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 instruct yoga and circuit training courses so a local gym thought I would be great at teaching an aerobics class. My first day was a learning experience for sure. I will admitt, I was not a very good instructor for about two weeks. I finally turned the job over to a certified group instructor who enjoys teaching aerobics, and took the class under them for about two months. I learned so much in that time about conducting group exercise outside of the military. That was about 8 years ago but the experience resinates with me even today. Like Michael said “imagine if a spinning instructor, yoga or aerobic instructor filled in while a Personal Trainer was out?”; its easy, just imagine feeling overwhelmed and a little out of place, then go get additional training before you try it again.