Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A few weeks ago, I attended a BANG mixed fitness certification.  I have been in the group exercise industry for over 25 years and I’ve attended many, many trainings.  I was looking for something to add to my current schedule, but I wasn’t quite sure what. Then I found BANG! The more I researched, the more curious I was….hip hop, boxing (I LOVE BOXING), cardio……I was intrigued. I checked it out online and contacted a friend who teaches it. I thought I’d take a chance and sign up for the training.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve made.  Here’s a breakdown of the certification process and my weekend.  Once signed up, I received an email with my music, videos and my track assignment (you present this track throughout the weekend) about 2 weeks prior to training.  I downloaded it and started to learn!  I teach Les Mills classes, so I’m used to the pre-choreographed formats and have a system of how to learn new releases.   

Day 1! 
I was excited – and a little anxious.  I didn’t know what to expect, as I hadn’t ever taken a whole class! We started at 10:00 with a master class from the trainer.  It was awesome!  The music, the energy – the BOXING!!!  After the master class, we had a few minutes before we got down to business.  After a busy day of going through the technique, breaking down each track (song) and presenting, we finished at about 5:00!  We had a 30 minute lunch break, but that was really about it….it was physically and mentally demanding. 

Day 2!
Knowing what to expect, and a little sore 😉, I was excited to go back!  We started with another master class and this time we each got up to lead our track.  Our group was small and everyone was so supportive.  We spent the day talking a little more about education and learned about ourselves as
instructors. We presented two more times.  After another 7 hour day, we were done!  Two days later, I received an email saying I passed the weekend training.  Now, to video tape a live class. You have to video tape a live class and submit within 90 days of the training to be fully certified.  Full disclosure, I taped once already – but was not happy with it, so I’ll be doing another taping this weekend!! 

About the class….
As mentioned earlier, BANG is a mixed fitness class that incorporates hip-hop, boxing, cardio, and body weight training. There are 3 levels – participants can 1) follow and stay with low impact moves, 2) do everything instructor is doing, or   3) do everything instructor is doing while wearing weighted gloves (1/2 lb each).  Moves can be “undanced” for those who feel they aren’t coordinated enough (but we all know everyone can dance!)  I love that I can be a diva getting my groove on during one song, and then switch into a fierce boxer in another, and then hit a high intensity cardio track that gets my heart racing  (think 80’s aerobics throwback)!  It’s great for every fitness level and I look forward to adding this class to my schedule!!  

Stay Fit, stay healthy, and stay with me! Kia Kaha! Lisa 😊
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