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?
Hi Serena – Love the question! I’ve had to deal with it as a Training Director and as a Group Fitness Director (I am a Trainer and GFInstructor, as well) – and as many said, it depends upon individuals skills/training as much as just the “title”. Some Trainers look at Group Fitness as an easy way to make an extra buck (disregarding or ignorant of the skills required) AND some Intructors who teach sculpting can get the idea that they can also be a Personal Trainer. It really depends on the individual – and while some of our skills overlap in looking at your comments about “no cueing, modifications, or class instruction for that matter”, I might question the individual Trainer’s personal training style/experience, and whether it can translate to group. As Trainer it is very important to que proper technique and form and to offer up modifications, if this person cannot do it as a Trainer then he/she definately couldn’t handle a group. My qualifications for hiring Trainers (or GFInstructors) were to find out if they can identify, correct, and modify movements, for their relative “clients”. That is a transferrable skill, and I would have to know my Trainer’s ability to do so before I let them lead a group class which requires that same ability. Risk versus cancelling a class? You have to be the judge. I have learned that just having a title doesn’t mean someone can do the job, in ANY profession.