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 program, and how to enhance the workout experience for your participants. And, most importantly, you will have a renewed sense of pleasure and satisfaction from teaching.
Advanced Training is a two-day workshop, and in some countries will also be available as . as a six-week online training programme.
This course is all about you! There is no “right or wrong” on this training – it’s not about being assessed. Rather, the focus is on you and your personal journey as an Instructor. On this course – YOU set the standard. The secret to finding your next level is within you – and your Trainer will assist and guide your development.
You will have lots of time for reflection and self-assessment. You will present tracks, reflect, develop, watch videos and gain incredible insights into how to deliver the experience in your classes. At the end of the training you will be given a development plan, to achieve your personal goals.
- Welcome and course overview
- Presentation 1 – each Instructor will present 3 times over the weekend
- We discuss the concept of leadership and explore:
- What your “why” is for teaching
- What your values are as an Instructor and how you can stay true to these values when you teach
- What are your “empowering beliefs” that enable you to deliver your best class, and what are your “limiting beliefs” that may hold you back
- We explore the program essence and show enjoyment:
- What’s your enjoyment, and how do you show it when you teach?
- Welcome and presentation 2
- We explore enhancing the experience and connection:
- Being present in the class and how to respond to the people in front of you
- How do you connect with people?
- We explore how to motivate and educate:
- The 4 key ways to motivate
- How to use intrinsic motivation
- Team teaching with the music
- Teaching with contrast
- How to use external objectives
- How you educate in class
- Blending the dimensions:
- Find out what your natural strength is
- Understand how you blend the different dimensions in your class
- Presentation 3 and wrap up
The content of the online course is exactly the same but spread over a 6 week period.
- There will be pre-work involved and set deadlines
- The learning is a mix of online classrooms, one on one sessions with your Trainer, plus lots of opportunities to try out your new skills in your classes over the 6 week period
- You will submit 2 videos for feedback
- You will have a 45-minute, one on one coaching session with your Trainer
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 gradually be phased out over the next 12 months as Advanced Training is released across the different programs.
For questions on this new course, please see our FAQ.
To read more on the evolution of this course, click here.
“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.”
Becoming a Leader with Kylie Gates
“The Advanced Training Course has made me feel more fulfilled as an Instructor. It helped me not only work on my Les Mills teaching, but has also made an impact in my personal life.”
FIND THE FORMAT THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Whether you attend a live event or book the online learning program, 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 program, 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 six hours.
“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
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 program, 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.
Advanced Training has 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, but there is an additional focus on leadership, program essence, and enhancing the experience.
AIM 1 and AIM 2 will gradually be phased out as we roll out Advanced Training across all programs.
With the natural evolution of our programs and coaching, the Les Mills Education team felt that there was a need to update, enhance and refine our current training. With global advances in technology, there was a great opportunity to also offer the content as an online option.
Advanced Training has new and evolved content, and is therefore worthwhile for all Instructors to attend. AIM 1 enhanced your coaching and refined your technique. Advanced Training will add a whole new dimension to your teaching with its focus on leadership, plus finding your own authentic way to dial up your connection and performance, and become the Instructor you want to be.
If you’ve already attended AIM 1 or AIM 2 and wondering what might be in Advanced Training for you, Kylie Gates 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.”
Nikki Snow, facilitator in Advanced Training, said: “It has led me to approach my classes with a totally different mindset, and made me feel more fulfilled as an Instructor. It helped me not only work on my Les Mills teaching, but has also made an impact in my personal life.”
No, you will keep your Advanced Instructor status.
No, but you will benefit from the additional professional and personal development.
The certification for the program in which you are presenting will be at the Advanced status once you successfully complete the course. Your status as an Instructor will also be Advanced but your other certifications will stay at their current stage.
If you have attended AIM 1 and AIM 2 and are already an Elite Instructor, you will remain an Elite Instructor in that program after completing 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 program.
Booked AIM 1 and AIM 2 courses for these programs will continue to run. 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.
The content is exactly 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.
The online training course takes six weeks and requires a minimum of six hours a week of study.
There are a few things for you to do to get prepared, including submitting a Pre-Work Track to your Trainer. Here is a brief overview:
STEP ONE: Download Documents from the Additional References Tab:
- The Welcome Booklet: This useful Booklet gives you everything you need to know for the journey ahead and how to plan for it.
- The Technique and Coaching Foundations Video for your program
- Advanced Training Personal Journal: You will use this to track your e-Learning
STEP Two: Submit your Pre-Work Track
The next six weeks are about discovering who you are, finding out where you are at now and working towards where you want to be. To help you achieve this, you’re required to send in three pieces of filming:
- Pre-Work Track: Full track from any recent release of your choice filmed in front of a live class. Due before the course begins
- Presentation 1: 1st allocated track filmed in front of a live class. Due week 4
- Presentation 2: 2nd allocated track filmed in front of a live class. Due week 6
You’ll use this Pre-Work Track to self-review during the program. Record yourself teaching any full track from a recent release in front of a live class. If you already have footage filmed in the last two months, you can submit this.
STEP THREE: Review the Technique and Coaching Foundations Video
Use this video to review your own Technique, either self-review using a mirror or by asking another Instructor or your Group Fitness Manager for feedback.
STEP FOUR: Download the Free Mobile App
STEP FIVE: Staying in touch
Your Trainer will be in touch with you throughout the course. They’ll send you brief feedback on all of your submitted activities and presentations during this e-Learning There is also a discussion board where you can share your thoughts and ideas with fellow Instructors.
STEP SIX: Get ready for your Online Classroom
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 program.
Yes, for the online course you will film yourself three times: pre work track, presentation 1 and presentation 2. You will use these to self review your technique and submit to your Trainer for development.
We recommend actively teaching live classes for 3 to 6 months to build and develop the foundations of teaching for your program. As soon as you feel that you have mastered those skills, it’s time to take the next step in your development and book onto Advanced Training.
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 program.