Hey All! It’s been a busy couple of days for me. This past weekend I attended the Les Mills ONE LIVE Chicago event as well as an advanced instructor training module for RPM.
Let’s first talk about the advanced training module for RPM. I currently teach it 3 days a week and I absolutely love the way I feel during and after these classes. If you’re not familiar with RPM, click here. I spent the entire day on Friday learning about how to teach from the essence of RPM (rhythm power and motion) as well as advanced pedal technique to get the most out of the workout.
I received feedback from a Master trainer twice during the day. I presented track 5, intervals, from the most current release. The track is gritty, it is challenging and is the peak of the workout. Here are my biggest take-aways from the feedback on my track presentation:
- Don’t be a lazy instructor (my words, not the trainer’s). In other words, I wasn’t using enough resistance to show my athletic ability. The goal is to get to exhaustion by the end of each interval.
- If I go there, my participants will too. I shouldn’t be able to talk in full sentences since the goal is to find max effort during the track.
- Give a great track introduction to give participants a feel for the ride ahead.
- Find your own language and don’t settle for generic cues.
- Take out filler and fluff words. Silence can be powerful. If you talk too much, participants are likely to tune you out. So don’t waste words.
I can’t say enough praise for the master trainers. They were amazing! They are truly experts in there craft and I aim to be like them some day. Time to advance my RPM game because I’ve got big goals to achieve.
The main event was Saturday where I joined about 2000 of my fellow TR1BE members for a day of workouts. We had to chance to take classes from master trainers all day!
They used clever bands with class times to keep us on schedule. Here was mine:
7:15 am BodyPump
8:30 am RPM
9:30 am GRIT cardio
10:30 am BodyVive
12:00 pm CXWorx
2:00 pm BodyAttack
3:15 pm BodyFlow
4:30 pm BodyJam
5:45 pm BodyCombat
First up was BodyPump and it was killer! The room was packed and the energy was insane! It was like a rock concert, heavy bass, flashing lights, and fog. The workout is the first time BodyPump contains over 1000 reps! We smashed it!
It was my first time using the SMART BAR and SMART STEP. The bar was smooth to load. The plates were very easy to use as free weights.
Next up was RPM, 150 riders strong. I rode the newest ride with two of the master trainers from the advanced training module the day before. It was really cool to experience a class from them in the front row! The ride contained lots of hills for power and sprints for speed. An overall solid workout in 45 minutes with lots of places of challenge.
GRIT cardio was on my schedule next. After killing legs in RPM, I only did about 15 minutes of the class and then watched from the back. GRIT cardio is a 30 minute HIIT class with a focus on cardiovascular training all with body weight moves. Solid workout in 30 minutes!
BodyVive didn’t happen for me because I lost Dave and spent most of that time looking for him. We fueled up and waited in line for CXWorx at noon. Les Mills has created a new SMART band for this class as opposed to the traditional resistance tube. I was lucky enough to try it. The band gives even resistance at all points of a the moves and the flat band is easy under foot. The new release has lots of innovative moves to train all the muscles of the core. I’m really excited about this release! And oh yea, Dan Cohen, the program director of CXWorx presented the release. Score!
Next up was BodyAttack after fueling up again.
I only did about 3 tracks of BodyAttack because I wanted to get in line for BodyFlow. I wanted to be in the front and really experience it. And I was right in front. The new BodyFlow is the perfect balance of power, strength, softness and grace. I loved the music and new poses. I was so into the class, I only snapped two photos prior to the class starting.
Same deal for BodyJam, I wanted to get in line for a front row place for the final class, BodyCombat. So I didn’t do any jammin’ but I heard it was dynamite! BodyCombat was INSANE! I was so close to the front that I had no room to punch or kick! I was in the splash zone of the guy next to me. Every time we hooked….. ya that wasn’t my sweat. Gross. But the release was challenging yet easy to follow. With the two program directors from New Zealand presenting the class along with the master trainers from the US, we expected nothing but the best and boy did they deliver. What a way to end a day of workouts!
If you were there, tell me about your experience. What was your favorite moment?