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?
We all have different talents. It sounds like in this particular situation it wasn’t a good fit.
I train one on one, small group, and teach large group-ex (I went the other way around – started in group-ex, found a passion for small group, then moved into personal training). They’re very different skills and energies, but it’s possible for one person to be skilled at both. Someone already suggested Todd Durkin as an example of this ability.
The broader issue i see is club subbing policy. I have worked for clubs whose mentality is that it’s better to have an unqualified warm body teaching a class than cancel a class for one day or find an appropriate sub.