We laughed, we cried…we touched foreheads and shared a breath. <—You will get to know your fellow BodyPump trainees really well over the course of the weekend.
BodyPump training was intense. It was like nothing that I have ever experienced before. It was tough, it was educational, it was challenging. It was awesome.
Today I feel like I have been hit by a bus.
(After typing all this out, I realized how long it is, so I am going to split it into Day #1 and Day #2).
Training started Saturday morning at 11 am. The training facility is about 45 minutes away from me so I left in plenty of time to make it on time.
Getting ready to leave:
I arrived (after getting a little lost) at 10:30 am and more than half of the class was there already waiting to go into the building.
Oddly enough, I actually knew a girl that was there. She would sometimes take a BodyPump class at my gym and we recognized each other. Her parents live by my gym so she would occasionally workout there when she was visiting them. I was a bit nervous so it was nice to actually know someone there.
I was worried that I brought too much stuff with (it looked like I was packing for a four day trip with all my stuff) but everyone else had a lot of stuff too.
Here’s what I brought:
- A laptop with the BodyPump manual on it and to use as a DVD player (we never ended up watching the DVD)
- The BodyPump DVD with choreography and notes booklet
- An iPod with the BodyPump music on it (I did use this) and headphones
- All printouts that we were supposed to bring
- A notebook and pen
- Extra clothes (very much needed the second day)
- Advil (also much needed the second day)
- A water bottle
- A cooler packed with: a GoPicnic lunch, Clif bars, chocolate milk, an apple, Greek yogurt, and almonds
- A towel (big and small)
There was a big group of us – a little over thirty people which was one of the biggest groups they’ve ever had. Normally they close the registration at 20 people, but they added another instructor and opened the registration back up. It was nice having two instructors but the room we were in was a little cramped.
The awesome thing about having so many people is the energy. It’s amazing. Everyone is so pumped and energetic and you just feed off of each other.
When we first got there, we checked in, and had our pictures taken with our names tags. We put all of our stuff away and got settled in. We started by taking the master class. BodyPump release #87 is awesome. It’s a great workout and in my opinion, the squat track is the best. The squats are awesome, and Black Betty is now my favorite BodyPump song.
After the master class, we spent a little time discussing what BodyPump is and then we all shared a little bit about ourselves and our goal for the weekend. (Or maybe we did this before the master class – my brain in a little bit jumbled)
My goal was confidence. I said that I am so used to being a participant in the class and it’s a lot harder to be the one teaching the class. I am really nervous to be up there teaching and said that I would like to gain more confidence.
Then we went over some of the educational components of BodyPump – five key elements, role model technique, etc.
Next we did the BodyPump Boot Camp. This consisted of going over every single move that is done in BodyPump so that you learn how to correctly do the moves – squats, chest press, chest fly, triceps dips, triceps extension, kickbacks, biceps curls, hammer curls, lunges, deadlifts, dead rows, hang clean, clean and press, T shoulder raise, rotator raise, etc,
Wow – it was exhausting just typing that.
We really weren’t given many breaks the first day. We had about a 5 minute break in the morning, and then we had about a 15 minute lunch/dinner break around 5 pm. By that time, we were starving. Bring lots of snacks that you can just grab and eat while the instructors are going over educational stuff because you don’t get much time to eat.
I ate my GoPicnic lunch and drank a lot of Gatorade.
After the break, we all performed our tracks. Here’s where things got kind of tricky. The room we were in wasn’t that big so it was a little crowded. We broke into two assigned groups on each end of the room (we were all still near each other since the room wasn’t huge, we just faced opposite directions). Each big group then broke down into three mini groups (but all standing right next to each other).
In each group, there was 2 to 4 people presenting the same track as you. For example, on Saturday, I was presenting the back track, and there was also two other people in my group presenting the back track. There was also three people in the other group presenting the back track – so six people total performing the back track at the exact same time.
This system had disadvantages and advantages. First of all, it was impossible to hear what was going on with six people all teaching their own way and having the music on. You really had to shout at your group to be heard and most of the time I couldn’t even hear what was being said, I just followed the moves.
Since everyone teaches different, people were all saying stuff and calling out moves at different times so this was a bit distracting and could throw you off.
However, if you messed up or were lost, you could just look up and see what someone else was doing. While teaching the back track, I did mess up a little bit on one part. I did a dead row while I should have been doing a clean and press, but I was able to get back on track right away.
Also, if everyone had presented one at a time, it would have taken forever.
I was a little nervous presenting the back track. I thought we would be given time to practice during the day but we weren’t (on the second day we were). You have to start off introducing your track, what muscle group you will be working, how much weight you’ll need on your bar, and demo any moves that need to be – I demonstrated the hang clean and the clean and press.
During the track you need to call out the exercise and tempo. For example, deadlift 3/1, dead row singles, wide grip deadlift 2/2.
I feel like I had an advantage since I have been taking BodyPump for two years. Other people had an advantage because they already taught other classes and were comfortable in front of people, but some people were completely new to BodyPump and had never even taken a BodyPump class.
I think I did really well. I got my choreography right (except that one tiny slip-up) and I called everything out perfect. I even added in things like squeeze your glutes on the way up and hinge from your hips. A big thank you to my current BodyPump teachers for drilling that into my head.
During our presentation, we were video recorded for a short while. After we were done, we were given feedback from the instructor and watched the video. I did everything really good except my timing was a little fast (which it always seems to be on the back track) and I went a little bit to low on my deadlift (even though I called it out correctly).
Even though it was a little nerve racking watching yourself on video, it really shows you what you need to focus on.
The instructor said I did great with the choreography and calling out the cues.
I was really happy with how I did and didn’t feel nervous being up in front of everyone.
We finally left around 7:45 pm, and I got home about 8:30 pm. I was starving when I got home. I ate an Amy’s pizza, Doritos, and cereal. I didn’t sleep well because I ate way too much and I was really sore. I woke up at 6 am to get ready for day #2!
Check back tomorrow for Day #2!