At­lantis Leisure’s Katie reaches elite Les Mills sta­tus

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

At­lantis Leisure is well known in Oban for its Les Mills fit­ness classes, such as BodyStep, BodyPump and BodyCom­bat, and now one of its in­struc­tors has been cho­sen for the elite Les Mills UK pre­sen­ter team.

Katie Gal­braith joined At­lantis Leisure in 2011, teach­ing a va­ri­ety of group fit­ness classes, but her main pro­gramme was BodyStep, and she soon achieved ‘elite’ in­struc­tor sta­tus. BodyStep is a fun, fast-paced work­out us­ing heigh­tad­justable steps de­signed to burn fat, im­prove car­dio­vas­cu­lar health and con­di­tion the mus­cles.

‘In 2014, I de­cided to take a leap of faith and go out to the home of Les Mills in Auck­land, New Zealand,’ Katie said. ‘I spent 10 months work­ing in the big­gest gym in the world as an in­struc­tor. I was re­ally lucky to be able to au­di­tion to teach classes, which is ap­par­ently very rare, and taught BodyBalance classes reg­u­larly in a cou­ple of the Les Mills gyms. I also taught BodyStep along Mark N’uu, who is the chore­og­ra­pher and di­rec­tor of the pro­gramme.’

Shortly af­ter com­ing home in Au­gust 2015, Katie en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion called ‘The One’, with a video of her teach­ing a BodyStep track. Out of the thou­sands of peo­ple who en­tered, she was one of eight peo­ple cho­sen to go to a Les Mills pre­sen­ter boot camp Lon­don for the fi­nals but, as she was al­most nine months preg­nant at the time, she had to de­cline her place.

But af­ter a ‘lot of hard work and mo­ti­va­tion to get fit again’, she en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion for the 2017 boot camp and was again suc­cess­ful. Katie went to Lon­don in Fe­bru­ary and took part in a two- day boot camp, learn­ing what it means to be a pre­sen­ter, get­ting feed­back and par­tic­i­pat­ing in ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions. ‘This is a huge part of Les Mills, as the science be­hind ex­er­cise is al­ways de­vel­op­ing and chang­ing,’ she said. ‘We need to keep all our in­struc­tors up to date with this to stay at the top of our game, con­tin­u­ously giv­ing the best and most ef­fec­tive work­outs pos­si­ble.’

Of the 35 in­struc­tors from the UK and Ire­land who were in­vited to boot camp, 16 were taken on as pre­sen­ter rook­ies, and Katie was one of only two from Scot­land cho­sen.

Over the next six months, the rook­ies will at­tend quar­terly cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and de­liver ed­u­ca­tion and master­class work­shops, where they will be as­sessed by head train­ers.

‘The next six months is where the real hard work kicks in, as the 16 rook­ies are kind of on pro­ba­tion,’ Katie shared. ‘At the end of June they will de­cide to keep me and move me on to full pre­sen­ter sta­tus or not.

‘So far this is a huge achieve­ment for me. I am now part of the Les Mills UK pre­sen­ter team, which was recog­nised as Best Team in the World 2016. I hope to fol­low the jour­ney to full pre­sen­ter and, if this hap­pens, I will then have the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a trainer for BodyStep. It would be amaz­ing to be able to of­fer ini­tial mo­d­ule train­ing for peo­ple to be­come BodyStep in­struc­tors within At­lantis, some­thing I hope to achieve in the next 12 to 18 months.’

For more in­for­ma­tion or to find a class sched­ule, visit www.at­lantisleisure.co.uk or call 01631 566800.

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