Meet Libby Howard, Iain Hennessy and Dani Bayadi
With a collective 51-years of instructing between them, we shoot-the-breeze with three of your Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) Trainer/Presenters
Born in New Zealand and now based on the Gold Coast, Libby Howard, a BODYBALANCE, RPM and BORN TO MOVE Trainer/Presenter, SPRINT and CXWORX Instructor has been teaching for 26-years and was once a national aerobics champion.
Known affectionately as “Doc”, Iain Hennessy, hailing from Perth has been teaching Les Mills for the past 12-years. Iain is a Trainer/Presenter for RPM and SPRINT and is also a BODYPUMP Instructor.
Adelaide is the home of Haigh’s chocolate and the equally as irresistibleDaniBayadi. Having taught for over 13+ years, Dani is a BORN TO MOVE DVD Presenter and a BODYCOMBAT, BODYJAM and BODYSTEP Presenter.
LMAP: What or who inspires you and why?
Libby: I’m not going to name names, but there are some great teachers out there. They teach in a way that is authentic to them, but stay true to the program essence. They aren’t all the same either: some move amazingly, some are master coaches or wordsmiths, some just know when silence is the most powerful option.
Iain: The people who get up early, every morning of the week to get to the gym and exercise with me. Because they are the people who are making a difference to their health and the health of our nation at a time when it is all to easy to fall into the rush of modern life and give up on the vital human requirement for movement.
Dani: I am inspired by fellow Mums who have the ability to multitask a billion things at once like children and several jobs; I am completely in awe of these Mums who can do it without losing their minds.
LMAP: If someone were to play you in a movie, who would it be?
Iain: Zac Efron (right age, right height, right body shape, and got charisma).
Libby: Princess Leia because she’s smart and knows what she wants. And she’s in the Star Wars movies so she’s super cool!
Dani: This was so hard to answer so I took it to my nearest and dearest. Their response Pink: “because she is a strong driven woman with a whole lot of passion and love. She is assertive, knows what she wants and won’t stop until she gets it”. I’ll take that as a compliment!
LMAP: What advice or tips would you give to new instructors?
Iain: Get a mentor and get into shadowing and team teaching ASAP. Immerse yourself in the program until you have momentum, then the growth as an instructor can begin.
Dani: Be prepared for some bumpy roads ahead. The industry can be tough at times. But if you really love fitness and movement, and are passionate about the programs you teach then stay true to yourself, your passion and love, and share it with as many people as possible. You’ll have to be willing to change, never stop learning and work really hard, but it’ll be worth it and there will be so many moments ahead for you to experience that we really do have one of the best jobs in the world.
Libby: Keep at it. Master the basics and grow confidence in yourself. When you have a bad class or teach a bad track, recognise what you could do better and aim for that next time. Don’t dwell in the past, live in the moment, believe in what you do, keep practising and you will shine!
LMAP: What advice or tips would you give to experienced instructors?
Dani: Never stop learning despite how long you’ve been teaching for or how high up you’re considered by peers. There is always room to grow and learn and develop in this ever changing industry.
Libby: You can always teach an old dog new tricks. While you are probably great at what you do, always strive to be better, to do better. Love what you do and if you don’t love it, maybe give it a break or come to an event like Workshops or Les Mills Live to be reinspired. It is about the people that come to your classes so be there 100% for them.
Iain: Up-skill, go to workshops and AIM modules, talk to other instructors about ways to progress, always be looking for a way to mix up your classes with coaching, connection and performance. Instructing is an ongoing process of evolution. In a world that is moving so fast, if you’re standing still, you’re going backwards.