Archive for November 2009
After you’ve done BC42 a few times one thing will become very apparent – there are some long tracks in there! Tracks 2, 3 and 4 all are over 6 minutes, and the muay thai – well, that’s a fricken marathon! Which got me thinking, are BC tracks getting longer?
Well, yes, they are. Take a look at the list below of the longest respective tracks in the last 42 releases. BODYCOMBAT’s been around over 10 years now, yet 8 of the top ten track lengths come from releases from the last 2 years! Two of the tracks from BC42 make it into the list (3 and 7), and track 2 didn’t come in too far behind United Vibe from BC35 either (nor did BC42’s track 4 come in far behind Enter Sandman/Boom from BC41 for that matter). Take a look:
01: Dragostea Din Tei / My Life Would Suck Without You (BC41) 9:48
02: The United Vibe (BC35) 7:11
03: Poison (BC42) 7:31
04: Enter Sandman / Boom (BC41) 7:09
05: How Far We’ve Come (BC37) 6:33
06: Stamp (BC37) 6:47
07: Excalibur (BC42) 7:42
08: Cry For You (BC39) 6:47
09: Somebody To Love (BC21) 6:03
10: Now We Are Free (BC20) 7:04
I wrote a post a few months ago about The importance of planning your playlist, and now with 42 in the mix that’s even more important. You could take a class almost 20 minutes over the prescribed class length if you’re not careful!
Of course, in order to counter these long tracks we’ve seen some super short tracks come into combat as well. Track 5 in both 41 and 42 were ridiculously short (heck in BC42 track 5’s under 3 minutes long!)
For balance’s sake here’s the shortest list too:
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: The Anthem (BC42) 2:58
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
Total class length there under 38 minutes!!
So, instructors – just bear that in mind when planning your playlist, especially given the longest tracks are almost all from recent releases – can you imagine the the reaction you’d get if your class was over in 30 something minutes? Or the reaction from the next instructor if you went 15 minutes over time! Especially if the next instructor is a balance or yoga teacher – they can be pretty mean! Yikes!! 🙂
Hey team, launched the latest batch of releases at my primary gym (FitCo in Tauranga) this weekend just gone – just one week after workshop! Was a fantastic day – since we’re coming in summer here in NZ we themed the whole day as a Hawaiian Luau (I know it’s a far cry from the suggested muay thai theme!) which went brilliantly – everyone got dressed up into cheesy Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and had a ball! If you’ve added me on facebook take a look there too as there’s a heap more pics and videos as well.
If you haven’t launched or done BODYCOMBAT 42 yet prepare for a big day – I actually taught the release in its entirety on my own for the first time last night and it’s a tough release alright! I was literally drenched in sweat and gasping for air after that bloody 8 minute muay thai! I know it well enough to give it a full review now so will write that in the coming days (as well as one on BODYPUMP 72). Until then here’s a few pics from the day – check out the grass skirts!
Update 24 hours after posting the below: Hmmm….I actually started writing this post on Saturday night, and completed it on Sunday. At the time I started it I was exhausted; I’d literally done about 6 hours of exercise that day, had driven for 2.5 hours, and had eaten the grand total of 2 muesli bars the entire day (I’m not exaggerating – literally that’s all I had time to eat). So yes, in hindsight I was very grumpy. I almost didn’t post this as a result, and actually, reading back over it perhaps I should’ve just trusted my instincts and held off. If you do read the below perhaps bear in mind my level of exhaustion when writing. Looking back over the day – the generic was fun, albeit exhausting and perhaps a tad OTT (over the top). I’ve had a couple messages from people who agree, and others who think I’ve painted the day a tad harshly. I think the latter is fair… and I apologise to anyone at Les Mills who I may have offended. (I love you guys honest!) Anyway, again, perhaps my tone is a bit on the rough side and if you could read the below taking into account I was a tired, starving, low blood sugared over-trained freak when I wrote it I’d appreciate it! 🙂 By the way, if you’ve yet to do your workshop DEFINITELY go! But just be prepared to work hard – and take some food! (something I should’ve done!) Okay – read on with caution….
This weekend just gone was the quarterly instructor workshop in Auckland, always a fantastic day, a chance to experience all the new releases, network with other instructors, and see the master trainers in action and pick up a few tips. It was always going to be a big day for me – I had to take my BODYCOMBAT class here locally which finished at 9:30am – then leap in my car and come screaming up in time to make the BODYATTACK class in Auckland at 12:10pm (for those that don’t know I live about 2.5 hours drive south of Auckland which didn’t leave me much margin for error!). Following BODYATTACK was BODYBALANCE, BODYCOMBAT and finishing up with BODYPUMP at 5:10pm. So 5 classes all up – and in the middle of all that (and the reason for this blog post), was the Instructor Generic Workshop.
Now, “normally” the instructor generic is a 60 minute session covering all manner of specific subjects relevant to all instructors no matter what your programme (or programmes). Past generics have covered learning to use your voice properly in class, understanding and reading the music better, and my personal favourite – creating a club within a club (aka Make More FREAKS!!) – and, “normally” it is really helpful and one of the highlights of the day. Normally. Hmmm has the way I’ve intro’d this given you the impression that perhaps this session was different? Yep – darn right it was. Waaay different…
Now, I’m not a negative kinda guy. I like to think of myself as a glass is half full kinda person… I can’t recall the last time I even wrote something negative in this blog. Even if there’s a track I don’t like, or heaven forbid an entire release I don’t like I always try to look at it from all angles and write about the positives. Choreography, Music, it’s all subjective – just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean many won’t love it… etc etc. I always try to put a positive spin on everything as I’m but a minor cog in a much larger wheel. However no matter which way I look at it I can’t do it this time; frankly, the generic this weekend PISSED ME OFF.
Warning rant follows:
We all grouped in the main studio as always and were proceeded to be yelled and screamed at for 60 minutes by an army bootcamp instructor. After running around the studio countless times and dozens of drills (burpees, pressups, star jumps, more burpees, more pressups, more pressups…) we were spilt into 8 groups – each one meant to represent a different LM programme. We then moved around each group doing a series of drills (apparently) related to that specific programme. I say “apparently” as it was really just an opportunity for the different group leaders to smash us one after the other. In the “attack” group we did dozens of shuttle runs, burpees, pressups, more shuttle runs, drills of dropping completely to the floor then sprinting to the other end of the gym, dropping again and running back; combat was more pressups, more burpees, more pressups; over and over again. The vive session was spent walking back and forth from side to side the entire time with the bands around our legs. Jam was running from one side of the room spinning around and around and crawling on the floor. You get the idea. And this is my point – I mean – I’ve never done a burpee in combat – what was the relevance of all this?
Finally at the end when I was asking myself that very question again (WHY??!) Mid came out (don’t get me wrong – I adore Mid) and told us that it was a chance to experience each programme and learn something new from it. I LOVE YOU Mid but pullllease. I learnt how to be yelled and how to do 7000 pressups. No one I spoke to learnt a thing – everyone was left standing at the end questioning why, when we all have numerous classes to attend, and why, when we’re meant to be experiencing and learning each release did we spend an hour being smashed in bootcamp style. I already had 5 hours of classes to do – five hours of exercise already to do – I left that session absolutely exhausted and if anything wasn’t able to fully appreciate each of remaining releases that day.
It’s no secret that many instructors don’t turn up to workshops. Many can’t be bothered. In the last 18 months I’ve not missed one. But I really have to question how worthwhile this workshop was. I watched instructors drop like flies later that day. Balance (which was straight after the generic) started packed and by half way was a third empty. Combat which came after that was the same. I was towards the back of the class in both and could move up to half way no problem mid way through. Les Mills, guys, I’ve always got your back but you missed the mark here. Smashing your instructors on a day they are meant to be taking the releases in, and learning from them, on a day when most of us have many classes to do with no time in between to refuel or rest… not cool.
Okay, rant over. I’m sorry you had to read all that but I just had to vent. Be interested in how some others felt if you were there. I’ll go right back into unber-Glen positive happy mode now… much love! 😀
Okay – I originally wrote this post almost 4 months ago (Ironically I’ve been able to publish a post on BODYCOMBAT 43 before I was able to post this one!) but was asked not to post it until after the first NZ workshop (which was last weekend so here it is!) As such the tracks below were just from memory – obviously now we have the actual tracklist (and some of the tracks are covers or different mixes to the links – so use the actual tracklist post for track info). I’ve now got the DVD and have actually started learning the release so I’ll be able to post a proper review shortly – however, here are my comments based on my original thoughts almost 4 months ago. Enjoy!
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 before I begin I just wanna make a couple points.
Previously LM have asked me not to disclose any info from the trials prior to the filmings, and of course I’m more than happy to oblige. As I’ve mentioned in the past before I could make the filmings I used to eagerly search the net for news on upcoming releases and loved every piece of info I could get. I spend a lot of time writing this stuff because I love Les Mills programmes and love the idea that this info could possibly inspire, motivate or excite others as to what to expect… and from the feedback I’ve been getting this seems to be the case! But, of course if anyone from LMI does read this and wants me to make some changes please let me know.
The other this I wanna say is just to remind you that this is all from memory so I make no guarantees as to its accuracy (although I am fairly confident I’m on the mark).
BODYCOMBAT 42 is Muay Thai themed, and the presenters were Dan and Rach (funny that!), Angel Santiago from USA and Pernilla from Sweden. The team were dressed in traditional muay thai shorts and looked absolutely fantastic. Much like the last filming at the GFX Les Mills were really strict on camera usage, so again I’ve taken no pics (don’t wanna upset the big guys!) But, PJ (bless him) took some so check out his blog for images of the outfits. Although the actual theme for the class was Muay Thai kickboxing, Dan challenged us to try to work out the base martial art for each track. So some of them are boxing based, some Tae Kwon Do or Karate etc. Read on for more on that.
Now, I’ve really impressed myself with my recall of the tracks this release. Unlike BODYCOMBAT 41 a lot of these tracks are top 40 hits (and a lot of them are rock based oddly) – and as I’m a bit of a rock fan (and as I attended a few BC42 trials beforehand) I recognised almost all of them. Some of the tracks are either remixes, or have been sped up but clicking on the links will give you some idea of what to expect.
The upper body warm up was a remix of Numb by Linkin Park. Not too much to report here obviously. The lower body warm up was I Do Not Hook Up by Kelly Clarkson. Yes, we’ve got Kelly Clarkson as the lower body warm up in both BC41 and BC42! Who woulda thunk it!
Something else interesting was that (as far as I can recall) the only side kicks in the entire release were in the warm up. Now this could be because you don’t often see a side kick in muay thai kickboxing (side kicks feature strongly in Tae Kwon Do and Karate) – but this was kinda frustrating for me as side kicks are my favourite move! (10+ years of TKD and Karate will do that to you!) The other thing (and I could be wrong) I’m almost certain there was not a single back kick in this release. Not one! So BC42 features a grand total of 8 side kicks and zero back kicks. Weird huh?!
Combat 1 was a Scooter cover of I Was Made For Loving You Baby by Kiss (thanks Andreas for this info!). This was a fun track that was rooted in TKD and Karate (hmmm no wonder I liked it!) It had a karate inner forearm block/cross combo and a backfist/roundhouse combo before building into a full combo that combined the lot.
Power Training 1 was a boxing themed track to Poison by Groove Coverage (remix of Alice Cooper’s original – note version used was much faster than that linked). The chorey built into a really long combo of 8 uppers/4 hooks/8 jab cross/4 hooks – and you repeated this on both sides. This meant the track was a marathon! (but no where near as much of a marathon as the muay thai that’s for sure!) if you thought the combo in Come With Me in BC39 was long then look out!
Unlike the last four combat 2’s (from BC38-41) this track is not two tracks combined, but rather the whole thing is to Use Me by Hinder. This track featured a new move called “The Sweep”. It’s exactly as it sounds, you literally sweep your opponent off their feet using your foot/shin. It actually reminded me a lot of a soccer kick with your inside foot – a move that is in BA67. The combo builds into sweep/jab-cross/4 knees/jump kick.
Power training 2 was a split room track to The Anthem by Good Charlotte and I remember being surprised when it was over so quick. It seemed really really short – like barely 3 minutes long! No surprises – jabs, uppers and jump jabs. I also remember being suprised as it felt uneven – I think you do a hook sequence at the end on one side only.
Combat 3 (track 6) was a capeira based leg conditioning track that had a tonne of jingas – in a sequence where you move from around to all four sides of the room. It had the ol’ lunge front kick combo (think No Good from BC38) and also had the esquiva. The emphasis was on staying low and I don’t know if it was just because I’d done pump and attack beforehand or what but boy did this track hurt. My heartrate did drop a tonne but possibly that was the intention due to what was about to come. I wasn’t sure what the track was for this but I’ve since been told it was Warrior’s Dance by The Prodigy. A tough track!
Dan said the Muay Thai was over 8 minutes and man did it feel it – it was an absolute marathon. As far as I could tell was a remix of Excalibur (from BODYCOMBAT 11). This track also had the plyo push and the push kick (both introduced in BC41). It also had ascending elbows, descending elbows, some muay thai based kata, a tonne of knees and the street brawler downward punch. Let me put it this way – the fricken track is over 8 minutes long it had pretty much everything!
Track 8 was a remix of Miracle by Cascada. In terms of chorey a fairly stock standard power 3 – loads of double hooks and double uppers, and of course the final right-left jab sequence to finish the track. At the filming itself due to mic issues this track had to be done a good 3 or 4 times… don’t try that at home! 🙂
Conditioning featured a tonne of crunches to the tune of Fire Burning by Sean Kingston. There was also pressups and the plank (or hover depending on what you prefer to call it). Cooldown was an awesome track, Second Chance by Shinedown. Loads of muay thai based kata. If you’ve read my earlier reviews of releases you’d know I’m not a huge fan of a lot of kata in combat, but this track is cool enough to get away with it.
So there you have it… BODYCOMBAT 42! So, the big question – is it any good? Well I’d done it a few times at various trial classes by the time the filming came around so I have given it a fairly decent blast (hence the track recall). But the truth is I’d like to do it a few more times before I can really give it a decent review. I will say this; the day after the filming of BC42 I did Hernan’s class and we ran through almost all of BC41. And I loved it. That’s the only thing about doing the filmings; you don’t get to do the class again until a good 3-4 months later. So maybe I’ll reserve judgement until then. However, I am really excited about the BC41 release in about ten days.
In the meantime hopefully this has wet your appetite for BC42… it’s an exciting release with some new moves, a solid rocky track list and some killer long tracks! Look out for it coming to a gym near you!! 😀
Just Rach this round – seriously how many Red Bulls had she downed before this??! 😉
Here ya go team – complete tracklists. Although the posters are older images that have been jazzed up I think they look great! Enjoy! 🙂
BODYPUMP 72 tracklist
Warmup: If (Freemasons 2009 Re-Dub) – Freemasons Feat. Hazel Fernandes
Squats: I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson
Chest: Always Be Here – Dane Rumble
Back: Perfect Day – Cascada
Triceps: Sugar – Flo Rida Feat. Wayne
Biceps: Know Your Enemy – Ricochet TV
Lunges: Gone – Lasgo
Shoulders: Beat It – Xeroxx
Abs: Love Sex Magic – Ciara Feat. Justin Timberlake
Cooldown: Careless Whisper – Badlands
BODYCOMBAT 42 tracklist
01a. Numb (RainDropz! Mix) – Jan Wayne vs RainDropz!
01b. I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson
02. I Was Made For Loving You – Scooter
03. Poison (Al Storm Remix) – Groove Coverage
04. Use Me – Hiroshi Free
05. The Anthem – Good Charlotte
06. Warrior’s Dance – The Prodigy
07. Excalibur 2000 (2000 Radio Mix) – F.C.B.
08. Miracle (SAD Remix) – Cascada
09. Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
10. Second Chance – Shinedown
BODYATTACK 67 tracklist
1. Warmup Track: Closer – Chris Crew
2. Mixed Impact Track: Release Me – Agnes
3. Aerobic Track: Gimme More – Mandy Brewer
4. Plyometric Track: Rock It – Bhuvan Brothers
5. Upper Body Conditioning Track: Boom Boom Pow – Beat Factory
6. Running Track: Number 1 – Beat Bandits From Outer Space
7. Agility Track: Put A Donk On It – Northern Accelerators
8. Interval Track: Take Me To The Clouds Above – Global Nation
9. Power Track: Jump – Zombie – Andrew Spencer & The Vamprockers
10. Lower Body/Core Conditioning Track: Wherever – Stafford Brothers vs. Hoxton Whores feat. Frank Stafford
11. Lower Body/Core Conditioning Track: Goodbye – Jessica Friendly
12. Cooldown Track: People Get Ready – Seal
BODYSTEP 78 tracklist
01. Right Round – TeTet Technologik
02. Pictures (Tonite Only Remix) – Sneaky Sound System
03. Girls On Film – Steady Rush
04. Like It Loud – Gabby Schmitt
05. Wiggle It – MadLab
06. She Is Beautiful – OneZeroOne
07. Circus (Junior Vasquez Club Circus) – Britney Spears
08. I Just Want To Dance – Dana deWit
09. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – Brendan Soward
10. Let It Rock – W.L.E.M feat. PI Joe
11. Be Without You – DJ Pierce
12. Someday – Mike Stone
BODYBALANCE 47 tracklist
01. Cafe Del Mar – Mental Generation
02. New World – Balligomingo
03. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script
04. For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti – Soul Saviour
05. U Want Me 2 – Sarah McLachlan
06. The Definition – Brandy
07. Show Me What I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar
08. Halo – Beyonce
09. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Annie Lennox
10. Quiet Place – Stanton Lanier
11a. Koyasan – Deuter
11b. Sound Of Invisible Waters – Deuter
BODYJAM 51 tracklist
01. Scared Of Me – Fedde le Grand feat. Mitch Crown
02. Freeze – T-Pain feat. Chris Brown
03. Shut Up And Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
04. Da Latin Bomb – Filip Le Frick
05.Oye – Gloria Estefan
06. Oye Como Va (Filip Le Frick Remix) – Tito Puente Jnr feat. India
07. Oye Como Va (Love Assassins Remix) – Tito Puente Jnr feat. India
08. Oye (Pablo Flores 12″ Mix) – Gloria Estefan
09. One Minute Man feat. Ludacris – Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot
10. Bucci Bag – Vandalism
11. My House – Kids Of 88
12. Leave The World Behind (Dabruck & Klein Remix) – Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello, Laidback Luke feat. Deborah Cox
13. Leave The World Behind – Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello, Laidback Luke feat. Deborah Cox
14. I’ll Do Anything For You (Original Mix) – Lee McDonald
15.Breathe Into Me(D.O.N.S & Menck Club Mix) – D.O.N.S. feat. Luke Parkin & Moira
RPM 45 tracklist
01. Life Is A Highway – Milan Roscoe
02. Miles Away – CJ Murray
03. True Faith (CK Kaine Remix) – Liz Kay
04. All On Our Own – Midnight Youth
05. Piranha – The Prodigy
06. Bruised Water – Chicane feat. Natasha Bedingfield
07. Burn It To The Ground – Swade
08. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script
09. Chasing Pavements – Adele
BODYVIVE 13 tracklist
01. Green Light (Freemasons Remix) – Beyonce
02. Play That Funky Music – Pistolet
03. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
04. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Solar City Album Edit) – Amber & Zelma Davis
05. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Freedom Seekers
06. Electric Feel – MGMT
07. If Ya Gettin’ Down – Five
08. Stand By Me – Mr Timothy feat.Inaya Day
09. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake Featuring Timbaland
10. This Is The Right Time – Lisa Stansfield
11. Killer (Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone) – George Michael
12. Because You Loved Me – Johnny Mathis
I’m smashed. Last night was a monster. BODYATTACK 68 followed immediately by BODYCOMBAT 43 – don’t get me wrong, it was an incredible night, but, man… I’m smashed!!!
Before I kick off – you may or may not know that I’m a bit restricted in what I can write about so soon after the filming. I can’t reveal any of the choreography or music at this stage… sorry! I know you all wanna know – and I’d love to let the cat outta the bag but, lovely as my friends at Les Mills are – doing so would force them to remove a part of my anatomy and feed it back to me (and I am fairly fond of my bits!)
It kicked off with BODYATTACK 68. Now to be fair, I’m probably not the best person in the world to write about BODYATTACK. I’ve done 66 several times (okay more than several as I moduled on it) – I’ve done 67 a couple times, and now I’ve done 68 once. So that gives me a grand total of 3 releases as a reference! But, man, 68 is a blast! It was presented by Lisa and a team of four guys; Grant, Bevan, Nathan and newcomer Brent from the USA – and of course we had June on the options (though did Lisa introduce her as Judy??) Look out for the Agility Track which draws its inspiration from American Football – it’s a beast!!!
With BA in the bag the next came BODYCOMBAT 43. Presented by a team of six (yes SIX!); Dan, Rach, Hernan, Judy King, Oscar Peiro Fernandez and Marcus Müller. They were dressed in red and white Venum shorts and a LM top – and all looked fantastic! The theme for this release? Ying and yang. The guys actually had the ying/yang symbol shaved into the tops of their heads and coloured red! Combat is becoming more and more MMA (mixed martial arts) inspired if you ask me with both 42 and 43 having each a different new move that could easily have been pulled straight out of the UFC’s octagon.
Highlights of the release for me? Easy. Track 3 is great, track 8 is freaking fantastic, but track 6, well, in the words of Raina; it’s E-P-I-C! Honestly I can’t say I’ve ever said a track 6 is my favourite track of a release before – but, definitely it’s the stand out track of BC43. It would be closely followed by track 8 however, this is a beast of a track with a 20 move combo that will smash you into a state of euphoria. We were situated towards the back of the class and all I could do at the end of this track was look to my mate Reymond and just smile – we had completely blown the roof off LM in that last cardio. Smashed is the only word to describe it.
Well without giving the game away there’s really not too much else I can say! Oh, the muay thai track has been used in combat before (there – that’ll get ya guessing!) – I’m really excited about 43 – honestly track 6 and track 8 alone are enough to get excited about! I’ve borrowed a pic from PJ (he’s been kind enough to give me permission before) but definitely head along to his blog to see more… and as always as soon as I get the all clear from LM I’ve give you more info (I warn you though that could be some time!) until then I hope this little teaser was enough to wet your appetite 😉