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?
Not sure I have anything new to offer here, but wanted to chime in here. The situation descibed brings me to some assumptions about the situation that may or may not be true, so leaving that aside, I teach a bootcamp and some days I have 20 ladies and others I have 2. So my class changes from a group setting to almost a one-on-one situation. There are times I may have very experienced campers in a class with a person who has never attended a group fitness class before and needs additional instruction. I am comfortable wth leaving the more experienced to work independently for a time while I closer instruct the new member; which is not uncommon. So not knowing the personalities of the class, it is difficult to give a specific response but to agree with the consesus. Personal Training is a Professional Service. As such, it is the personal trainer who should decide whether they can safely and effectively take on a training class.