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?
you are really hitting on an interesting subject, particularly since personal trainers are more and more often beginning to train ‘small groups’. So where is the demarkation line between small group personal training and group exercise?
I found it interesting that the incidence happened in a scuplting class; weight training is the ‘bread and butter’ of personal trainers, and I have a personal issue with that class format in group exercise exactly because of all the issues you raise. To be frank, I have seen my share of certified group fitness instructors who did not adequately rise to the challenge of a sculpting class.
It is a tricky issue. I teach group exercise but I stay within the formats I am comfortable with. But I can see how a personal trainer, when pressed, may decide to help out with a format like that.