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?
On the other hand group training is not personal training and many group exercise leaders easily switch or add on personal training for income.
I think if you can teach you can teach, it’s not something that occurs because you are a personal trainer.
I think these situations can occur during any class, not just because this trainer was not deemed as a group exercise leader.
I go back to our industry and our levels of professionalism. We need to maintain it at all times.
Possibly the manager of this studio would feel obligated to insist on more group exercise training and implement a certification policy.