NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic

Archive for August 2009

Hey team, if you’ve added me on facebook you’ve possibly seen these already (along with a vid I’ve uploaded – more to come). This release was pretty special as it was not only the first Les Mills group fitness class to be ever held at this gym (FitCo), but we had Olly Fata come down and team teach with me. It was also the first time I’d ever taught BC41 – so a lot of firsts!

Considering Olly and I didn’t get a chance to go over any of the tracks beforehand, and also given we’d never taught together the entire release went off without a hitch. I’m sure we both were a little apprehensive as to whether we’d “mesh” as a team, and also how the members would respond as they’d never even seen a BODYCOMBAT class before! We needn’t have worried however, everyone loved the class and had a complete ball.

Got another release tomorrow night and another next week so definitely know 41 well enough to review it – will post that soon. In the meantime pics are below – check out the lights!!! 🙂

Olly & I demonstrating the plyo push/push kick from track 4 (I'm about to get knocked completely on my butt!)

Olly & I demonstrating the plyo push/push kick from track 4 (I'm about to get knocked completely on my butt!)

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Let us entertain you...

Let us entertain you...

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Muay Thai

Muay Thai

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Hey guys!

Don’t normally promote stuff like this but think this could be the one exception; This Saturday (August 29) a new gym in town is launching Les Mills Group Fitness for the first time ever! So if you happen to be near Tauranga (quick drive down from Auckland) or feel like a road trip come party with us! The gym (FitCo) has spent hundreds of thousands building a brand new state of the art group fitness studio, complete with sprung floor and party lights! It’s awesome!

All the details of the launch are available here – there’s even dozens of cans of protein powder as spot prizes and guest presenter Olly Fata will be there rarking it up. Check out the facebook link for more info. The gym is starting with combat, pump, balance and RPM and will be adding more classes and programmes in the coming weeks. Would love to see you there!

If by chance you can’t make it I’ve posted the latest timetable below – all the classes in the first week are free… so, you’ve really got no excuses, right?! Okay, okay, if an actual flight would be required to get here then yes you’re forgiven… just this once! 😉

FitCo Tauranga Group Fitness Timetable

FitCo Tauranga Group Fitness Timetable

Sorry for the delay guys been meaning to post these for awhile – been one of those weeks! Enjoy! 🙂

BP71 workshop team

BP71 workshop team

It’s Monday night as I type this and my body has barely recovered from the quarterly workshop in Auckland on Saturday… t’was huuuge!! My day kicked off with BODYPUMP 71, followed by BODYBALANCE 46, BODYCOMBAT 41 and finally got absolutely smashed by BODYATTACK 66. The plan was to do pump, then grab a bite and head back to LM for the other three classes; stupidly we didn’t take a change of clothes and after combat had no choice but to whip back to the hotel and get changed (again!) for attack. My clothes were so drenched by the end of that class I looked like a cartoon character! Must’ve burnt some serious calories!

The BODYPUMP presentation team included the big guy himself; Glen, Susan, Matty T, George and Amy Styles. They did an awesome job (well no surprises there!); Amy completely destroyed our legs with that lunge track (my quads are actually flinching as I even think about it!).

Ang & Hernan - BC41 workshop

Ang & Hernan – BC41 workshop

The combat crew was Hernan, Ang and Kendra – oddly they were dressed in a martial arts gi presenting a release with the theme “Backyard Brawl” (yeah confused me too??!) They had fantastic chemistry though and the class was hugely entertaining. Finally the day ended with attack presented by Amy, George and Grant. Although I’m very new to attack and have little experience as a reference this class had my head spinning (in a good way!). The music, the energy and the electric atmosphere were just off the planet and I can’t wait to do it again.

Woke up Sunday morning and popped back into Les Mills for Ang’s BODYCOMBAT class in the hope she’d do 41 again, and she did which means I’ve now done BC41 about half a dozen times now. And, I’m happy to report it’s really growing on me! Also received my DVDs today so I’ll post a full review of the release shortly for those interested; plus got a few other bits and pieces to write about in the coming days; In the meantime here’s a few pics from the workshop – enjoy! 🙂

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Yours truly

Yours truly

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Gotta love it 🙂

Well this month officially marks one year since I started this blog. My how time flies! I was reading through a few of the posts I’d written way back at the start and a couple of them definitely brought a smile to my face. Some of them I’d completely forgotten I’d written, and others I can’t actually believe I even wrote! Back then the blog literally had maybe one or two dozen people reading it per day (as opposed to up to 5,000 people per day now!) So I though it could be fun to pull a couple out of the archives and repost them now for a bit of a laugh. The one below’s a good example; although I still believe what I’ve written I’d possibly phase it in a more politically correct way now! 🙂

Just while I have you here in NZ we’ve got the quarterly workshop for BODYCOMBAT 41 & BODYPUMP 71 this weekend (oh and BODYATTACK 66 – I’m actually really looking forward to that too) so I’ll be able to post my full review on those shortly for those of you that haven’t done them. As well as that we’ll be releasing those at all the local gyms here too so I’ll post loads of pics from that. And of course I’ve all the goss on BODYCOMBAT 42 and BODYPUMP 72 to write about too as soon as I get the all clear from LM – so look out for that. In the meantime here’s my post from August last year, be interested in your thoughts! 😀

Overtraining??? … Schmovatraining!

Every now and then someone accuses me of “overtraining” – in fact it happened again just yesterday… and to be honest the subject can get me a little riled up. Sure I exercise quite a bit – okay, maybe more than quite a bit! In the last 6 weeks I’ve only had one day off from the gym BUT before you jump on the overtraining bandwagon *sigh* let me say that the VAST majority of my training is cardio. In fact, I’m only doing weights 3-4 times per week (and that includes BODYPUMP classes).

Back in my bodybuilding days I used to have a favourite saying:

“Obsession is a word the weak use to describe the dedicated

It used to be my mantra – and made me smile whenever someone told me I was obsessed with bodybuilding. In fact, whenever someone used the word obsession or addiction I’d just smile a smug little smile and nod knowing the truth – that I was in fact just dedicated to my pursuit of muscle. Now in hindsight perhaps I was a little obsessed (haha – the irony), but now I’d like to take that earlier mantra and amend it slightly (as in no uncertain terms do I consider myself a bodybuilder anymore). My updated version would be:

“Overtraining is a word “normal” people use to describe the dedicated”

What a “normal” person is or isn’t I’ve got no fricken idea – but I have a clue that the average Joe (or Jody) doesn’t wake up in the morning looking forward to getting to the gym to bust their gut every single day – and love every second of it! Certainly if that were normal something like 2 thirds of the population wouldn’t be overweight or obese!

So what is my usual weekly training regime these days? Well, I do at least one BODYCOMBAT class every day, on 2-3 days per week I do two classes per day (occasionally 3 but that’s reasonably rare) and as mentioned above at least one BODYPUMP class and 3 weights sessions per week. Total exercise time per week averages 12-16 hours, BUT again the vast majority of that is cardio. And, in my person opinion it’s almost virtually impossible to overtrain aerobically. Short of running marathons every day I just don’t think you can do it. You push your cardiovascular system harder and it responds by increasing your VO2 max. It’s that’s simple. There’s really no recovery time needed – that makes it unlike bodybuilding where your muscles need 48-72 hours to recover from an intense weight session.

In my experience the biggest question you need to ask yourself when determining whether you’re overtraining is this: “Do I still look forward to my workouts?” If the answer is a “not really” or a “no” – then perhaps it’s time to take a break (this of course assumes there was actually a time when you DID look forward to your training – as again – I’m sure the average Joe doesn’t look forward to working out and he certainly ain’t overtraining!). Absolutely there are other symptoms to consider – fatigue, persistent soreness, irritability, increased incidence of illness to name a few – but, in my mind the number one symptom to look out for is loss of motivation. And in that regard I’m definitely 110% – I spring out of bed every morning looking forward to getting my ass to the gym – in fact it’s the highlight of my day…what would the world look like if everyone were this “abnormal”?

Well I’m back from from a crazy couple days in Auckland attending the filmings for BODYCOMBAT 42, BODYPUMP 72 and BODYATTACK 67. I’ve already had a tonne of messages on facebook asking me for the goss (absolutely feel free to add me if you haven’t already), but… you’re all gonna have to wait a wee while as LM have asked me to be good boy and hold off posting any specific info (I know but they are the boss! 😉 ).

BC42 filming. Pic courtesy of PJ's blog. Thanks PJ!

BC42 filming. Pic courtesy of PJ's blog. Thanks PJ!

I will say this; BODYCOMBAT 42 has some incredibly long tracks that are guaranteed to rocket your heart rate like no release before. Being a Muay Thai based release track 7 especially is an absolute monster! There’s a brand new move and an emphasis on some serious leg conditioning in track 6. I didn’t wear a heart rate monitor but if I had I suspect I’d have been up over 900 calories for the class. So look out for that one – I’ve actually written a full post detailing all the specifics and I promise as soon as LM give me the all clear I’ll hit submit.

As for BODYPUMP 72 & BODYATTACK 67 – well I really enjoyed both – BA especially was a total blast! (in fact doing that class solidified my decision to do the BODYATTACK Instructor Training module later this year – gives me about 2 months to actually get good at it! 😉 ) Although being new to Attack I really don’t have too much to judge it by it’s a super high energy class with amazing music. I don’t think it would’ve been possible to just watch that class, the energy was off the chart!

I also had the pleasure of running through BODYCOMBAT 41 in Hernan’s class the day after and that was fantastic. We haven’t “officially” even launched 41 here in NZ yet so it was awesome to get to give that another blast before workshop (that’s the one thing about attending the filming classes – you get to do the release and then don’t see it again for 3 or 4 months!)

I’ll be sure to post more info as it comes to hand, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime rest assured there’s A LOT to be excited about!


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