gawd, I had the stupidest road rage argument on the weekend. Was parking my car, and wasn’t quite straight, so I reversed a bit to straighten up. As I was reversing some stupid idiot who must have been going too fast beeped his horn at me. I wasn’t able to see because I had a van next to me, but he must have been too fast cuz there was no one behind me 2 secs ago. Anyway, I thought “idiot” and left it at that. But when I got out of my car, the other guy had parked and started abusing me, I shouted something back explaining that he must have been going too fast, blah blah. I went to walk off to go teach my gym class (Body Balance incidently), and he started swearing at me and fully insulting me. So I wandered over (he was setting up a pram, as he had his wife and kids there). I couldn’t believe this guy, insulting me, swearing in front of his kids. Then he said something that made me SNAP. He said really sarcastically and in a baby voice “go on, you go and have you’re little gym workout now”. I saw red. It doesn’t happen often. But he saw Mel unleashed. I’m not sure what got into me, but after explaining to him that I do martial arts and am a combat instructor I asked him if he wanted a fight, if that’s what his aim was (don’t ask me WHAT possessed me to do this). He actually seemed to get scared at this point, lol…….and I yelled at him “Scared now are we?”………and he threw back another brilliant insult saying “look at you, anyone would be scared of THAT” lol From this point every time I turned my back to go to the gym he’d give me fresh insults, so I ended up standing there and staring him down till he finally left. Then, raced into my BB class (glad that no participants witnessed me losing my temper), and they were worried cuz it was dead on time the class was supposed to start. I raced in, hands kinda shaking a little saying “you have NO IDEA what just happened to me!” They just laughed at me…………can you believe that? they LAUGHED at me icon_lol.gif they thought it hilarious about how the guy told me to go have my “little gym workout”……….he pushed my buttons, in the WRONG way.
The tracklists at www.btstalk.com have been around for a while, but for various reasons “BTS” isn’t really the appropriate name for this site anymore (hence we’re now at www.groupfitness.org). But while the forum has moved to groupfitness.org, the tracklists haven’t really got a home yet. Therefore I have a new site underway at www.totallylesmills.com
You guessed it, it’s ALL about Les Mills.
At the moment the content at the site is limited to tracklists, but keep an eye out as there are more exciting things to come!
I don’t wanna say too much, but all I wanna share is that I got an AMAZING email today! I’m sooooo excited! When I first sent of an email a week or so ago I was quite scared, and I crossed my fingers and prayed as I pressed the “Send” button.
I finally got a reply today, and I’m feeling very happy.
Watch this space. 😉
Well it was opening day today at the new gym. I ended up getting called late Friday night asking if I could do a 12-4pm shift there during the opening day which I agreed to. Got the phone call when I was actually waiting for friends going out for the night……..haha. Was going out with some peeps from here so we could catch up with a UK’er…….Damian (ukattacker), Georgia (Greekgodess), Nat (Natty), Cassie (Cassie) and a couple of non-forumers……………sofie unfortunately couldn’t make it. What a great night. The opening day at the new gym was great. Saw lots of known faces from the other gym checking out the place and a few of them keen on signing up. Gym has officially opened now, but Group Fitness classes wont be starting for at least a week. I’m getting quite excited. I could mean quite a shortage of instructors though in this area. Works out great for me though, cuz I could do a couple of extra classes msn_biggrin.gif
ok, so in my last blog entry I mentioned that I’d lost one of my classes at one of the gyms I teach at. Well, this gym was previously managed by this company (let’s call them CompanyA), but then the contract expired, and the council gave the next contract to CompanyB. CompanyB are going downhill with it. It’s only been 2 months, but they’re pissing instructors off (including me). What’s happened though, is CompanyA have now opened up a new gym just down the road, and all the good instructors are jumping camp. Is this still making sense? So, today I had an interview with CompanyA, and they’ve offered me 15-20 hours a week gym floor shifts (and potential for PT when I finish my Cert 4), plus classes as will be determined as they get the timetable organised. The person they’ve appointed as GFM I get along really well with, so this is going to be just AWESOME! I’m excited. Finally “something” feels like it’s going right. Ok, now I’ve gotta get my Cert 4 completed…..
I should know better than to try working on the website late at night.
Ended up being an even later night after I accidently deleted a bunch of users.
Well today is a bleak day. I’ve just resigned from my job. I’ve only been working 2 days a week these days, because I hate it……..but now it’s kinda final. Then, just after I resigned I got a call from a gym about a class I teach. One of my Body Pump classes was going to be changed into a Combat class…….now they’ve suddenly decided to turn it into a Step class instead, which I don’t teach. Yay…….I really needed this right now.
Well 3 quarter for the year, a new round of releases. On the day I participated in Attack, Combat, had a break then Pump and another break and finished off with balance. It was my first time doing Attack at a workshop, but we were blessed with Dean, and awesome presenter and pretty easy on the eye. Kim Knott was sick so she was replaced by Tim, a newbie presenter in Adelaide. First thing that struck me about this release was the plyos…….oh my, can’t actually recall any other chorrey other than endless plyos! Love the track though. Combat became a bit of a blur after that slaughtering in Attack. Felt a little messy to me, although it could have been the way it was presented. Noticed quite a few rehashed songs in this release, including a song from attack and a couple old combat songs. Will have to wait and see if this release grows on me. Went and had lunch at Fasta Pasta with Georgia. That ended up being a good call, cuz it helped me get through pump. Went lighter on the weights, but muscles were still starting to tremble (remember Attack shatters me cuz it’s not really my class). Gotta love the squats with the 3 staggers. Music selection generally seems great……think this is going to be an awesome release once I learn it! Lastly finishing off with balance, some gorgeous tai chi which takes a few seconds to get used to, but once you’ve got it you can just flow into the move and it feels beautiful. Doesn’t initially strike me as breath taking as BB33 tai chi, but still a great track. Standing strength…….oh my god! My legs were SCREAMING by this point. First the right one, then the left. Then, you finally thank god that it’s over, and then discover you’ve got a surprise intense pose at the end! 8.5 minutes in total. This has GOTTA get easier than it was after all the classes I’d done though! Marena was just awesome as usual. I can’t quite come to terms with the rotating of the thigh in the hip openers……doesn’t seem to do anything for me. All in all quite an enjoyable day. Being there from start to end was challenging though……physically and mentally. I’m launching combat on 27th August, and have to be ready to teach the new releases of pump and balance on the Monday in my own classes, because they will have launched by then. That gives me 2 weeks to learn the entire lot. Arrrrrggggggggghhhh……..what I am doing here then? I gotta start learning!
Had my grading today. This time I’m 7th grade (yellow belt with green tip) going for 6th grade (green belt).
I feel I did ok, although I buggered up a really simple mid section punch. When they were “showing” us what move to do, they didn’t mirror image, and I can’t help it but automatically go to mirror everything. Soooo frustrating, because they just don’t understand. I’ve tried to explain before about why I struggle with my left and right, but they just don’t get it
During the free sparing I’ve discovered I’m too used to being “soft”. I need to toughen up and get more agressive i think? When we do free sparring in class, because I’m so tall I’m usually with a senior, which inevitably ends up being a black or brown belt. Blacks and browns tend to have very good control, so they know how much room to give you.
At a grading you don’t get this luxury. Seems to be a lot of guys full of testosterone that want to be like a black belt, but they don’t have the control. So when I was with one of these guys, I was kinda like “OMG, he’s in my SPACE”. Dunno how to get used to this, I guess that’s what the whole thing is about, self defense when you’re being attacked…..but I just hate to “hurt” any body. As I said…….I guess I’m too “soft”
Anyway, I can only hope I’ll pass. We only find out our result in the next class we go to, which for me at this stage I’m not sure when that’ll be.
The transition from the old forum to this one went reasonably smoothly, except for a few missing moderator permissions. So the immediate issues were to get the moderators back where they should be. Turned out that there was an issue with the fact that all members have defaulted to a “Basic Membership”, and they don’t automatically upgrade to a Bronze until they post a post. In reality, not the most disastrous problem that could have occured, so I can still sleep ok at night icon_wink.gif Onwards and upwards for groupfitness.org!!!!
Had the last day was yesterday, and it was fun!
I was a lot less nervous than the first 2 days. I increased in the fitness tests quite a lot which I’m happy about! I couldn’t believe that I got 24cm in the sit and reach test (mind you, it wasn’t the most highlyl sophisticated measuring system ).
I’m really happy I got 60 squats in 60 secs aswell (with 30kg weight), as that was my goal and it’s tough considering my height! But it was so weird, cuz one of the girls was counting, and I seem to have lost all recollection of the squats between 20-40…….I think she started counting down from 40 (20, 19, 18……etc), so I had no idea where I was at, and I was just squatting for all I was worth! when time was up I thought I was only in the 40’s somewhere, and when the girl announced “Sixty!” I could have hugged her! Except I had a bar on my shoulders, so I couldn’t
But it’s a really weird feeling not remembering where the squats went….
kudos to Kim Knott though for getting 81!!!
It was really awesome having her on the training with us, it kinda raised the bar for all of us that bit further….
Learning how to assessing other instructors was really awesome! Basically we had 2 people elected to perform a track, and then we all assessed them. Then 4 people (one by one) individually gave their feedback according to what we’d learnt, and then we all provided feedback on their feedback. It was a really informative exercise, and the only thing I regret is that not all of us got the opportunity to practise giving the feedback. But I guess there just isn’t enough time?
So now I’m a pro-instructor! yay! But at the moment I guess this doesn’t mean much until the qualification is more widely recognised as valuable. At the moment there seems to be some resistance, and there’s people who think that it’s just “LMAP trying to make more money”. I think it wont take long till people see that there’s a lot of value in this course!
well, Day 3 of Pro-instructor is looming and it just doesn’t seem enough time to practise and train!!!
It’s coming up this weekend, but the first week and a half (out of the 4 weeks) I was actually sick. Since then I’ve been doing weights, running, attacking and practising the tests. I’ve been working on my hamstrings too to try and get the extra 3 cm (I got 18cm past my toes, but I need to get over 21cm). Also been getting treatment on my shoulder which has been MAGNIFICENT! But you just don’t suddenly get strength back that you’ve lost over 9 months….
The fitness tests are just so tough and I dunno if I’m gonna get there…….not particularly sure what happens if you don’t quite get there? I guess I’ll find out?
I’ve put myself in training for that third day to increase my fitness for those tests (I need to do better in the pushup test and core test to pass), except following the weekend I was sick for a week, so that’s kinda knocked back my training progress 😕
Only 4 weeks to train and improve, and 1 week sick……..so now only got 3 weeks. But I went to my chiro last week and it just turns out that he does deep muscle tissue work aswell, so I got him to look at my shoulder. OMG what he did was AWESOME! It’s not immediately fixed, and I’ll need to see him again, but what he did was a huge relief, and I noticed a massive difference!
So on Sunday I practised the core and pushup test, but I didn’t quite push myself cuz I was still unwell. Then I went and did bench press with 40kg, 8 reps……….and when I taught pump the next evening I already felt stronger, even though I was still sore! I did all the pushups in the shoulder track on my toes, even though I haven’t been able to do that since I first injured my shoulder 9 months ago! icon_eek.gif
Will probably do some training again tonight, might just do some heavy weights……….not sure if I should do the attack class though prior tp my BB, cuz I don’t know yet if I’m feeling 100% yet from being sick?
I taught BP/BB last night, and it was weird. You look at our class in a whole different light. I was actually “thinking” about what I was saying (that’s something very very new to me!). The entire class was surreal, and although it wasn’t like I was doing anything hugely different, there was a slight shift……..and I felt the difference in the class.
Also, in BB…….a group of people in the class suddenly got the ankle cross lift………and I don’t think that was an accident! As I said before, I didn’t really teach different, it’s just SOMETHING was different.
Almost sounds spiritual what I’m saying……..preaching about.
This course is actually less about the five key elements, and more about how you THINK about things.
They also teach you how to use the DISC profiles in your teaching……….like REALLY use it. Most instructors are I’s and teach like I’s (fun etc), but that’s really only nice for the I’s in your class…….meanwhile you piss off the D’s, S’s and C’s
Just back from day 2. OMG, it’s such an eye opener. A whole new world of teaching!
I didn’t know what to expect when I first when into the course, but I tell ya, it’s even better than you expect!
You kinda get the assumption that being a “pro-instructor” course you’d be focussing on the 5 key elements, performance etc, and “shining” as an instructor. But it’s NOT. The course delves more into inclusive language, and avoiding using things like “I want you to….” etc. You go through the DISC profile and then specifically apply the DISC profile to teaching individual tracks.
There’s so so so much more, but I couldn’t possibly explain it all. It’s AWESOME and really opens your eyes up to what you actually “say”, rather than just “performing” all the time (especially when you studying the DISC profiles).
Today I ended up going with balance, and I did the tai chi warmup from 33. Afterwards Garry immediately asked me to do BB on the third day aswell, because balance definately suits me more (remember this is on a “pro-instructor” level). The only feedback I got from Garry was that my tai chi ball was too high (should be by the belly), and the arm circles need to flow more (I was exaggerating the “pause” too much…..I need to look at the video again). But apart from that my cueing appears to be spot on, which I kinda feel uneasy about cuz I feel like “well there must be something I could improve?” Now I guess I need to just focus on another track and show Garry that I can demonstrate contrast in another track.
Day 3 we’re also going to learn how to do assessments of other instructors…………formal assessments, cuz that’s something that’s really lacking in this industry…..
This next month though, gawd I don’t think my teaching will ever be the same. This is a whole new world! Everyone, if this ends up going global and it comes near you, DO IT……….if you’re really serious about teaching and serious about improving you gotta do it!