So….obviously, I haven’t been around for a few days which was probably really truly concern to all of you because ya girl can talk. But between starting my brand new job, which I will talk about in another post, getting myself married, and passing my certification in Body Pump™ it has been really hard to brush my teeth, let alone sit down in one spot, get to a computer and pour out out.
So let me pour.
So the last you heard of me, I was just finished up after my first day at the Les Mills Body Pump™ training process, but I didn’t get too deeply into it cause I wanted to keep you on the edge of your seat until today, so I hope that it worked.
So like I told you the other night, I drove down to Wilmington on Friday night, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’ve been to a lot of different fitness trainings, but right off the bat, this one seemed different because it spanned over two days, and Les Mills had actually sent us music, a live class video, and choreography notes, as well as two of the songs that we were told to prepare for a presentation.
When I got to the student recreation center at UNCW, the training began promptly. I was really surprised, rather than there being a room packed out, the group was intimate, and every single one of the folks there was incredibly in shape. A lot of the trainings that I’d gone to had a whole smorgasbord of folks, from the ultra fit to the beginners, so it was interesting to be in a room full of folks who, for the most part, had either been taking classes for a long time, or had been teaching other formats for some time.
So the training started promptly, and we started with some business, and moved right into our first class of the release, and of the weekend. Our trainer, Susan was this teeny ball of energy, and she taught an awesome class with a sparkle in her eye, and immediately, the hooting and hollering started from the group. We were already hurting, but we already were feeling so together, that we were whooping up a storm. It was awesome.
Again, we went into business – Susan broke down some choreography and choreo notes for us, and we quickly ducked out for a lunch break. After lunch, we started “studying” the tracks we were going to present to the class, and toward the end of that first day, we took the class a second time, each of us taking turns to teach our tracks, and supporting each other. The skills that all of us came to the training with were really impressive – though all of us left that day with feedback given to us that we needed to work on, we all started from a really solid foundation.
After Susan let us go for the evening, I found some food at a burrito barn, and chilled with a beer and with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. My feet were killing from doing the equivalent of two 60-minute Body Pump classes, so I decided to head to the beach to walk on the sand so that I could get a little circulation into the nooks and crannies and my poor feet. Fun fact: I hit Flaming Amy’s again after day two, because it was the only place I had the energy to really hunt out. Plus it was reallllly cheap.
Day 2, we immediately started by taking the class again – and again, each of us presented our tracks. Where there were certainly areas to improve on that first day, it was clear that all of us had absorbed some of the feedback that Susan had given us the day before, and there was vast, vast improvement on the day before.
The Body Pump™ Challenge.
I’m going to keep a lot of these details to myself because the challenge was so incredible, so so incredible, that I will let you guys that want to go off and get your Body Pump™ cert see for yourself what it was about. I will say this. I actually got a little choked up once we finished the challenge, and I had such an incredible sense of accomplishment, one that rivaled the sense I got when I finished both marathons.
Finally, after some more business, we took our fourth and final class, which we all took turns teaching our last track.
And sooner than I would have liked, we were done. Susan called us out one by one to let us know if we passed or not (I passed!) and we all gave each other hugs and promised that we would keep in touch. The way the process goes is that I am currently doing a lot of team teaching, and within 60 days, I have to send Les Mills a vid of me teaching, and being competent.
The weekend was a beautiful, painful, sweaty, hardcore weekend of fitness magic, and I am so grateful to have done it. Seriously, if anyone is thinking about doing this training, you HAVE to do it, and please please, send me questions if you have any about the training!
What did you do over the weekend?