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56Well one of the most highly anticipated BODYCOMBAT reviews has just hit my email inbox and, man, let me say it was worth the wait! Guest blogger Deb Shafran has done an AMAZING job painting a full picture of her BODYCOMBAT 56 experience. It was certainly fascinating for me as for the first time in something like 15 BC filmings I wasn’t there! So I was probably more excited to read this than anyone! One thing that I guess I always took for granted was having the mothership for Les Mills right on my doorstep – so it was so cool to read Deb’s recollection of her excitement of walking through those doors and into studio one for the first time. It’s something I’m sure most of you reading aim to do someday (and so you should!).

Anyway, enough of my babbling. Here’s the lowdown on BODYCOMBAT 56 – thank you Deb for doing such a phenomenal job!

 

BODYCOMBAT 56 filming review – by Deb Shafran

My name is Deb Shafran and I am a Les Mills BodyCombat and BodyPump Instructor from Boston, MA, USA. It is an honor to have been asked by Glen Stollery to provide you with a review of the Les Mills BodyCombat 56 filming experience, at Les Mills Auckland City, on January 29th, 2013. I hope I am able to not only paint a picture, but also transport you to what I heard, saw, felt and experienced at filming.

When I walked toward the gym, for the first time, I realized I had arrived at the place where all that has so positively changed my life, had begun. I was in the lobby of Les Mills Auckland City! The following minutes proved to be even more exciting, when Phillip Mills walked in the front door and casually smiled and chatted with Amanda Scales and Dan McDonogh (BodyStep and RPM Presenters from the USA)… and all I could say was, “Thanks for all you have done” and he then continued to walk away. The following hours and days allowed me to meet and personally thank many of International Presenters, whom I have watched on DVDs for years. I loved meeting Mid Thomas, Mark Sinclair, Will Pritchard, Gandalf Archer, Tauvaga Siolo, Lana Aitken, Carla Fitzsimons, Nat van Peer, Taimane Elise, as well as Phillip and Jackie Mills. I loved seeing Dan Cohen, Rachael Newsham, Susan Renata, Josef Matthews, Jericho McDuffie, Glen Ostergaard, Les Mills Jr, Sarah Robinson, Curtis Pipes and Corey Baird again. To be surrounded by such positivity and sense of the Les Mills cause, would make anyone who has experienced a Les Mills class want to come to the mecca, immediately.

Over the next week, I took several classes and also sat in the corner of Studio 1 to take notes and study how the instructors were delivering their classes. What they said was just as important as what they did not say. These instructors showed me that the journey is never ending, and I have more room to grow. I am excited about all the places I can go, and I hope to bring pieces of what I observed and experienced to the members in my classes and share with my fellow instructors.

Now onto BodyCombat 56…. Put in its simplest form, as my friend Ralf Galle expressed: “BodyCombat 54 was BOOM! BodyCombat 55 was BOOM! BOOM! And BodyCombat 56 is BOOM! BOOM! BANG!” And this is the review in a nutshell. As much as you hear everyone say, every time a new release comes out – this is the best one yet! I sincerely feel that this is true, in the case of BodyCombat 56, which is fun, fast and furious!

When I first walked into Studio 1 (not on a filming day), I honestly felt a little underwhelmed…. not disappointed, just not as impressive as I had envisioned, for so many years. But when filming day arrived, all the floor-to-ceiling black curtains were drawn shut and all the cameras were set up. There were 2 stationary cameras on large raised platforms – one in the back and one on the left side of the room. There was another camera on a large moveable arm – a jib, which was able to span the room, from above – and there was one hand-held camera, on the shoulder of a brave man who wove in and out of all the moving class participants. With all the lighting and backdrops in place, the room came alive! There was an electric energy that buzzed around the room and the studio instantly got transformed into the vision all of us instructors see every quarter in our DVDs. I felt like I was on a movie set and the stars of the show were about to come on stage and bring BodyCombat to life – again! I loved seeing mission control set up, directly in front of the soundboard, with a monitor representing each camera and the production crew diligently getting every angle the director needed. There were a few tense moments before filming could start, with the rush of participants charging for the front row center spot. But the crew reeled everyone in – calm, collected and under control – and the production was off and running in no time! Here is your track breakdown:

Track 1 is straight in and full on. Just like BodyCombat 54, the upper and lower body warm up flows from one into another, with no musical break. I really like this change. The music instantly grabs you – you definitely will think you are having the best BodyCombat dream, and you won’t want to wake up! The warm up gives you a sneak peak of what’s to come – particularly in tracks 4 and 7. During filming, there was a friendly competition of counting in the native languages in the room – Japanese, Portuguese and Germans all tried to be the loudest! You’ll see when you get your DVDs why you might want to count in this track.

Track 2 delivers a rock song, which you may recall from a recent BodyPump release – I won’t say which muscle group it was for… that would give too much away. This one is American kickboxing style and provides a great feel, between upper and lower body combos, which sets up the workout. The choreography kicks into high gear from the get-go, so this one feels a bit like a track 4.

Track 3 could be a tie for best one yet (tied with both tracks 6 and 8 from this release)! It just feels good and I didn’t want it to stop. This track is uplifting, as most track 3’s are, but it’s a level up from what you thought was uplifting. If you remember BodyCombat 28, you will recall this song remix of a former track 5. There are simple boxing patterns, high energy and building levels…. Just let it go!

Track 4 brings back a move that you may remember (dust off your archives and see if you can figure it out) from BodyCombat 29, track 4… but they give it a new twist – which at first is a bit challenging, but once you get the timing on it – BOOM – you will be delivering it with conviction! Don’t forget to take the high option, when offered, and bring it!

Track 5 definitely keeps you on your toes. The fancy footwork will keep your imaginary opponent guessing which direction you might be coming from next. The agility work will prepare you for the second half of the release.

Track 6 delivers the new move that I am not allowed to tell you about! It is different, definitely challenging and quickly tests the brain and body to work together. Fellow instructors, I think it will take us some time to master not only being able to physically deliver this new move, but also to teach and coach it really well. This move will fire up your fast twitch muscle fibers in such a way that you will feel it for days! There is speed. There is slow motion. There is a firing action. There is significant need for you to brace your core. But have no fear, as always, there are several options provided, so even the novice will have the opportunity to feel accomplished and want to keep coming back for more! Your esquiva is back, but know that it is your active recovery here… so good luck! I think this is the most challenging track in the release and tests your balance and pace. Deliver with precision and accuracy. This one is a butt-kicker!

Track 7 has 6 rounds and 6 counts and that might be sharing too much! As you might expect, elbows and knees are the name of the game, in Muay Thai. There is a short and sweet delivery of a downward street brawl punch that I like even more than the repeaters we have done in the past. This one gets in, gets out, and gets the job done – before your imaginary opponents even know what hit them!

Track 8 could very well be a highlight of this release – the stand out – as my friend Tony Ball put it. Think endurance and a huge finish! When Dan and Rach ask for your BLAH (Be Loud And Heard) feedback – let’s just say they heard it and they’ve done something about it! Forget about standing still and hitting your jabs for 164 counts. You aren’t going to need it. This track 8 will feel a bit different than your standard track 8, but the structure is similar enough that you know this is the final peak of the release. If any track makes you feel alive – I believe – this is the one!

I can tell you there is a new animal drill in Track 9 that, when done properly, will definitely help shape and change your abdominals. There is some posterior work – think “square your hips.”

Track 10 concludes the release and makes you feel like this one could end up in the hall of fame, one of the best releases that will ever hit your personal library. This one provides a great stretch and a beautiful kata to a huge song.

This release is simple to follow, but physically challenging to complete. BodyCombat 56 continues to deliver and push the BodyCombat program to new levels and keeps it evolving. There are definitely moments for your sing-a-longs, as well as moments where you are wondering how you are physically going to make it to the end of the track!

There are so many thank you’s, to all of those who helped make this experience the vacation of a lifetime for me. It was worth every penny I saved to go. Thank you to Ralf Galle and Peter Henrici for being my German bodyguards and taking exceptional care of me! Thank you Tony Ball for being the liaison for all the international visitors, helping us navigate through all the opportunities available to us, while we were there. You were the host with the most – your efforts are greatly appreciated! Thank you DJ Olivier for onsite coordination, logistics and social media efforts. Thank you to the production crew of all the filmings (Go Maggie Go!), they were top notch! They were organized, systematic, friendly (stern, when needed) and operated like a well-oiled machine. Thank you to all of the instructors, from all over the world, who illustrated our ONE TRIBE feeling… from Andy and Maria in Germany, to Naomi and Hiromi from Japan (I wish I could take you both home with me!), to Liz and Hannah and the whole Bristol, UK Tribe, to Nadege and Thierry from France, and Daniel and Danni in Australia – I thank you for contributing to my Les Mills journey. Thank you to the local kiwi’s who welcomed me with open arms – Babs and Joanna – how amazing to hug you both in Studio 1! Thank you Carrie Kepple for greeting me in Christchurch, even giving me a ride back to my hotel after a great afternoon of classes! I look forward to returning to the place that brings me such genuine happiness and I hope to see all of you again.

For me, it was wonderful to have Josef Matthews there (he will be in BodyPump 86, that’s no secret) in Auckland. Josef was my initial trainer on BodyCombat Release 35. He was also my AIM 1 facilitator (Advanced Instructor Module training, for all you non-Les Mills readers), the first time. Yes, I went through AIM 1 twice…. I thought it was so much fun, like a BodyCombat playground, that I wanted to do it again, and got a lot of out taking the module with Angel Santiago, a second time. Josef was also one of my AIM 2 facilitators, along with Kim Ames. Josef has been with me every stop of my BodyCombat journey so far and to have him in the room, during the filming of BodyCombat 56, was more than I could have asked for. Josef, I thank you for all you have contributed to my Les Mills experiences.

Wherever you are in your Les Mills journey…. new participant to Veteran instructor… if Les Mills has had a positive impact on your life, I recommend you to make this pilgrimage from wherever you are in the world. The significant expense is well worth the investment… in yourself, to help you learn as an instructor, and in your growth as a human being. This was an experience of a lifetime and I am so grateful for every minute of it! Glen Stollery, I hope I have given your loyal following a suitable substitute for all that you have built. I thank you for the opportunity and would do it for you again, in a heartbeat – if asked! Les Mills couldn’t have come up with a more fitting slogan… I felt this every step of the way: ONE TRIBE. BE BRAVE. CHANGE THE WORLD.

Hope you lot are happy this took me ages to do! Les Mills next time update your website quicker so I have less stalkers! 😛

RPM 58 added! (Thanks Raina!) SH’BAM 11 just added but I only have the track titles thus far (better than nothing you badass Gangnam Stylers!)

Enjoy guys 🙂

Q2012_RPM-A2-POSTER-P2RPM 58 tracklist

1. Good Time – Iconic Ivory (cover of Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
2. Get It Started – Pitbull feat. Shakira
3. Party Bounce – Brooklyn Bounce & Splash
4. Let It Roll – Flo Rida
5. Feel The Love – Louder III (cover of Rudimental feat. John Newman)
6. Can’t Stop Me (Tiesto Mix) – Afrojack & Shermanology
7. Never Give Up – ATB feat. Ramona Nerra
8. Hall Of Fame – The Script
9. Try – P!nk

Q2012_Balance-A2-POSTER-P1BODYBALANCE 60 tracklist

1. All Of The Lights – Youth King
2. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You – Gilmore Brown
3. Grenade – Bruno Mars
4a. Give Me Love – Shimmer Honor
4b. The Parting Glass – Sheer Ross
5. Tonight (Best You Ever Had) – John Legend feat. Ludacris
6. Warrior – Kimbra
7. Next To You – Impossible Stone
8. Lost And Found – Katie Herzig
9a. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
9b. Perth – Bon Iver
10. Finely Balanced – Stretch Sixty

Alt 3. Grenade (Instrumental) – Bruno Mars
Alt 5. Come Together – Fab Again

Q2012_BODYJAM-A2-POSTER-P2BODYJAM 64 tracklist

1. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (Gigi Barocco Battle Remix) – P!nk
2. D.R.E.A.M – Gandalf Archer
3. Bom Bom – Sam And The Womp
4. Brokenhearted (Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda Club Remix) – Karmin
5. We’ve Only Just Begun – Michael Woods feat. Ester Dean
6. Scream (R3hab Remix) – Usher
7. 2 Reasons – Trey Songz feat T.I.
8. Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind) (Radio Edit) – Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero feat. Matthew Koma
9. Dark Side (Moguai Vocal Mix) – Kelly Clarkson
10. As Long As You Love Me – Blue Romance
11. How We Do (Original Mix) – Hardwell & Showtek
12. Diamonds – Almighty Nova 3

Q2012_STEP-A2-POSTER-P2BODYSTEP 91 tracklist

1. Light It Up – Square Thought
2. Brokenhearted – Miles High
3. Turn All The Lights On – Overnight Feast
3 Athletic. Who Is Ready To Jump – DJ Lee / Take Me On The Floor – Oscar Strong
4. Music – Tex Trooper
5. L’Amour – Groovy Bean
6. BOOM – Year XI
7. Hit And Run – Bright Reward
8. Hot Right Now – Trendy Heart 4
9. Gold – An Truly
10. Tribal Dance 2.4 – Triple XXX
AC. Take Me Higher – Union Rush / Who Is Ready To Jump – Unicorn Plush / Smash It – Circus King
11. I Can Only Imagine – Third Duo
12. One More Night – Air Ridge

Q2012_VIVE-A2-POSTERS-P2BODYVIVE 26 tracklist

1. Somebody To Love – Usher
2. Ride On Time – Black Box
3. Sir Duke – One-Click
4. Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix) – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan
5. Keep Your Hands Off My Girl – One Destiny
6. Freedom! ‘90 – George Michael
7. Pictures (Tonite Only Remix) – Sneaky Sound System
8. You Get What You Give – October Rain
9. Crazy – Ricki-Lee
10. Big Time Sensuality – Vector Dance
11. Fantasy – Black Box
12. She’s The One – Robbie Williams

Q2012-CX-Works_A2-POSTER-P2CXWORX 10 tracklist

1. Turn Up The Love – Body Language
2. Fire Inside (Original Mix) – Gemini (UK) feat. Greta Svabo Bech
3. Shot Through The Heart (Power Remix)– Power Music
4. Hero – Skillet
5. Euphoria – Usher
6. Me & You – Hall Syndicate

Bonus 2 Everybody Get Up (Bombs Away Remix) – Jam Xpress & Seany B
Bonus 4 Pound The Alarm – Natural Habitat
Bonus 6 Perfect Nightmare – Laid Back

Q2012_BODYATTACK-A2-POSTER-P2BODYATTACK 80 tracklist

1. Back In Time (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Phat Bomb
2. Good Time – Enchanted Dance
3. Suave (Nick Skitz vs Technoposse Remix Edit) – Nick Skitz & Miami Ink
4. Rock The World – Ideal Heaven
5. Bonfire – Falcon Earl
6. Summer Of Love – Cascada
7. Barbra Streisand – First Exhibit
8. Bridge Of Light – Therapy Loop
9. Where Have You Been – Embodied Temple
10. Wings – Ladies Eclipse
11. Fist Pump, Jump Jump – Ying Yang Twins feat. Greg Tecoz
12. Winner – Pet Shop Boys

BODYPUMP 85BODYPUMP 85 tracklist

1. Heartbreak On Hold – Alexandra Burke
2. Antidote – Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party
3. Uprising – Muse
4. The Rhythm Of The Night (Ryan T. & Rick M. Radio Edit) – Cascada
5. Let It Roll – Flo Rida
6. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (Clean Radio Edit) – P!nk
7. Spectrum – Loyal Crown
8. This Is How We Rock! (Hardforze H.A.R.D Remix Edit) – Brooklyn Bounce
9. One More Night – Eastern Clause
10. Forever – Six60

Alt 4. Undefeated (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Ruff Cash

BODYCOMBAT 55BODYCOMBAT 55 tracklist

1a. Back in Time (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Phat Bomb
1b. Call Me Maybe (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Diva Chain
2. Bad Girls – Kung-Fu Angel
3. Don’t Feel Like Love – Hixxy
4. Firestarter – Base Addiction
5. We No Speak No Americano (Gammer Remix) – Yolanda Be Cool vs DCUP
6. Where Have You Been (Smithee Remix Edit) – Candid
7. Let It Rock – Artcore
8. For A Lifetime (Breeze Mix) – Adam Harris feat. Taya
9. YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS – 3OH!3
10. Battle Scars – Guy Sebastian feat. Lupe Fiasco

Q2012_SHBAM-POSTER-P2SH’BAM 11 tracklist

1. Cheers (Drink To That)
2. Set It Off
3. Balada (Ao Vivo)
4. Laserlight
5. Turn All The Lights On
6. Pound the Alarm
7. Insomnia
8. Turn Up The Love
9. Do You Love Me
10. Gangnam Style
11. Jump
12. Fever

Q2012-CX-Works_A2-POSTER-P2Another one on the list. Usually Les Mills would have these on their website by now – I’m more posting these to get you all off my back! 😉

The four programmes I’ve posted are the ones I teach, I should have the others soon and I will post them when I can so we’re slowly getting there! Enjoy!

CXWORX 10 tracklist

1. Turn Up The Love – Body Language
2. Fire Inside (Original Mix) – Gemini (UK) feat. Greta Svabo Bech
3. Shot Through The Heart (Power Remix) – Power Music
4. Hero – Skillet
5. Euphoria – Usher
6. Me & You – Hall Syndicate

Bonus 2 Everybody Get Up (Bombs Away Remix) – Jam Xpress & Seany B
Bonus 4 Pound The Alarm – Natural Habitat
Bonus 6 Perfect Nightmare – Laid Back

Q2012_BODYATTACK-A2-POSTER-P2Hi guys – I keep getting messages from you asking when the other tracklists are coming out. Honestly I’ll post them as soon as I get them I’m not hiding them from you on purpose! The big BODYATTACK 80 is listed below.

Since moving to Dubai it seems my BODYATTACK career has got its second wind (I was ‘semi-retired’ from attack… briefly!) It’s lucky that I’m still not sick of slamming Where Have You Been yet as it’s back in both combat and attack! Surprised to see Barbra Streisand too! And Pet Shop Boys, really?? Quite looking forward to this one. Got CX 10 here too will post that shortly. Enjoy!

BODYATTACK 80 tracklist

1. Back In Time (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Phat Bomb
2. Good Time – Enchanted Dance
3. Suave (Nick Skitz vs Technoposse Remix Edit) – Nick Skitz & Miami Ink
4. Rock The World – Ideal Heaven
5. Bonfire – Falcon Earl
6. Summer Of Love – Cascada
7. Barbra Streisand – First Exhibit
8. Bridge Of Light – Therapy Loop
9. Where Have You Been – Embodied Temple
10. Wings – Ladies Eclipse
11. Fist Pump, Jump Jump – Ying Yang Twins feat. Greg Tecoz
12. Winner – Pet Shop Boys

So as you may or may not realise a couple of weeks ago my wife and I made the big move to Dubai. I wrote a post about it the day I arrived (you can check that out here) – cut a long story short it was a massive change for me as I’ve never lived anywhere in my over 30 years on this planet than in little ol’ NZ!

Been here almost 3 weeks now and the dust is starting to settle so thought I’d give you a bit of an update. I had hoped when making this move that I could move back into the fitness industry full time. It’s historically where I’ve always been basically for my entire adult life. I had visited Dubai before and knew the fitness industry was in a bit of a boom there, after all if it’s 40-50 degree Celsius heat outside and you want to exercise you pretty much have no choice but to go to a gym!

What I didn’t realise is how freaken AMAZING the clubs are here! I mean I have visited gyms all over the world, UK, Australia, USA, France, Singapore and of course NZ and I have never seen facilities like these! I call them superclubs, because that’s really what they are! Below I’m going to show you some examples of some of the gyms I’m currently teaching, though I have to admit these pics really don’t do them justice you have to see these to believe them!

TRIBEFIT

TribeFit isn’t actually open yet, it’s scheduled to open right on the Dubai Marina in a few short weeks. But I have been lucky enough to tour the facility and it’s absolutely amazing. Four group fitness studios (yes you read that right FOUR!) plus at least four more workout zones, over 22,000 sq ft of workout space. What makes TribeFit even more unique is the concept behind it. It’s motto is “Socially Active” – it’s not just a gym it’s a club packed with a full social calendar and member events designed to be a cool, urban, funky place you actually want to go to. So you’re not just walking into a gym, you’re walking into a family of people that you can train with, relax with and hang out with!

For me this concept is so close to my heart because that’s the exact environment we had back in NZ at my home gym Fitco. In fact, at our wedding around half the guests were Fitco members because we had all become so close! So I was immediately drawn to this concept. I mean let’s face it, as a potential new member a lot of the time the facilities might get you through the door the first time, but it’s the community feel of a place you belong that keeps you coming back. And because TribeFit is all about being social, group fitness plays a massive role (hence the four studios!). You’ll most likely find me here everyday. Launches March 2013. Check out the pics below – and check out the view from the studios!:

TribeFit

Me in front of the new TribeFit site – check out the view members have!

TribeFit main group fitness studio (artist's impression)

TribeFit main group fitness studio (artist’s impression)

TribeFit mind body studio - so serene! (artist's impression)

TribeFit mind body studio – so serene! (artist’s impression)

TribeFit RPM studio - funky! (artist's impression)

TribeFit RPM studio – funky! (artist’s impression)

TribeFit TRX crossfit studio (artist's impression)

TribeFit TRX crossfit studio (artist’s impression)

ENGINE HEALTH & FITNESS

I’ve now been to Engine 3 times and every single time this place takes my breath away. It’s like something out of a movie! Brand spanking new having opened only a few months ago this place is absolutely stunning. It’s the size of a small city and no expense has been spared in creating the best fitness facility money can buy. I mean you imagine it it’s here. Bose systems throughout, escalators taking you from floor to floor (yes ironic I know!), the latest equipment and training gear, it’s so shiny you almost have to wear sunglasses to walk through it!

When you picture Dubai you imagine these incredible man made islands, the world’s largest building, the world’s only seven star hotel etc. This city is full of amazing decadence and in that regard Engine fits right in! Four levels of workout space the place is totally surreal! You’ll find me here teaching BODYPUMP on a Sunday night. Check out the pics below:

Engine - is this an amazing building or what?!

Engine – is this an amazing building or what?!

Engine main entrance - escalators!

Engine main entrance – escalators!

Engine members lounge - surreal right?

Engine members lounge – surreal right?

Engine group fitness studio

Engine group fitness studio

Engine RPM studio

Engine RPM studio

THE AVIATION CLUB

The Aviation Club was actually the first ever club I visited in Dubai back in 2010. In fact we got off the plane, checked into the hotel and went straight there! It’s the home club of Les Mills’ icon and my very good friend Amir Behforooz (aka King Kong!) so it’s a place very close to my heart. The club has actually been closed some time for refurbishment and as luck would have it reopened this week!

And boy have they done a fantastic job. The new Aviation Club is truly something special. The entire facility is first class, with amazing pools, squash courts and even the latest Les Mills SmartBars! Pictures say 1000 words so just check the images out below (stolen from Amir’s facebook page I hope that’s okay buddy!) You’ll currently find me here teaching BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT Saturday night, and BODYATTACK Monday nights.

Aviation Club - check out the pool area

Aviation Club – check out the pool area

Aviation Club - plunge pools in the changing areas

Aviation Club – plunge pools in the changing areas

Aviation Club - group fitness room all ready for King Kong's GRIT class!

Aviation Club – group fitness room all ready for King Kong’s GRIT class!

Aviation Club - did I mention the only gym in Dubai with Les Mills Smart Bars?

Aviation Club – did I mention the only gym in Dubai with Les Mills Smart Bars?

Aviation Club RPM studio

Aviation Club RPM studio

STUDIO FITNESS

A very special mention has to go to Studio Fitness as obviously I am a group fitness junkie and Studio is all about group fit! Studio is a boutique gym that exclusively does group fitness and that’s it! So the moment you walk in you feel very at home. The owners Louise and Jessica have done an amazing job of capturing the essence of Les Mills, the classes are always jam packed and it has to be said they have the very best of the best on board when it comes to their instructors! This is where you’ll find the likes of LMI DVD presenter Grant Goes and LMUK icon Bri Cochrane teaching.

Running back to back Les Mills pretty much non-stop if you’re a group fitness person you should make Studio one of your must sees. They even hold special events like outdoor classes and events in Nightclubs! It’s right on ‘The Walk’ at Jumeriah Beach.

Studio Fitness - never seen a class here not packed!

Studio Fitness – never seen a class here not packed!

Studio Fitness - BODYPUMP class

Studio Fitness – BODYPUMP class

TALISE FITNESS

Finally I just want to make a quick mention of this place. I’ve never taught here, or even trained here, but I did have a brief tour of it on the weekend. It’s part of the Jumeirah Resort right next door to the Burj Al Arab. Unfortunately I don’t think this gym allows casual drop ins (members only) but the reason I thought I’d mention it is check out the view from the group fitness studio!

Talise Fitness - can you imagine training while looking out at this!

Talise Fitness – can you imagine training while looking out at this!

So as you can see the entire fitness club scene is much like the rest of Dubai – completely unreal! Hey if you are visiting definitely give me a bell and come catch a class or two, easiest way is possibly via facebook. As I said these facilities have to be seen to be believed! In the meantime I’ll continue to keep you posted as I discover more!

BODYPUMP 85Alright you impatient lot here’s BODYPUMP 85! EPIC squat track, LOVE the back track too! The lunge track is, erm, interesting! Really can’t wait to see how that is received worldwide! Personally I love it but then again I’m a bit of a freak haha.

Have linked to the original where an LM cover has been used. Enjoy!

BODYPUMP 85 tracklist

1. Heartbreak On Hold – Alexandra Burke
2. Antidote – Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party
3. Uprising – Muse
4. The Rhythm Of The Night (Ryan T. & Rick M. Radio Edit) – Cascada
5. Let It Roll – Flo Rida
6. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (Clean Radio Edit) – P!nk
7. Spectrum – Loyal Crown
8. This Is How We Rock! (Hardforze H.A.R.D Remix Edit) – Brooklyn Bounce
9. One More Night – Eastern Clause
10. Forever – Six60

Alt 4. Undefeated (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Ruff Cash

BODYCOMBAT 55Workshops have started so here it is! As usual where an LM cover has been used I’ve linked to the closest version as best I can. Track 2 and 3 on the links below don’t start until some time in so scroll across. Can’t quite locate track 6’s remix of Where Have You Been but it’s on Skitzmix 41 for those interested. And for 2 releases in a row no luck finding the muay thai on youtube – but it’s good! All in all this release is AWESOME! One of the absolute best.

For more on this release see my BODYCOMBAT 55 filming post. The rest of the programs are coming please be patient I’m trying my best!

BODYCOMBAT 55 tracklist

1a. Back in Time (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Phat Bomb
1b. Call Me Maybe (Basslouder Remix Edit) – Diva Chain
2. Bad Girls – Kung-Fu Angel
3. Don’t Feel Like Love – Hixxy
4. Firestarter – Base Addiction
5. We No Speak No Americano (Gammer Remix) – Yolanda Be Cool vs DCUP
6. Where Have You Been (Smithee Remix Edit) – Candid
7. Let It Rock – Artcore
8. For A Lifetime (Breeze Mix) – Adam Harris feat. Taya
9. YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS – 3OH!3
10. Battle Scars – Guy Sebastian feat. Lupe Fiasco


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