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Here they are team – enjoy! 🙂


1a: Dragostea Din Tei (DJ Ross Radio Mix) – O-Zone
1b: My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson
02: Music Is Pumpin – Radical Rhythm
03: Slow & Steady Rush – Random Attack
4a: Enter Sandman – Spock
4b: Boom – P.O.D.
05: Ballroom Blitz – Dave & The Extras
06: Let Me Entertain You – Bodytronixx
07: Desolation Row – Krakaw Kreativ Kollektiv
08: What Do You Want From Me (squad-e remix) – Cascada
Right Round – Flo Rida Feat. Ke$ha
10: Halo – Beyonce


Warm up: Magnetized (Original Mix) – James Sampson
Squats: Summer of 69 (Picco, Jens O & Maddin Original Mix)– Mega-mania
Chest: Right Round – Flo Rida
Back: When love becomes a lie (Cascada Remix) – Liz Kay
Triceps: Black Fingernails, Red Wine – Eskimo Joe
Biceps: What I’ve Done – Hiroshi Free
Lunges: Doesn’t Matter – Mamad Voltek
Shoulders: Operation Blade 09 – Public Domain
Abs: Circus – Britney Spears
Cooldown: Sober – Pink


01. Just Dance – De-Grees
02. Womanizer – Skipping Crew
03. Fly On The Wall – Dana deWit
04. Fiesta – Beat Bandits From Outer Space
05. Get Shaky (Ian Carey Vocal Mix) – The Ian Carey Project
06. When You Leave – CJ Murry
07. Wild Wild West 08 – Party Playaz
08. I Kissed A Girl – Space Jammers
09. Take It To The Limit – Badlands
10a. Can’t Get Over (Short Disco Mix) – September
10b. Right Round – Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha
11. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz


01: Saturday (Fedde Le Grand Vocal Mix Main) – Cunnie Williams feat. Monie Love
02: Love, Sex, Magic – Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake
03: 75, Brazil Street (Original Club Vocal Mix) – Nicola Fasano vs Pat-Rich
04: I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) – Pitbull
05: 75, Brazil Street (Steve Forest & Paul Simon Mix) – Nicola Fasano vs Pat-Rich
06: I Wanna Rock – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
07: Voice of Freedom – Freedom Williams
08: Set it Off – J. Williams
09: Blame It – Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain
10: Pictures (Tonite Only Remix) – Sneaky Sound System
11: Suburban Knights (Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso Mix) – Hard-Fi
12: Finally 2008 (Kam Denny & Paul Zala Remix) – Denzal Park
13: Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson


01. Lost & Found – Delerium
02. Serenity – Delerium
03. Magnificent – Yellow Hue
04. Shine – Amanda Myers
05. Why – Annie Lennox
06. Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson
07. Broken Strings – Mike Stone
08. Changes – Will Young
09. Run – Leona Lewis
10. Kindred Spirit – Deuter
11. Under The Wings of Blessing – Nawang Khechog

RPM 44

01. The Right Life – Seal
02. Sober (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit) – Pink
03. Show Me Heaven – Arms Of Dub
04. Real – The Cranials
05. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
06. Alone In The Dark (Tiesto Radio Edit) – Tiesto Presents Edward Carnby
07. Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want) (Jorg Schmid Mix) – Scooter vs Status Quo
08. Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson
09. You Found Me – The Fray


01. Live Your Life – Global Nation feat. Simone F
02. The Boy Does Nothing (Bimbo Jones Remix Radio Edit) – Alesha Dixon
03. Hot n Cold – Martina Lorene
04. Hot Shot – DJ Microman
05. Survivor – Pearl Star
06. C’Mon C’Mon – BuzzBoxxx
07. Burn (Pop Embassy Mix) – Jessica Mauboy
08. Just Dance – Dutch Swing
09. In Person – ToneTonic
10. Fire – DJ Reflex
11. It’s Not Right (But It’s OK) – Party Playaz
12. Feel It 2008 – dB Bomb
13. Stand By Me – Seal


01. Strike It Up – Black Box
02. Freeway Of Love – Aretha Franklin
03. Gentleman – Lou Bega
04. Never Can Say Goodbye – The Communards
05. You Really Got Me – Ricochet TV
06. Fly Like An Eagle – Seal
07. Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics
08. When Love Comes To Town – Freedom Seekers
09. Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
10. Make It Happen – Mariah Carey
11. Nobody Wants To Be Lonely – Ricky Martin with Christina Aguilera
12. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

I’d kinda forgotten how nerve wracking being a new instructor can be… that is until a few days ago. Last week one of the gyms I instruct BODYCOMBAT at offered me a regular BODYPUMP class starting this Wednesday. Now if you’ve been reading this blog for a little while you may recall I did the pump instructor training module a few months ago… and I really enjoyed it. But for whatever reason (too much combat maybe – laziness more likely!) I’ve not really done that much Pump since. Participated in a few classes – and team taught a couple classes here and there, but really that’s about all.

So, now I’m faced with the prospect of actually pulling my finger and compiling a playlist and learning it (to an instructing worthy level) in the next couple days. Which brings me back to my first point; I’d really forgotten how intimidating this whole instructing thing can be! First off, I only own BODYPUMP 67, 69 and 70 (yes for some reason I skipped 68 – no idea why didn’t actually notice I didn’t own it until the weekend) So, that doesn’t give me too many options for Wednesday! I moduled on 69 so I know most of that – thankfully it’s a pretty solid release so that will most likely be my bread and butter come my “first” class. But having a limited knowledge of releases is a fundamental challenge when you first start instructing – and it’s not something I’ve faced for a long time. When it comes to combat I’ve been doing to long enough that I’ve learnt most of every release since 25 (and in reality I’ve learnt many of the really fun older tracks too) – that’s 16 or more full releases to choose from when making a playlist for a class. With pump I’ve got 3. Never mind, in a couple weeks we’re launching 71 and I’ll have four! …don’t laugh that’s 33% more choice than I’ve got now! 😉

Here’s the other thing. Pump hurts! With combat I happily get in 8-10 classes per week with no issues whatsoever. And what I used to do when I first started combat was attend as many classes as I could so I could experience different releases with different instructors. Well that was all well and good with combat but problem is with Pump I’m honestly hobbling for a couple days after every class. I know there’s full time instructors who teach it every day – or even multiple times per day you legends – so it must get easier (at least that’s what I keep telling myself!) but man, for now 3 Pumps per week is about my limit! (and it would be completely bonkers to try to do 8-10 pumps per week even if I physically could!)

I guess where I’m going is I feel like I’m back at an instructing for dummies level for the first time in forever and it’s an “interesting” place to be. That’s the thing about the enormous variation between the 8 Les Mills programmes – they’re all so different that every time we start a new one we’re essentially starting from scratch; my skills in combat aren’t going to help me too much in pump, or step, or rpm, or balance (hmm I need to remember this theory as I was about to book into do an Attack module…) While I hobble around my apartment tonight learning a lunge track I’ll just need to keep reminding myself that all this variety is a good thing!

This invitation popped into my inbox yesterday from Les Mills – so thought I’d pass it on! As you’ll read below BODYPUMP 72 will be presented by Glen, Susan, Emma Barry and Matt Thraxton. This invite has great timing for me since as of last night I’m officially a BODYPUMP instructor as well (one of my gyms has given me a class – previously I’ve only ever taught combat) so I’ll be paying extra close attention (for a change!) 😉

The filming is at 3:10pm next Thursday (July 30), and as I’ve already mentioned is followed by BODYVIVE 13, BODYATTACK 67 and BODYCOMBAT 42. If you are going look forward to seeing you there – and if you’re not be sure to pop back and read all the goss! 😀

BP72 invite

Since my earlier filming post I’ve had a tonne of questions about the actual times for the next batch of filmings – and Les Mills have just released them so here they are! I’ll be at the BODYPUMP 72, BODYATTACK 67 and BODYCOMBAT 42 filmings – if you’re coming do let me know and look forward to seeing you there!


Hey team, just a wee note to let you know that the tracklists for BODYCOMBAT 41 and BODYPUMP 71 are officially up!

If you read my post on the BODYCOMBAT 41 filming you’ll note that this is an interesting release (new moves, e-kick coming back, and varied track selection). What’s even more interesting is the amount of covers used (that is many of the tracks aren’t performed by original artists). I wrote about a personal theory I had on this back in April when discussing the trials Dan and Rach were having for BC41:

“Rumour has it that many of these tracks were covers – which I have a theory on (I think if true it may have to do with the proposed massive increases in licensing fees fitness centres would have to pay for music rights – see for more info). But, again that’s only my personal theory – I’ve been wrong before! (only once or twice 😉 )”

However, maybe I’m way off base as you’d think the other programmes would be doing the same thing – and this doesn’t seem to the case.

Anyway, take a look at the BC41 tracks and definitely let me know you thoughts!

The info below was taken from the BODYCOMBAT Wall of Fame as part of the 10 year celebration. I thought I’d post it here as some if it is really interesting! Always good to see a little bit of how BC has evolved over the years… enjoy! 🙂

This was the famous warm-up no one could ever forget, with My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

We introduced a new move, the Roundhouse Kick

We were living the crazy life with Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loco

The warm-up music was the theme from the video game Mortal Kombat

The Ghostbusters made it into BODYCOMBAT with this release

Choreography videos for BODYCOMBAT were first shown in reversed format

The first Scooter track – Fire!

This release had ‘that’ German track – Ihr Seid So Leise by Aquagen

The Jump Kick was introduced – with Lisa Osborne and Mike McSweeney

The first track to split the room into two groups was Billy Idol’s Dancing With Myself

No one forgets Excalibur by Nick Skitz – the track that gave us chills

We introduced the combo Jab Step Back

A special tribute from New Zealand features in this cooldown – the Maori language song Tarakihi, by Kiri Te Kanawa

We introduced a whole new discipline – Muay Thai

Two popular tracks featured in this release: the Muay Thai Track Shake, by The Clock, and the last power training track Ride On Time by Black Box


This release came with two bonus Tracks: a warm-up to Scooter’s Nessaja and cooldown to the sound of Bon Jovi’s Always

Taku, the BODYCOMBAT Master Trainer from Japan, joined the team for a great release

We introduced leg conditioning in Track 9

We held a competition to see who had the best ideas to pull in the crowds to their classes

This was a milestone release, with five years of BODYCOMBAT now under the belt, and a sad goodbye to Program Directors Nathan and Gaby


This release included a stunning debut by Dan and Rach, appearing alongside Johnny ‘Jabby Jabby Cross’ from Brazil

Dan and Rach added some stage props to the DVD class, and presented with Jenny Chen from Taiwan

Olly Fata and Joe Houpapa joined Dan and Rach to make up the SWAT team

Dan and Rach introduced dry ice stage smoke to the bootcamp-themed filming


This release was the first time we had a cooldown with two songs

We had our first and only Christmas bonus track seen in BODYCOMBAT

This release introduced the Street Brawl Downward Punch, and the Jump Knee

We introduced leg conditioning in track 6 with Hung Up by SBI

An old-school theme was chosen to highlight the original strikes and training techniques from the various Martial Arts’ disciplines in BODYCOMBAT

We introduced the famous Evasive Side Kick, inspired by Capoeira and Kick-boxing

Ivens Kucharski from Portugal joined the team, along with Oscar Fernandez from Spain, who showed us how you don’t need to be able to speak perfect English for great delivery of a track

Thomas Cerboneschi from France came along and gave the class a boost of charm

We had a great track 6 from Scooter, with a very weird name – Behind The Cow

This was the very first release with Hernan ‘Dientitos’ Lopez

Claudia Siera from the Netherlands made us all work hard with our kick-boxing theme

This was the release featuring Rach’s red dress and ‘those’ boots, with a dream team of presenters and that wicked new camera angle over the top of everyone’s heads

We introduced the leg-punishing move from Capoeira – the Esquiva

Justin Sanchez from the USA brought the testosterone level up to an all-time high with Hernan and Dan

The Ultimate BODYCOMBAT Championship theme saw Vanessa Livramento from Portugal team up with Toni Giannini from Brazil

Tanya Walker from England joined Hernan, Dan and Rach to celebrate 10 years of BODYCOMBAT with a great mix of the old and the new

Crikey busy day today. First looks like we’ve got the complete BODYPUMP 71 tracklist below – and also the latest batch of Les Mills’ Sizzlers wetting our appetite for the latest releases. Now we can also see what the latest batch of posters are going to look like. I think they’re awesome! The water theme seems to work a lot better than the ribbon theme of the last batch. I’ll post higher resolution versions of these when I get them, in the meantime be interested in your thoughts!



BC41-lowresAre you ready for a total-body Martial Arts experience? Because that’s what BODYCOMBAT® 41 is all about – the theme is Backyard Brawl and you’ll be chiselled into the ultimate fighting machine! The extended Warm Up prepares you for the workout ahead and includes the Jab, Cross, Bob Combo. Sing along to Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You during the lower body workout before the first fight is ignited in Track 2 with the Treble Elbow/Double Knee Combo. Track 3 is all about the contrast between speed and power. Watch out for the onslaught that is Track 4 which features new move the Double-Handed Plyo Push. This track combines two songs – Enter Sandman and P.O.D’s Boom and gives you the feeling of two totally different workouts. It’s an opportunity to show what you’ve got, ready or not! Flush your legs and spike your heart rate in Track 5 with three rounds of boxing – Running is the feature here. Tae Kwon Do is in the house in Track 6 – you’ve got four opponents with the secret being to strike like a cobra. The rawness of the most lethal Martial Art – Muay Thai – is explored in Track 7 before you hit the fatigue wall in Track 8. You can’t go over it, you can’t go under it – you just have to punch through it! Flo Rida feat. Kesha will spin you Right Round in Track 9 while your abs are blasted with the Circle Situp. New stretch, the Downward Dog, is introduced in Track 10 and really gets into the hamstrings and the backs of the legs. Beyoncé’s Halo is the perfect Cooldown Track after the Backyard Brawl that is BODYCOMBAT® 41.


BP71-lowresBODYPUMP® 71 is all about teaching from the heart, not from the head. The exercises are easy to coach, giving you the freedom to focus on connecting your participants to the magic of the workout and the music. The release focuses on two kinds of training — strength work in tracks 3, 5, 6 and 8, and cardio dynamite in tracks 2, 4 and 7. Warm-up to the captivating, warm voice of James Sampson, a singer and BODYPUMP™ instructor living in Denmark. Magnetized is his original song. The Squat Track is a killer! Sing along to the Summer of 69 cover but be prepared for huge blocks of Singles and Bottom Halves. Most of the work is done in a wide stance, which allows you to go lower. Oh yeah! Pace yourself in the Chest Track. In Right Round, Flo Rida and Kesha will inspire you to go all the way down in four identical sets of work without recovery. A set of Push-ups at the end will finish you off. Push yourself in the hugely energetic and athletic Back Track! Four Clean and Presses in a row are followed by Triple Rows. Eskimo Joe will take you through the Triceps Track with Black Fingernails, Red Wine. Be prepared for a Bottom Halves challenge! The Biceps Track is straight-forward, allowing you to just relax and really feel the music. Then find out how low you can go in the Lunge Track, where cardio meets butt. Unleash your strength in the Shoulders Track. Go harder and heavier as we attack the shoulders from three different directions – back, side and front.


BA66-lowresYou’ll be charged from start to finish with BODYATTACK® 66 – it’s a fusion of magic, movements and music to take you toward two high-energy peaks. Just Dance is a great Warm Up track with a huge amount of energy and lift off! You’ll have loads of fun with the Fly on the Wall theme of Track 3 where intensity is lifted in the Superman’s and maintained with the Shuffle Combinations. The new Side Step and Squat Combo in Track 4 will help peak your heart rate before you’re challenged with 100 push-ups in Track 5. Don’t worry though – there are plenty of options to help you through! The Running Track, Track 6, is all about technique, energy and as the song When You Leave suggests, some “Ha ha!” In Track 7 you have a chance to relax and have some fun in the rhythm combo. Look forward to the sports training which builds power and strength, especially in the Step Runs and Ice Skaters. Track 8 is five minutes of energy, adrenalin and passion to really build your fitness. I Kissed A Girl motivates you to reach your maximum peak before the rocking and appropriately named Take It To The Limit really pushes you to your second peak. Reset, breathe and condition your legs in Track 10 with the Repeaters and Lunges before spinning your legs right round with the Scoop in the core conditioning track.

RPM 44

rpm44-lowresRPM™ 44 is hot, fast and is guaranteed to leave you gasping for air! There are two important things to note in RPM™ 44 – when you find the beat of the music in the racing and aero-racing positions, slide hips slightly forward in the scale as this will allow you to go faster. When the resistance gets heavier, do the opposite and sit back in the saddle. RPM™ 44 is balanced slightly differently to previous releases – Tracks 4 and 6 are a little more intense so to balance it out, Tracks 5 and 7 are a little more fun. Seal’s The Right Life eases you into the workout as you gradually build up speed before picking up the heart rate with three pace speed phases and two climbs in Track 2! You’ll be sliding back into the seat to tackle the Seated Climbs in Track 3 and you won’t be able to resist singing along to Show Me Heaven during the Standing Climb. There are four hills to climb so you’ll peak your heart-rate four times! Watch for the three sprints in Track 4 and remember to slide forward on the saddle when you race on the beat. Matchbox Twenty’s How Far We’ve Come will help you through the five blocks of work in Track 5. In Track 6 there are three accelerations to find the beat of the music – this track is tough so beware! Scooter vs. Status Quo in Track 7 – this track is awesome and the music will motivate you through the steepest of the mountains.


BJ50-lowresBODYJAM® 50 takes the authentic feeling of dance, adds the cardio intensity of Les Mills, then throws it in a blender, adds a generous serving of style, and serves it up on a pizza layered in funk ready for you and your class to devour. Before you start teaching this release, think about which Advanced options to add in early, and which ones you can hold back for later. Then drop them like a ‘magic bomb’ and watch your class go off! Fedde le Grand remixes Saturday to make the funkiest warm-up track ever. It’ll get the house feel into the room with the first beat. Then keep the same footwork but make it swift and sasstastic with JT and Ciara’s monster hit Love, Sex, Magic. Your class will Side Mambo, Fast Mambo and Mambo everywhere to three remixes of the same beat… The mambo Extravaganza is HOT like Fiyah! This routine creates an awesome group energy in the room. Then come with us on a Cardio Funk journey back to the early 1990’s for some Hammer-time! There are Kick Ball changes and Kris Crosses galore, and the Shabam Shabam is even cooler than its name. New Zealand’s very own J Williams takes the routine home with his banger of a track, Set It Off. Get into the style, break out to the sound! Cardio Funk Shabam Shabam taking over NOW! T-Pain and Jamie Foxx drop the heart rate for just a second, and then you are back on the dance floor combining Tribal and House to the sickest sounds ever! Sneaky Sound System’s club hit Pictures sets up the first half, then keep that bounce in your body to the hugest remix from Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Finish this all off to the intense Tribal diva sound of Finally.


BS77-lowresJoin the BODYSTEP® team to raise breast cancer awareness in your club with BODYSTEP® 77. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our cancer survivors and those who fought hard and lost the battle. This release is a mix of explosive cardio, endurance work and dance flava – you’ll get a taste of the flava in Track 2 with Swinger Arms and Cha Cha Chas to Alesha Dixon’s Boy Does Nothing. Lift the energy in the Turn Steps in Track 3! There is a new move – Walk the Plank.You’ll get a taste of hardcore bootcamp-style training in Track 4 with new move the Half Burpee. It will leave you gasping for breath! But don’t worry – it’s not as scary as it looks. Go low with The Skater in Track 5 to engage the gluteals. You’ll travel in three directions in the Drop Squat Combo, before releasing the energy in the Single Across the Tops in Track 6. Jessica Mauboy’s Burn sums up Track 7 well because the Lunge and Squat Combo is going to make your legs and butt – you guessed it – burn! Have some fun with the Funky Twister Dance and the Cha Cha Cha Combo in Track 8 before getting your dance moves on to De-Grees’ version of Lady Gaga’s Just Dance. You’ll love the swinging jive flavour in Track 9. Watch out for the new move – the Hop Kick Combo. Go hard in Track 10 – this is five minutes of pure energy, power and endurance. It’s all about contrast – work up high with the Taps and get down low with the Squats.


BB46-lowresBODYBALANCE® is dramatic and challenging. Push your limits, because you never know exactly what you are capable of until you try. The options are there if you need them! Focus on your breathing in the warm-up track, then challenge yourself to lift off in the Knee to High Block Combination. You will feel like you are surfing in Track 2, feeling the flow of Yoga poses. Also featuring a one minute Down Dog, feel this quintessential yoga pose! Magnificent takes you through Track 3. There’s a new move – the Extended Warrior 2 with Prayer hands and lots of powerful drama. Find your balance to Shine in Track 4. This is a very challenging track, but there are lots of options available. Why? Because it feels amazing to sink into each hip opening pose accompanied by this gorgeous Annie Lennox classic. Take your abdominal strength to a whole new level in Track 6, before working on your strength, support and stability to Broken Strings in Track 7. You will really build strength in the Plank Pose Pullbacks. For something new try pushing off your back foot and bringing your weight forward in the Lunge Twist in Track 8. It feels great! Leona Lewis draws you into a beautiful, very deep hamstring stretch with Run. Then relax into Deuters Kindred Spirit, as you become aware of steadying the outside edge of your body and focusing specifically on your breathing.


BV12-lowresUnleash your inner rock star in BODYVIVE™ 12! With music from Lou Bega, Aretha Franklin and Foreigner you’ll definitely have lots of fun while you’re working out! Strike It Up takes you off the gym floor and into the nightclub – ‘90s styles! This nice long warm up will get you into the swing of things and raise the heart rate, ready for the strong leg workout that is Track 2. Your legs are loaded by getting low through the entire track, which will ensure you work your butt and thighs. Feel stylish and sassy in Lou Bega’s Gentlemen before the intensity lifts with Hamstring Curls and Cross Crawls in Track 4. Reach your cardio peak in Track 5 with You Really Got Me – this is your chance to really rock out and show what you’ve got. Seal’s Fly Like An Eagle is perfect for Track 6 where you perform the moves with fluidity and grace – much like you’re flying like an eagle. Track 7 sees the introduction of new move the Arabesque which will really challenge your balance and helps to strengthen the legs. Get ready to use the most challenging move first in Track 8 – it’s a hard track and there’s a new position for the Bicep Curls that works both the front and the back of the bicep. There’s a super simple setup for the Hamstring Curls and Side Leg Lifts in Track 9 before a deceptively intense abdominal track – watch out! New move the Single Leg Scoop really bites. Britney’s back in the Abdominals Track. Circus will motivate you to “show what you can do” with the new Reverse Curl. But wait, there’s more! Finish it all off with a hover with your feet on the bench – it’s harder but brings more benefits… New move the Side Line Arabesque and Scissor in Track 11 is great for back flexibility, strength and total core conditioning and what better song to end the rock-release than rock anthem I Want To Know What Love Is? Rock out with BODYVIVE™ 12!

BP71This is the tracklist that looks to make up BODYPUMP 71 (thanks so much for your help Andreas!)

Bear in mind the links may not be the exact mixes used.

For more info on the release/filming itself see here – and keep an eye on this page as I’ll update it with a link to the warm up track as soon as I can.

In the meantime enjoy!


Warm up: Magnetized (Original Mix) – James Sampson

Squats: Summer of 69 (Picco, Jens O & Maddin Original Mix)– Mega-mania

Chest: Right Round – Flo Rida

Back: When love becomes a lie (Cascada Remix) – Liz Kay

Triceps: Black Fingernails, Red Wine – Eskimo Joe

Biceps: What I’ve Done – Hiroshi Free

Lunges: Doesn’t Matter – Mamad Voltek

Shoulders: Operation Blade 09 – Public Domain

Abs: Circus – Britney Spears

Cooldown: Sober – Pink

One of the great things about living outside of Auckland is when I do make a trip up it’s always a bit of a special event and I always try to pack in as much as possible. I did live in Auckland for about 10 years before leaving around 2 years ago – and now I’ve left and look back I can say one thing; it’s definitely a fun place to visit! (whether I’d actually want to live there again is a whole other story!)

So myself and the better half (she’s also an instructor) decided to head up and make a bit of a weekend of it. Apart from eating out at way too many restaurants and drinking far too much we did manage to attend a few classes – including Dan and Rach’s BODYCOMBAT class and Lisa Osbourne’s BODYATTACK class (actually Rach taught the class alone as Dan wasn’t there – she did mention something about him getting bitten but hopefully she was joking!). The FANTASTIC thing about attending those classes around now (now meaning a few weeks out from the filmings) is that you get to see all the new stuff in advance. So yes, I’ve now sampled BODYCOMBAT 42 and BODYATTACK 67 (how jealous are you?!) These are actually prereleases as they haven’t even been filmed yet!

So, what can I tell you about them? Well, unfortunately nothing… sorry guys! Out of respect for the programme directors I’m going to keep all their details under wraps (hey bit of a BODYCOMBAT pun there hehe). Truth is that was seriously like my 5th ever BODYATTACK class so even if I wanted to tell you what was new about it I couldn’t! I will say the music ROCKED! Lisa team taught the class with Mid Thomas and a very fit looking guy (I think he was from Aussie – sorry I missed his name) – but perhaps the three of them will be presenting on the DVD. It was kinda funny at one point as I think Lisa was trying out a new move – and then a few reps into it she said “nah that’s just stupid let’s do this instead!” and completely changed it… one of the perks of being a PD huh?!

As for BODYCOMBAT 42? Well I will say a couple things (these are just personal opinion) – I loved tracks 1-4. There’s a completely new move in there which definitely took a bit of getting used to. The music for these tracks was awesome. We see a return to a format of track 5 that we haven’t seen for a few releases… and the muay thai is a fricken marathon! There, how’s that for really telling you very little!

In all seriousness both these releases look to be a tonne of fun (actually there are some similarities between the two too) – and in reality a lot could change before the filming itself which is still a few weeks away. I guess if you do wanna know more – be sure to come along on July 30th to see them both! If you are coming I’ll definitely see you there!

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