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Well better late than never – here’s my review of BODYCOMBAT 42. Have a read and definitely let me know your thoughts!

01. Numb (RainDropz! Mix) – Jan Wayne vs RainDropz! / I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson

Well – I really like this warm up. It’s just the right length (especially compared to the warm up from BC41 which had Dragostea Din Tei played through twice – I mean that was just too much numa numa!) and I love the upper body remix of Numb. Kelly Clarkson for the lower body warm up for two releases in a row – yeah, possibly could have made a better choice here, especially as it’s the squat track in BODYPUMP 72 – for those of us that teach or do pump as well (and there’s a lot of us) have pretty much more than got the message that she does not hook up. I’ve started mixing in my classes here and I’ve not yet mixed out the warmup as I like it so much – but in pump the squat track was the first track I mixed out for that reason.

I mentioned in the filming post that curiously the only side kicks in this entire release are in the warm up. There’s not a single side kick in any other track… which is a bit of a let down for me as I love them (I’ve done many many years of Tae Kwon Do and Karate and side kicks are a staple in both). Oddly again, there’s zero back kicks in BC42. Yet there were a tonne in BC41 (even a tonne in the warmup in 41!) but there’s not one in 42. Weird huh?! There’s a couple of mindless facts for ya! 😉

02. I Was Made For Loving You – Scooter

My only comment about this track is that it’s a tad too long. I’m not sure if LM can get away with speeding tracks up in their programmes but to my mind this may be a candidate for doing so… or even better perhaps splicing some of the music out (which I’m sure is a big no no). The chorey is just a little too slow. As I said I’ve started mixing in my classes here and this was one of the two tracks I mixed out first. Other than that I like the final combo, double karate punch – backfist – roundhouse.

03. Poison (Al Storm Remix) – Groove Coverage

Great track. Again it’s a long track (in fact it’s literally the longest track 3 ever!) but the movements are fast enough to get away with it. There’s two points in the music here that I absolutely love (well actually four points – but two points each side if that makes sense). The first is directly after the second set of 8 jab-cross/4 hooks combo – the second point which literally gives me goose bumps every single time I hear it is just as the full combo kicks in… love it love it love it!

04. Use Me – Hiroshi Free

This is a Les Mills cover version (a good one too – very true to the original) so yes we have sound effects back! (brings back memories from the combat early days for some I’m sure!) No they’re not over the top – just a mild swishing noise every time we do the new move in BC42; The Sweep.

Now I’m all for innovation but I kinda feel like this move is innovation for innovation’s sake. It doesn’t challenge the body in the way the last big innovation in combat does (namely the esquiva) and it’s not a hard move to do cardio wise… so personally I’d be quite happy not to see it again. There’s another entirely new move in BC43 as well which originates from mixed martial arts in the same way the sweep does, and to be honest I kinda feel the same way about that too. But, you kinda have to feel for Dan and Rach here because they’re damned if they don’t add innovation – and in some people’s eyes they’re damned if they do.

While on the subject of the sound effect – the swish – on the one hand it’s good as it helps the class with timing but for some strange reason LM included a swish for the instructors to precue the sweep/jab/cross combo to and it’s not in the place I’d normally cue the move. I’d normally cue it a few beats before the sound effect so the move has time to land with the participants before they have to do it themselves – but the music forces me to precue it immediately before the combo. Instructors do you know what I mean here?? Just a little thing but yeah – it does bug me.

So, in terms of the track itself, yep it’s another long one and it’s okay – just not my pick of the release. Again – I’m only mixing two tracks out of BC42 in my classes at the moment and this is the other one.

05. The Anthem – Good Charlotte

Well, tracks 2, 3 and 4 were all amongst the longest respective tracks ever so guess what – to counter it this track is short. Really short! Under 3 minutes even! It’s a split room track which is something we’ve not seen in combat for a few releases and I like it. The music’s uplifting – can’t really comment too much on the chorey as there’s not much of it (hehe) but it works. I’ve written about this before and I’ll say it here again – the only issue with these super short tracks (track 5 in BC42 and BC41 are super short) and conversely the super long tracks (track 3 and track 7 in BC42 are the longest tracks ever) is that we have to be really careful when we start mixing or it’s too easy to go well over (or well under) the prescribed class length. If every track in combat was 6 minutes then we’d not have to think at all – but when some are ten (BC41 track 1) and some are 2 minutes something we have to activate the ol’ brain a little more. All good though!

06. Warrior’s Dance – The Prodigy

One word; ouch. The initial quarter turns in this track are tricky; quarter turn to your left – stepping on your right foot… or for instructors quarter turns to our right stepping on our left! But, once the class has got that nailed the key to making this track work is to make ’em go LOW. I must say the word “lower” about ten times when teaching this… and the looks I get back (pure pain!) are priceless. Don’t worry – I’m hurting too!

The track also has the lunge-front kick combo last seen in No Good from BC38, and a tonne of esquivas (Portuguese for pain! – haha just kidding). The track works – I like it a lot. This is a cardio recovery so the heart rate will drop – but that’s a good thing as you’ll need the recovery for what’s coming….

Me showing the jump knee option at our release

07. Excalibur 2000 (2000 Radio Mix) – F.C.B.

Well, 8 minutes of muay thai (okay – that’s what we’re told but to be picky it’s actually 7 minutes 42 :P) This is a solid muay thai – for me personally it’s not quite as climatic as some of the others (yes I’m talking about Hardcore Angel again – I’m sorry but I just love that track so so much!) But this would definitely make my top 10 muay thai tracks and could almost scrape into top 5 (maybe not quite but very close). Features the plyo push-push kick combo seen in Enter Sandman from BC41. I’ve noticed a few people (instructors too) having trouble picking up the push kick and for me the easiest way to explain it is to “cycle” the foot away from the chest. The track also has streetbrawler punches, ascending/descending elbows and a tonne of knees… a tonne of knees. And yes – we can show the jump knee as an option here at the end of the track (the jump knee is my all time favourite move) – however – remember it’s just an option!

08. Miracle (SAD Remix) – Cascada

Short and sweet! Shorter than most power 3s but a great song and great chorey (and trust me if you’ve not done this release you’ll be happy it’s shorter after that darn muay thai!). Love the build up into the double uppers and double hooks… and you can just blast the roof off the gym in the final right-left jab combo. Great track.

09. Fire Burning – Sean Kingston

Should be called abs burning due to the triple crunch move that features in it. Sit ups, c-crunches, the hover and of course press ups at the end. Not the hardest conditioning track ever but not the easiest either.

10. Second Chance – Shinedown

Love this cooldown. I love the song and it’s a perfect end to a fantastic release. Bit of kata (I’m not a huge fan of kata in combat as you may know if you’ve read any of my other posts) but not too much to dominate the track which is great. Possibly my favourite combat cooldown ever simply due to the song.

And that’s about it! BC42 is a great release – overall it has some great tracks and not a single track I don’t like (obviously there are a tracks I prefer over others but seriously not a single bad track). Now, let the countdown begin to BODYCOMBAT 43 which trust me has some absolutely EPIC tracks!!

Two releases down one to go! Had the second BC42 local release this week (was at a different gym). Much like the first one it absolutely went off!

T’is the season for out there themes; my first BC42 release was themed as a ‘Hawaiian Luau’ – this one ‘Christmas’ so costumes were just a little on the crazy side! If you’ve added me on facebook you may have seen these already (if you haven’t please do as I do tend to get the updates there a little quicker).

Anyway a picture tells a 1000 words so I won’t write much else – I’m still working on my BODYCOMBAT 42 review and my BODYPUMP 72 review – I apologise for the delay on those… I better hurry or we’ll be launching BC43 before I’m done! Check back soon – in the meantime here’s some pics 😀

Mel and I before the madness - the hat didn't stay on long - check out the tinsel!

Mid jump knee at the end of the muay thai

Track 5 - split room; over so quick!

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!

Roberto and I looking staunch before the class - check out the dolphin!

Roberto and I looking staunch before the class - check out the dolphin!

The sweep!

BODYPUMP 72 release immediately after

Lunge track (my favourite of the release!)

I highly recommend a Luau theme - everyone got dressed up!

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).

BC42 filming. Pic courtesy of PJ's blog. Thanks PJ!

BC42 filming. Pic courtesy of PJ's blog. Thanks PJ!

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! 🙂

BP72lowBODYPUMP 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

BC42lowBODYCOMBAT 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

BA67lowBODYATTACK 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

BS78lowBODYSTEP 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

BB47lowBODYBALANCE 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

BJ51lowBODYJAM 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

(Bonus Warmup)
15.Breathe Into Me(D.O.N.S & Menck Club Mix) – D.O.N.S. feat. Luke Parkin & Moira

RPM45lowRPM 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

BV13lowBODYVIVE 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


The Muay Thai inspired BODYCOMBAT® 42 transports the class to Bangkok! This release will take you on a Martial Arts journey, from Karate and Tae kwon do to the boxing ring. Fight your way through and hope you’ve got enough left in the tank for the epic Muay Thai onslaught that is Track 7! Sing along to Kelly Clarkson’s I Do Not Hook Up while warming up with Side, Front and Roundhouse Kicks.

Then get ready for Karate and Tae kwon do in a battle of Martial Arts in Track 2! Find out how fit you really are in Track 3. Boxing is the name of the game in six rounds of interval training. You are in the ring and you don’t stop!

Watch out for the new move in Track 4 – the Sweep will knock your opponent out of the way and work your inner thighs at the same time. The class splits into two groups for some social interaction, fighting style, before you’re whisked away to Brazil. You will be practicing the art of defense and attack in authentic Capoeira to The Prodigy’s Warrior’s Dance. Now, what we’ve all been waiting for – eight minutes of Muay Thai! This track will transport you to a dark fight club in Thailand and push your heart rate to unknown heights. It would be a Miracle if you could do the last Power Training Track with the same energy you started with. Your speed and endurance are certainly tested in this track.

BODYPUMP 72 Sizzler

BODYPUMP® 72 is all about making your class stronger,faster. How? By focusing on Bottom Halves and Partial Range movements, the rest phase is eliminated and the muscles are kept under tension for longer. Look forward to a challenging workout and an overall strength blast where active recovery is your only break! Brace your abs and prepare for more Bottom Halves than you bargained for in the Squats Track. Kelly Clarkson will motivate you to keep going with her huge hit I Do Not Hook Up. New Zealand’s own Dane Rumble sings Track 3 – Always Be There. Bottom Halves and Slow Bottom Halves will put your chest muscles under tension for a little bit longer than usual. Ouch! The good news is this will give you results faster. The Triceps Track is sweet like Sugar! Again, Bottom Halves are the name of the game.

Challenge yourself and go a bit heavier than normal in the rocky and upbeat Biceps Track. The Bicep Row returns, attacking your guns from a different direction. It’s back to the legs in the intense Track 7. The Lunges stick with the theme of the release – you guessed it – lots of Bottom Halves that will push up your heart and burn calories. The
Shoulders Track is a tribute to the legend that is Michael Jackson – make sure you watch the DVD for this one! The range of motion in the Singles has been shortened to ¾ Range. Grit your teeth and hang on! Ciara and Justin Timberlake will take you through the Abdominals Track with Love Sex Magic. The mix of deep, lower abdominals work and the Walking Hover will chisel your six-pack and at the same time strengthen your core.

BODYSTEP 78 Sizzler

Get ready to lift the energy to new heights with the athletic BODYSTEP® 78! You will also get the chance to strike some fabulous poses, get funky with the dance flava and, of course, work on your endurance. Stay low and check your posture to Sneaky Sound System’s Pictures in Track 2. You’ll stick with the photo-shoot theme in Track 3, striking poses to Girls On Film while starting to build up the intensity with strong Over The Tops. Turn it up in Track 4! Your heart rate will climb high with the Power Knee Lifts. Look out for new move the Quarter-Turn Curl Combo.

Add some attitude to the lower-body workout in Track 5. MadLab sums it up well with Wiggle It. Let it rip Across The Top in Track 6! You’ll reach your second cardio peak in this athletic track while singing along to She Is Beautiful.

Use Track 7 as a cardio recovery while sculpting your lower body. You’ll feel like you are walking a tightrope with the Lunges and Knee Lifts to Britney Spears’ Circus. Bring on the Party Step Track! It’s your turn to shine and ‘dance with the stars’. Feel the rhythm and get into it with Mambo Cha-Chas and powerful Propulsive Hamstring Curls.
Every little thing about Track 9 is magic! This is the Speed Step Track so lift your knees up and run like an athlete on the sprint track. If it’s possible, reach even higher in Track 10! Rock out with Knee Repeaters and new move the 3 Knee Rocker before working on your leg strength in Track 11 with 1-Legged Squats and the Tree Pose.


BODYATTACK® 67 is about having fun and finishing the class together as a team! Chart-topper Closer by Chris Crew will get the show on the road leading into the huge hit for track number 2, Release Me . Amp it up in Track 3! Turn up the energy and make the moves bigger in four blocks of work. There is a new combo consisting of three Knee Crossovers and two Single Knees. When you’re ready, add a turn! You’ll finish off this track with 30 seconds of Jumping Jacks to Gimme More. Surrender to the music and Rock It to your peak in the insanely intense Track 4.

Single Lunges, High Knees and Jumping Jacks will push your heart rate through the roof! Come down to the floor to get some Boom Boom Pow in your shoulders, chest and triceps with Pushups, before getting ready for the second cardio block. First, be Number 1 on the studio floor and then it’s off to soccer practice. The class splits into two squads for some agility training and football-inspired moves. Get ready – you are now entering the high-energy phase of BODYATTACK®! Take Me To The Clouds Above will inspire you to reach the clouds and take the intensity higher than you have ever been before! Stay in the zone to push your body through Tuck Jumps, High Knees and Jumping Jacks, while singing along to the cover of The Cranberries’ monster hit Zombie.


Don’t let the soft and flowing nature of BODYBALANCE® 47 fool you – this is one of the most challenging releases ever created.

Warm up with a series of simple, traditional Tai Chi exercises. The exercises are laid out in an evolving progression, making it easy for your class participants to master the moves. You will be challenged in the Sun Salutations Track.

The new innovation is the 3-Legged Dog, shifting to Plank Pose and then sinking into Crocodile Pose. Find grace and make the movements feel beautiful in Track 4. There’s a gorgeous strength and balance sequence in this track, set to one of the most unusual pieces of music ever used in BODYBALANCE® – Soul Saviour’s For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti. The Core – Abdominals Track features very slow, controlled Pilates moves which will put your endurance and abdominal strength to the test. The uplifting song Show Me What I’m Looking For brings back the Bow Pose and Pilates Swimmer Kicks, building back strength in Track 7. There’s also a new pose called the Scorpion, evolving from the 3-Legged Dog. Increase your mobility with the beautiful twisting poses to Beyoncé’s Halo, before coming into the Hamstring work to Annie Lennox’s stunning rendition of Whiter Shade Of Pale. You’ll love the Forward Folds and the Standing Split. Then relax into your own Quiet Place.

BODYJAM 51 Sizzler

BODYJAM® 51 is here to drop a funk bomb on the floor in your club! We’ve got hits from T-Pain and The Ting Tings, the best Gloria Estefan track ever and the hottest House anthems of the year! Track 1, Scared Of Me from Fedde le Grand, is so funky it should be illegal. The first combo comes back strong in the second half of the class, so feel the correct flava from beat one. T-Pain’s track, Freeze, will take you through the Isolation block. This is about feeling your hips from the beginning. Sing along while you get your class to “dance like me”. Get your Swag Swag on to The Ting Tings’ Shut Up And Let Me Go – one of the hottest tracks from 2008. So what is Swag? Swag is your flava.

The style is purely you, and you know you are all over it! Make it oversized and Swagalicious, baby! The new Tribal Salsa routine is a cosmic concoction of Latin styles.

It’s going to fire up your floor and push your heart rate through the roof. Are you ready for the hottest, nastiest Recovery Track ever? Missy Elliott’s anthem One Minute Man is Hip Hop 101. Get yo’ Bounce Bounce on with the Kick Back Step. Surrender yourself to the rhythm and Leave The World Behind! This standout anthem of 2009 is so phenomenal that we’ve included two versions for a full 11½ minutes! Want more jammers on the floor? Use the two complexity levels to grow your BODYJAM® class.

Teach the low-complexity version for at least three weeks before adding in the advanced options. Get your class comfortable with the release as a whole, then start throwing in the advanced options over the next couple of weeks. Save some of the trickier options for later to keep your advanced class participants on their toes.

RPM 45 Sizzler

RPM™ 45 is all about creating awareness of how to use resistance. Show your class how much resistance to use, how to find it, what it feels like and what the benefits are. Also coach your class to ride fast – find the working load and ride the beat! Set off on the open road to the uplifting classic Life Is A Highway. Your heart rate will pick up in Track 2 with three fast sprints and one small climb.

Use this track to find the right working load. Listen to the lyrics in Track 4! Take a leap of faith and close your eyes when you hit the fast sprints to All On Our Own by New Zealand band Midnight Youth. Power equals force times speed. The more resistance you use, the further distance you are going to travel and the more calories you’re going to burn. So switch on to power up! Track 5 is all about razor-sharp attacks. Don’t be fooled by the fun nature of The Prodigy’s Piranha – this is intense and you will be challenged! Quadruple resistance turns and Standing Attacks will push your heart rate through the roof. Speed is the focus for Track 6. Gradually increase your leg speed to this iconic RPM™ track – Bruised Water by Chicane featuring Natasha Bedingfield. Switch from speed to strength in Track 7. Look out for the heavy Power Climbs!
Recover to The Man Who Can’t Be Moved from Irish band The Script. Let the heartbeat drop before stretching and lengthening your muscles to Adele’s beautiful Chasing Pavements.

BODYVIVE 13 Sizzler

BODYVIVE™ 13 has a sporty feel with simple choreography that will make your class get the most out of their workout. Have fun with the new Boxing moves in Track 5 and look out for the new back exercise for GREAT POSTURE in Track 8. Play That Funky Music and build strong legs with the Squat & Hamstring Curl Combo in Track 2. Track 3 is a real classic – Earth, Wind & Fire’s September. Have fun with the Disco moves that will lift the intensity to new heights.

Get ready to stride across the room in the empowering Track 4! The anthem No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) will push you through the Squat with VIVE™ ball throw. Extend and lengthen your body and enjoy the poses, before getting down with the Balance & Leg Strength exercises to Five’s If Ya Gettin’ Down in Track 7.

The combination of one-legged balance work and upper body resistance will really challenge your class to push their limits. Track 9 is all about getting sexy hips! Push through the resistance of the VIVE™ tube to Justin Timberlake’s SexyBack. Lisa Stansfield’s classic This Is The Right Time will take you through the Ab Strength Track. Single and Double Leg Extensions are in the house! The options are there if you need them. Track 11 features Pushups – for the first time ever in a BODYVIVE™ release! Using the VIVE™ ball, you’ll work at your own intensity level. The Bow & Arrow using the VIVE™ tube will work your upper back and build a strong posture. Then Release & Restore to the beautiful words of Because You Loved Me.

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

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… you’re all gonna have to wait a wee while as LM have asked me to be good boy and hold off posting any specific info (I know but they are the boss! 😉 ).

BC42 filming. Pic courtesy of PJ's blog. Thanks PJ!

BC42 filming. Pic courtesy of PJ's blog. Thanks PJ!

I will say this; BODYCOMBAT 42 has some incredibly long tracks that are guaranteed to rocket your heart rate like no release before. Being a Muay Thai based release track 7 especially is an absolute monster! There’s a brand new move and an emphasis on some serious leg conditioning in track 6. I didn’t wear a heart rate monitor but if I had I suspect I’d have been up over 900 calories for the class. So look out for that one – I’ve actually written a full post detailing all the specifics and I promise as soon as LM give me the all clear I’ll hit submit.

As for BODYPUMP 72 & BODYATTACK 67 – well I really enjoyed both – BA especially was a total blast! (in fact doing that class solidified my decision to do the BODYATTACK Instructor Training module later this year – gives me about 2 months to actually get good at it! 😉 ) Although being new to Attack I really don’t have too much to judge it by it’s a super high energy class with amazing music. I don’t think it would’ve been possible to just watch that class, the energy was off the chart!

I also had the pleasure of running through BODYCOMBAT 41 in Hernan’s class the day after and that was fantastic. We haven’t “officially” even launched 41 here in NZ yet so it was awesome to get to give that another blast before workshop (that’s the one thing about attending the filming classes – you get to do the release and then don’t see it again for 3 or 4 months!)

I’ll be sure to post more info as it comes to hand, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime rest assured there’s A LOT to be excited about!

Since my earlier filming post I’ve had a tonne of questions about the actual times for the next batch of filmings – and Les Mills have just released them so here they are! I’ll be at the BODYPUMP 72, BODYATTACK 67 and BODYCOMBAT 42 filmings – if you’re coming do let me know and look forward to seeing you there!


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