Archive for January 2010
I’m a bit torn as I write this actually. You see, if you’ve read my post on the BODYPUMP 74 filming (which was immediately before combat) you’ll see I finished that class absolutely fizzing. I mean the class just rocked… I was smashed but still completely amped up for BODYCOMBAT 44… I’m sure you know the feeling; exhausted and excited all at the same time?!
It’s exactly the same way I felt right before the BODYCOMBAT 43 filming. That day combat came straight after BODYATTACK 68 – you go into the next class physically exhausted but still amped on a combination of endorphins and adrenaline…
But that’s where the comparison between the two filming days ends really. Here’s why; this is what I wrote about the BODYCOMBAT 43 filming:
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.
This is why I’m a little torn… after being SO excited about BC43, after leaving and describing tracks as E-P-I-C I’m feeling a bit bad about not being excited about BC44. I loved track 8… it was awesome… but the rest of the release left me feeling a little bleh. I thought maybe it was just me, so afterwards in the changing room I asked a super long term combater what he thought and he agreed with me completely.
Okay, so let’s push that aside and get down to the nitty gritty and I’ll just report the facts (well as much of the facts without going into specifics about music or chorey if that makes sense!) BODYCOMBAT 44 was presented by Dan, Rach and Hernan. Again they were wearing the latest LM clothing line and it looked pretty cool (pic below). The shorts especially were awesome. This release didn’t appear to have a “theme” per se – Dan mentioned he’d been watching a performer on Idol that had him in fits of laughter and that this release – much like that day – was about finding pleasure in the smaller things in life. Hmmm… interesting theme for a combat class! 🙂
BC44 sees a new martial art being brought into the programme. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell you what it is or not so I’ll play safe and just say it’s a “ground fighting” style used in mixed martial arts. What else can I tell you – the warm up was a surprise – it was a remix of a song that was used in a VERY recent BC release… Track 4 built on the new move introduced in BC43, and track 6, well, let’s just say track 6 is all about maintaining balance…
Track 8 was stand out track for me. I immediately came home and tried to find the track on the net so I could listen to it again… you’ll love it.
So yeah, without giving the game away there’s not too much else I can say! Unfortunately all I’m really allowed to report on is my opinion of the release… and I wish I was more excited about it I really do! What I have found in the past is that there are some releases you just love right off the bat… and there are others that take time to grow on you. BC39 for example, I wasn’t overly impressed with at first and now it’s one of my all time favourites. So, in that regard I really hope BC44 grows on me (and I’m sure it will). In the interim we have BC43 to look forward too… and that is something I’m really excited about!
Okay, onto the good stuff! Actually, I should be saying on to the GREAT stuff as BODYPUMP 74 was un-fricken-believable!!! As you probably know by now I’m unable to write anything specific about the choreography or music after a filming class (back in the day when this blog only got a few dozen visitors a day I could get away with that – now with 3,000 – 5,000 visitors per day it’s kinda hard to do!) This of course presents a challenge – what can I write about when I’m bursting at the seams to share my experience but can’t write anything specific?? Well, it’s a challenge but let’s see how I do! 😉
The BODYPUMP 74 presenting team were Glen Ostergaard, Susan Renata and Karen Russell the Australian Master Trainer. Dressed in the latest official LM Clothing line they looked fantastic! (how lean was Susan!!??)
Before I start, here’s a wee tip if you do attend a LM filming class and did want to make it on the DVD – wear a bright colour! I’ve been attending LM filming classes for about 18 months and I’ve mentioned before I never go to the front because a lot of people fly half way around the world to attend these classes and I feel it’s only right they get the front row… after all I just drove up the road a couple hours! However I did wear a bright yellow Nike shirt (it’s usually my BODYATTACK outfit due to the colour) and the presenters seemed to like it as both Susan and Karen called me out because of it… Susan’s words were “that is one bright singlet!” – and Karen even said to the cameramen “make sure you get that guy in yellow on film!” – quite funny really. I have no idea if that will make it onto the final cut but if it does – yes the dude in yellow is me 🙂
Okay, onto the class itself… it was FANTASTIC. Let me say this, BP74 is h-a-r-d. After the lunge track I honestly felt like I was going to throw up. I looked down at my step mid way through the shoulder track and it was sopping wet! My clothes were soaked right through and more sweat was just pouring off me. It must’ve looked a sight! Of course, the beautiful thing about attending a class (as opposed to teaching) is that you can really smash yourself. I would never push myself as hard as I did that day if I was mic’ed up – I wouldn’t even have been able to cue I was gasping for breath so badly! I decided to do the same weights I normally do in a regular pump class that day… but – the only difference (and it is a big difference!) is that the bars at LM central are solid metal. They weigh about 7.5kg… possibly should’ve taken that into account (bit late now!). I was fortunate enough that my close friend Raina had warned me about the lunge track – it is a killer – so I did ease back the weight a little there (and still almost lost my lunch anyway!)
Now I have no idea if Glen reads the Les Mills’ community forums, but recently there’s been a thread on there entitled “BP choreography likes/dislikes“. As the name makes clear, in it, instructors and participants are stating a whole heap of various things they’d like to see more of, and less of in BP. Now, if Glen doesn’t read the forum he’s clearly psychic as I couldn’t help but smile as I checked a whole bunch of the suggestions off one after the other in BP74. I probably can’t go into specifics, but, if you were one of the people suggesting a change in musical style (and tempo!) for the back track, simplicity in the warm up, a purer lunge track then you’re gonna love 74…
The most stand out factor in BP74 is the tempo and range changes in the chorey. I’ve only really experienced BODYPUMP for the last 3 years or so (I moduled on 69 but have learned most of the releases back to 60) and I’ve not seen any use of the tempos or ranges found in 74. They will really rock your world and I was super sore the next day!
I can’t say too much more other than be excited team – be really excited!!! I left the class just fizzing…. Let it be known that BODYPUMP 74 ROCKS! Pump pics follow (more on facebook too…):
I don’t usually blog on step – and I didn’t do this class – but since it was the 20 year anniversary of BODYSTEP I of course had to watch (if you can imagine someone having some kind of seizure on a step then that’s how I look doing step!) I’m really sorry I don’t know the names of all the presenting team, but it included Mark Nu’u, Lisa Osborne, Sarah Robinson, Vanessa Labort and Ruthie T! You’ll see from the outfits they were very 80’s (as was the music!) A picture tells 1000 words so I’ll let them do the talking.
Next posts I’ll write about BODYPUMP 74 and BODYCOMBAT 44 – now on those classes I do have a lot to say! 🙂
Exciting week for me as I finally managed to get cover for my BODYATTACK class so will be able to make it to Auckland for the BODYCOMBAT 44 & BODYPUMP 74 filmings tomorrow… yay! (oh, and of course the BODYBALANCE 49 filming – my partner is a BODYBALANCE instructor and keeps reminding me of that!!) One of the downsides of the new-found popularity of this blog is that my good friends at Les Mills keep a fairly close eye on it… So unlike the days of old where I used to come back from the filmings and write all about them, these days I’m far more restricted in what I can say – unfortunately I can’t write anything specific about the chorey or the music – however, I can definitely write about my opinion of the releases so check back in a day or two for more info on that 🙂
Most of you will know or have heard of PJ, the super long term combater who features front and centre in every BODYCOMBAT DVD. Well, unfortunately he can’t make this round of filmings (you will be sorely missed my friend!) due to having to head out of the country. PJ’s blog is first stop for many people when they want to see pics of the latest releases – in fact he does such a fantastic job that I haven’t even bothered to take a camera to the last few filmings – instead borrowing (with permission) pics from his site. Les Mills are also very strict on camera usage – absolutely none is allowed during the filming (which is completely understandable) however often times the presenters will pose for pics afterwards. So, this round I’m gonna take a camera and will try to get some pics of the presenting team after the class. I reiterate I’ll only do that if Les Mills allow it so fingers crossed that’s all good with them!
Finally, if you’re a reader of this blog (or you’ve added me on facebook – if you haven’t please do!) then please come up and say hi tomorrow! I know Les Mills Auckland can be an intimidating place but I LOVE meeting you guys. I have tonnes of respect for the internationals that come and because of that you’ll never see me fighting for the front row – I’m always mid way back… come say hi and introduce yourself! And of course any of you are welcome to come do some of my classes anytime – just let me know!
So check back in a couple days for as much of an update as I can give, and if you are in town I’ll see ya tomorrow!! x
Here it is BP73! A lot of Les Mills covers in there so I’ve tired to link to the original version where I can. Really excited about this release! Look forward to your thoughts!
01. Release Me – Linzi Paul
02. DOA – Telstarr
03. I Gotta Feeling – TransNoise
04. Mysterious Times (Kindervater vs Jens O Remix Edit) – Sash feat. Tina Cousins
05. Evacuate The Dancefloor – Studio88
06. New Divide – Crimson Ltd
07. When Love Takes Over – Olson Bjerre
08. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Voc Mix) – Warp Bros
09. S.O.S. (Let The Music Play) – Jordin Sparks
10. No Surprise – Daughtry
Here ya go my friends 🙂 I’ve tried to link to youtube whenever possible (some links aren’t quite the same mix but you’ll get the idea) – few covers in here as per usual (and yes Kickstart my heart is back!). Enjoy! 🙂
1a. Freedom (Sunset Project Mix) – Beatbreaker
1b. Starstrukk – 3OH!3
02. Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls
03. Send Me An Angel (Weaver Remix) – Slinkee Minx
04. Fight For Your Right (DJ Anady vs Sander Remix) – Boogie Bros
05. Without A Fight – Mindwarp
06. Black Pearl (Dave Darrell Radio Edit) – Scotty
07. Kick Start My Heart – The Snake
08. Overload – VooDoo & Sereno
09. Do It Again – Cassie Davies
10. Sounds Of Freedom – Within Temptation
They’ve started coming out so here ya go! As per usual with the unique remixes and cover versions used in BA I won’t bother linking to the tracks on youtube – enjoy! 🙂
01. Evacuate The Dancefloor (DJ KTW Remix) – Studio88
02. Don’t Upset The Rhythm – Ultimate
03. Fire Burning – Mikey Index
04. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Sam Bug
05. I Like It – Lennie Foster
06. In The Heat Of The Night – Block Busters
07. Lala Song – Bounce Boys
08. Freedom – SuperDeep
09. We Are The Champions – 20/20
10. And I Try – Face2Face
11. Celebration – Vanessa Ribas
12. Hold My Hand – Birds & Nature