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.
I’m not sure of your position, are you in charge of the instructors?
It’s very obvious that in this industry there are many “off shoots” of exercise programs that have the “I’m “certified” therefore I can do anything I want.”
We must remember that this is NOT a regulated, licensed industry. Once a trainer gets certified there is nothing to stop them from training any way they wish, except a law suit.
With that being said, it’s very important to maintain professionalism and integrity at all times and maintain CEC’s and educational input.