After years of two or three hits a day, I’m suddenly getting tons of search engine traffic. 30-40 hits a day is enough to make me feel like a total rock star blogger! So, I’ve noticed Les Mills CX30 is bringing a lot of traffic here, and I’ve gotten a few questions via search engine. I’m not an expert, but I’ll try to be helpful, O Ye Searchers of Yon Internet!
Questions that have brought folks to my humble blog:
Is CX30 hard?
Yes! CX30 is hard. But you know, I’m not sure I like the word “hard.” It sounds sort of whiny, doesn’t it. “Mo-oomm, that’s hard! I don’t wanna go!”
So, let’s try some other adjectives. CX30 is intense, tough, challenging…. I could go on, but isn’t that more motivating? It’s tough by design, to increase functional core strength. It’s challenging because it is designed to capitalize on the latest exercise science, moving you beyond crunches to strengthen your entire core.
You will absolutely see and feel the difference in your core.
Do I have to bring my own tube to training?
Well, for my training, we were all provided with the Les Mills Tube and expected to bring it. I don’t know if that’s the case for all trainings, though.
Also, some members of our team called our regional office and confirmed that it would be okay to use a lower-resistance tube. So if your hosting gym provides resistance tubing, it sounds like it would be fine to use that, as long as you demonstrate solid form and technique.
How do I learn my CX30 release?
All instructors have their own way of learning, and I know a lot of instructors might be coming into this without a previous Les Mills program. I could write pages about how to to learn choreography, but I’ll try to keep this brief. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:
- Read the chapter in your manual on choreography. It gives you a good overview and helpful hints on how to learn the release. Most importantly, it tells you why we want to know the chorey 100%, which I find pretty motivating, even after all these years.
- Listen to the music first. You really want to know your music inside and out. What’s the feel of the song? What’s the mood? Is it a quieter song? Where do you hear changes? Can you find the 8-count? (Before I ever learn sun salutations in BodyFlow, I listen to the song a few times just to find the 8-count. This habit is helping me worlds in CX30.)
- Choose a track, and take it one track at a time, especially if you are new to Les Mills. Start with the warm-up; it’s the easiest.
- Watch the DVD version of the track, with notes in hand. Read through the left-side page as you go, and you’ll get the feel for how the notes are laid out. (Don’t worry if you are confused for a while. These notes are a bit clunky, especially compared to the programs that have been around a while, like BodyPump and BodyFlow. CX30 notes are sure to get better in time, hang in there!)
- Then turn off the DVD and grab your iPod. See if you can still follow the notes and hear the changes in the music. Once you’ve got that, see if you can remember the moves without looking at the notes. This might take a few tries, but once you’re there, you’re well on your way!
- Once you know the track pretty well, turn the DVD back on and find the audio options on the disc menu. “Music only” is a great option. Practice teaching to the DVD. Talk your way through it as you move so you get comfortable talking and moving at the same time. This will also help you move on beat!
- Keep taking it one track at a time, and try not to freak out. Learning choreography does get easier. I promise! The first release is the hardest, and then you find the techniques that work best for you, and it becomes much easier.
Hope that helps some of you guys out there! CX30 training is great, have fun! And let me know if you have more questions. I won’t give away specific activities that happen in training (sorry), but I will be as helpful as I can.