BECOMING A LES MILLS INSTRUCTOR IS MORE CONVENIENT THAN EVER
by Sarah Shortt
WORK FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
Working in a space that feels safe and familiar can help you focus on absorbing the content of the module. “As a massive introvert, live training can be very intimidating, so I knew doing this from the comfort of my own home would be perfect,” adds Fiona McKay. “The benefit of this being I was more engaged in the learning, and free to work at my own pace with the education supplied before and during the training.” Another Instructor agrees, saying: “It was very relaxing ‘working from home’ and I was therefore able to concentrate well, assimilating the information easily in a no-pressure environment.”
“I think it’s really beneficial for Instructors to do the module in a place where they feel secure and confident!” says Elin Atlebond. “They can do the training in their gym, home or office – somewhere they can relax.”
MORE PREPARED BEFOREHAND
Trainers are reporting that the pre-work required for the module means that all Instructors are showing up feeling more prepared for the course, which sets them up for success. “I’m seeing Instructors display much stronger foundations in technique and better understanding of the choreography,” says US Trainer Meghan Hayes.
Prior to training, Instructors send in videos of them doing the five basic moves of the program, and following the movement in their allocated track. This often means that Instructors are more prepared because they have already received content and applied it in their pre-training track. US Trainer Susan Laney believes this pre-training track “allows Trainers to have a better sense of where they can support individuals across the Five Key Elements”.
Lyndsey Morrison delivers Online Initial Training
FEWER DISTRACTIONS AND MORE TIME TO DIGEST THEORY
Let’s face it, there can be distractions in a live setting – whether it’s the temperature of the room, others in the group, or just wondering where the nearest coffee source is! One Instructor says, “There was much less digression than normal live training modules and I felt my time was efficiently used.” UK Trainer Lyndsey Morrison agrees, noting that “fewer distractions means the group can just focus on taking the content in”.
As you would expect, the online course is less physical than the live version, which can also help with concentration. “Compared to my face to face BODYPUMP™ training, I feel the lower amount of practical content allowed me to digest the theoretical side because I wasn’t as physically exhausted,” says Instructor Sarah Rainsford.
Amanda Breen, Director – People and Culture at Les Mills Asia Pacific, says “One of the main positives of Online Initial Module Training is that there is so much more space for the learning to land. By incorporating pre-work, leading up to the module, and then a post-training assessment three days after the module, Trainees have more time to digest the information and practise the key skills of teaching a great class. Instructors also get a feedback video from their Trainer, which celebrates their strengths and also outlines their areas for development. Being able to refer back to this feedback video at any time throughout the eight weeks, allows instructors to track their progress and feel really clear about what they need to focus on, in order to achieve certification.”
“I didn’t have to travel, so I wasn’t tired,” adds Lisa Kelly. “In my lunch break I could take the dog for a walk and get away from the computer for an hour, so that when I returned I was fully fresh for the afternoon.”
Trainee Berry Hui echoes Lisa’s sentiments saying, “This was my very first Online Initial Module Training and I had fun and enjoyed the two days. It was good how fast the training can be done online, and it was convenient to do it in the comfort of my own place where I could get lunch and easily change my clothes.”
STILL OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
Even though they are in an online space, there is still so much room for Trainees to connect! The online format actually allows people to be themselves more, because they are in their own comfort zone. Online Trainee Carolyn Andrews says, “It was amazing how our Trainers were able to connect with us through the screen!”
Keith Burnell agrees, saying “I was really worried about the differences in online training but my Trainers just made it incredible. They really knew how to manage the online space well, and was able to step up when there were issues. I just had an all around fantastic experience.”
Meghan Hayes points out that the connection in the online course actually starts much earlier than in the live format, with Trainer-Instructor contact and Facebook groups being established before the course commences. “Instructors are engaging with each other in the group, checking in on how learning their track is going, and helping each other out,” says Meghan. “And in the actual course, we can do virtual high fives and thumbs up, plus we use the breakout rooms on Zoom so Instructors can connect with each other. We continue to engage after the trainings too. For instance on our Facebook page, they are all asking how they are moving forward and learning the next tracks or even how they learned their tracks. It’s amazing!”
SO WHAT’S DIFFERENT?
|FACE-TO-FACE IMT||ONLINE IMT|
|Days 1 & 2 training||Delivered face-to-face||Delivered online|
|Day 3 training||Delivered face-to-face||Delivered face-to-face|
|Technology requirements||A mobile phone or tablet device with headphones||
|Equipment requirements||All equipment is provided||For Equipment-based programs you must have access to the required equipment. Unless otherwise stated. To see the requirements for equipment based classes.|
“I thought it would be more different than it actually was!” says Elin Atlebond. “I ran the module pretty much as I would at a live event. My biggest concern before the education was if I’d be able to provide valid feedback to Instructors during the Technique Bootcamp, but I found it really easy to see and help them with their technique. One difference is that the drills usually done in pairs or small groups have been redesigned or replaced with another drill, so Instructors can do them by themselves (or in breakout rooms).”
Amanda says, “After implementing some key process improvements over the two days of online training, like the inclusion of a Masterclass, more practical drills, more teaching practise and more 'brain breaks', the feedback from Instructors has been overwhelmingly positive, with 100 per cent of the Instructors surveyed reported that they were 'Very Satisfied' or 'Satisfied' with their Online Initial Module Training experience.”
Amanda adds, “We're really pleased to report that our Instructor pass-rates are identical to those of the pass-rates achieved from the In-Person Initial Module Training experience. Additionally, our Trainers have the opportunity to review the whole group's assessment videos together, so they are not only equipped to provide individual feedback videos to Instructors, but also group feedback at the mid-way point of the eight weeks. Instructors are telling us that the additional online feedback, guidance and support they can receive from their Trainer throughout the process, really assists them in their preparation for Day 3.”
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ONLINE Initial Module Training is currently available in Australia and some parts of Southeast Asia, with accessibility increasing all the time. To find out more including equipment requirements, conditions and online registration to go https://lesmills.com.au/training/IMT
Note: Advanced Training is not yet available online.