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 guess that is an issue you will run into at any student rec center. When you employ students then you can’t expect too much from them. I guess, you will have to keep testing their knowledge and then educate them, because these are the trainers who will be training clients out in the real world when they graduate. We all know that there are trainers out there who give a bad name to our industry and then we have to pick up the pieces.
If you are in charge of them, it’s your responsibility to teach them the right way and how to be more professional. If they don’t comply, then you can always replace them. Just think of it as if you had your own business and you had to deal with issues like this. Would you want them in your team or you would replace them and keep the good reputation you have worked so hard to build?