Staying in shape, working out while traveling and eating healthy is crucial. Considering all the tasty food we have to try, long hours on the trains and buses, sitting for hours in front of your PC, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of all the calories and inevitably you start to gain in weight. Joining workout classes can be stressful, because if you are constantly on the go, you will have difficult time getting used to a routine. So every time you walk into a class, you feel like a starter. But what if there was s way to connect your travel with a fun and easy to follow workout routine? Welcome to Les Mills world!
I would like to write about a workout class I fell in love with years ago. This is not intended as a promotion, but rather as an introduction.
What is Les Mills?
Les Mills International is a New Zealand company that is the world’s largest provider of choreographed exercise-to-music group fitness classes distributed to health clubs. There are 14 different classes to choose from – from weight lifting class (BodyPump) to dancing (BodyJam) or martial arts class (BodyCombat). They offer a class for everybody – you name it! Every three months a new release comes out. So here is the best part – all health clubs offering Les Mills classes have the same releases, meaning you can keep working out while traveling as workout routine stays the same for 3 months, anywhere in the world! Fantastic, isn’t it?
What classes can you do with Les mills? Let’s look at some popular ones.
BodyPump® classes are 59 minutes long, include opening warm up, eight separate muscle-group specific songs and closing with a cool-down.
BODYCOMBAT® is inspired by various martial arts cardio aerobic workout where you are totally unleashed. This energetic program draws from a wide array of disciplines such as Karate, Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. It includes punches, kicks and strikes, and is a bit similar to shadow boxing
BodyJam® is a fantastic dance workout, combining different music styles, such as HipHip, Latino, Disco and Techno! Get in the groove and let the music lead you! It’s like having a party or dancing in the nightclub in the middle of the day!
RPM® – door cycling workout
CXWORX®– Strengthen and tone your core, taking your abs to the next level
BodyVive® – features the optimal mix of strength, cardio and core training
BodyAttack® – a combination of athletic movements like running, lunging and jumping with strength exercises such as push-ups and squats
BodyStep® – energising step workout, using a height-adjustable step and simple movements on, over and around it
Sh’bam® – dance workout
BodyFlow® – mind-body program that combines practices from yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi
Travel the world as an instructor!
I’m a big Les Mills fan myself, back in 2010 I was so in love with BodyCombat that I went ahead and completed the instructor certification. Although I’m not teaching it now, it’s a great way to combine traveling with working. Certification training takes usually 2 days and you need to be in good physical shape, know the chores, be a quick learner and good motivator. It’s not enough to just show the moves – you need to radiate the love for it, infect your class with passion. But don’t worry, you will get the best training!
Les Mills is so popular throughout the world, that you will easily find side jobs in different gyms abroad! Teaching a couple of classes will hardly get in the way of exploring the country and making new friends, but can earn you some pocket money (or even pay for your hostel). Your certification is valid everywhere you go and most gyms recognize it and will offer you instructor position if they can. Just make sure they are OK with you speaking English.
Alone is the USA there are at least 300 Les Mills instructor jobs, paying between $15 and $30 per hour! What a great way to keep working out while traveling and supporting your travels all at the same time!
Do you like to work out during your travels?
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