A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to take my second Les Mills Training class in CXWORX. It is a 30 minute core workout that is amazing.
From the Les Mills website:
WHAT IS CXWORX?
Exercising muscles around the core, CXWORX™ provides the vital ingredient for a stronger body. A stronger core makes you better at all things you do, from everyday life to your favorite sports – it’s the glue that holds everything together.
All the moves in CXWORX have options, so it’s challenging but achievable for your own level of fitness. During the 30-minute workout trained instructors guide you through correct technique as you work with resistance tubes and weight plates, as well as body weight exercises like crunches, and hovers. You will also get into some hip, butt and lower back exercises.
The weekend was very similar to my BODYPUMP training weekend. . .
It started with getting access to the choreography and music about 2 weeks before the weekend, with the instructions to learn 2 of the tracks. I had to learn track 2 and 4 of release 23.
*Tip for new instructors – the better you know your tracks and the more comfortable you are with the choreography and timing, the better the weekend will go for you. So, put in the time and effort ahead of time to really nail those tracks.
Then, the weekend was scheduled for 8-6 on Saturday and Sunday. Being on time is very important for these trainings. Our penalty if you were late anytime over the weekend was a 1 minute plank. We ended up being there from 8-5 on Saturday and 8-4 on Sunday.
Saturday started with introductions, expectations for the weekend and then we jumped right into the master class. This is where our trainer lead CXWORX 23 and kicked out butts.
Then, we headed into learning about what makes Les Mills so special – from their key elements in each class to choreography. Then, we got into the science behind CXWORX and learned about the muscles involved.
Then, we had a technique clinic where we had a chance to review the basic moves involved in a CX class and to make sure that our form was on point to be instructing.
**I was nervous about being 5 months pregnant and taking the training. Overall, it went fine. There aren’t any modifications for pregnancy, like BODYPUMP, because they don’t recommend the class after the 3rd trimester. Thankfully, for the prone exercises I still felt comfortable lying on my belly. Also, just like with any other training, I listened to my body and took the lower level when I felt I needed to. The trainer was supportive but also made sure to challenge me as well.
After lunch, we talked about coaching a CX class and giving appropriate cues.
Then, it was time to give our 1st presentations. While we were told to prepare 2 tracks, we had 1 track to focus on (usually the first one listed) and then the 2nd track is a “shadow” track.
So, for me, I had track 4 and 2. 4 was my focus for the weekend. I was able to present this track 3 times over the course of the two days. The other track, track 2 in my case, I shadowed a fellow instructor for one of the presentations.
We had a few minutes here and there throughout the day to listen to our tracks and practice, but not a whole lot of time. There are always a bunch of nerves the first time you present your track to the group.
A couple of things that I like to keep in mind:
1. everyone is in the same boat. No one has taught this class before and we all have things to improve on.
2. even if you mess up, it actually helps the group learn from your mistakes and makes us all better instructors.
3. no one is judging you. I think Les Mills has one of the most supportive training environments, from the master trainer to the other participants, we all have the same goal: to become great CX instructors!
So, take a deep breath and do your best!
We got feedback from our presentations, chatted a little more about coaching and then that was the end of Day 1. We were given homework to work on that night with regards to our specific tracks and we headed home.
Day 2 started bright and early. I hit up Caribou to drink some coffee and nail my choreography.
We spent some time chatting about Les Mills.
And then right back into doing another presentation.
More technique and coaching work. . . key in Les Mills classes!
And our final presentations!
After our final presentations, we found out of we passed the initial training. . .
And then comes the hard work. . .
Learning the rest of the release. Nailing choreography 100% + the appropriate cues for each track.
Then, once you have that down, you videotape yourself teaching a class and submit it to Les Mills for final certification.
I am quickly working on learning the rest of release 23 and am hoping to videotape my class as soon as possible before my belly gets too much bigger and I can’t lay prone anymore!!
Overall, I think CXWORX is an awesome class. It is only 30 minutes, but those 30 minutes are TOUGH and challenging!! I’m especially excited to teach a 30 minute pump class followed by the 30 minute CX class this fall – I think that will be a great combo.
It was a great weekend. I really enjoyed Barb, our trainer, we had a great group of instructors, and I learned a lot! I would highly recommend any Les Mills instructor trainings if you are interested in teaching.
Now, off to practice teaching!!