Saturday, March 12, 2011

BodyAttack AIM with Lisa Osborne!

Well, I mostly kept it under wraps... until now! I, along with 30 other very lucky instructors, got to attend the BodyAttack Advanced Instructor Module with none other than Lisa Osborne herself this past Monday in Orlando, Florida. I decided not to really tell anyone beforehand, and unless you saw updates from Facebook you may have missed it entirely.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that was too good to pass up. I had been checking the website to see what Attack AIMs were available, and compared with Pump and RPM, there were hardly any. In fact, only 2 have been held in the entire USA since the first of the year. I had been planning to attend the first one in Baltimore, but the scheduling ended up not working out. I was checking the website every day, and this one virtually popped up (and sold out) overnight. Obviously, being held by the program director, as well as Lizzy Troutman who is a little firecracker of energy, it's easy to see why. I was lucky enough to attend. *Insert jumps for joy and cries of gratitude here*.

The module itself was incredible. Due to legalities, I can't give much away as far as what you do. I will say that we presented directly to Lisa twice and received on the spot feedback to improve our teaching. We also did technique drills, worked on perfecting our posture/form, and some other exercises on what the essence of BodyAttack is and how to teach within that. One tip that I think is too helpful to NOT share: before teaching/taking your next class, get a roll of duct tape. Roll your back/shoulders into set position, and then have someone tape each of your shoulders from the top down to the end of your back. Whenever you might start slipping out of set position, you will feel the pull on the tape. This forces you to engage your back muscles (and boy will you feel it the next day...)

Although all of the technique stuff is very helpful, what I took away much more was how to present within the essence of the program and how important it is to create a contrast. Teach differently from song to song, especially with the new BodyAttack 3D. There are times when it's important to dial down, and this is something I haven't been good at in the past. We also got some very simple and helpful coaching cues to implement, and other small things which add up to make a huge difference.

Another thing that I want to point out... I was very much intimidated going into this. It's not a big secret to people in my local circle that I'm a one-of-a-kind Attack-aholic. But going into this situation... I would be amongst other Attack-aholics. I've only been to 3 quarterlies, but I have to say that the ones I've been to always end up turning into competitions, where people vie for the front row up to and including pushing, crowding out, and it can get ugly. That's not what I go for. I don't want to put on a show for anyone. I compare it to going to a concert... if you could watch from the front row, why wouldn't you? I always go to the front when it's Lisa. She's one of my idols and I make no apologies, but I'm not there to compete with anyone or outdo anyone. So, going to an AIM, I thought for sure it'd be way worse...

NOT AT ALL. Every instructor I encountered was lovely, encouraging, inviting, and passionate in all the ways that matter most. We were all there to experience this amazing atmosphere together, and we were all there to push each other to our best. They are some of the friendliest people I've met and I am so grateful for each person I met. They'll all rank up there with everyone else who's been part of my journey. Within 24 hours, almost all of us were friends on Facebook. We've shared pictures, stories, and just an amazing energy.

Lisa is EVERYTHING she appears to be on the DVDs... passionate, happy, spunky, positive, and always full of energy. The woman could do 4 classes back to back and never miss a beat. She got right down in the trenches with us when we were presenting the second time, participating from the front row (can you say intimidating?). She is also one of the most humble people you'll ever meet. No ego there, just pure passion and a desire to improve the lives of others by doing the best job she can. I hope that someday I can teach with as much grace and excitement as she does.

Lizzy is also such an amazing resource for the USA team. She is going to be on the next Step DVD, and Lisa told us a lot about how Lizzy has developed her "BodyAttack essence" teaching style. I've never seen a Step DVD, but apparently Step is a much more "Guy Smiley" happy, sappy, essence if you will, where Attack is more athletic and edgey. So Lisa said it's been fun to see Lizzy transform from pure Step into a hybrid. She is equally personable, passionate, and a great role model for us.

So needless to say, I've come home with a bunch of new objectives and goals, and renewed passion to make my dreams come true. I'm so grateful for the opportunities I've been given, and hope I can enrich other people's lives the way mine was enriched in Orlando!

And here are some pictures from my weekend. First the LMSE quarterly:

Nicole Hagar, one of my heroes from LMWC

Susan Renata, Head Trainer for BodyPump - she is one tough chick and very gracious!

I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa at the Laguna Niguel quarterly last August. She remembered me!

I was letting her know I couldn't pass up a chance to AIM with her (she wanted to know why I was so far from home).

Can I get one more Lisa??

A snap of the Shbammers goin to town! I tried snapping more but they all came out fuzzy.

A few from the AIM:

After 8 hours of pure Attack adrenaline and passion, I made it. And she is fantastic as always... who would ever know she had a baby on Christmas Eve??? (PS he's so cute! He was there too! :) )

Lisa and Lizzy autographed my Attack 71 chorey notes! I figured that was appropriate since that's the release we AIMed on.

31 amazing instructors plus 1 amazing trainer and 1 phenomenal program director... definitely a career highlight and an experience I will never forget!

And finally, a couple of fun shots during the travelling process.

Even across the country, Starbucks always takes care of me!

I thought this was hilarious... a list of electronic devices and their permitted use on flights. How very gracious of the TSA...

That's it for now! The BodyAttack 101 plyo track will be coming very soon! Stay tuned!


  1. Hi Chad! I just found your blog and I love it. Thank you! I keep following your posts through RSS.

    I am about to attend BodyAttack basic training in a month here in Finland. Can't wait!


  2. Ahh thanks Hanne! Glad you enjoy reading. I certainly love meeting other Attackers from all over the world!

    You will love training... they are always life changing, and you will walk away with some amazing friends and experiences that will last you forever! Be sure to keep in touch... I can't wait to hear how it goes!!!