Body Pump Boot Camp

In addition to coaching on-camera talent, I also do some coaching at the gym. Fitness has always been a big part of my life and it comes in handy when teaching the breath control and posture required for on-camera performance. As a certified AFAA group exercise instructor, I teach strength, pilates and cardio at 24 Hour Fitness. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the challenge of becoming a Les Mills Body Pump instructor. The trainers, Megan and Don, challenged us to learn the routines with perfect form — and an insane amout of “role model” weight. The three-day boot camp tested my limits, especially because I did the training right after pulling an early morning radio news shift at KFI. I also made lots of new friends among my fellow instructors as we toughed it out together. We’ve passed two auditions and now only need to submit a video of an actual class so our teaching skills can be evaluated.
You may have read my earlier post (Body Pump, May 31, 2010) about the Body Pump instructors I met in Maldives. Now I have joined them as part of the worldwide Les Mills “tribe.” The organization is based in New Zealand and sets the standard for barbell group strength training. A master class with their world class instructors at the IDEA convention in Los Angeles was truly inspiring. Soon, I’ll be teaching Body Pump at 24 Hour Fitness in South Hills and Glendora, including one class that I’ll be co-teaching with my Group X boss, Manny Ruiz. This program has taken my own fitness to a new level and I can’t wait to inspire others to achieve their fitness goals.