TIPS FOR POTENTIAL LES MILLS INSTRUCTORS HEADED TO INITIAL TRAINING
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!
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?