So, back in November, I went again for my BodyPump certification. I went for it like the July before I got married, in ’14, but I let it lapse…in the hustle and bustle of us getting married, I never did my video (I did, but that’s another story), and sort of let it lapse.
[I recorded the video, and we discovered that the camera shut off midway through, and I never refilmed.]
But I went back, did the course again in November, passed, turned in my vid, passed, and started picking up a few classes here and there.
And let me tell you, even though I’ve been teaching for over 6 years at this point, that shit was/is hard.
When I started teaching, I started with all freestyle classes. Zumba, then I moved into Toning, and Cycle. All things I went to trainings for and received credit, but things that really gave you the freedom to play with BPM, music, adding cardio pieces, and generally, screwing up with minimal detection from your class. Seriously. I actually restarted a song last night because I blanked.
[Enter Les Mills]
About two weeks ago, I had a mortifying experience with an early morning class. The class starts at 5:45am, and due to a music disaster, and a late start, I ran into class 3 or 4 minutes late.
First (huge) mistake.
To my horror, one of the best Pump instructors I’ve ever taken from in my life happened to be in the class. She had started the warmup, and for that I was grateful, but immediately, I started shaking. I’d barely had time to shower, I was late and already making a terrible impression, and suddenly, I had the feeling that I was doing to forget everything I knew.
And I did.
I blundered through every. single. track. My music was off. My counting was off. I forgot huge chunks. And I was mortified.
Never, in my entire life, have I struggled so much with a format, and now, never in my life have I wanted to prove myself to myself so badly. So, I’ve started by attending more classes (something that falls by the wayside sometimes when you’re directing a group fitness program), team teaching more, and subbing more (which exposes you to a new group that you can talk to, and if you’re really good, they’ll ask for you back when your teacher can’t be there. If you suck, you’ll hear it). But this is hard. And in it being hard, it is 100% infuriating, since I’m strong in other formats.
All that said….how was your Monday? What did you work out?