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Two Million Visitors?!

A couple weeks ago whilst I was away in Sydney for UFC 127 (I know how lucky am I!?!) without my realising it this very blog had its TWO MILLIONTH visitor. How crazy is that?!

Just goes to show how many fitness fanatics there are out there! In a time where it seems people are getting less fit and moving less it’s just awesome websites like this are going from strength to strength – in fact when I started this blog a couple years ago it averaged about 50 visitors a week – now it averages 5000-6000 per day!

I do thank you for visiting and I will try to keep this updated as I can …though admittedly these days with 45 hours per week at my “day job” and teaching 10-12 classes per week on top of I seem to be running out of hours in the day!

However, lots to write about. I’ve still not technically written a review of BODYCOMBAT 47 – but I will be doing that shortly as I’d love to hear your thoughts. Plus – I’ll just have to write about BODYPUMP 77 – how amazing is that release! And, the filming of BODYCOMBAT 49 is just a few weeks away so will be sure to tell you all about that too.

Anyway, the point of this post is really just to thank you for coming and bothering to read my aimless ramblings. When I began writing this I actually just did it as an outlet for all my random BODYCOMBAT and fitness related thoughts – I never actually figured anyone would be interested, let alone read it – but what it’s turned into is a little mini community of likeminded people all sharing their passion and that is just AWESOME. So big thank you to you, it’s such a thrill to make contact with so many motivated and passionate people, whether it be here, at the filmings, or on facebook. In short – YOU GUYS ROCK!

Our releases were a bit later than usual this quarter as we had a special guest coming into to town to lend a hand – the one and only Matt Thraxton. A picture speaks a thousand words so I’ll let them do the talking – there’s more on facebook if you’re interested so if you haven’t already feel free to add me there! Since we’ve released now I’ll write a review of BC47 in the coming days, and believe it or not the filming of BODYCOMBAT 49 is close too! Pics to follow – was an epic day!




The back track is epic! (epically hard too!!)

The back track is epic! (epically hard too!!)



Well, much like the last update BODYCOMBAT 47 sees no changes to these lists. It does have 4 tracks over 6 minutes in length outside the warmup (Make You Mine, Fire, Feels Like A Prayer and Release Me) and has a couple reasonably short tracks to counter that – including the muay thai which is only 4:49. But, none of them make the longest or shortest lists below!

I’ve put the lists below for those that haven’t seen them for completion’s sake 🙂

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

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

Hi guys, these have officially hit the net so I’m allowed to post them (yay!). The BODYCOMBAT 48 and BODYATTACK 73 filmings were last night – both releases are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I’ll write a full post on BC48 soon (with no specific music or choreography details of course!) so look forward to that, seriously it’s a RELENTLESS release! Tracklists follow! 🙂

BODYCOMBAT 47 tracklist:

1a: Dynamite (Kritikal Mass Radio Edit) – Jason Born
1b: Love The Way You Lie (KM Hands Up Remix) – Other Ego
2: Let Me Hear You Scream – Kartsy Wolfbain
3: Make You Mine – Lisa Lowe & BamBam
4: Fire – Scooter
5: The Warriors Code – Dropkick Murphys
6: Feels Like A Prayer (Clubstar Remix) – Meck feat. Dino
7: You’re Going Down – Badlands Inc
8: Release Me – Linzi Paul
9: Beautiful Monster (Full Vocal La La Sessica Mix) – Mick Lion
10: Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

BODYPUMP 77 tracklist

Warmup: Commander – Spacegliderz
Squats: It’s My life – Swade
Chest: DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher feat. Pitbull
Back: Hold Me Tonight (Manox Remix) – Manian
Triceps: I Like It – Tokyo Haze
Biceps: Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) – Shinedown
Lunges: Only Girl In The World (E-Nergy Remix) – Nick Skitz vs DJ Lotus
Shoulders: Ti Sento – Scooter
Abs: We No Speak Americano – Yolanda Be Cool vrs DCUP
Cooldown: One Last Chance – Daughtry

BODYATTACK 72 tracklist

Warmup: California Gurlz – Club Madness
Mixed Impact: Starstruckk (Kris McTwain Remix) – Star Wipe
Aerobic: Hammer To The Heart – Freedom Seekers
Plyometric: Move It – Rhythm Twins
Upper Body Conditioning: Drummer Boy – Alesha Dixon
Running: Saturday – Starburst feat. TT
Agility: It’s On – Amanda Myers
Interval: Like A Rainbow – ReCon & Demand
Power: Do You Love Ya’ Hardcore? – Northern Accelerators
Lower Body Conditioning: Club Can’t Handle Me – Chani
Core Conditioning: Start Without You – Alexandra Burke feat. Laza Morgan
Cooldown: One Day At a Time – Mondo Libre

BODYBALANCE 52 tracklist

Tai Chi Warmup: Airplanes (B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)
Sun Salutations: Daylight (Delerium)
Standing Strength: Give Love (Giving2living Mix – MC Yogi)
Balance: If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time (R. Kelly)
Hip Openers: Set The Fire To The Third Bar (Southern Light)
Core – Abdominals: Love Generation (DJ Reflex)
Core – Back: Crossfire (Mike Stone)
Twists: This Ain’t A Love Song (Scouting For Girls)
Forward Bends – Hamstrings: Stop Crying Your Heart Out (Leona Lewis)
Relaxation: Eternal OM (Warm Breath)
Meditation: Lux Mundi (Sunrise After a Long Night – David Keenum)

BODYJAM 56 tracklist

Warmup: Somebody To Love (Usher)
Isolations: Gimme Dat (Ciara)
NY Jive: Tu Vuo’ Fa L’ Americano (Fiorello, Matt Damon and Jude Law)
NY Jive: We No Speak Americano (Morris Corti Vs Mattara Remix – Yolanda Be Cool vrs DCUP)
NY Jive: Bon, Bon (Pitbull)
NY Jazz: Baby I’m Yours (Aeroplane Remix – Breakbot)
NY Jazz: Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode – Adrian Lux)
Recovery: Bye Bye Bye (N Sync)
NY Hottness: Only Girl (In The World – DJ Pierce feat. Nekisha Strickland)
NY Hottness: Miami 2 Ibiza (Jonny ‘Rezza’ Reznik)
NY Hottness: Hot Tottie (Usher feat. Jay-Z)
NY Hottness: Louder Than Words (Bodytronixx)
Groove Down: Loca (Shakira)

BODYSTEP 83 tracklist

Warmup: Dynamite (Studio 88 feat. Juno Mars – DJ KTW Mix)
Step Warmup: Joyful Sound (Mariana Riley)
Step Orientation: I Like It (Tokyo Haze – Muller Mix)
Step Athletic: If I Had You (Kelly Duncan)
Mixed Strength: The Roof Is On Fire (Danger Crew feat. MC X)
Power Peak: Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (Mandy Brewer)
Step Recovery: My First Kiss (3OH!3 feat. Ke$ha)
Party Step: Take It Off (Rio G)
Speed Step: Big And Bad (Jimmy Swagger)
Peak: Commander (Spacegliderz – Club Mix 2)
Recovery/Leg Strength/Balance/Abs: Hungry Like The Wolf (Norwegian Sound)
Cooldown/Stretch: Choose You (Stan Walker)

BODYVIVE 18 tracklist

Rise & Shine: Million Dollar Bill (Freemasons Mix Show – Whitney Houston)
Connect & Go: Takes Me Higher (J.Williams feat. Dane Rumble)
Dance Cardio: Reet Petite (John Henry)
Interactive Cardio: You Keep Me Hanging On (Tone Tonic)
Fitness Cardio: Panama (Workout Mix – Power Music)
Tai Chi & Yoga: Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Lisa Stansfield)
Balance & Leg Strength: For Your Entertainment (Brad Walsh Remix – Adam Lambert)
Strength 1 – Triceps & Shoulders: I’m Outta Love (Anastacia)
Strength 2 – Hips, Thighs & Butt: More (Usher)
Ab Strength: Hey, Soul Sister (Train)
Back Care: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli)
Release & Restore: Here With Me (Dido)

RPM 50 tracklist

Pack Ride: Club Can’t Handle Me (Flo Rida feat. David Guetta)
Pace: Teenage Dreams (Stardancer II)
Hills: Raindrops (Hypasonic Remix – Sash! feat. Stunt)
Mixed Terrain: Beautiful Day (Global Nation)
Intervals: Watercolour (Blau)
Speed Work: Poppiholla (Chicane)
Mountain Climb: Sweet Dreams (Cansis Remix – Rec. Pro)
Ride Home: Shattered (Turn The Car Around – O.A.R)
Stretch: Letting Go (Dutty Love – Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj)
Bonus Track 3 – Hills: Ravers In the UK (Jorg Schmidt Remix – Manian)
Bonus Track 5 – Intervals: Rebel Yell (Scooter)
Bonus Track 6 – Speed Work: Secret Love (Jordan & Baker Remix – Ian Van Dahl)

SH’BAM 3 tracklist

1. Release Me – Linzi Paul
2. I Like It – Tokyo Haze
3. Don’t Want To Go To Bed Now – Southern Light
4. We No Speak Americano (Friday Night Posse Remix) – Yolanda Be Cool vrs DCUP
5. Drummer Boy (Original Version) – Alesha Dixon
6. Dynamite – Studio 88 feat. Juno Mars
7. Total Eclipse of the Heart (Spit & Polish Radio Mix) – Diva DJ’s vs Nicki French
8. Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) – Shakira feat. Freshlyground
9. Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Mix feat. Lil Mama) – Avril Lavigne feat. Lil Mama
10. Club Can’t Handle Me (Human Jive Club Remix/Radio Edit) – Chani
11. Fame – Mandy Brewer
12. Break Your Heart – Audiogroove

Here ya go guys! Workshops/Quarteries for this release have officially started around the world so the list has hit the net. Just so you know I always wait for the tracklists to go online before I post them – once they are out they are quickly copied everywhere, but I just have to be sure I never post them first as otherwise the PDs want to hunt me down and remove parts of my anatomy!

This release is really good from what I recall from the filming. Yes, a few reused tracks (both from BC and other programmes) – but in saying that though, it’s an oldie and a goodie; Fire just goes off! (so does track 3!) As always where a Les Mills cover has been used I’ve tried as best I can to link to the original (the version of t8 was obviously quicker than the one linked – fixed thanks guys for the link – think more like the BODYATTACK version in BA67 – I think the link to track 3 is pretty much bang on however). Love to hear your thoughts! Enjoy!

BODYCOMBAT 47 tracklist:

1a: Dynamite (Kritikal Mass Radio Edit) – Jason Born
1b: Love The Way You Lie (KM Hands Up Remix) – Other Ego
2: Let Me Hear You Scream – Kartsy Wolfbain
3: Make You Mine – Lisa Lowe & BamBam
4: Fire – Scooter
5: The Warriors Code – Dropkick Murphys
6: Feels Like A Prayer (Clubstar Remix) – Meck feat. Dino
7: You’re Going Down – Badlands Inc
8: Release Me – Linzi Paul
9: Beautiful Monster (Full Vocal La La Sessica Mix) – Mick Lion
10: Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

UPDATED (see below): Hey guys, these have hit the net so thought I’d show ’em off. Apologies a couple of them have corrupted slightly in the upload and I’ll try to fix that soon. Notice they actually have the amount of calories you’ll burn in each class at the bottom – however (in my opinion) the figure is pretty low. I guess Les Mills have erred on the side of caution and put minimum figures rather than over estimating to be safe – combat as an example has a figure of 545 calories – but my heart rate monitor never shows less than 800 calories burnt in a class – and often shows over a 1000!

Interestingly using LM’s own figures BODYATTACK burns 33% more calories than BODYCOMBAT! Crazy!! Anyway -I’ll try and get better images uploaded as soon as I can – love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

Update: Thanks to a comment from Loly we now have the Sh’bam poster – but wait – in 45 minutes Sh’Bam burns more calories than 55 minutes of combat? On per minute basis more than Attack and equals RPM? I’ve never done a Sh’Bam class personally but I’ve watched them at workshops and, without being rude – no way in hell is it more intense than attack! Something’s not quite right…









^shouldn’t that be BODYJAM 56??

Okay just so you know before I jump in I can’t reveal anything about the music or choreography for this release. I need to make that clear as Les Mills are getting really strict about this – there has been a no cellphones, no cameras and no bags rule at filming classes for some time but honestly I thought this time round we were gonna have to walk through a metal detector on the way in (oops may’ve just given them an idea there haha). They are really clear about this, and rightly so after all they want to protect their intellectual property. So, although I never reveal anything specific in my filming class posts normally (apart from when I first started this blog and didn’t know any better) I just wanted to make that really clear from the start.

So, BODYCOMBAT 47. What can I tell you. Well, it was presented by D&R, Ben Tang from Singapore and Andres Vesga from Colombia (now based in Hong Kong). This was the first filming class of the massive GFX event (I’ll write a separate post on that soon) and unusually it was filmed just after 8am. PJ was saying this was the first time a combat filming has been in the morning since BC18 – over 7 years ago! Doors opened for the class at about 7am – and queues had started to form before 6! Unless I missed it (and I’m pretty sure I didn’t) there was no real “theme” per se for this release (past themes have included boxing, muay thai etc) but the theme really only determines the clothing more than an overall feel for the release in my opinion. I know Dan has been asking on his blog for theme ideas so perhaps they’ll bring them back in future releases. Anyway, as always they looked great in LMI gear – I was especially excited to see Ben in action as I’ve heard nothing but amazing feedback about him and he definitely didn’t disappoint! 🙂

The first thing I noticed when I did this release is there’s quite a few tracks that have been “reused”. One has already been used in a previous BODYCOMBAT release, two others have been used in recently in other programmes (one was used recently in at least two other programmes that I know of, maybe more, and if you teach attack like me you may be really sick of two of the tracks from this release straight off the bat as they were both in VERY recent attack releases). However, from the rumours circulating about the difficulties in obtaining music licences this may become even more common place (and don’t even get me started on music licensing in Australia!)

The other thing I noticed straight away was that they’ve chosen some tracks that are getting TONNES of airplay right now on radio and music television. Both the upper and lower body warmup, conditioning and cooldown are being smashed in terms of airplay frequency right now. The plus side of this is that they are songs people will recognise and sing along to – the downside is that quite possibly by the time BC47 starts rolling out around the world (Feb – April next year) these songs may be old news. Not sure if it was the same for you guys but when we released Hot and Cold or My Life Would Suck Without You while yes were pop hits at the time of the filming, they’d well and truly run their course in the charts 4-6 months later when we released them. But again, unless the PDs have a crystal ball there’s very little they can do about that!

So what did I think of the release? Well, to be honest I’m getting a little hesitant to firmly comment on whether or not I like/dislike a release based on one class as some releases take time to grow on you. But, this does make an interesting case study as if someone comes to try a class for the first time you want them to love it straight off the bat – you may not get a second chance! I definitely liked more of it than I disliked let me say that.

Track by track what can I tell you. Obviously based on what I wrote about the warmup is quite poppy, and has current chart hits. I liked it. Track two fell really flat for me – it was very rocky and was not my cup of tea at all. 😦

Ben presented track 3 and it just WENT OFF! It has this catchy little do-do-do-do-dodo tune that is still days later stuck in my head (wow – really helpful description there Glen “do-do-do-do-dodo”?? Brilliant 😉 – sorry it’s the best I can do!). Honestly the whole place went nuts. Track 4 was the track that has been reused before in combat. Really good – possibly the highlight of the release – Andres did a great job.

Track 5, well, an old format of track 5 has come back (I hope I can say that without getting in trouble). Ben presented this, and while the crowd (and I) had a ball I’m not sure how well the music is going to translate in a non-filming class situation. What I mean is Ben did such a great job with this track, he really just made it so much fun – but he may’ve oversold it given he’s so talented – in that in the real world it probably won’t be that great. Not sure I’m explaining myself very well there.

Track 6 is definitely a recovery track. Nothing nasty – traditional track 6. A little too much kata in it for my liking. Muay thai didn’t do it for me unfortunately. Short (thankfully!) but wasn’t all that much fun – probably the other low point which sucks as muay thai is my favourite part of the class. Sorry.

Track 8 was great – seemed long, not as epic as say Overload or You’re Shining (and it’s been in other LM programmes already so hard to make it super special) but solid track 8.

Conditioning: I might get in trouble for saying this but I know you all wanna know. NO KOMODO DRAGON – Yay! 🙂 It’s a tough conditioning track trust me!

Cooldown is always mostly determined by musical choice but I thought it was great.

The release didn’t have any new moves really, the muay thai kinda had one – but calling it “new” would be a bit of a stretch.

Overall I walked away from this release excited. While track 2, 5 and 7 weren’t my cup of tea tracks 3, 4 and 8 were great – and the warmup, conditioning and cool down are great tracks. Track 6 was okay too. So more tracks I liked/loved than disliked! Speaking to others they liked the release, feedback has been better than what I heard about BC46 (which I admit I still haven’t done! – expecting the DVD tomorrow).

So there you have it – my review without any music or chorey specifics! Hopefully it wets your appetite a little, let me know your thoughts, and also if you were there I’d love your feedback… we’ll see it next year!

In exactly two weeks the GFX kicks off – man time flies! For those of you that didn’t see the timetable here’s my plan over the GFX weekend:

Friday November 5 2010

  • BODYCOMBAT 47 filming
  • BODYATTACK 72 filming
  • BODYBALANCE 51 release
  • BODYPUMP 76 release

Saturday November 6 2010

  • BODYPUMP 77 filming
  • SH’BAM 3 filming (I was dared to do this – thanks Rach!)
  • BODYBALANCE 52 filming
  • BODYATTACK 71 release
  • BODYCOMBAT 46 release
  • GFX SPOOKERS PARTY

Sunday November 7 2010

  • Early hours collapse into some sort of exercise induced coma!

So as you can see it’s going to be a crazy few days! I’ll be sure to write as much of a report on it all as I can – just give me a couple days to be able to lift my arms again!

If you are going and we’re not friends on facebook please be sure to add me as it would be awesome to meet all you GF junkies!

I’ve listed the presenters below which were recently announced on the Les Mills website – it’s an exciting time I’ll keep you all posted, otherwise see you there! 😀

BODYATTACK 72

  • Lisa Osborne (Program Director)
  • John Alexander Quist (Denmark)
  • Bevan Eyles (New Zealand)
  • Brent McLemore (United States)

BODYBALANCE 52

  • Jackie Mills (Program Director)
  • Linda Chambers (United Arab Emirates)
  • Kurt Gesteland (United States)
  • Dan McDonogh (United States)

BODYCOMBAT 47

  • Dan and Rachel Cohen (Program Directors)
  • Ben Tang (Australia/Singapore)
  • Andres Vesga (Hong Kong)

BODYJAM 56

  • Gandalf Archer (Program Director)
  • Fabienne Humblot (France)
  • Kimmo Jukuri (Finland)

BODYPUMP 77

  • Glen Ostergaard (Program Director)
  • Susan Renata (Head Trainer)
  • Rania Boucher (United Arab Emirates)
  • Nathan Brown (United Arab Emirates)
  • Thomas Cerbonesch (France)

BODYSTEP 83

  • Mark Nu’u (Program Director)
  • Lisa Osborne (Research and Development Director)
  • Joella Hopkins (United States)
  • Sarah Robinson (New Zealand)
  • Lizzy Troutman (United States)
  • Olivia Ward (New Zealand)

BODYVIVE 18

  • Susan Trainor (Program Director)
  • Maureen Baker (New Zealand)
  • Shelley Townsend (Australia)

RPM 50

  • Glen Ostergaard (Program Director)
  • Sarah Ostergaard (Assistant Program Director)
  • Dan McDonogh (United States)
  • Meg Nuttall (Australia)
  • Chris Richardson (New Zealand)

SH’BAM 3

  • Rachael Cohen (Program Director)
  • Mysti Oglesby (United States)
  • Sarah Robinson (New Zealand)

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!

This is the BIG ONE! November 2010 sees the GFX – if you don’t know what the GFX is it’s a Group Fitness Xtravaganza where all the DVD filming classes, workshops and special training sessions are combined into one huge weekend which finishes in a MASSIVE party! The last one (in May last year) was absolutely crazy and this one is looking to be even bigger!

I’ve listed the filming times below – but all the workshop times are listed in the graphic as well if you are interested (click to enlarge). We’ve already booked our accommodation (right across the road from Les Mills – parking will be an issue I’d say and you also don’t want to be walking too far after doing 6 or 7 classes in one day that’s for sure!)

If you were to come to one event at Les Mills NZ – THIS would be it. You’ll need to contact Les Mills NZ to book in. If you are thinking of coming do let me know – and remember to make sure you turn up super early for each event. The queues last year were literally down the street an hour before the opening, and if you do come all the way to NZ to be there I’d hate for you to miss out! It’s officially less than two months away now so the countdown is on! I’ll see you there!

Friday November 5 2010

  • 8:10am BODYCOMBAT 47
  • 9:30 am BODYVIVE 18
  • 10:50am BODYATTACK 72
  • 1:30pm RPM 50

Saturday November 6 2010

  • 8:10am BODYPUMP 77
  • 9:30am BODYSTEP 83
  • 10:50am SH’BAM 3
  • 12:50pm BODYBALANCE 52
  • 1:50pm BODYJAM 56


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