Go to Bootcamp!
I realized about 8 years ago that I am not cut out for coordinated training. I'm not very good with structure. Coordinated training like Step, any LesMills program, Aerobics, etc require someone who can really stick to the counts and the beat of the music, they require a lot of planning and memorization. I do not posses these skills. They make me nervous. I am more of a freestyle trainer. I know what your goal is or my goal within the class and I do whatever we need to do to achieve that goal. Sometimes the music leads or motivates me, other times the people in the class give me a boost of energy to change things in a class. In any case, people usually tell me they love my classes and love to keep coming back and that makes me very happy because I know they are meeting their fitness goals for the day and I didn't have to stress about when to start or stop an exercise or if the music breaks down, etc. It's really just me, nothing wrong with those programs if that's your thing.
I started teaching Total Body Conditioning (just another name for a boot camp class) and I was hooked. Teaching to the military in Cuba was amazing, inspiring, and motivating. It was great to see them all working hard to beat the other team in the class. I realized this was what I loved to do, outside of some other classes I love to teach, this boot camp class just completely filled me with energy. I think partly because I recalled my real Marine Corps boot camp days. I guess it paid to get in so much trouble because I perfected the art of mountain climbers, burpees, and running to NOT get caught by my Drill Instructors. It's been over 20 years but trust me, I remember it like it was yesterday.
Now I get to share my discipline and knowledge in the field of health and fitness with others. I love my job. I am currently teaching at OneLife Fitness in Burke. ForeverStrong, a class geared towards beginners and the active older adult population. It is a strength class but moves a little slower and it is low impact so no jumping or doing the crazy stuff we do in Boot Camp It is a great class and so far everyone seems to be happy. If they are not, I hope they'll tell me so I can change whatever isn't working. I also teach Boot Camp -again, freestyle. I plan my classes the day before and then just play whatever happens to be on my iPod that I know keeps everyone motivated to keep moving. It's fun, high energy and we get a great workout early Saturday morning.
At Graves Gym on Fort Belvoir I teach the same Low Impact Strength class and SPINNING. Another high energy class that really gets me moving. I love SPIN, it has helped to improve my run time tremendously. At Graves I get to work mostly with military dependents and active duty members.
Soon I will be working with another company who conducts more specialize and mostly outdoors boot camp classes to large groups, small groups and one-on-one. Custom Fitness Concepts is motivating, fun, and the energy you have to put into your workouts is amazing. You really do perform above and beyond your expectations. I'm really looking forward to the outdoor workouts and the variety in their training sessions.
If you live in my area I hope to see you in one of my classes soon.