am not condoning it in the least, but, a personal trainer teaching a well-planned and prepared boot camp and one who teaches a class off the cuff because the regular group fitness instructor wasn’t available is very different.
All of us for the most part have attended workshops taught by personal trainers who lead a GROUP and have learned a great deal from them
I think this is a very sticky situation.
Thanks for the question Serena.