I passed my BODYPUMP Initial Training!
Seriously, I had the best time this past weekend. It was amazing and I’m so glad I pursued becoming a BODYPUMP instructor! I went to a YMCA about 30 minutes away this past Saturday and Sunday from 8-6 (we got out early both days though!) and pumped my little heart out all day long
Right away, I hit it off with a girl named Kerry that lives fairly close and has also been taking pump classes for years. There were 10 of us total and 2 were guys. A few of the people already worked at this YMCA and were going for the certification. This gym is just getting BODYPUMP, so they are hoping to release it within the next month. One of the other girls already teaches a bunch of Les Mills classes like Combat, Attack and CXWORX and she was great. I asked her about the CXWORX certification because that is my other favorite class and she said one of the toughest things was holding a 5 minute plank! Ouch!
I didn’t take many pictures that weekend (I was working hard!) but I did take a picture of our Sunday schedule. Saturday started off with introductions and then our instructor Adam (he was amazing!) taught the full 85 release. I went into the weekend having all of the choreography memorized, except for the cool-down. I believe I was the only one that memorized everything but I had the time at night to practice the weeks leading up to the training and I really wanted to know as much as possible. We did a technique class in the afternoon breaking down every single move in Pump. This was tough because you were holding moves for a long time as Adam came around to check our form. We taught our assigned tracks at the end of the day with another full run of 85. Sit down lessons to go over Les Mills’ method of coaching and teaching filled up the rest of the time.
I came home tired Saturday, but my muscles felt surprisingly good. I was really just sore in my butt and I think it was from all the jump squats off the bench! Sunday was the big day where we had to present our assigned tracks once in the morning and at the end of the day. I was assigned to teach triceps and “shadow” biceps. Since the girl that was assigned biceps didn’t come, I offered to teach both.
I taught #5 and 6
Sunday afternoon we did a BODYPUMP challenge that was so much fun. Basically, we teamed up with a partner and we did stations. Each station was two different pump exercises but with 50-75% more weight on the bar than normal. It was about 50 minutes and was pretty tough. I would really like to do this again on my own!
Rewarded myself with some sushi Sunday night
I ate tons of these Vega all-in-one nutrition bars over the weekend because I couldn’t really blend up a smoothie at the training! They are delicious, have 15g of protein and I’m so glad Vega sent me a couple boxes! I will be posting about them in the future with a giveaway!
Now I have 60 days to submit a video of me teaching a full BODYPUMP class with at least 5 participants. I’m hoping to do this within the next three weeks while it is still fresh in my head! I found this tanktop at Target today that I think looks Pumpish with red(ish) and black colors…
Hopefully I will look the part when I submit my video! I taught 4 tracks tonight at a class at my gym and shadowed the rest. My muscles were still really tired from this past weekend! I taught warm up, squats, triceps and biceps tonight. I’m hoping to do more next week!!