CX30 – ongoing thoughts
I’m still in the thick of Les Mills CX30 training preparation, though I took a day off Tuesday. You know you’re getting overwhelmed when your brain is constantly playing music from the release you’re learning, and your thought circles go something like, “I’ll never get this! I’m terrible at plank hovers. I think I know how to teach that bit, but is it turn through the chest and not the shoulders, or through the shoulders and not the chest?” I learned early on in my BodyFlow instruction days that taking a big step back is the best thing to do at that point. Let the brain soak it in and give it a rest.
So I took Tuesday off of any exercises, any music, any learning. It helped!
I’ve gotta say, I feel really, really good about CX30 right now! I can really see the difference in my body, just from practicing once or twice. (I’m trying not to overdo it, since I do so much other exercise, too. The program participant recommendation is 2 to 3 times a week, so I’m trying to stick with that myself these two weeks before training.)
I love, love, love CX30. In some ways, I feel like I get CX30 more than I do BodyPump, even though I’ve been doing the latter for years, and it seems pretty obvious what BodyPump is about. I just get frustrated sometimes, because I really get BodyFlow – I feel it in my bones – and when I’m teaching BodyPump, I often have a really hard time connecting with the energy of the program. It’s so forceful, so in-your-face. I find it really challenging to be myself in there, though I’m getting better… I think.
Anyway, I’m beginning to get CX30. It’s intense, tough, brutal…. but I get it. Maybe because it’s also a lot of fun, and moves quickly. It’s easy to keep the energy up with this music, and I feel like I’ll be able to connect with the essence of the program more easily than I do BodyPump. It’s intense, but not gritty, not GRRR. (Those are hard qualities for me to harness, I’ll be honest!)
I’ve started taking BodyAttack the last few weeks, just to try to up my training regimen, and wow, what a great class! I admit I kind of hated it when our club launched it. It just seemed unfairly hard. Why would you want to do that to yourself?
I am glad I gave it another chance, though, because it’s an excellent group fitness class. I feel deeply challenged, and it gets me right out of my head. I have left the last few weeks with crazy endorphin highs.
I haven’t been to a yoga class in ages. I really should, but it’s hard to squeeze in to my workout schedule. I teach 5 classes a week between two clubs. I attend two BodyStep classes, and now that I’ve added in BodyAttack, I think I’m about at my limit for classes I can take without giving up practice time. I do practice yoga at home on my own, but it’s always good to get feedback from another teacher.
Just something to add to the list, I guess!
(Also: Body Pump, Body Flow, Body Attack)