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Revolutionise your teaching with Advanced Training

Introduction from Jackie Mills

WHY ADVANCED TRAINING?

Initial Module Training provided you with the foundations of teaching. Now, transform your state of mind when you teach with Advanced Training.

This new course has been designed to help you find your strengths as an Instructor and discover a whole range of ideas to grow your teaching. You will learn how to fill your classes and have longevity in teaching as the kind of Instructor you want to be. You will learn how to become a Group Fitness leader, how to be grounded in the essence of your programme, and how to enhance the workout experience for your participants.

Advanced Training is a two-day workshop. Excitingly, the course will also be available as a six-week online training programme in the UK and US from January. Instructors in other countries will have access to this course later in the year.

Whether you’ve been teaching for six months or 25 years, Advanced Training is the key to breaking through to your next stage in Instructor excellence. You will not only improve your teaching, but also gain skills that will positively impact your life outside of fitness.

AIM 1 and AIM 2 will no longer be available after January 1, 2019.

For questions on this new course, please see our FAQ.

To read more on the evolution of this course, click here.

Kylie Gates

Kylie Gates,
Creative Director

“When you understand your why, teaching becomes more than a job – it becomes something you will go the extra mile for because you are committed to the purpose.”

TRAINING DETAILS & WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Uncover your powers of leadership for all aspects of your life
  • Define your version of success as an Instructor
  • Learn how to strengthen your personal connection with participants
  • Develop your own style of performance within the essence of your program
  • Learn how to fill your classes and ensure longevity in teaching
  • 2-day weekend course or 6-week online learning programme

Becoming a Leader with Kylie Gates

Jessica McDonald

Jessica MacDonald,
UK Trainer

“Advanced training has been an amazing opportunity to refresh – the why and limiting beliefs have been incredibly insightful. The module and tools given are helping me to develop to becoming a true coach. It’s a skill not only for my work life but private life too. Really amazing”

FIND THE FORMAT THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

Whether you attend a live event or book the online learning programme, you will have access to the same great content!

2-DAY LIVE COURSE

For those of you who love the energy and interaction of a live event, you may prefer to attend the two-day training, where you will be completely immersed in the content and have the benefit of completing the course over a weekend – with the advantage of face to face interactions with a world-class Trainer.

6-WEEK ONLINE COURSE

The online version is a six-week learning programme, which is a mix of Trainer-led and self-directed learning. The flexible nature of this course allows you to fit your learning around your lifestyle. The six-week period allows you time to reflect on and embed the learning, and you can instantly try out new skills in class, playing around with what works for you!

This course will require a weekly time commitment of minimum four hours.

Kylie Gates

Kylie Gates,
Creative Director

“Advanced Training will provide you with the tools to keep on growing as an Instructor. And when you can provide an amazing experience for your participants, that’s when you will fill your classes.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All you need to know about Advanced Training

Why Advanced Training?

Initial Module Training provided you with the foundations of teaching. Now, transform your state of mind when you teach with Advanced Training.

This new course has been designed to help you find your strengths as an Instructor and discover a whole range of ideas to grow your teaching. You will learn how to fill your classes and have longevity in teaching as the kind of Instructor you want to be. You will learn how to become a Group Fitness leader, how to be grounded in the essence of your programme, and how to enhance the workout experience for your participants.

Advanced Training is a two-day workshop. Excitingly, the course will also be available as a six-week online training programme in the UK and US from January. Instructors in other countries will have access to this course later in the year.

Whether you’ve been teaching for six months or 25 years, Advanced Training is the key to breaking through to your next stage in Instructor excellence. You will not only improve your teaching, but also gain skills that will positively impact your life outside of fitness.

AIM 1 and AIM 2 will no longer be available after the end of December 2018.

When will the new Advanced Training course be available?

Not all Les Mills programmes will be ready for the new Advanced Training from January 2019, they will be phased in with all programmes expected by June 2019.

PROGRAMMES READY FROM JAN 19:

BODYPUMP™ BODYBALANCE™ BODYCOMBAT™ GRIT™ RPM™

PROGRAMMES ADDED FROM FEBRUARY:

BODYATTACK™ BODYSTEP™ CXWORX™ LES MILLS SPRINT™

PROGRAMMES READY BY MAY:

BODYJAM™ SH'BAM™

PROGRAMMES READY BY JUNE:

LES MILLS TONE™; LES MILLS BARRE™


Don’t worry if your programme is not ready until June, you have one full year from your programme being available to book on to Advanced Training.

What is Advanced Training?

This new course has been designed to help you find your strengths as an Instructor and discover a whole range of ideas to grow your teaching. You will learn how to fill your classes and have longevity in teaching as the kind of Instructor you want to be. You will learn how to become a Group Fitness leader, how to be grounded in the essence of your programme, and how to enhance the workout experience for your participants.


Initial Module Training equipped you with the foundations to teach and Advanced Training is your next step in developing yourself further as an Instructor.

How is it different to AIM 1 and AIM 2?

The new Advanced Training is approximately 80% new content with a strong focus on leadership development. There is a greater focus on bringing your natural talents to the forefront – allowing you to teach from a place that is completely authentic to you. You are encouraged to examine your “why”, digging deep into exactly why you teach group fitness.

We know that Technique and Coaching are the foundations of being a great Instructor. These elements are still explored in Advanced Training, you will receive technique videos ahead of the training that you will have to refer to in your own time. However, the course focus is on:

  • Uncover your powers of leadership for all aspects of your life
  • Define your version of success as an Instructor
  • Learn how to strengthen your connection with participants, show enjoyment and enhance the experience you create for them
  • Develop your own style of performance within the essence of the program
  • Learn how to fill your classes and ensure longevity in teaching
  • Blending the dimensions, knowing when to blend the 3 layers of coaching relevant for the class

It’s about your own personal development, aiming to provide you with skills you can transfer to other areas of your life.

Why are these changes being introduced?

We want to support our Instructors to have longevity in their teaching and fill their classes and so with the natural evolution of our programmes and coaching, the Les Mills Education team felt that there was a need to update, enhance and refine our current training. We also want to give our Instructors some relevant transferable skills that can be applied in many aspects of their life. With global advances in technology, there was a great opportunity to also optionally offer the content as online learning.

What if I have already done AIM 1?

Advanced Training has new and evolved content (80%) and is therefore worthwhile for all Instructors to attend. AIM 1 enhanced your coaching and refined your technique. Instructors will now receive technique videos to work with and refer to in their own time. The emphasis of the new Advanced Training will be to add a whole new dimension to your teaching. Focusing on leadership, self-development plus finding your own authentic way to dial up your connection and performance and become the Instructor you want to be.

What if I have already done AIM 1 and 2?

If you’ve already attended AIM 1 or AIM 2 and wondering what might be in Advanced Training for you, Kylie Gates (Creative Director) says that approximately 80 per cent of the content is completely new. Advanced Training is a totally different experience from doing AIM 1 and 2. There is a new focus on leadership which will absolutely change your state of mind when you teach, as well as the experience you create for your participants – and the enjoyment you receive from teaching.”


Tine Bogsted, facilitator in Advanced Training, said:

“Advanced Training taught me to look at myself, why I do what I do, why I want to drive myself forward, what it is that shapes me as an instructor. It's a journey of personal exploration that elevates you as an instructor and also gives you the tools to grow in other areas of your life.”

Will I have an additional title if I do Advanced Training on top of Aim 1 and 2?

No, but you will benefit from the additional professional and personal development.

If I do Advanced Training for one programme am I Advanced in all my programmes?

No, the certification for the programme in which you are presenting will be at the Advanced status once you complete the course. Your status as an Instructor will also be Advanced but your other certifications will stay at their current stage.

Can I do Advanced Training in more than one programme?

Yes, we encourage you to undertake Advanced Training in your different programmes. When you add a new programme this comes included as part of the package.

What is the cost of the new full Instructor journey?

New cost for the entire Instructor Journey (IMT plus new Advanced Training):

NEW INSTRUCTORS:
£425 for the full Instructor Journey, Initial Module Training plus Advanced Training

EXISTING INSTRUCTORS:
£299 for the full Instructor Journey, Initial Module Training plus Advanced Training

Previous cost for entire Instructor Journey (IMT plus AIM 1 plus AIM 2):

NEW INSTRUCTORS:
£525: (£350 for Initial Module Training and AIM 1; plus £175 for AIM 2)

EXISTING INSTRUCTORS ADDING PROGRAMMES:
£440: (£265 for Initial Module Training and AIM 1; plus £175 for AIM 2)

We have reduced the time it takes to complete the whole Instructor journey from 5 days to 4

New Instructor Journey:
Initial Module Training: 2 days, Advanced Training: 2 days – total 4 days

Previous Instructor Journey:
Initial Module Training: 2 days, AIM 1: 1 day, AIM 2: 2 days – total 5 days

What if I am an Elite Instructor?

If you have attended AIM 1 and AIM 2 and are already an Elite Instructor, you will remain an Elite Instructor in that programme.

Can I get Elite status from the new Advanced Training?

The new Advanced Training will not have Elite assessments linked to the course. This is because the content focuses on you as an individual and giving you tools to develop over time to become the best Instructor you can. If you have achieved the Elite status previously though, you will remain Elite in that programme. If you have completed AIM 2 by the end of December 2018 and still wish to submit for your Elite status, you have until the end of June 2019 to do so.

What if I have done my AIM 1 and 2 and have not yet submitted for Elite?

You will have until June 2019 to submit for your Elite status.

What if I have signed up for AIM 1 or 2 in the next few months?

Booked AIM 1 and AIM 2 courses for these programmes will continue to run until the end of December. These courses will still be valuable to you, especially if you are keen to brush up on your technique and coaching. These courses will only aid your Instructor development and further prepare you for Advanced Training.

What do I have to do on the course both live and online?

  • You will receive a track allocation 10 days before the course to practice
  • The focus is on the ultimate you so there will be some self-evaluation
  • You will be sent videos before the course and this has all the technique work which you will be expected to work through outside of the course
  • Live 2 days: You will present 3 times and receive development feedback on all three presentations
  • Online 6 weeks: You will have deadlines to meet with key activities. You will receive a 30 mins one on one e-coaching session with your Trainer

What is the difference between the live and the online training?

The content is the same.

In the live course, you will be immersed in the content and complete the training over two days – great if you enjoy face to face interactions, can easily travel to a training location, and wish to complete the course over a weekend. In the live course, you will present three times and receive feedback on each presentation.

The six-week online training course is a mix of Trainer-led and self-directed learning, where you will have additional time to embed the learning and enjoy the flexibility of fitting your learning around your lifestyle. In the online course, you will have a 30-minute one-on-one session with your Trainer for feedback on all the activities you have completed and two video presentations.

How long does the online training take?

The online training course takes six weeks and requires a minimum of four hours per week.

What if I miss a week for the online training?

You will need to keep on track with the weekly schedule so that you don’t fall behind with your learning group. The online course is very similar to a live course, with timeframes and deadlines, and you will be facilitated by your Trainer through each section. If you don’t complete each part on time, you will not complete the course.

What do I do if I have already paid for my AIM1 through my IMT booking but not yet attended?

You will have until the end of December 2018 to complete your AIM 1 course before we transition to the new Advanced Training. If you bought your package from January 2017 and cannot attend AIM 1 before December 2018, you will receive a free upgrade to the new Advanced Training.

Don’t worry if your programme is not ready until June, you have one full year from your programme being available to book on to Advanced Training.


How long after my Initial Module Training should I book onto Advanced Training?

We’d encourage all Instructors to attend Advanced Training as soon as possible but within a year of certification. As soon as you feel that you have mastered the foundations of teaching, it’s time to take the next step in your development and book onto Advanced Training.

Why aren’t all programmes launching at the same time?

We are phasing the content in order to support the Training teams around the globe to roll out the new material and therefore will be staggering the release of each programme. Don’t worry if you have a programme that’s not ready for January they will be ready within 6 months.

How many Touchpoints/CPD points do I get for completing Advanced Training?

REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) - 16 points

CIMSPA (Chartered Institute of Management, Sport and Physical Activity) – 10 points

Les Mills - 1 Touchpoint

What if I would like advice or feedback on my technique

Although technique and coaching are explored in Advanced Training (including receiving technique videos ahead of the course) it is not the main focus of the training; instead there is a strong focus on leadership development. However, if you would like advice or feedback on your technique you can still receive support during Quarterlies and Tribal Gatherings or you can submit a feedback video.

How do I now become a Tribe Coach?

If you have done your AIM 2 you can still submit for Elite until June 2019. If you already have Elite or achieve it by June next year, you can still apply to become a Tribe Coach. After June, we will communicate what the application process will be following the achievement of Advanced Training.

What if I am already a Tribe Coach?

You will remain a Tribe Coach.

How do I book onto Advanced Training?

You can book through the Instructor Portal here.