I work at a university fitness center and run into this problem all the time. I call it “I can ride a bike, I can teach a group fitness cycling class” or “I can do a bicep curl, I can personal train anyone”. It is a fine line trying to encourage the students, but at the same time making them realize there is SO MUCH more to learn. How do you tame that cocky and arrogant attitude? The continuing education for these newbies just stops because they know it all. As an educator I am up for some ideas.
am I correct in the assumption that all your trainers have been certified as personal trainers or group exercise instructors in order to teach at your facility?
Even reputable organizations often discharge their newly minted trainers into the world with the attitude of “You are now one of the country’s best trainers” just because they have just passed a rather difficult exam.
I am wondering whether the cocky and arrogant attitude derives from over-confidence or from insecurity made to look like confidence.
You are at a university fitness center; are your trainers ‘personal trainers’ that have their personal clients or are they there to assist other students in the use of the equipment?
Are the trainers expected to perform a static and dynamic movement assessment with pictures on new trainees? This would be a great way to start a conversation on the training plan based on the assessment findings. I have yet to see a person who presents perfect symmetry. Performing an assessment by itself is a challenge, and interpreting the results is not easy even if you have learned all the right things about it. Discussing such assessments will give you an opportunity to evaluate the trainers knowledge and can serve as a teaching moment.
I wish you good success.