The importance of planning your playlist
Posted July 1, 2009on:
Last night before my BODYCOMBAT class I did as I always do and mapped out my playlist; in all of my classes since Friday I’ve done Beat It from BC37 and Bad from BC36 as a bit of a tribute to MJ’s passing (don’t worry I teach at 3 different gyms so I’m not continually subjecting the same people to the same tracks over and over – just myself! 🙂 ) Now Beat It is a reasonably short track 2 – under 3 and a half minutes (compare that to say The United Vibe from BC35 at over 7 minutes and you can maybe see where I’m going with this…) I’m normally quite aware of the track times and try to accommodate this in my planning – if I choose as shorter track 2 I’ll try to choose say a longer track 3 or 4 etc. – however last night I obviously planned very poorly and even with a short drinks break and time to demo the jump kick to the newbies I turned around at the end of the class and realised the whole thing was over in 51 minutes.
Now “technically” there’s nothing wrong with taking a 51 minute class (BC33 for example was only 47 minutes long itself so Les Mills obviously has no problem with the class time being shorter providing you follow the official format of 10 tracks) however – the truth is I personally do have a bit of a problem with it. I recall when I first started doing BODYCOMBAT (ironically around the time of BC33) I became hooked very quickly and actually used to head along to gyms that I wasn’t a member of and pay casual rates to do a class. It used to really p**s me off when the class was over in, say 47 minutes. I made the effort to get off my butt to go to the gym and paid to do a 55-60 minute class and I used to leave feeling a little ripped off.
So, for that reason I almost always try to plan my playlist so that the class is about 55 minutes long – this means once you intro the class, take a drinks break and demo say the esquiva or jump kick the class perfectly fits a 60 minute slot. BC40 is perfect for this as it’s 55 minutes long. But – once you start mixing you do need to be careful. Here’s “theoretically” what could happen if you don’t plan correctly:
Shortest BODYCOMBAT mix:
01: Summermelody / Does the Fish Have Chips? (BC34) 6:11
02: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (BC34) 3:16
03: Revolution (BC2) 4:19
04: Tribal Dance 2.4 (BC27) 4:26
05: Girlfriend (BC33) 3:37
06: Leave Me Alone (BC32) 3:20
07: Run To The Hills (BC33) 3:01
08: Footloose (BC1) 3:46
09: Gonna Fly Now (BC36) 2:52
10: Hero (BC31) 3:38
Longest BODYCOMBAT mix:
01: The Immortals (BC4) / Electric Avenue (BC12) 10:12
02: The United Vibe (BC35) 7:11
03: Sweetheart (BC40) 6:41
04: Jump (BC35) 7:03
05: How Far We’ve Come (BC37) 6:33
06: Stamp (BC37) 6:47
07: Party Non Stop (BC36) 6:51
08: Cry For You (BC39) 6:47
09: Somebody To Love (BC21) 6:03
10: Now We Are Free (BC20) 7:04
Difference between longest and shortest mix: 32 min 48 sec!
Looking at the above you could have an entire class over in 38 minutes and still follow the 10 track format! Amazing huh?! (big thanks to Tapio too for compiling that info)
Now, you can plan your playlists instinctively which will work (base each track on an average of 5-6 minutes and bingo you’ve got an hour) – however, as I discovered last night this isn’t full proof so there’s a website I found which is pretty handy; The Time Calculator. Just type in the track times straight out of your iPod (or off the CD case if you don’t/can’t use an iPod at your gym) and it neatly gives you a running total. Simple as that!
Be interested in your thoughts!