Atypical Tips for Les Mills Initial Program Trainings

Have you ever thought about teaching a Les Mills program: BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYATTACK, SHA’BAM, RPM, BODYFLOW, BODYSTEP, lol?  The list just keeps going of available classes to choose from!  We have a couple of Les Mills trainings coming up around my way for people interested in teaching 2 of the programs: BODYPUMP and BODYJAM.
I thought this would be a good time for me to give a tip or two based on my training experiences with 2 of the programs BODYPUMP & BODYCOMBAT.  This post is for those headed to training next weekend, for your benefit if you ever thought about teaching, or for those of you interested in knowing what the process is like!
If you are unclear what Les Mills programs are like, then watch this quick little awesome video that showcases most of the programs.  There is something for all of you!


“LES MILLS™ group fitness and team training programs change the lives of millions of people in 14,000 clubs across 80 countries.  Their mission is to create a fitter planet, one workout at a time.”



Of course if these programs are brand new to you, I’d take the class as much as possible in the upcoming weeks even if you’ve been an instructor for years.

If I had to choose 1 thing as being the most important in preparing for a training, it would be to learn the choreography before you go to training.  When I say learn it, I mean learn it to the point where you are on autopilot when you here the music.  The reason I think that’s so important is because when you get there, there will be so many corrections and suggestions from the trainer & it’s easier to focus on the instruction when the choreography is not an issue for you.

To go a step further learn YOUR TRACK intimately!  Training participants are responsible for presenting 1 track during the training weekend. They get the opportunity several times to teach it before being issued a final outcome of pass, pass with held, or resit.  Watch your DVD and get familiar with what the instructor is saying for your track (safety cues, initial cues, follow up cues, lyrics they focus on etc.).

Practice the release while watching the DVD.  Set up the DVD player facing you and you face the mirror.  Try to mirror image what the instructors are doing on the DVD and glance at yourself in the mirror.  You’d be surprised what you think you’re doing in comparison to what you really are supposed to be doing.  Keep in mind, you will be taught the correct way, but just so you don’t look like a complete clown…get the basics down 😉 !

If you’ve never taught a group fitness class before, practice in front of your peers.  I would also suggest practicing in front of a current instructor so you will be use to “performing” in front of a seasoned instructor.  Hopefully, that will ease your nerves.  The instructor will probably give you some tips as well.

Make sure to pack multiple changes of clothing as you will do the workout class 4 times over the weekend plus a whole lot of other challenging fitness courses.

REST on the Friday before the training if possible.  Don’t worry about your favorite workout class that Friday, you will get more than enough exercise over the weekend.

Other than that, just come with an open mind and be ready to receive constructive criticism and learn from one of the most exceptional programs in the fitness industry!

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If you have more specific questions, please leave a comment or e-mail me.

Yours in Healthy, Active, and Prosperous Lifestyles,

Rx Fitness Lady Wants to Know…

  • If you’ve taken a Les Mills training before, what else would you add to the list?  If you attended a training for another class outside of Les Mills, please provide your insight as well.
  • Have you ever thought about teaching a program, boot camp, zumba, etc? If so, which class and why?  What would be a barrier for you?





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Rx Fitness Lady

Greetings, I'm Joi, a Pharmacist with a passion for fitness & a community leader. I teach BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, Tabata Boot Camp, & serve as a mentor to young girls. My goal is to inspire people to live healthy, active, & prosperous lifestyles through practical blog posts deliveries. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. You can view more post and subscribe to stay tuned to latest updates at Rx Fitness Lady.