In my opinion, continuing technical education is critical to safety and effectiveness as a fitness professional. I’m not talking about following the newest trends and having the newest fitness toys. I’m talking about staying up to date with the science, deciding how / whether it fits into what you currently teach, and then choosing how / whether to implement it.
If someone gets injured, and it is proven that what caused the injury is the result of an incorrect movement no longer supported by current research or a movement not indicated for a particular client, than the risk is a lawsuit. Ugh. Who wants that?
Be mindful of why you are prescribing a certain exercise to a certain client. There are also some exercises that are too complicated to be done in a class setting – they need more one on one feedback to be done correctly. So stay on top of the literature and be able to think critically about the volume of information that is “hot” in the industry.
This is a fairly general question for a very specific topic.
The industry is and has been growing by leaps and bounds for years
There are “new” workouts/trends constantly being “invented”
There are sub certifications being offered albeit not mandatory (at least not Nationally Accredited ones!)
So to take bits and pieces of a concept without fully understanding the whys or reasons can be very risky
My suggestion would be to be certified with a Nationally Recognized Organization and then to constantly learn, take your CEC’s and stay on top of everything. As you evolve you will be comfortable adding elements in.
I agree with Karin’s last sentence because that is the most important part of being a fitness instructor, coach or personal trainer. In my opinion many instructors today are trying to incorporate every new trend they see online or out there without knowing to much about it or if it works for their clients/participants. If you are good at what you do then there is little or no big hurry to switch or add something that might or might not work. Just because there is a new trend out there it doesn’t mean it’s the silver bullet of the industry. You can read about them and test all the new trends that are coming out to see if they will be suitable for your clients and if they are safe and effective to use. Then add it to your experiences/methods of training and use it when needed. Personally I wouldn’t worry to much about it, but I’m not in your shoes. The problem today with our industry is that everyone wants to do and offer everything out there and then nothing gets done the right way.
My point is that not everything out there is as good and as great as they sound and before you copy or add to your arsenal of methods something new, make sure you have done some research on it and it’s worth your time and money. I hope this helps.
to me, there are two sides to this story, and it depends a lot of what you call ‘new fitness concepts’.
Let’s use Pilates exercises as an example which have remained largely unchanged even though new science has demonstrated how some of the benefits have come about. To my knowledge, the Pilates schools have continued the development of teaching, though. So if you were to be a Pilates instructor, I would expect you to be aware of this discussion in this field but I would not consider it a risk if you are not if you are providing safe and effective exercise programs to your clients.
There is also the question of being out of date (meaning: not knowing of) versus being aware of and deciding not to use it. Just because something is a new fitness concept does not necessarily make it a better concept. And whether or not you should instruct it depends a lot on your level with familiarity with it and thus your ability to instruct it with safety and effectiveness in mind.
I believe the risks are greater for an instructor to latch onto the latest trend without really knowing it and being cautious as to when, where and for whom to apply.