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?
As has been so eloquently addressed, teaching a group exercise class is quite different from conducting a one-on-one training session. Very different teaching skills are absolutely required. If a particular facility “plugs in” an unqualified instructor simply to sustain dollar numbers, that is sad.
Can a personal trainer be a good group exercise instructor? Of course. But it requires an adequate and qualified training. I guess it all comes down to the facility’s commitment to professionalism.