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No changes to the longest or shortest possible BODYCOMBAT mixes with BODYCOMBAT 54 – though it does have a couple biggies in there! Track 2 comes in at a whopping 6:29 minutes (and it’s a HARD six and half minutes too!) and to my mind is the peak of the class difficulty wise. The other working tracks all sit in the 5 – 5.5 minute mark, until track 8 which is a pretty decent 7:13. All up BODYCOMBAT 54 totals 55.8 minutes so a pretty good length.

For completions sake I’ve put the existing longest and shortest mixes below – as always take note of this when you start mixing!

LONGEST POSSIBLE BODYCOMBAT MIX

01: Dragostea Din Tei / My Life Would Suck Without You (BC41)  9:48
02: The United Vibe (BC35)  7:11
03: Poison (BC42)  7:31
04: Enter Sandman / Boom (BC41)  7:09
05: Don’t Need (BC49)  6:57
06: Russian Roulette (BC45)  6:48
07: Excalibur (BC42)  7:42
08: You’re the Feeling (BC50)  8:24
09: Somebody To Love (BC21)  6:05
10: Now We Are Free (BC20)  7:04

TOTAL: 1:14:40

SHORTEST POSSIBLE BODYCOMBAT MIX

01: Summermelody / Does the Fish Have Chips? (BC34)   6:11
02: Rock N Roll All Night (BC53)  2:58
03: Here Tonight (BC51)  4:14
04: Lord of The Rings / Hava Nagila (BC49)  4:17
05: The Anthem (BC42)  2:58
06: Leave Me Alone (BC32)   3:20
07: Run To The Hills (BC33)   3:01
08: Footloose (BC2)  3:46
09: Gonna Fly Now (BC36)  2:53
10: Black Box (BC45)  3:29

TOTAL: 37:08

Most of you have probably seen these on lesmills.com but will post them here for completion’s sake. Enjoy!

BODYATTACK 79 tracklist

BODYBALANCE 59 tracklist

BODYCOMBAT 54 tracklist

BODYJAM 63 tracklist

BODYPUMP 84 tracklist

BODYSTEP 90 tracklist

BODYVIVE 25 tracklist

CXWORX 9 tracklist

RPM 57 tracklist

SH’BAM 10 tracklist

Hey guys the BC54 tracklist is officially out! Yay now I can start telling you all about this release.

As always where an LM cover has been used I’ve tried my best to link to the original (no luck with the muay thai but trust me it’s freaken awesome – if you do find this track or track 5 online let me know). Cheers Benny for the correct link for 1b!

For more info on BODYCOMBAT 54 see my filming post. Take a look at the tracks below and let me know your thoughts.Enjoy!

BODYCOMBAT 54 tracklist

1a: What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) ( B&W Remix Edit) – Dirty Scandal
1b: Blow (Web Remix Edit) – Diva Chain
2: Turbulence – Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki Feat. Lil Jon
3: Gona Love Me – Hixxy & R.S.R
4: Paradise City – Rising Edge
5: Invincible (Barracuda Album Mix 2012) – Sharnee
6: DOA – Telstarr
7: The Switch – DJ Recoil
8: Dark Skies – Hixxy, Dougal & Gammer
9: Internet Friends – Captain Karate Intention
10: Payphone – Audiogrove

BODYCOMBAT 55 is officially in the bag!

Usually before a filming I’ll get a chance to head to a trial class and get a preview of what’s coming but been so busy lately that didn’t happen. As such I literally went into this filming class knowing absolutely nothing about this release other than a few peeps on both facebook and twitter warning me about the intensity of track 2 – and for good reason! But more about that in a moment…

Like last quarter the masterclasses were all filmed in the morning this round. This again meant BODYCOMBAT 55 was quite a bit quieter than usual as really the only people there were the super keen who took the day off work to attend (like me!) or the internationals that had flown in especially. Of course this means more room to punch and kick which is A-OK with me!

The filming team for 55 was Dan, Rach and Andres from Hong Kong (last seen on BC50). As always they were in the latest LM gear and man was it sharp! Possibly the best looking combat clothing I’ve seen – colours were black and dark purple (possibly maroon) and it just looked phenomenal. I’ll be first in line to grab that stuff as soon as it’s online for sure. The men’s t-shirts were compression fit – super tight with what appeared to be a skull on one shoulder (mean!) – I’m not a big fan of the standard cotton tee for combat (I tried it once and it was like wearing a wetsuit it was so heavy with sweat by the end of the class!) so this lighter fabric appeals to me a lot more. Rach was wearing a much more feminine top, off one shoulder with little crystals all along the top (not sure if those were added especially or whether they will be standard issue on the top but the looked pretty cool!). The shorts were really awesome too, again black and purple. So look out for that range when it hits lesmillsclothing.com for sure!

As for the release itself? Well again, disclaimer applies I cannot mention anything super specific about the music or chorey (sorry!) – I can give you a feel for the release and my opinion of it. And once again 55 is a total ripper!

Now I know 99% of you won’t have seen BC54 yet but if you read my BODYCOMBAT 54 filming post you may recall I mentioned how massive track 2 is. I actually tweeted last week that BC54’s track 2 would be the toughest t2 ever; it’s 6.5 minutes long, and is freaken H-A-R-D-C-O-R-E. It has a roundhouse challenge in it that will really challenge you and push you to the limit… and it’s only the second track! Well, I definitely spoke too soon as 55’s track 2 is even harder!

Honestly without giving the game away 55’s track 2 feels more like a leg-conditioning track that we’re used to seeing in tracks 4 or 6… it’s really tough! Are we seeing the evolution of the programme here? I mean, when you think about it making track 2 one of the toughest tracks makes a lot of sense. Consider BODYPUMP as a comparison, we warm the body up then we move right into the heaviest weight of the class while we’re fresh. Making track 2 a BIG track while we still have a lot of energy does seem smart. Plus, being that track 3 is a power training track with no kicks it gives the legs a bit of an opportunity to recover before track 4 (which doesn’t happen when we have leg-conditioning tracks as a track 6 as we move straight into muay thai). So it all makes sense to me. The flip side of that is that is that smashing us in track 2 makes the rest of the class considerably harder – I was absolutely crushed coming into track 3!

So yes, much like BC54 track 2 is a real standout in BODYCOMBAT 55 which is awesome news as for me (and let me know if you feel the same here) track 2 has always been a bit meh. It’s very rare that we have amazing track 2s. Frozen was great, and looking back there’s a been a few awesome ones over the years (United Vibe as an example) but generally the second track has always been a bit vanilla. Well definitely not the case in 54 or 55 – yay!

What else can I tell you about the release. Well let me say this about the warmup; D&R haven’t been afraid to grab one of the more crazy pop hits of the year and use it as a lower body warmup – as soon as it started I just cracked up. If you thought ‘Sexy and I know it’ was a laugh you’ll love this one too! (no it’s not Gangnam Style – though who knows what could happen in BC56 haha!) You’ll have a lot of fun hooking into the lyrics with this track in class.

Track 2 I’ve mentioned (YOUCH!). The music style was kinda difficult to describe, it’s definitely not rock. Maybe you could almost call it a dubstep remix of another track musically? Hard to explain. Track 3 much like BC54 was another standout. OUTSTANDING. Really really good.

Track 4 was side kicks, side kicks and more side kicks! A little bit of leg loading (much like 54 there are no esquivas in BC55) but there is a move in this track to challenge the legs. But definitely a lot of side kicks in this one! Musically another highlight for me.

Track 5 was a little crazy! Definitely a cardio peak, again you’ll have a lot of fun with this track. Initially I thought the track was Mr Saxobeat (it’s not) but that kinda gives you an idea of the actual style of the music. It was a fun one.

Track 6 is a track that was in BODYPUMP 84 and it’s also in a few other programmes this quarter. Tae Kwon Do and Karate based – Andres presented this and he did a great job! Loads of back and front kicks and not much else!

Muay Thai, killer track. Again not sure how to describe this musically  It’s not rock – but its not trance – it’s kinda a rocky techno track? Bit like the muay thai in 54 – very difficult to pin an actual genre on the music. You’ll understand when you hear it. My absolute favourite move is back in the muay thai in BC55 so I’m a very very happy man. Loved it.

Track 8 was phenomenal too (nothing unusual there). If you remember the surprise at the end of Your Shining (gah, really hate writing the grammatically incorrect “your” but that is the actual name of the track), well this track has something similar. Just when you think you’re done… well… it’s not!

Solid track 9 and lovely cooldown to round the class off.

Sooo… in closing. BODYCOMBAT 55 is another total winner for me. 53 is still my favourite release ever but 54 and 55 are very close behind. It’s fantastic. Loads of kicks, fantastic music and not one single track that I didn’t enjoy. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming months be very excited!

The filming for BODYCOMBAT 56 is scheduled for either Jan 23 or Jan 29 2013 (those are the two filming dates which programmes on which day not confirmed yet but will post as soon as I know), if you’re going I’ll see you there! In the meantime enjoy BC54 guys, when you see it definitely let me know your thoughts!

Here’s the rest of the sizzlers to get you excited. BODYCOMBAT 55 post coming soon 🙂

Hey guys! The filming for BODYCOMBAT 55 was yesterday – man that was OUT OF CONTROL! I’m just writing the post about it now, but in the meantime the sizzler for BODYCOMBAT 54 has hit the net!

I’ve been lucky enough to have had my hands on BC54 for a wee while now and let me tell you it is one crazy release – track 2 is a freaken killer… but 55’s track 2 is even tougher! I’ll write more about that in my BC55 post which should be up in the next 24 hours, in the interim video and text versions of BC54’s sizzler are below, and you can read more about BODYCOMBAT 54 in my filming post – enjoy!

BODYCOMBAT 54 Sizzler

Hey guys and welcome to BODYCOMBAT 54! This release is going to knock you into a whole new world. We have made some really amazing changes based on your huge amount of feedback, and here is the crazily tough class to prove it!
Start softly with a double combo of Rock-chick hits, tons of combos and a lot of movement to really warm deep into your upper and lower bodies.
Then… you will not believe what is about to hit you!
The tempo of Track 2 is super slow, and the movement… TURBULENT. You will probably be finding it a bit tricky to stand up the morning after this workout!
So how do we follow up such a massive, epic Legs track? With the MOST EUPHORIC Track 3 BODYCOMBAT has ever seen.
The pain and subsequent pleasure continues with some ‘sick’ tunes and unthinkable combos until you come to, honestly, one of our most favorite Track 7 and 8 combos ever. You will not believe these two tracks – the sounds are unusual and the choreography is out of control. Just hold on tight!
Now you would think we would’ve given you enough after that, right? Well have you got a surprise in store… Check out the Hip Escape in Track 9, and remember to never ever block us on Facebook! Enjoy this one and remember people…

… stay with the fight. Rach and Dan.

Posters are out!! Kinda similar in theme to the last batch – just a lot brighter! Looks like LMI have dropped the QR codes, no release numbers on these either, and the descriptions are somewhat, erm, “interesting” (calling Vive ‘medium intensity’?? Hmm… not sure that’s really the best selling point, but what do I know).

I’ll be heading to the filmings of BODYPUMP 85 and BODYCOMBAT 55 next week so will keep you posted on those, in the meantime take a look below and let me know your thoughts!

Hey guys! Whoa can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks since my last post, apologies it’s been a crazy time! In the last couple months I completed the CXWORX module, released CX for the first time ever at my gym, completed my certification DVD, learned and launched all the other new releases… it’s been cray cray!

Anyway, all that madness has passed now so let’s talk about 53, 54 and 55!

So, most of you have seen BODYCOMBAT 53 by now yes? Tell me, did it live up to the hype?! (admittedly it was really only me hyping it in my BC53 filming post but now hopefully you can see why!) Is this the best release ever or what?! For me 53 is as close to a perfect release as we’ve come. Just takes off right from track 1 and doesn’t relent right though until the end! And how’s that muay thai? I’d love to hear your thoughts below now most of the world has seen it… do you agree!?

If you did love 53 then I’ve got great news for you… you’re gonna love BODYCOMBAT 54! If you’ve not read my BODYCOMBAT 54 post check it out – another epic release! Again another cranking muay thai track, AMAZING track 5, huge track 8, it’s awesome. Plus if you’re anything like me and had to do Swagger Jagger 5 or 6 times a week during the release period you’re going to really appreciate no leg conditioning tracks in 54… YUS! (don’t get me wrong I really like esquiva tracks but was it just me or were you in the worst state of DOMS of your life after teaching 53 a few times… I’ve been in perpetual agony for 3 weeks!)

Which brings me to BODYCOMBAT 55… unbelievably the filmings start exactly one month away today! I know both Dan and Rach are out of the country at the moment so I’ve not heard any news about how it’s looking yet – but no doubt they’ll start trialing upon their return. What I have heard (bear in mind this is a rumour!) is that Les Mills have signed a special licensing deal with Nick Skitz and Scooter so we can expect more of their tracks in Combat (including exclusive works!). If that rumour is true then I could not be more excited as those are my absolute favourite artists in Combat! Imagine more muay thai tracks like Hardcore Angel and Raver’s Paradise plus more massive cardio tracks from Scooter like Fire and Nessaja! BODYCOMBAT is only going to get better!

So that’s it for now! We’ll start seeing sizzlers for the new releases hit the web any day soon plus I’ll keep my ear to the ground for any news about BC55. In the meantime would love to hear how 53 is being received all around the world so let me know your thoughts!

Writing this I feel I’m at risk of being labelled a bit of a BODYCOMBAT fanboy who always writes glowing reviews. I recall reading on a Les Mills forum recently that someone was sick of, quote, “happy clappers” – thing is if I have been writing rave reports on the releases it’s for a reason! Fact is I’ve been pretty harsh on some releases in the past; if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you’ll know that my review of BODYCOMBAT 44 was less than stellar (I called the release “bleh”!), and even more recently I wasn’t all that enthused (to say the least) by BODYCOMBAT 51 either… however this is now the third release in a row that I’m going to write a glowing report as BODYCOMBAT 54 is fantastic!

BC54 was presented by Dan and Rach as well as Sarah from Denmark. They were dressed in the latest Les Mills Clothing – the look was actually very similar in colour and feel to the “Tribal range” from BC53 which is currently available on the LM website. The gear looked really sharp and much more subtle than the orange gear from 51 and 52 (which may be your cup of tea – subtlety has never really been my specialty haha).

Instructors you’ll notice on the DVD that the class seemed quieter this round. It was, a lot quieter (especially when you compare it to BC53 which was absolutely rammed to capacity!). LMI had decided to run the filmings very early on weekdays (possibly to cause less disturbance to the regular Les Mills Auckland members I’m not sure) – but the day started at 7am Monday morning. BC was filmed at 8:30am – so you can imagine there were a lot less people present as compared to say 7pm which is when they usually film. Meant more room for us to kick which suited me just fine!

So what can I tell you about the release itself. Well, disclaimer as per I can’t mention anything specific about the music or choreography, I can only give my opinion… and my opinion was it’s another outstanding release! If you read my report on BODYCOMBAT 53 (which still stands as my all time favourite release in combat history) I mentioned that a perfect BC class for me is the following: Uplifting warmup; cranking track 3; loads of kicks in track 4 (or track 6, or both!); hard trance track 5; hardcore techno muay thai and a massively uplifting track 8 to round it all off. Guess what – just like BC53 BODYCOMBAT 54 ticks all those boxes!!!

54 starts hard and heavy with a big warmup track. Sarah kicked the class off and man she did a great job. Outstanding work. Must be so hard for guest instructors to fly in and just teach with D&R – she really held her own; top job! Sarah also took track 3 and again, amazing work.

Track 2 was HUUUUGEE!!! Very different to recent track 2s which have had a very rocky feel – I loved this track it went off like a fire cracker! Massive start to the class. And, fantastic track 3 to round the first block off – just what you’d expect, uplifting and awesome!

Track 4 was a cover of a VERY well-known rock track, as was track 6. You’ll know both these artists really well and definitely know both songs. If you’ve been hurting from all the leg loading we’ve had in last four straight releases (50, 51, 52 and 53 all have esquiva and/or leg conditioning tracks) you’ll be happy to know you get a break in 54. No leg loading in 4 or 6 in this release… But, prepare to kick, kick and kick again though OMG!

Track 5…. BOOM!!!! Another incredible t5!! Seriously awesome track! Just like 53 track 5 is one of the highlights! It’s uplifting trance again and man it’s wickedly good! Track 6 is covered above which brings us to muay thai…

And… again, just like 53 track 7 in BC54 is unbelievably good!! Straight after the class I got a facebook message from a friend in the class (hey Violeta!) asking if I knew what the track was as she wanted to download it immediately! Unfortunately I don’t, all I know is the main three words – but if I could find that track I’d be blasting it right now – IT WAS CRANKING!

Track 8 is huge too! A massive track to finish the class and it absolutely went off. D&R really have the format for track 8 nailed it’s consistently amazing from release to release and this is no exception.

Conditioning will definitely make you laugh when you hear it! Similar in feel to 53 and 52 but a little more lighthearted. And the cooldown was great too – lovely finish to the class.

So all in all BODYCOMBAT 54 is fan-freaken-tastic. For me personally it didn’t quite top 53 (which would be pretty much impossible 53 is almost perfect in my mind) but it would be a very close second! Combat is definitely heading in the right direction – I’ve been teaching the programme now for 4 or 5 years (that was my 16th time to a filming!) and my passion for the programme has never been stronger – it just keeps getting better! (oh and thanks for the shout out too Rach!)

So in short my friends be massively excited! My guess is 99% of you haven’t seen 53 yet so man you’re in for a real treat for the next few months! If you’re attending the next filming round see you for BODYCOMBAT 55 on October 23!

Les Mills have posted the BODYCOMBAT 53 tracklist to their website already so I guess it’s okay for me to do the same! BC53 would have to be my favourite release ever! Seriously it is absolutely EPIC. For more on it see my filming post. Coincidentally the BODYCOMBAT 54 filming was this morning – fantastic release as well more on that soon! As usual where covers have been used I’ve tried my best to link to original. Enjoy and be very excited!!!

BODYCOMBAT 53 tracklist

1a: Written In The Stars (Sunny Dee Remix) – Jason Born
1b: Are You Ready For This – Friday Night Posse
2: Rock N Roll All Night – Kicking Import
3: Shine On (Hixxy Remix) – R.I.O.
4: Sweet Dreams – Mislead Lizard
5: True Believer (Styles and Breeze Remix) – E-type
6: Swagger Jagger – Cher Lloyd
7: Blade (Re Con Remix) – Ali Payami vs. Aquagen & Warp Brothers
8: Summer Rain – Breeze vs. Brad Sure Feat Katie Halliday
9: Bangarang – Skrillex feat. Sirah
10: Is Anybody Out There? – Soldier TV


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