Les Mills AIM 2 Review!

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Details:

March 12-13, 2016 – Bel Air, MD – The Arena Club

Jamie and I drove about an hour each day to the 2-day training.

Jamie – BODYATTACK 91  (presented tracks 3&4) / Me – BODYFLOW 71 (presented tracks 6-core abdominals on Saturday and track 1-tai chi on Sunday)

About 32 instructors – 2 presentation sessions both days (4 total)

Each presentation session took about 1 1/2 hours.  We participated in everything! We received individual feedback from our master trainer Kurt after each presentation.


 

Master Trainers: Sheldon (BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYJAM, SH’BAM) and Kurt (BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYATTACK, BODYVIVE and BODYFLOW) Jamie and I were both in Kurt’s group to present.  That was a lottttt of BODYATTACK for me to take, but I would rather take that than combat in the other group.  I wish I could have watched some of the dancing in BODYJAM, but they were also in the other group with Sheldon.

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Happy to get track 6 (core abdominals) for day 1!!

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(Kurt our master trainer!!)


Food I packed:

Tuna salad, carrots, protein bites, grapes, bananas, pistachios, almond butter, tart cherry juice, hard boiled eggs and raisins.  Jamie and I killed our baby carrots on the car ride home each day 🙂  To be honest, lunch went by too fast!  Jamie and I both tried to snack a bit during the day, but they kept us very busy! I was also still on my Whole30, so I kept things compliant.


Stuff I brought:

iPod nano and headphones for practice on my own.

I had my AIM 2 handbook printed at Staples instead of just keeping it on iPad like I did at previous trainings.  It was nice to write directly on the paper.

Towels

Yoga mat

Water bottle

New Lulu thick hoodie (cold rooms!) and lots of Reebok Les Mills clothing options 🙂

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Preparation:

Lots of BODYFLOW 71 practice.  I downloaded that release around Thanksgiving, so it has been nice to have it for a long time.  I was lucky to teach release 71 at least six times to a live class before the training. Lots of note taking before the big weekend.  Les Mills has been posting YouTube videos to help instructors with technique and coaching tips.  They are super helpful.  I was also lucky to have taken the “MINI Q” workshop from Mysti in December on this release.  I was able to ask her specific questions about the release.

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(So tired but so happy)

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I was a mess:

I aggravated my previously injured hamstring on the Wednesday night before ATTACK tuck jumping and lunge jumping.  Just enough to really freak me out.  I was completely stressed and doubting myself all week.  I tried to calm myself down by not practicing toooo much and Instagram-ing some inspiration posts for myself.  I just really wanted to “be in the moment” and absorb as much new information as possible!  Jamie and I were there to become better versions of ourselves!

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Agenda:

We were split into two groups for presentations (one in the morning/one at end of the day).  Everyone came together for team building activities and education sessions.  AIM 1 really focused on technique and AIM 2 focuses more on coaching and becoming a better instructor – I will shift! (Our moto for the weekend)


Education sessions:

Some of the sessions were about: being externally focused when teaching, coaching participants and not just cueing (coach to what is in front of me – this can be difficult on certain tracks like abs), track objectives/track focuses and appealing to ALL personality types (DISC) We took a quiz to see what personality type we had and how we can cater to all four types when teaching our classes.  I was almost perfectly split between the “Steady Relator” and the “Cautious Thinker”.  After reviewing the descriptions, I find myself mostly in the “Cautious Thinker” category.  Sheldon acted out versions of all four personality types, which was completely hilarious!

Steady Relator:  When they teach they are busy worrying about the class and ensuring everyone is safe and happy, especially the beginners. They hate rushing things and changes, especially last-minute ones… choices are their nightmare. They are sensible and timid.

Cautious Thinker: They teach from, “You must know all the details and this is what it says in the manual, therefore this is how I will teach”. They are focused on details, precise and consistent. They are studious and appreciate when things are well structured and organized. They know their choreography thoroughly inside out. They respect rules, tick all the boxes and are comfortable with a systematic approach to teaching.

The other two categories are “Dominant Director” (Jamie!) and “Interactive Socializer”.

 If you are interested in this personality quiz, I found one online similar to what we took:

DISC Quiz: https://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/


Some key takeaways for me:

Make your coaching land. Catch and keep people’s attention.

Knowledge is power: Have something interesting to say!

Be relevant: What could you say to make your generic cues relevant to your participants?

What’s your point: Don’t fluff around – make the most important message stand out.

Keep it fresh: Find different ways of addressing the same points and make your points interesting and exciting.

Key outcomes/benefits of AIM-

Deepen our connection with what we teach and why we teach it.

Consistently produce great experiences for our classes and for ourselves.

Maintain the leading edge in Group Fitness instruction.

Master the 5 keys and use them in a more holistic way.

Maintain our teaching careers without ‘burning out’.

Creating the change faster-

ROCK-STAR INSTRUCTORS SEE, THEY DON’T LOOK. THEY RESPOND TO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE ROOM. THEY COACH, THEY DON’T CUE. THEY CONNECT TO EMPOWER THEIR COACHING SKILLS AND TO CREATE THE CHANGE FASTER IN THEIR PARTICIPANTS.

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I WANT IT!

I KNOW THIS IS IT!

IT’S RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!

I DON’T QUIT!

I WILL SHIFT!

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