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Bit behind the 8 ball here as most countries have released this now but for tradition’s sake I’ll write a fairly brief review below. Once again, as always, this is just my personal opinion, and of course you may completely disagree (do tell me if that’s the case!).

To be honest, after I did this release at the filming (around 4 or 5 months ago) I wasn’t impressed and thought I’d be absolutely ‘bollocking’ it (which I absolutely hate doing)… however, my opinion’s changed. It’s very decent (if you don’t love it at first do give it time – it’s one of those “grow on you releases”). Here’s a short blow by blow review of each track:

1. No Easy Way Out (Radio Edit) – DJ Fait  / Are You Gonna Go My Way (Ti-Mo Remix Edit) – Kato feat. Ian Dawn

Well I’d have to say musically this is probably my favourite warmup ever – great touch having the theme song from Rocky IV as an upper body warm-up, and, great remix too. Lower body works as well, nice driving beat. My only negative comment is that the track itself is possibly too long. I’m sure the Programme Directors could’ve created the chorey such that is wasn’t necessary to have that last third of the lower body track (side kick sets and side kicks part). I mean to we really have to have back kicks in the warmup? Surely the chorey could’ve incorporated side kicks instead and not have the last additional bit. Back kicks only feature again in track 6 which is so slow there’s plenty of time to cue them. But, that’s just a wee niggle – otherwise great track with a couple of surprises. 8.5/10 (would be 9 if just a minute or 2 shorter in length)

2. Back To Innocence – Stephanie Smith

Grown on me quite a lot this one. Wasn’t a fan at all to begin, and although it’s not a track that I feel will go down in time as a classic it’s fairly catchy and a good length; we’ve had some crazy long track 2s (I was made for Loving You/United Vibe) and crazy short (Love Drunk/Beat It). Was one of the first tracks to get mixed out – but will bring it back at some stage (unlike say Energy from BC44 which is unlikely to ever see the light of day again unless specifically requested). 6/10

3. Because The Night (Breeze & Unknown Remix) – Cascada

Despite being used in BC38 this song has gone down fabulously. Highlight of the release for me. Builds perfectly, pulls back just long enough in the shuffle/double jab portion before slamming into the peak at the end of each half. The jab/cross slip/slip combo is awesome – albeit does take a few sets for the members to time correctly – once they do it’s all smiles. Love it – absolutely love it. 9/10

4. Take A Look Around – Badlands Inc

Much like track 2 this track has grown on me. Really important you stay low in the lunges to get a great workout or the heartrate will drop too much. In my classes because the evasive side kicks just come from no where I’ve found they really need to be precued early and clearly (step left kick right works). I did find this one of the tougher tracks to learn as the chorey is uneven – but yes, members like it and will come back in future mixes. 6/10

5. Proud Mary – Dr John Henry

Low point of the release unfortunately. Obviously this is just my opinion but the cheesy song, dreadful cover, and odd repetitive chorey make for a long, long, long 5 minutes. Gets a few smiles first couple of times you teach it as it’s so silly and uncombat like, but once the novelty has worn off it’s just a bore. I understand why this track was in BODYATTACK 70 – being a celebration release and the track having a 70’s feel to it – but why put it in combat in the same quarter?? I mean I can understand when current hits are in multiple programmes, as they are “current” – but a track from 40 years ago? It’s like Lisa O put it in attack and D&R went – “good idea – we’ll do that too!”. Anyway, clearly I’m not a fan; 2/10

6. Russian Roulette (Blunatix Meets B-tastic Remix Edit) – Felix DJ

First time I did this track at the filming I LOVED it. It blew me away – I thought the music was beautiful and Rach presented it so well. However – after doing it a few times yes, whilst lovely it’s just too darn slow. Loads and loads of blocks, and while if you concentrate on staying really low in your stance you’ll get a decent leg burn it’s too long a recovery heartrate wise. Even if you really power into every block and kick it’s still a big drop for the heart. But, nice track – you can pull back and say very little when teaching and almost just use your eyes to cue the movements which is always nice as a contrast… but, yeah, too slow and a bit long for my liking. 6/10

7. Goin’ Out Swingin’ – Turbo

Other low point of the release for me. Hideous cover of a non-hit by Mötley Crüe. I guess if you’re a Crüe fan you may love it (I was in my teens – not so much now) but it’s not a great track. Kinda cringe worthy really. To be fair I wasn’t a fan of Kickstart My Heart either (another Crüe cover in muay thai just 2 releases earlier), but the chorey in this one is better IMO. Sorry, not for me. 3/10

8. See The Light (Styles & Breeze Mix) – Paradise

Great finish. Musically really good – the power hook is an unusual addition and to be honest not sure if it’ll stay around (might go the way of the “sweep”) – however lovely end to the cardio part of the class. Well used track (attack and pump before) but still works here. The tracks 8s in the last few releases have just been simply AWESOME, Overload, Your Shining… superb. D&R if you do read this keep it up. Love it. 8.5/10

9. I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz

Two words; Alligator pressup. Yep, I think we all know my opinion on this move. To be fair the adaptation of it in 45 is much better than the way we did it in 44 – but, still would prefer something a little less “clever” (especially in a 57 minute release – not too much time to cue it for newbies to be fair!) 4/10

10. Black Box – Stan Walker

Cooldown is really just down to musical taste so completely personal. Not too much to say here – a little too much kata in this track for me – musically nice finish – just would prefer the last minute or so that we’re doing soft katas to be used for stretches personally. But yeah, nice finish 7/10

Overall as I mentioned this release grew on me over the 2 weeks I did it solidly (teaching it 4 or 5 times per week). It’s not the hardest release in the world, the muay thai (where according to my HRM my heartrate usually peaks at up to 180 beats per minute) isn’t that tough and is pretty short – and track 4 and 6 does see your heartrate drop so cardio wise this isn’t a release that will have you absolutely gasping for air. My only other comment is that it’s over 57 minutes long – if you’re not an instructor that usually follows the “push play and go” philosophy you will now! However, it’s got a couple of outstanding tracks in it and, most importantly the Members have reacted to this release really positively and that’s all that matters!

Because I was overseas for the last filming at the GFX in just over a month I get to see both BODYCOMBAT 46 & BODYCOMBAT 47 at the same time! I’ll keep you posted on those for sure. Again sorry for the delay in writing this guys and as always love to hear your thoughts!

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Okay team, bit slow off the mark here but better late than never! As you may know I was in Europe for this filming round, so I actually missed the classes. However I’ve had numerous reports from people who were there and I’ll try to update you as much as I’m allowed… but, obviously as I wasn’t personally there I can’t go into the detail I’d normally go into.

Firstly BODYCOMBAT 46. BC46 was presented by Dan and Rach, Hernan and Shaunna May from the USA (for more on this see Raina’s blog here). As seems to be the case with recent BODYCOMBAT releases I’ve had mixed reports. Let me put it this way – BODYCOMBAT 43 was pretty much unanimously considered to be a fantastic release. Definitely The Black Pearl has gone down as possibly the best track 6 ever – Send Me An Angel, Overload, Lovedrunk – all brilliant tracks. 43 was definitely considered a hit. BC44 – not so much. Pretty much all reports I’ve had back from instructors all over the world was that the komodo dragon move is a disaster (and I’ve done this release in 4 or 5 countries now!). ìNessun Dormaî although made for an interesting change was no Black Pearl – The Time of our Lives didn’t quite peak like Send Me An Angel and Energy didn’t set the scene for the workout ahead like Lovedrunk – although there’s no denying Your Shining was a great one. BC45, well to be honest it didn’t blow me away at the filming. I was a little confused as to why Because the Night was brought back so soon (it was in BC38!), that darn komodo dragon is back (sigh), Russian Roulette whilst is nice is just so sooo slow, and Proud Mary just doesn’t work at all (in my mind). However the release did grow on me a little at the workshop over the weekend, and perhaps I’ll enjoy it more when we release it here next week. But what has all this got to do with BC46?

I guess my point is after BC43 response to the releases have been “mixed”… and again it looks like 46 is no exception. What can I tell you. Well, firstly – there’s no komodo dragon (yay!!). Those of us with smaller group fitness studios rejoice! As I’ve said before, although the track seems to work at Les Mills Auckland (where the main studio holds 300!) – it doesn’t work in typical packed studios that hold 30-50 people. There’s just not enough room to go forward in busy classes and the move ends up being a mess. However in BC46 the conditioning is just pure ab work (in fact I’ve been told it feels like a BODYPUMP track 9 more than a combat – which I think is a good thing).

This is what I found funny though – here is the description I was given of 46’s track (6 oops) – I mean 5“some weird ass Russian Folk Song” – Russian Folk?? You can’t help but picture those Russian Cossack dancers can you?! Don’t worry I checked and this move is not in the chorey! (but OMG imagine if it was- heck of a leg workout!) 😀

I’ve seen the tracklist for 46, and there’s a couple of interesting tracks (Russian Folk aside!). I can’t specifically name any tracks as you probably know – but, if I were to ask you who is a stock standard artist we’ve seen in many a combat track 3 or 8 what would you answer? Well yes, she’s in 46 as well (the track is a pump squat track if that helps!)

One thing I have heard is the warmup in 46 is brilliant – word is it’s almost too good to be a warmup! So look forward to that. I’ll of course update on more on 46 when I see it (which admittedly won’t be for some time) – but, hopefully it’s one of those releases that grows on you. Moving on…

BODYPUMP 76; okay, this is where it seems to get good! BP76 was presented by Glen, Susan, Emma Barry, Mark Sinclair and Ruthie T! (again, for more on this see Raina’s blog). Here’s what PJ had to say about it: “I was totally blown away by this release – I am starting to have doubts if Glen will be able to come up with anything awesome-er to top this release, but I won’t underestimate his magic…” – that’s a pretty great review!! Especially considering how great 75 is! You can read PJ’s full report plus pics on his blog here. So what did my other spies tell me?

Okay – well the first thing I noticed when I looked at BP76’s tracklist is we once again are missing a lot of rock. Lack of rock is the first thing I noticed when I did BP75 too. Personally, I’m happy with rock,. trance, dance, anything in pump as long as it has a driving beat and the music peaks. So, not having any rock doesn’t bother me so much if the other tracks are driving and uplifting (which in 75 I know they are). But, I do know some of my participants just love it so it would be nice to see a bit more in there. Here’s what else I noticed, the tracklist has a large amount of female pop (like half the class!). In fact, although there’s no Pink or Britney, if you could rattle of five other female pop artists they’re all in there! Don’t despair though – I’m told the remixes are awesome! And, everyone I’ve spoken to LOVES the shoulder track! Could it be better than the shoulder track from BP75? Personally I don’t see how that’s possible but time will tell!

So there you have it!

As I mentioned we’ve got local releases of BC75 and BC45 next week so I’ll let you know my thoughts on those after I’ve taught them a few times. In the meantime I hope the above gives you at least some idea, given it is an update on the releases, without naming any artists or specific choreography from someone who wasn’t even there! (thinking about it how did I even manage to write this post?!) 😉

Hey team, not forgotten about the filming posts – they are coming! But in the interim thought you might be interested in the latest list of shortest and longest BODYCOMBAT tracks. Once again another track has (just!) made it onto the list from BODYCOMBAT45 – also made it onto the shortest list as well. The warm up from BC45 almost made it onto the list at 9:29 – it’s a biggy! Amazing that there’s over half an hour between the mixes!! This is just another reminder that we need to be very careful when planning our playlists when mixing now…. For more on my thoughts on this see my last post on the subject 🙂

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: How Far We’ve Come (BC37) 6:33
06: Russian Roulette (BC45) 6:48
07: Excalibur (BC42) 7:42
08: Your Shining (Hixxy Remix) (BC44) 8:05
09: Somebody To Love (BC21) 6:05
10: Now We Are Free (BC20) 7:04

TOTAL: 1:13:57

If you look as far back as when upper and lower body were separate tracks you can make this mix even longer by doing The Immortals (BC4) / Electric Avenue (BC12) 10:12! (Thanks Roger for that info!) Of course, in order to counter these long tracks we’ve seen some super short tracks come into combat as well. Track 5 in both 41 and 42 were ridiculously short (heck in BC42 track 5 is under 3 minutes long!)

SHORTEST BODYCOMBAT MIX

01: Summermelody / Does the Fish Have Chips? (BC34)   6:11
02: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (BC34) / Energy (BC44) 3:16
03: Revolution (BC2) 4:19
04: Tribal Dance 2.4 (BC27) 4:26
05: The Anthem (BC42) 2:58
06: Leave Me Alone (BC32)   3:20
07: Run To The Hills (BC33)   3:01
08: Footloose (BC2) 3:46
09: Gonna Fly Now (BC36) 2:52
10: Black Box (BC45) 3:29

TOTAL: 37:38

BODYPUMP 75 Sizzler

BODYPUMP® fans are already describing the shoulder track on this release as the toughest ever and who would argue?

The opening track – Fever serves as a preview of the carnage to come, as you find the perfect SET position over the punchy big beats. Game on!

Track 2 engages the legs with heavy Squats and sets the tone for the rest of the workout, with a barrage on the upper body and a chest section that lays down a challenge – Press-Ups off an elevated platform.

The first new element arrives in Track 4 – a wider lift grip for Rows that has you feeling the intensity build-up behind the shoulders – then go slightly heavier than usual to target the triceps, culminating with One-Arm Kickbacks for best isolation.

In Track 6, Susan Renata straps on her spurs and holsters, and has some fun riding the range, while working the “guns” to Cowboy Casanova, the real showpiece of this release.

But the levity doesn’t last long. Track 8 gives the shoulders a hammering with the new Rotator Pec Dec move… BECAUSE WE NEED MORE HARDCORE!

Then it’s time for yet another innovation – wider feet set in the Hover position to stabilize and challenge the core as you walk the hands, one by one, to Press-Up width and back.

By the time you warm down, your body will be confirming what those fans already knew.

BODYCOMBAT 45 Sizzler

Think Mission Impossible meets Rocky and what have you got? BODYCOMBAT® 45.

“There’s no easy way out, there’s no shortcut home…” the warmup for this release says it all. Setting the scene for a high-energy, MMA workout that will get you fitter and fighting smarter, this unique, extended warmup has real WOW factor – and by the end of it you’ll be revved up and ready for your first fight.

Entering into the opening round of combat you’ll be fired up by the driving beat of Stephanie Smith’s Back To Innocence. This is guaranteed to get you ready for the happy hardcore base beats of Track 3 – a power track that makes you want to punch really hard!

Following the Mission Impossible-inspired second combat track, you’ll take the energy up a notch and unleash some swift Jabs as you Speed Ball your way through the old classic, Proud Mary. Next up is the techno cover of Rihanna’s Russian Roulette – its explosive chorus will empower you on a whole new level.

When it comes to the Muay Thai Track, if you’re going to go out, make sure you’re Goin’ Out Swingin’. This aptly titled number is the ideal track to throw bombs to, drop hard elbows and strike with the knees. Bringing things to an all-time high is See The Light, an uplifting, energy-packed track that really steps up to the power mark, showcasing a new Power Hook and creating an insane sense of euphoria at the same time!

And to close, we bring back the Alligator Push Up…Yeeouch!

BODYSTEP 81 Sizzler

Simple, fun and physically challenging – the extended blocks of choreography in BODYSTEP® 81 make mastering all the moves a breeze so you can just get down to the business of workin’ it!

Following the straight-up, athletic warmup where 3 really is the magic number, you’ll get straight into strutting your stuff, Cha-Cha-Cha-ing away to the aptly titled flava -filled track, Ego. Then it’s time to bring out the Mexican Wave in Track 3 – of course creating your own stylized wave is a must!

Track 5 is where you’ll put your legs Under Pressure to get the ultimate lower body workout before upping the cardio intensity and unleashing the Nutcracker to the catchy chanting of No Sleep. Here, the extended blocks of choreography make it simple to get the moves perfect.

After catching your breath during the Track 7 recovery, you won’t be able to help letting your hair down, showing off your sneakers and adding your own flair for the ultimate party track, Sneakernight. Next up, embrace 1940s Swing, bring out the Jazz Hands and retain the intensity with vigorous footwork – before getting On A Mission for the final cardio peak.

As things come to a close you Keep Your Body Working with a focus on leg strength and balance, and then the new J-Lo tune Louboutins provides the perfect soundtrack for working the abs with the Walking Plank.

BODYATTACK 70 Sizzler

High-octane fun and fitness combine as BODYATTACK® celebrates its 70th release with a line-up of sweat-inducing singalongs, both old and new.

All tracks from Track 2 onwards offer low impact options to lighten the load on your body and ensure you keep coming for another 70 BODYATTACK® experiences.

Track 1 – Madonna’s Like A Prayer – warms up the bodies and the vocal cords for the sport/strength/aerobic workout to come, while the Bad Romance remix in Track 2 brings you back to the here and now as you engage the legs and the hard work begins.

Track 3 also has Madonna’s fingerprints all over it – a remix of her showdown with Britney Spears on Me Against The Music – and Lisa Osborne introduces a new, exciting ‘Bow Tie’ running pattern that has you exploring all four corners of the room.

Basketball is the featured sport in this release and presenter Bevan James Eyles has you shooting hoops, mixing Power Lunges with a new jumping drill… step in, sideways, fade away, back to the start.

Track 5 is all about strength in the chest, shoulders and triceps. You will ‘feel it’ with a killer upper-body routine that brings in a new move – a Tricep Plank Jump & Walk Feet.

Another remixed golden oldie – A-Ha’s Take On Me – sees the class take on each other in team running, then you’re back into the gym to hone all aspects of your basketball agility, a mix of Lateral Bounces (defense) and Dodge & Pass (offense).

The party really hits top gear with the highlight of this release. Normally one of the toughest sections of any BODYATTACK® class, Track 9 is still hard, but Lisa and Bevan lighten the mood with their hilarious Tina Turner impersonations on Proud Mary, complete with dance moves and a little help from the local Les Mills faithful.

Track 10 reminds you how much you love great legs, featuring Squat Jumps and a little Single-Foot Takeoff ‘layup’ action to continue the basketball theme, before taking it to the floor to strengthen the core and prepare for the game of life.

Then it’s time to reward your effort and support of the BODYATTACK® program by blowing out candles on the anniversary cake!

BODYBALANCE 50 Sizzler

BODYBALANCE® is turning 50 and it’s never been better with a sublime blend of music and choreography that takes you deep into the Yoga experience.

Sade warms things up in Track 1 as we ease through a series of simple moves to the deep tribal feel of Soldier Of Love.

Standing Strength will have you stretching to new limits with a reworked expression of the Warrior 1 stretch – the Lateral Bend. Fortunately, old favorites The Script are on hand to help make anything seem possible with their track Breakeven.

We’re joining the stars of “Avatar” for Track 4 and it’s not just Leona Lewis’ uplifting song I See You that’s courtesy of the award-winning movie. Jackie Mills has also played with the themes, and references the story of the Navi in the choreography.

Track 4 introduces Ujjayi Breathing which is new to BODYBALANCE® but a fundamental practice in Yoga. Imagine your throat narrowing as you use the technique to release stress and calm your body.

The two Core Tracks get straight to the point and are focused on what they do best – working the abdominals and back – before Please Don’t Stop The Rain leads us into a Down Dog Twist in Track 8. This is an advanced move but give it a try. The feeling you get when you master this is incredible – you’re grounded on one arm and get a beautiful twist through the spine.

There’s plenty of drama in the Forward Bends – with a dramatic move to match – and then the emotion of The Bliss’ track, 100 Thousand Dancers, provides the perfect bridge into the final Relaxation.

BODYJAM 54 Sizzler

Fusing Contemporary Dance with Dubstep, Classic Rock and even Shakira, BODYJAM® 54 is yet another electrifying dance party that brings a whole heap of magic to the room.

Kicking off with a blazingly hot Jump Smokers Remix of Jump by Flo Rida, you’ll get the bounce in your body, before launching into Make My Heart, the hottest new sound from Toni Braxton in a long time!

Next up, harness your sophisticated Spanish style to the stomping track Cantina by the Starkillers, before pulling out your certified freak to the driving base-riddled sounds of Natural Born Hustler by The Crookers.

As you let your hair down for the Contemporary Rock block, the technical challenge is in mastering the beautifully long, floating, fluid arm-lines – and then applying that style to Shakira!

Taking things down a notch, it’s time to check out your ghetto superstar to B2K’s Girlfriend before going crazy to the retro club-infused sounds of Global Deejays. The cardio intensity continues through the uplifting Swedish sounds of Avicii and then we put it all in a cocktail shaker and mix up some French-electro-reggae awesomeness! To finish, there’s some serious hip grinding and stretching to the Alicia Keys and Beyoncé hit Put It In A Love Song.

And that’s not all… If you’re looking to change the flavor and attract some new jammers to your class, we’ve got bonus tracks from Beyoncé, Fatboy Slim and Supershake that you can drop into the first half of the class.


RPM 48 Sizzler

Pump up your tyres and adjust your racing goggles… RPM® 48 is taking you out on the road in a battle for survival against some of the world’s cycling legends.

The first of two race stages consists of 10 minutes to get the body really warm, a hill climb and mixed terrain to keep the energy alive, then intervals that will severely test your reserves. Stage 2 involves a series of sprints, before tackling the mountain.

Track 1 sets off behind the pace car, an opportunity to check out your opposition and find a Cycle SET position that will provide the foundation of your workout.

As the route takes you down the Lost Highway, the pace quickens, allowing you to open your lungs, engage the legs and find a spot at the front of the bunch.

The contest begins in earnest as the ‘rabbit’ becomes ‘rabbit stew’ on the first climb, then Glen Ostergaard’s team goes up against Delores Douglas and hers, before powering to the end of the hill stage.

Track 4 offers a chance to refuel, relax and re-energize to a little ‘o-n-e-l-o-v-e’. Too soon, it seems, the pace is back on as you must first catch the bunch, stay with it and then break it up, before repelling a surprise four-man breakaway attempt.

With Stage 1 complete, you can settle back into the peloton and loosen the legs up with a series of sprints to the haunting Waiting… nervously poised for the next challenge.

You don’t have to wait long, for just ahead lies the mountain and a chance to stalk The Master – Spaniard Alberto Contador – through the pack.

It’s Not Over by any means… it’s a war of attrition and only the strongest will win. Are you up for it?

By the top of the mountain, you’ll be grovelling over your handlebars, but hopefully celebrating sweet victory with your team-mates on the warm-down descent.

BODYVIVE 16 Sizzler

Get ready for a fresh, fun release that samples some of the best music from the past four decades and will leave your class buzzing with the satisfaction of knowing they’ve completed a really great workout.

There are options galore with plenty of accessible moves for your new faces and high–intensity alternatives to challenge your most experienced participants too. We’ve highlighted the options with one presenter demonstrating the easier moves for beginners throughout the Masterclass.

We’ve also taken your BLAH feedback on board and deliberately choreographed the Dance Cardio to make it a bit less complicated for new participants.

The core takes center stage and is the focus of attention for four tracks – including the first Abs Track ever in the history of BODYVIVE® to use the VIVE™ tube. Why did we wait so long, you ask!

Track 1 gets us up ‘n the groove with some Boogie Oogie Oogie to warm the joints and lift our heart rates. Gloria Estefan then brings a little sexy Latino flava to proceedings with a mighty mash–up of Merengue and Mambo in Track 3’s Dance Cardio.

Track 4, and it’s time to get social as the cardio picks up and we ‘face off’ on opposite sides of the room – shouting to the top through the Heel Raises as we lift the VIVE™ ball high.

After hitting our cardio peak with a Bad Case Of Loving You in Track 5 it’s impossible to resist a smile as The Hustle takes us through a relaxing take on Tai Chi inspired by “Kung Fu Panda”.

But don’t get too comfortable – you’ve still got Track 9 to go and this is one butt track with bite! Feel that burn and focus on how gorgeous it’s gonna make you. BODYVIVE® is a Hard Habit to Break!

Hey team, following on from my previous post (with all the tracklists) as these have now hit the net below is the BODYCOMBAT 45 track list with links. Couple of points, for Les Mills covers I’ve linked to the original track as best I can. Also try as I have I can’t quite find the remake of Proud Mary used for track 5 – it may be specifically made for BC45 I’m not sure. It’s faster than the original and so different I’ve not bothered linking. For more info on BC45 (for now) see my filming post. Enjoy!

BODYCOMBAT 45 Track List

1a. No Easy Way Out (Radio Edit) – DJ Fait
1b. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Ti-Mo Remix Edit) – Kato feat. Ian Dawn
2. Back To Innocence – Stephanie Smith
3. Because The Night (Breeze & Unknown Remix) – Cascada
4. Take A Look Around – Badlands Inc
5. Proud Mary – Dr John Henry
6. Russian Roulette (Blunatix Meets B-tastic Remix Edit) – Felix DJ
7. Goin’ Out Swingin’ – Turbo
8. See The Light (Styles & Breeze Mix) – Paradise
9. I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz
10. Black Box – Stan Walker

Apologies for the lack of posts, I’m currently on the other side of the world (literally!) and have limited internet access due to travelling (lots to write about too!). However these have now hit the net elsewhere so I’ll post them here. As soon as I get a chance I’ll link to all the tracks on youtube too (special thanks to Eugene). Check back soon for more info, and in the meantime enjoy!!

BODYATTACK 70 Track List

1. Feels Like A Prayer 2010 (Clubstar Remix) – M&D feat Hazel
2. Bad Romance – Pandora
3. Me Against The Music – Computer Love
4. Music Is Moving – ClubHouse
5. Feel It – Grid Masters feat. Macka
6. Take On Me – BoomBap
7. Stamp On The Ground – Johnny Condor
8. Battlefield – Vinka Luda
9. Proud Mary – Masia
10. On and On – Anja Solar
11. Holiday – Dizzee Rascal
12. Empire State Of Mind – Chani feat. Paulette

BODYBALANCE 50 Track List

1. Soldier Of Love – Sade
2. Won’t Give Up – Global Nation feat. Simone F.
3. Breakeven – The Script
4. I See You (Theme From Avatar) – Leona Lewis
5. Wanted – Holly Brook
6. Sweet & Amazing – Maximum
7. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
8. Please Don’t Stop The Rain – Mike Stone
9. Vanilla Twilight – Colorbox
10. Here I Confess – Sleepthief feat. Joanna Stevens
11. A Hundred Thousand Angels – Bliss
12. Tally’s Lullaby – Karen Marie Garrett and Eugene Friesen

BODYCOMBAT 45 Track List

1a. No Easy Way Out (Radio Edit) – DJ Fait
1b. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Ti-Mo Remix Edit) – Kato feat. Ian Dawn
2. Back To Innocence – Stephanie Smith
3. Because The Night (Breeze & Unknown Remix) – Cascada
4. Take A Look Around – Badlands Inc
5. Proud Mary – Dr John Henry
6. Russian Roulette (Blunatix Meets B-tastic Remix Edit) – Felix DJ
7. Goin’ Out Swingin’ – Turbo
8. See The Light (Styles & Breeze Mix) – Paradise
9. I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz
10. Black Box – Stan Walker

BODYPUMP 75 Track List

1. Fever – OneZeroOne
2. Watcha Say (B-Tastic Remix) – Henry Blank
3. Shut It Down – Pitbull featuring Akon
4. Wherever You Will Go (Handz Up Edit) – Jan Wayne
5. Bad Influence – P!nk
6. Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
7. I Will Be Here – DJ Lotus
8. Ravers In The UK (Hypasonic Remix) – Manian
9. More – Usher
10. Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert

BODYSTEP 81 Track List

1. 3 – Rhythm Twins feat. Yolanda
2. Ego – Alicia Grace
3. Like It Like That – Roger Power
4. She’s A Genius – Spacegliderz
5. Under Pressure – Tommy Fasso
6. No Sleep – DJ Reflex
7. Dance With Me – MC X and TTC
8. Sneakernight – Annie Lee
9. Sing, Sing, Sing – Torto’s NuJazz Steppers
10. On A Mission – Southern Light
11. Keep Your Body Working – BounceBounce
12. Louboutins – Jennifer Lopez
13. Smile – Uncle Kracker

BODYVIVE 16 Track List

1. Boogie Oogie Oogie – Classique
2. Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) (Club Mix) – Bob Sinclar
3. Oye – Gloria Estefan
4. Shout To The Top – Pistolet
5. Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) – BrickHouse Crew
6. The Hustle – Van McCoy
7. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – John Legend
8. Feels Like The First Time – Foreigner
9. Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) – Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand
10. All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield
11. Forever – Chris Brown
12. Hard Habit To Break – Chicago

BODYJAM 54 Track List

1. Jump (Jump Smokers Remix) – Flo Rida (Feat. Nelly Furtado)
2. Make My Heart – Toni Braxton
3. Cantina – Starkillers
4. Natural Born Hustler feat. Pitbull – Crookers
5. Bombtrack – GhostHunter
6. Objection (Tango) – Shakira
7. Whole Lotta Love – Amber Luck
8. Girlfriend (Pied Piper Remix) – B2K
9. Everybody’s Free (2009 Rework) – Global Deejays feat. Rozalla
10. Cooler Couleur feat. Yelle – Crookers
11. I Will Be Here – DJ Lotus
12. Put It In A Love Song – Alicia Keys featuring Beyoncé Knowles

RPM 48 Track List

1. Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha
2. Lost Highway – Southern Light
3. Celebration (Blunatix Mix) – Felix Grey
4. One Love – Pure Essence
5. Brick By Boring Brick – Spacegliderz
6. Waiting – Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt
7. It’s Not Over (Club Mix) – Paffendorf
8. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
9. Replay – Iyaz

Okay, time for me to come clean here. This is probably the hardest review I’ve had to write, and I’ve now written full reviews on BODYCOMBAT releases all the way back to BC37. Truth is, I’ve put off writing this for a couple weeks… and the reason for that quite simply is I’m not really sure some of you are going to like or agree with what I have to say. Which of course is perfectly fine – if you disagree absolutely tell me! I just would prefer to write reviews that are completely glowing and are full of sunshine, flowers and skipping merrily in fresh meadows 🙂

The thing is, I know a lot of people appreciate the fact I tend to call a spade a spade, and whilst I was tempted to sugar coat this review a little, I’m just going to step out on a limb and call it as I see it. I know I could be in the minority here, and reading feedback on BODYCOMBAT 44 on the Les Mills forums I may well be. But, I’ve had a few messages on facebook from a few of you asking my opinion, and I’m sure no ones going to respect me for being nice just for the sake of it.

I mentioned in my filming post on BC44 that I hoped the release would grow on me. Some releases definitely do take time, I always think of BC39, I didn’t think that much of it at the filming and now I absolutely love it (Come With Me, Hardcore Angel, Cry For You and I Won’t Be Crying are some of my most played tracks ever!) So, I really wanted to give 44 a chance. And I have, I released over three weeks ago, I’ve taught the release in full over a dozen times now at multiple gyms all over the city (in fact of the five Les Mills franchised gyms in town I was invited to release at four of them). So yes, I’ve definitely given this release plenty of time to grow on me.

So, has it grown on me? Well for me the easiest determinant as to whether I love a release is how quickly I mix it out. Here we’re given the guidelines of 2-4 weeks after launch before we start mixing. BODYPUMP 74 for example, three weeks after release and I’ve still not mixed out a single track. In fact, in my last pump class I started by asking the class if they wanted to do it again or for me to pull out some older tracks and the answer was a resounding yes, they wanted to do the new release again. I was thrilled about that as I did too!

Looking back at my last review (43) I wrote “Let me put it this way – tonight is the first night I’m going to start mixing and the only cardio tracks I plan to mix out are 5 and 7. That’s saying A LOT! To my mind those are the weakest tracks of the release – the rest are stunning!” – yes I used the word “stunning” to describe a combat release! That was BC43 however, and that is definitely not a word I would use to describe BC44.

So, enough dilly dallying about with a long winded intro; What’s the deal with 44. Okay, truth is I found this release disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of parts of it I love, but, look at what I wrote about BC43 above – after 3 weeks I only planned to mix out two tracks. With BC44 after the two week mandatory period was up 4 tracks went immediately, and pretty soon after that 8 were gone (by request). In fact, for the first ever time in my almost 3 years of teaching combat I actually had a member come up to me in release week and ask how long we “had” to do the release for. To my mind that really just solidifies the fact that BC44 just doesn’t have the “wow factor” of previous releases. And please don’t think my members are feeling that way because I’m not trying to sell the release. I give every class my absolute all, in fact my good friend Raina came down from Auckland two weeks ago and participated in one of my combat classes. Being a close friend (and also being someone who attends the filming classes in Auckland with me) she knows I’m not really sold on the release – yet came up to me afterwards and said there is no possible way anyone could’ve known I’m not a fan – I really do give it my all.

So, here’s my 2 cents on the release on a track by track basis:

Warmup: Brighter Day (Monday 2 Friday Remix) – Yanou / Use Somebody – Ultrabeat

Warmups are far more music driven for me than any of the other tracks (possibly with the exception of a cooldown) as the choreography is always very basic, and musically I like it. I admit I had my doubts about using a remix of Use Somebody so soon after we had it as a cooldown in BC40, but the versions are so different it’s not a factor at all. I do have a couple of wee comments, but they are very minor. I do prefer warmups without combinations, for example I’d prefer solid upper cuts followed by solid hooks as opposed to combining the two. The reason for this is it’s much simpler to give set up cues when you’re only doing one movement. What I mean by that is if we are only doing uppers I can just say things like “target is under the chin” “elbows in” “drop your shoulder…” etc and it’s obvious what move I am talking about as we’re only doing one. But, if we are doing a combination I have to specifically state “on your upper cut your target is under the chin yada” then cue the hook in the same way “on your hook target is the side of the jaw, rotate your hip, lift your heel etc”. Just means I have to specify specifically what move to which I am referring and makes cueing a touch more complicated than it needs to be on the warmup (hey, I did say it was a minor point!). Same goes for the lower body warmup – the back knee front kick combo just makes cueing a little more difficult than when we have these moves individually. Just means we have to say more, and I’ve always been of the opinion ‘less is more’ when you’re teaching – you need to leave time for what you’ve said to land. But, I’m just being really picky. I do like the warmup so let’s just leave it at that!

Track 2: Energy – Shinedown

Okay, hand in the air I’ll admit I am not a fan of this track at all. Just feels like a mess. I don’t particularly like the “decoy” – even though it’s (apparently) derived from Tae Kwon Do (I have a black belt in TKD and I don’t ever recall this move being a staple in the martial art – but it was a few years ago now). Someone mentioned in a comment on this very blog that when we change the tempo up on the decoys they become too fast to do correctly and they have a point, for a lot of people they kinda turn into switches before the jab. The front kick off the back leg is a nice touch though, and I hope they incorporate that more into future releases, but for me musically and chorey wise this track just doesn’t work. Hopefully many of you disagree.

Track 3: The Time Of Our Lives – Sy & Unknown featuring Lou Lou

Yep, I do like this one. Definitely not as climatic as some of the past power training tracks (it doesn’t build and go off like Send Me an Angel, Poison or Sweetheart as an example) but it is a good track (perhaps those tracks set my expectations too high?). The track seems longer to me than it actually is – perhaps due to the fact it’s five rounds. But yeah, solid track 3 and one you can have a bit of fun with due to the “you and I could fly…” lyrics.

Track 4: Paint It Black 2009 – Masif DJ’s / GIA (Skitz Clubb Mixx) – Despina Vandi

Definitely this is one of the tracks that has grown on me. My only minor gripe is that there’s so much going on in the track that when there’s new people in the class there’s a lot of stuff to cue, and it seems that just as they get the movement right and it changes; moves like the shoot, ginga, jump kick, do take a few goes to get the hang of, would be nice if we did them a little longer before swapping to another. The shoot after the knees feels far more natural than the other way around (as we did in BC43), and the ‘double shoot’ is a bit of a killer on the ol legs. Quick question though, have many of you experienced any lower back discomfort from this track? I’ve had a couple of members mention that to me, and I’ve checked their technique and it’s all good – just wondering if it’s a common occurrence. The shoot is a very crafty way to incorporate lunges into combat, and it feels far more ‘combatty’ doing them this way than the way we did them in say “Don’t Ya Wanna Feel”. Solid track.

Track 5: Ignorance – ToneTonic

LM cover of the Paramore track. Nope, not a fan here either. This track is just all over the show. Chorey feels uneven, and I’m just not a big fan of loads of running in combat (ironically I love the running in BODYATTACK, I just feel attack has a much more natural fit). But we better get used to it as there’s loads of running in the track 5 in BODYCOMBAT 45 as well. Track fives in recent releases are always the weak point of the class for me and again this is no exception (and again that’s the case in BC45 too sadly). Perhaps if I was a Twilight fan I’d feel differently? This track again just feels like a bit of a mess to me. Notice the sound effects are back though??

Track 6: ìNessun Dormaî – Lacrima

Interesting one this one. I don’t dislike it, and I don’t love it. I think perhaps D&R are starting to maybe try to be a little too clever here. Track 6 in BC43 was a great track, almost every one just LOVED it immediately and raved and raved about it; maybe they felt they had to outdo themselves with something equally as clever? Hmmm… Opera in combat, still not sure about it personally. However, the classes aren’t about me and the peeps seem to love it! Though, in my last combat class I gave them the option of doing it again or doing another one and “pirate track” was the resounding response. It’s definitely a recovery track, you’ll find your heartrate drops considerably. Also, is it just me or is there a lot of lateral shuffling in this release? (warmup, track 2, and track 6).

Track 7: Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man – ColorBox

I feel like a bit of a broken record here but again this track hasn’t blown me away. Again, I don’t hate it, but I definitely don’t love it and I do feel that something REALLY special could’ve been done with a Mortal Kombat theme and this missed the boat a little bit. I think the problem is that the track doesn’t really “peak” like my favourite muay thai tracks (Hardcore Angel, So What!, Raver’s Paradise, Let the Beat Control Your Body.. I could go on and on). Just falls a little flat for me. It’s just missing a part that you can really sink your teeth into a just “go off” to. Again like track 5 did you notice the added sound effects? We might be slowly going back to the days of Natha and Gabby (ding ding anyone! ;))

Track 8: Your Shining (Hixxy Remix) – Styles & Breeze

Now we’re talking! Peak of the class, absolutely 100%. I loved this track at the filming, and I still love it now. It’s loooong (longest track 8 ever in fact) but that’s all good as it rocks! Builds and builds and is a climatic end to the cardio part of the class. Not to mention the first few times you launch it – the looks on peoples faces when they realise the track isn’t over… priceless! Love the track and love the chorey. Love it so much in fact that I’m willing to let the grammatical error in the track title slip by 😉 Seriously awesome, and really in my mind the one track that absolutely saves this release from being very average.

Track 9: Put Your Hands On Me – Crookers feat Kardinal Offishall & Carla-Marie

I have a personal theory about the inclusion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in combat that stemmed from a little thing Dan said along the lines of “we wanted to put it somewhere and this felt like the best place” – it kinda seems to me that they are doing BJJ classes, and need to justify that by including it (somewhere) in combat. As it’s a ground fighting style it really can’t go anywhere but here. Does it work? No. To be blunt it’s a fricken nightmare. My combat classes are pretty much packed and there’s just no room in the GF room for the “walking komodo dragon with an alligator pushup” – never mind the fact that there’s also not much room to do it on the stage! Here’s the other thing, if you watch the DVD the intro for this track is 3 minutes long. The track itself is 3 minutes long – so we’re spending as much time introducing a move as we are doing it? (well, actually considerably more in reality considering the komodo dragon/alligator pushup is only done for 2 sets of 4!). It’s overly complicated, requires too much space, requires too much of an introduction, and to be honest isn’t even that much of a workout. I’m sorry to be overly harsh here but I really think this track crashed and burnt. When I started mixing for the first time, and announced “no komodo dragon today” the class actually cheered! (I’m not kidding!) Unfortunately, we might have to get used to that move as I can’t see it going anywhere anytime soon…

Track 10: Doesn’t Mean Anything – Alicia Keys

Not too much to say about a cooldown, but like the music, nice song to bring your heartrate down, not too much kata, good cooldown… still using it now in fact.

So, I’d really like your feedback here. I’ve spoken to other instructors locally and they feel pretty much the same about this release… but what do you think? Am I being a bit hard on it? I know there’s always going to be absolute combat lovers who love anything and everything that’s put out – and yes, perhaps I am getting a bit cynical in my old age. In short I just feel this release whilst is okay, really only had one track that blew me away (t8). Reading my review of BC43 I used words to describe different tracks like “stunning!, EPIC!, Love it!, FANTASTIC!, and Awesome!” – in my review of BC42 I used words like “Great track, Love this one! etc.”, BC41 “Officially my new favourite track 2!, Awesome finish…” but in BC44 my adjectives are far more toned back because the release for me just doesn’t “rock” like any of the more recent ones. In fact looking back I can’t think of any releases I prefer less until we get back to the early 30s. But, I’m only one person and this is only one opinion.

As always would love to hear your thoughts (if you disagree seriously put me in my place here…) 😀


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