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…..
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 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!
Oh my gawd, just back from day 1……….my head is spinning!
so much to think about…………and the fitness testing…….oh wow!
I’ve never done a beep test before, so that was interesting! I sucked completely at the pushups, cuz 9 months of having a rotator cuff injury has made me lose a LOT of strength. Also, when you do the pushups, you don’t do body pump pushups, you have to touch your chest to the floor. After having already done the beep test and the agility test I sucked! Only managed to do 10 in 1 minute…..arrrrgh
The core test………..OMG!
we had to do a hover for 60sec
then lift 1 arm for 15 secs
lift the other arm for 15 sec
lift 1 leg 15 sec
lift other leg 15 sec
then lift 1 arm 1 leg (from a HOVER position) 15 sec
lift other arm and other leg 15 sec
hover for 30 sec
the squat test was cool though……….did GREAT on that………but I know I could have done better now that I’ve had 1 practise. Had to squat as many times as possible in 1 min with 30 kg (40kg for men). Easy really……..I got 41, but now I know what to do it’ll be easy to increase on that.
Kim Knott is doing Pro-Instructor with us, and that was cool to watch, she got 60
presentations? ugh……….I haven’t been so nervous in a long time!
That’s all I can get out for now, my head is just reeling………..so much to think about. More presentations for tomorrow….
update………got a phone call from Garry Hart himself today to check if I was all set and prepared for the Pro-instructor weekend (how cool is that? personalised huh?)……….and he was asking which program I was gonna do (cuz I hadn’t nominated which one yet)…..
anyways, I told him that I was struggling to decide between the 2 programs, and he said I could do both then if I wanted! One program on sat, the other on sun………but I’d need to decide on which for the final third day in a months time.
It’s not “normal” to do 2 programs……….but us instructors don’t always fit into the “norm” it seems
but that means I have to prepare FOUR tracks!
sooooo………….now my decision is even tougher, do I do balance, combat or both?
I’ve booked into a Pro-Instructor course this weekend (it’s a new advanced training package in Australia, and this is the first one to be held in Adelaide), and as part of it they do fitness testing etc. But if you teach more than one program, you have to nominate a program that you are going to use for the weekend……presumably the program you’re best at.
I do pump balance and combat, and I can’t decide which between combat and balance.
I trained in BC and BB around the same time (2.5 years ago), and I’m pretty strong in both of them. There’s pros and cons for both – with BC, it’s easier to get the “motivated” hyped up feeling, but I don’t really have a martial arts background, which can reflect in tech (except for the fact that I have started taekwondo recently, but that doesn’t really count yet).
With balance, it’s easier to teach, easier to CRC and “connect”, but they’ll also test flexibility. I’m pretty flexible in terms of the “real” world……..but I can’t fold myself in half or anything, and I do have some limitations in certain areas (ie. can’t do the reverse prayer…..my chest is too tight).
Also, I’m not sure my fitness level is quite what it was last year. I’ve been trying to fit in 1 attack class each week to help, but I also have my shoulder injury and stuff………so I wonder if I should choose balance?
Combat is so fun though……
arrrrrgh, I can’t choose! It’s too hard!
FINALLY they’ve picked up their game! Adelaide workshops have definately improved………although I still don’t think Tim’s gym is the ideal place. Good location, but too small, and no room to socialise and watch. I was sitting up the back watching attack (which looked like it ROCKED btw), and a stupid attacker at the back seemed to want to get further back, nearly trampling me…………despite the fact she had heaps of room in front of her! Jam was finally REAL fun. It’s only taken me 4 classes of doing 37 to finally get it, but it was FUN! And I got the TURN!!!! YAY! All in all, the presenters were all pretty awesome, they all knew their chorrey, there was plenty of volume (except in pump when they blew the fuse early on) and plenty of atmosphere. I just wish there was more room. There’s no changerooms, only 2 toilets, no where to sit really. If they had those things, then that location would nearly be considered perfect I just feel sorry for poor Kim though. She’s torn her calf muscle again……….on the OTHER leg