NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic

Combat tracks are getting looonger…

Posted on: November 27, 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

Total: 1:12:45

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!! 🙂

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14 Responses to "Combat tracks are getting looonger…"

You know I’d like the option of having a longer class just for the challenge! Yeah bring on track 4/BC41 and track 7/BC42…

So the talked about 8 minute Muay Thai in BC42 is only 7:39?? – We’ve been ripped off by 21 seconds!! LOL
mind you after that track you always feel like you need about 20-30 seconds to grab your breath (I do anyway)

I like the longer tracks, as long as they are accompanied by shorter tracks too like BC42 T5… but our instructor played’ Party Non Stop’ Muay thai the other night – after about 3 weeks of playing Excalibur (BC42) in every class & although I love Excalibur, I still reckon that Party Non Stop is the hardest Muay Thai – the one that always leaves me gasping for breath and water afterwards!
I think with BC there should be 5 min warmup, 10 min T2, 10 min T3, 10 min T4, 20 min Muay thai & 5 min cooldown – 60 minutes total!

Yep we were ripped off 21 seconds… ask Dan for a refund! 🙂

I like your plan but what about track 8? Gotta have a track 8! I could take or leave most track 2s so I’d swap ’em round 😉

Another great posting thanks Glen!

Actually I love some of the long tracks (thanks to Dan/Rach) as the tracks are great and some of them can be quite tiring or challenging…:)

But for me, after doing combat for 5 years, the longer the track, may not necessary mean it’s tough..it can be tiring (yes) but it all depends of the moves, the pace or the energy….since Muay Thai and the last power track is way behind in the track queue, your tank may be almost 80% empty by then, it adds to the “toughness” or “challenging” part…:)

If you do every track by its own, then it’s different all together…ha ha I’ve not done BC42 yet (maybe in mid Dec)..here’s my personal experience as a tough and challenging track based on moves, pace (fast) and energy (with jump knees too!)

track 1: nothing much to say it’s a warmup track
track 2: toughness is still not there yet…united vibe, save your life, final countdown and cum on feel the noise are a few tracks that could probably make you sweat a bit MORE…
track 3: toughness goes up another level…sweetheart, i feel alive, fly away and field of dreams..could probably drench you a bit if you give 110% in your uppers, shuffle….
track 4: I love this tracks..it can really take your breath out…we’ll survive/the great bouzouki, jump the rock, lights out, zombie, enter the sandman/boom, bagpipes, iigga jigga etc ha ha..your legs need a bit of hanging just like in the hospital…:)
track 5: nothing much to shout about..it’s just the nice feeling with some pop rock songs…
track 6: the esquiva tracks…stamp, no good and burn it to the ground…
track 7: you name it you got it..it must come with jump knees ya!…the 6th gate, hardcore paradise, hardcore angel, we rock, we’ll rock, don’t stop, rhythm and police…these are the toughest….for me…:)
track 8: crescendos of ecstasy, what do you want from me, cry for me, night life, neckbreaker, reach out….:)

The longer, the better 🙂
I’m not gonna complain about those longer tracks…

Hello Glen!

soooo true about your post, yo have to plan your classes!!!! it’s very annoying when an instructor “takes” minutes of your class, i mean, you go to your class with your playlist and some ideas of what to do, but when you don’t have all your time it can be very frustrating, you must have a plan B.

specially if your class is the last one o_O, and the people can’t or don’t want to stay overtime,,, we must have respect for the people and the other instructors time!

Take care master!

=D

“Combat tracks are getting looonger”

…and Leon’s getting laaarger! 😀

@Celteh bwahaha – loved that movie! 😀

Hey Glen. Love reading your blog!

Anyway just a question, is there a (public) source we can get the lengths for all of these BodyCombat tracks at all? I’m a techie and I’d like to see if I can catalogue this somehow (databases are amazing things :))

Hi Pascal – best resource for this that I can think of is http://www.totallylesmills.com <– Mel (who owns it) has started a database with all the track lengths – but it's a long way from complete at the moment.

Okay – scratch that I just checked her site and the db is down! (http://www.totallylesmills.com/site/tracklists)

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