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Archive for July 2009

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!


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