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If you asked me to visualise the perfect release for me personally this is what I’d say: Uplifting warmup; cranking track 3; loads of kicks in track 4 (or track 6, or both!); hard trance track 5; hardcore techno muay thai and a massively uplifting track 8 to round it all off. Guess what; I just described BODYCOMBAT 53!

Honestly I love BC52 but for me BODYCOMBAT 53 has got be be a near perfect release.

Firstly what I’m most excited about: I’ve made no secret about my preference in muay thai music selection. My absolute favourite muay thai is Hardcore Angel from BC39, I also love Ravers Paradise from BC38 (yes I’m a Nick Skitz fan!), right up there as well is So What! from BC27, Party Non-Stop from BC36… you get the idea – uplifting hard trance for a muay thai just goes off as far as I’m concerned. So whilst I’ve loved the last few releases, when you look back at the muay thai tracks over the last six releases they’ve all been rock (or aggressive rock verging on metal) – in fact if you look back since Dan and Rach became Program Directors at BC21 overwhelmingly track 7s were hard trance tracks until around BC40 when it changed. Since BC40 we’ve really only had Excalibur 2000, Mortal Kombat and Braveheart as trance muay thais (I love all three of those by the way!) – 3 out of 13 releases, other than that recently it’s been a reign of rock. Until now. The muay thai in BODYCOMBAT 53 is a hard trance, massive anthem of a track and it is freaken EPIC!

But I just need to take a couple deep breaths and calm down as I’m getting waaay ahead of myself.

Before I get into the nuts and bolts of the release (or as much as I’m allowed to say) I have to make special mention of what a fantastic job the PDs are doing. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll possibly know that Dan and I haven’t always seen eye to eye over everything, and we’ve even had the odd moment or two where we’ve exchanged a couple heated words over the years (I’m guessing we’re both type A personalities and that will often happen!). But I have to speak out because there’s a thread on the Les Mills forums entitled “New Program Directors for Combat“. It’s basically someone saying it’s time for a change, that BC is stale and boring… and get this, too easy??! To the person who wrote that you know what? You’re an idiot. BC51 is gut bustingly hard, 52 is massive too and 53 is nothing short of phenomenal. Add to that the fact that Dan and Rach choreographed BC53 whilst LITERALLY on completely different sides of the globe (I mean how did they do that – over Skype?)  and there’s no denying they are doing an amazing job. So to the person who started that thread and wants a PD change; shuddup already you are WRONG.

Right, on to the release! As usual I cannot mention anything specific about the music or the chorey (or Dan and I really will have a falling out haha) – but I can tell you my opinion and a general feel for the release.

I'm in there somewhere!!

I’m in there somewhere!!

BODYCOMBAT 53 was filmed very early on Saturday May 12 as part of LMNZ and LMI’s massive GFX event. GFX is basically the Super Bowl of the group fitness industry – it’s THE biggest event on the group fit calendar and man it showed the place was chocked to capacity every class of the weekend! You may recall in my BODYCOMBAT 52 post (which was just after Hernan’s passing) I mentioned how absolutely packed the class was. BODYCOMBAT 53 felt even busier! The class kicked off at 7am and I know there were people queuing outside before 5am! **Correction: 3am!** Thanks for the heads up Kiki… but 3am?! That really is dedication!

Just as with BC52 Dan and Rach presented on their own this round (I’m assuming mainly because Dan was in the UK until a week or two before and training someone else would’ve been a tough task); they went away from the orange clothing of the last couple of releases and were wearing green (I think?!), and it’ll come as no surprise they did a spectacular job.

Both warmup tracks are dancey and uplifting! Upper body was in a recent pump release (same mix too as far as I could tell) and the lower body was in a recent attack release. Don’t fear if you teach those programs (as I do) as the warmup is awesome regardless and the fact the tracks are reused won’t bother you. I mentioned my only issue with the warmup from BC52 was that there’s a move in it that’s not in the actual release (the shoot – and there’s eleventy billion of them!) – well there’s nothing like that in 53 from memory – it’s good stuff and a really really great start to the class.

Track 2 was typical of the last couple releases, kinda rocky – a song everyone knows the words to and can sing along with! Track 3 is where the intensity picks up (and doesn’t pull back either!) – great track – definitely uplifting! (can you tell that’s going to be my word of the release?) Musically it felt a little like We Dance On from 48.

Track 4 was definitely the most ‘sinister’ track of the release. It’s a very dark remake of an old track. Tae Kwon Do/Karate based – A track you can really grit your teeth to and kick, kick and kick again! (did I mention kicks??)

Track 5. OMFG they’ve done it again – another AWESOME track 5! D&R again please keep this format it is absolutely going off! Love the (here’s that word again) uplifting trance track 5s! LOVE THEM! This track has also been in pump as a back track (actually there’s 2 pump back tracks in this release!); I loved this track in pump but man it’s freaken amazing in combat! Such a great track 5 – power track in the truest sense (yay!)

Track 6. Ouch. Leg conditioning x 1000. Tough track, but haven’t all the leg conditioning tracks been lately? We’ve had leg conditioning tracks in 4 releases in a row now (Gimme Dat, Another Way to Die and Ring the Alarm), and this one is just as hard as the others! Musically it’s of a similar style to 50 and 52 if that makes any sense. The esquiva is back – and that’s all I can recall to be honest as I barely remember anything but the pain!

Track 7. BOOM!!!! Massive muay thai! I wish I could tell you more about this track other than what I said at the top of this post but I can’t! Know this though – it simply goes off! I just wish it was longer as it felt really short!

Track 8 was awesome too! Massive finish to the cardio part of the class – outstanding!

Track 9 is an artist that’s been used as a track 9 recently (mwap mwap) solid track; and track 10 is kinda RnB and a nice finish to the class.

So, yes, if you’ve not worked it out yet the word for BODYCOMBAT 53 is UPLIFTING! Another word would be OUTSTANDING. And yet another would be EPIC. Seriously this is one cranking release. I’ve heard some comments about BC51 being too rocky (and I kinda agree to be fair) – but rest assured if you are one of those peeps you will LOVE 53. Just love it. Just like I do! Cannot wait for this one!!!!!

Next stop BODYCOMBAT 54 on July 30. I can’t wait to see what’s next, if you’re coming I’ll see ya there!

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You know what when I was at GFX I saw the latest posters hanging in Les Mills and thought to myself ‘there’s something different about these?’ but didn’t make the connection immediately (I guess as the slogans are the same)… but yes the posters that hit the net a few weeks ago have been updated! Newly released ones below using older images – what do you think?

No changes to the lists below with BODYCOMBAT 52 this quarter guys. There are a couple big tracks in there though – they just don’t quite make the longest lists. The muay thai in BC52 is a whopping 7:27 (and it’s a HARD 7 and a half minutes too!) – and track 8 is a biggie too at 7:38. To offset that tracks 2 and 3 are short however at 4:33 and 4:38 respectively. All up BC52 totals 56.2 minutes in length which is perfect in my opinion (when mixing I always aim for about 56-58 minutes in my playlists).

Just for completions sake here are the current longest and shortest possible BODYCOMBAT playlists.

LONGEST BODYCOMBAT MIX

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: Don’t Need (BC49) 6:57
06: Russian Roulette (BC45) 6:48
07: Excalibur (BC42) 7:42
08: You’re the Feeling (BC50) 8:24
09: Somebody To Love (BC21) 6:05
10: Now We Are Free (BC20) 7:04

TOTAL: 1:14:40

SHORTEST BODYCOMBAT MIX

01: Summermelody / Does the Fish Have Chips? (BC34)   6:11
02: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (BC34) / Energy (BC44) 3:16
03: Here Tonight (BC51) 4:14
04: Lord of The Rings / Hava Nagila (BC49) 4:17
05: The Anthem (BC42) 2:58
06: Leave Me Alone (BC32)   3:20
07: Run To The Hills (BC33)   3:01
08: Footloose (BC2) 3:46
09: Gonna Fly Now (BC36) 2:53
10: Black Box (BC45) 3:29

TOTAL: 37:26

Well we’ve only just had the last filmings but for those of you travelling the more notice the better… so here they are! (good grief Sh’bam will be 10 already!) As usual these are subject to change by LMI – I’ll notify you if that happens. If you’re coming see you there!

Wednesday, 25th July

  • BODYBALANCE 59
  • BODYVIVE 25
  • BODYATTACK 79
  • BODYPUMP 84
  • SH’BAM 10

Saturday, 28th July

  • CXWORX 9

Monday, 30th July

  • RPM 57
  • BODYSTEP 90
  • BODYCOMBAT 54
  • BODYJAM 63

Guys sorry for the delay on these I’ve been on my honeymoon! (can’t get a much better excuse than that right?!) Full tracklists for all programs are in the post directly below. We flew in from our honeymoon 5am Friday morning and went straight to Les Mills for the GFX event at 6am – man that was epic! I’ll write a full blog post about that in the coming days – including all the goss on BODYCOMBAT 53, BODYPUMP 83 and BODYATTACK 78! In the meantime BC52 is below (for more info on the release itself see my BODYCOMBAT 52 filming post). As always when I’ve not been able to find the exact track on youtube I’ve linked to the closest one (remix for track 5 is waaay faster than the one linked fixed – cheers Andreas!). Enjoy!

BODYCOMBAT 52 tracklist

1a: Rain Over Me (Technoposse Remix Edit) – Love Empire
1b: Sexy And I Know It (DJ Shocker Extended Remix) – DJ Shocker feat. Chani
2: Crazy Train – Max Motor
3: When I Close My Eyes (Darren Styles Remix) – Dougal & Gammer feat. Jenna
4: Bring Me To Life (Thomas Petersen vs. Gainworx Remix Edit) – Jan Wayne
5: Passenger (AdF Mix) – DJ Gollum
6: Ring The Alarm – Beyoncé
7: Seek And Destroy – Agent Orange
8: Falling (Breeze Remix) – Breeze vs Barley feat. Taya
9: First Of The Year (Equinox) – Skrillex
10: The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder

BODYATTACK 77

Warmup : Beautiful Day (London Villian)
Mixed Impact : Get Dat Love (Ambitious Tribe)
Aerobic : Firework (English Rush)
Plyometric : My Sharona (Addicted Diamond)
Upper Body Conditioning : I’m A Machine (B. Ranch & Little G)
Running : You And I (Technoposse Radio Edit) (Sweat Box)
Agility : Bounce (XNRG Remix) (Klassify feat. Sensus And Devonne)
Interval : Dominoes (Rag Rhino)
Power : Mr Saxobeat (DJ Loud)
Lower Body Conditioning : I Like How It Feels (Solitary Phase)
Core Conditioning : Light It Up (Stan Walker feat. Static Revenger)
Cooldown : Don’t Forget Your Roots (Six60)

BODYSTEP 88

Warmup : Boogie 2nite (DJ Pistol)
Step Warmup : Midnight Midnight (The Jooly Defect)
Step Orientation : Domino (Fried Cold)
Step Athletic : My Delirium (88Eight)
Mixed Strength : Stay Awake (Blink Tide)
Mixed Strength : Jump (K Double)
Power Peak : Thunderstruck (Ruff Emerald)
Step Recovery : Don’t Hold Your Breath (Petal Shock)
Party Step : Countdown (High Ability)
Speed Step : Everythings Gonna Be Alright (Minor Cubs)
Peak : Wet (Shock Petal)
Recovery/Conditioning : Without You (The Running)
Cooldown/Stretch : Love On Top (Beyoncé)
Athletic Circuit Track : Are You Gonna Go My Way (Violent Gloom)
Athletic Circuit Track : B-Boys & Flygirls (Ripe Tide)
Alternative 10 : Wet (Instrumental) (Super Suspense)

CXWORX 7

Warmup : End Of Time (Beyoncé)
Core Strength 1 : Alive (Dirty South & Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth)
Standing Strength 1 : Know Your Enemy (The Distort)
Standing Strength 2 : Little Bad Girl (Bbop & Roksteadi Radio Remix) (Candid)
Core Strength 2 : Feel So Close (Calvin Harris)
Core Strength 3 : I Don’t Need It (Jamie Foxx)
Bonus 2 – Core Strength 1 : Til Death (R3hab Remix) (Wynter Gordon)
Bonus 6 – Core Strength 3 : Pocketbook (Jennifer Hudson feat. Ludacris)

RPM 55

Pack Ride : Listen To The Music (Motiv 8 Extended Mix) (The Doobie Brothers)
Pace : We Found Love (Miss Piper)
Hills : Loco (Empyre One Remix) (Manian)
Mixed Terrain : Good Feeling (Flo Rida)
Intervals : Run With The Wolves (The Prodigy)
Speed Work : Drowning (Avicii Remix) (Armin van Buuren feat. Laura V)
Mountain Climb : Will I Ever (Dragon And Hunter Remix) (Paffendorf feat. Fara)
Ride Home : Paradise (Coldplay)
Stretch : Not Over You (Gavin DeGraw)
Bonus 7 : Overload 2011 (Voodoo & Serano Mix) (Voodoo And Serano)

BODYPUMP 82

1. Raining Diamonds – Ricki-Lee
2. Someone Like You (Kris McTwain Club Edit) – N-Finity
3. I Like How It Feels – Solitary Phase
4. Bring Me To Life (Hands Up Club Mix) – Jan Wayne
5. Bad Case Of Loving You – Secret Appendix
6. Bottoms Up – Nickelback
7. Ecuador (Bad Behavior Remix) – Sash!
8. Be Cool 2011 (DJ From Mars Club Remix) – Paffendorf
9. Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
10. Time To Say Goodbye – il Divo
Alternative track 6: Gettin Over You – The Louder Forest
Alternative track 8: Airplanes (Kris McTwain Remix) – Groove Chasers

BODYCOMBAT 52

1a: Rain Over Me (Technoposse Remix Edit) – Love Empire
1b: Sexy And I Know It (DJ Shocker Extended Remix) – DJ Shocker feat. Chani
2: Crazy Train – Max Motor
3: When I Close My Eyes (Darren Styles Remix) – Dougal & Gammer feat. Jenna
4: Bring Me To Life (Thomas Petersen vs. Gainworx Remix Edit) – Jan Wayne
5: Passenger (AdF Mix) – DJ Gollum
6: Ring The Alarm – Beyoncé
7: Seek And Destroy – Agent Orange
8: Falling (Breeze Remix) – Breeze vs Barley feat. Taya
9: First Of The Year (Equinox) – Skrillex
10: The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder

BODYBALANCE 57

Tai Chi Warmup : Just Say It (Sleepthief feat. Kyoko Baertsoen)
Sun Salutations : Happy (Faithless)
Standing Strength : Set Fire To The Rain (Valentine)
Balance : Shelter (Mint Kid)
Hip Openers : F**kin’ Perfect (P!nk)
Core – Abdominals : Whole Lotta Love (Pale Fleece)
Core – Back : Say Hey (I Love You) (Surrender)
Twists : Fly (Bust & Hook)
Forward Bends – Hamstrings : Song To The Siren (Ironic T)
Relaxation/Meditation : Guardian (Hamish Lang)
Alternative 6 : Survivor (Destiny’s Child)

SH’BAM 8

Track 1 : Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) (DJ Shocker Remix) (DJ Shocker feat. Paulette)
Track 2 : You Should Be Dancing (Liquid Paw)
Track 3 : El Party (Loco Madness)
Track 4 : Black Betty (Royal Gigolos (DJ Tyson Meets Royal Gigolos))
Track 5 : Wet (Shock Petal)
Track 6 : Sexy And I Know It (Bbop & Roksteadi Radio Remix) (Def Motion)
Track 7 : Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Swing Wednesdays)
Track 8 : Moves Like Jagger (The Sugar Snatch)
Track 9 : Grito Mundial (Snap Snap)
Track 10 : Troublemaker (Living Blaze)
Track 11 : No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Pathos V2 Kick Out Radio Edit) (Amber & Zelma Davis)
Track 12 : Dance With Me Tonight (Olly Murs)
Alternative 5 : Wet (Instrumental) (Fresh Approach)

BODYVIVE 23

Warmup : Happiness (Alexis Jordan)
Cardio 1 : Rain Down Love (Freemasons feat. Siedah Garrett)
Cardio 2 : Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Footloose Soundtrack) (Jana Kramer)
Cardio 3 : Uptight (Everything Is Alright) (Wonder Muse)
Peak Cardio : Shot Through The Heart (Power Remix) (Dean W)
Active Recovery : Let’s Stay Together (Guy Sebastian)
Dynamic Strength : Big Spender (Shirley Bassey)
Integrated Strength : Pretty Please (Love Me) (Estelle feat. Cee-Lo)
Hips : The Power (Pulsing Beat)
Core 1 : Slippery People (Talking Heads)
Core 2 : Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix) (Everything But The Girl)
Stretch : Yellow (Coldplay)

BODYJAM 61

Warmup : Throw Your Hands Up (R3hab Mix) (Qwote feat. Pitbull And Lucenzo)
Isolation : Booty Wurk (One Cheek At A Time) (T-Pain feat. Joey Galaxy )
Hip hop : It’s Not You (It’s Me) (T-Pain vs. Chuckie feat. Pitbull )
Dance hard, work hard, play hard : Where Have You Been (Miss Piper)
Dance hard, work hard, play hard : Get Up! (Korn feat. Skrillex)
Dance hard, work hard, play hard : Work Hard, Play Hard (Original Mix) (Tiesto feat. Kay)
Recovery : Watch N’ Learn (Candid Freak)
DMFAO : Antidote (Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party)
DMFAO : Toca’s Miracle (Inpetto 2012 Update) (Fragma)
DMFAO : Heaven (Stripped) (Emeli Sandé )
DMFAO : Promises ‘Lola’s Mash’ (Obscene Rumble)
Groovedown : Take Care (Ground Studio)


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