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BODYFLOW Taping and Birthday Weekend

I had a great Birthday this past weekend! Even though I was ending my Les Mills 21 Day Food Challenge (official day 21 today!) – I made pretty healthy decisions at two great restaurants Friday/Saturday night.

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My parents took Colby and I out Friday night for dinner. I decided on mussels as an appetizer! YUM and a salad with grilled salmon. No bread from the bread basket! Woo hoo! I did have some of my Mom’s calamari. Colby and I split a chocolate mousse dessert that was a little too rich for me, but I ate it anyway. I missed chocolate SO MUCH on this 21 day challenge! I had a few small pieces of Brookside chocolate covered berries a few days ago, but that was about it.

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Colby took me out Saturday night to my favorite local French restaurant. It was amazing. I had a mushroom appetizer on risotto and a salad with grilled shrimp. I love ordering salads at restaurants. For some reason, doesn’t a salad always taste better when someone else makes it for you??

 

Sunday was my Birthday and I had set up to film myself teaching BODYFLOW that morning. I figured my Birthday would bring me good luck! My Mom came to film it and I had two yoga instructors and other friends come to my class. I needed 5 people for the filming and I had 7. I wanted to take a picture at the beginning, but I was too nervous and forgot. I got some of my friends for a picture at the end!

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Aaron, Steph (certified in ATTACK/CXWORX), me, Katy and Amy

My video couldn’t have gone any better! I remembered everything! The sound levels were good. I’m always worried my mic isn’t loud enough for BODYFLOW but it was fine. I really went for it with my technique, trying to be perfect. I can definitely feel it in my muscles today!!

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If any of you have submitted instructor assessment videos to Les Mills on their website, you know it can be frustrating. With an hour video, file sizes can be very large. Luckily, I got my 3GB video uploaded and submitted it last night! I will find out in two weeks or less if my video makes me an official BODYFLOW instructor!

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I also signed up for my first Advanced Instructor Module (AIM 1) for BODYPUMP!!! There is one two hours away, it is one day (8am-6pm) and I’m so excited. Les Mills offers these for instructors that have been certified for 6+ months. I’m going on two years for BODYPUMP, so I know I am ready for it. They also have AIM 2 that can be taken 6+ months after AIM 1. I CAN’T WAIT!!

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Our gym’s class schedule!  I’m on Weds. CXWORX, Thurs. BODYPUMP/BODYFLOW and most Fri. CXWORX at 6AM eeeek!

BODYFLOW Training Weekend

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BODYFLOW training was amazing!  Of course it was amazing… all Les Mills initial trainings are life changing!  I LOVED my trainer Susan!!!  I hope to take an Advanced Instructor Training (AIM) from her in the future!  This is my third Les Mills certification (BODYPUMP ’13, CXWORX ’14 and now BODYFLOW ’15!).  These have always been my three favorite Les Mills programs and I’m just so happy I’m able to teach them.  What is BODYFLOW?  First of all, it is called BODYBALANCE in most countries and BODYFLOW in the US.  Click here to find a BODYFLOW class near you.

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The weekend included tons of new knowledge.  Besides perfecting the technique, we focused on how to coach this amazing class and how to connect with our class members.  Two weeks ago, we received the BODYFLOW 67 material (video, music, notes) and were assigned two tracks to learn full out for the weekend.  Since I was signed up for a training in early December (I couldn’t go because I was sick) I’ve had my materials since Thanksgiving.  I was assigned two different tracks for that December training, so it helped me memorize more of the material.  For this weekend, I presented track 5 (hip openers) once on Saturday and track 6 (core-abdominals) twice on Sunday.  Even though the hip openers track was almost eight minutes long, I lucked out presenting on the two and a half minute core track Sunday!  Below is the track list for this amazing release.

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The music for BODYFLOW is always amazing.  I love every single song in this release.  When I started taking classes a few years ago, I remember loving the “new” music for a yoga-type class.  The music and different tracks truly take you on a journey towards strength, flexibility and a sense of calm.  You are craving that relaxation track by the end of class!!  I always leave every class wanting to download some of the flow music.  Since I will be certified soon, I will get all the music for future releases!  Yay!

If you’ve taken yoga and haven’t liked it for whatever reason, please give BODYFLOW a chance.  It might be just what you need!  This class is for everyone!  Lots of modifications are available for beginners, and advanced options for others.

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Our group was small but wonderful!  That’s me second from the right in the Reebok Cloud Tank.  (on sale now!)  Almost all of the girls were already certified in another Les Mills class.  It was nice to be with other Les Mills-obsessed girls for a weekend :)

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I got my first “pass” for the weekend’s training!  Now I have to prepare to film myself teaching the entire class and submit it to Les Mills.

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