NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic


The info below was taken from the BODYCOMBAT Wall of Fame as part of the 10 year celebration. I thought I’d post it here as some if it is really interesting! Always good to see a little bit of how BC has evolved over the years… enjoy! 🙂

This was the famous warm-up no one could ever forget, with My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

We introduced a new move, the Roundhouse Kick

We were living the crazy life with Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loco

The warm-up music was the theme from the video game Mortal Kombat

The Ghostbusters made it into BODYCOMBAT with this release

Choreography videos for BODYCOMBAT were first shown in reversed format

The first Scooter track – Fire!

This release had ‘that’ German track – Ihr Seid So Leise by Aquagen

The Jump Kick was introduced – with Lisa Osborne and Mike McSweeney

The first track to split the room into two groups was Billy Idol’s Dancing With Myself

No one forgets Excalibur by Nick Skitz – the track that gave us chills

We introduced the combo Jab Step Back

A special tribute from New Zealand features in this cooldown – the Maori language song Tarakihi, by Kiri Te Kanawa

We introduced a whole new discipline – Muay Thai

Two popular tracks featured in this release: the Muay Thai Track Shake, by The Clock, and the last power training track Ride On Time by Black Box


This release came with two bonus Tracks: a warm-up to Scooter’s Nessaja and cooldown to the sound of Bon Jovi’s Always

Taku, the BODYCOMBAT Master Trainer from Japan, joined the team for a great release

We introduced leg conditioning in Track 9

We held a competition to see who had the best ideas to pull in the crowds to their classes

This was a milestone release, with five years of BODYCOMBAT now under the belt, and a sad goodbye to Program Directors Nathan and Gaby


This release included a stunning debut by Dan and Rach, appearing alongside Johnny ‘Jabby Jabby Cross’ from Brazil

Dan and Rach added some stage props to the DVD class, and presented with Jenny Chen from Taiwan

Olly Fata and Joe Houpapa joined Dan and Rach to make up the SWAT team

Dan and Rach introduced dry ice stage smoke to the bootcamp-themed filming


This release was the first time we had a cooldown with two songs

We had our first and only Christmas bonus track seen in BODYCOMBAT

This release introduced the Street Brawl Downward Punch, and the Jump Knee

We introduced leg conditioning in track 6 with Hung Up by SBI

An old-school theme was chosen to highlight the original strikes and training techniques from the various Martial Arts’ disciplines in BODYCOMBAT

We introduced the famous Evasive Side Kick, inspired by Capoeira and Kick-boxing

Ivens Kucharski from Portugal joined the team, along with Oscar Fernandez from Spain, who showed us how you don’t need to be able to speak perfect English for great delivery of a track

Thomas Cerboneschi from France came along and gave the class a boost of charm

We had a great track 6 from Scooter, with a very weird name – Behind The Cow

This was the very first release with Hernan ‘Dientitos’ Lopez

Claudia Siera from the Netherlands made us all work hard with our kick-boxing theme

This was the release featuring Rach’s red dress and ‘those’ boots, with a dream team of presenters and that wicked new camera angle over the top of everyone’s heads

We introduced the leg-punishing move from Capoeira – the Esquiva

Justin Sanchez from the USA brought the testosterone level up to an all-time high with Hernan and Dan

The Ultimate BODYCOMBAT Championship theme saw Vanessa Livramento from Portugal team up with Toni Giannini from Brazil

Tanya Walker from England joined Hernan, Dan and Rach to celebrate 10 years of BODYCOMBAT with a great mix of the old and the new


Last night before my BODYCOMBAT class I did as I always do and mapped out my playlist; in all of my classes since Friday I’ve done Beat It from BC37 and Bad from BC36 as a bit of a tribute to MJ’s passing (don’t worry I teach at 3 different gyms so I’m not continually subjecting the same people to the same tracks over and over – just myself! 🙂 ) Now Beat It is a reasonably short track 2 – under 3 and a half minutes (compare that to say The United Vibe from BC35 at over 7 minutes and you can maybe see where I’m going with this…) I’m normally quite aware of the track times and try to accommodate this in my planning – if I choose as shorter track 2 I’ll try to choose say a longer track 3 or 4 etc. – however last night I obviously planned very poorly and even with a short drinks break and time to demo the jump kick to the newbies I turned around at the end of the class and realised the whole thing was over in 51 minutes.

Now “technically” there’s nothing wrong with taking a 51 minute class (BC33 for example was only 47 minutes long itself so Les Mills obviously has no problem with the class time being shorter providing you follow the official format of 10 tracks) however – the truth is I personally do have a bit of a problem with it. I recall when I first started doing BODYCOMBAT (ironically around the time of BC33) I became hooked very quickly and actually used to head along to gyms that I wasn’t a member of and pay casual rates to do a class. It used to really p**s me off when the class was over in, say 47 minutes. I made the effort to get off my butt to go to the gym and paid to do a 55-60 minute class and I used to leave feeling a little ripped off.

So, for that reason I almost always try to plan my playlist so that the class is about 55 minutes long – this means once you intro the class, take a drinks break and demo say the esquiva or jump kick the class perfectly fits a 60 minute slot. BC40 is perfect for this as it’s 55 minutes long. But – once you start mixing you do need to be careful. Here’s “theoretically” what could happen if you don’t plan correctly:

Shortest BODYCOMBAT mix:

01: Summermelody / Does the Fish Have Chips? (BC34)   6:11
02: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (BC34)   3:16
03: Revolution (BC2)  4:19
04: Tribal Dance 2.4 (BC27)   4:26
05: Girlfriend (BC33)   3:37
06: Leave Me Alone (BC32)   3:20
07: Run To The Hills (BC33)   3:01
08: Footloose (BC1)   3:46
09: Gonna Fly Now (BC36)   2:52
10: Hero (BC31)   3:38

Total: 38:26

Longest BODYCOMBAT mix:

01: The Immortals (BC4) / Electric Avenue (BC12)  10:12
02: The United Vibe (BC35)   7:11
03: Sweetheart (BC40)   6:41
04: Jump (BC35)   7:03
05: How Far We’ve Come (BC37)   6:33
06: Stamp (BC37)   6:47
07: Party Non Stop (BC36)   6:51
08: Cry For You (BC39)   6:47
09: Somebody To Love (BC21)   6:03
10: Now We Are Free (BC20)   7:04

Total: 1:11:12

Difference between longest and shortest mix: 32 min 48 sec!

Looking at the above you could have an entire class over in 38 minutes and still follow the 10 track format! Amazing huh?! (big thanks to Tapio too for compiling that info)

Now, you can plan your playlists instinctively which will work (base each track on an average of 5-6 minutes and bingo you’ve got an hour) – however, as I discovered last night this isn’t full proof so there’s a website I found which is pretty handy; The Time Calculator. Just type in the track times straight out of your iPod (or off the CD case if you don’t/can’t use an iPod at your gym) and it neatly gives you a running total. Simple as that!

Be interested in your thoughts!

Les Mills have a pretty cool new addition to their website – the Wall of Fame. This details every BODYCOMBAT release from 1-40 along with a little bit of trivia about each one. If you’re registered on you can add yourself to the specific release you trained on (for me it was 34). It’s really interesting, take a look here!

BODYCOMBAT "Wall of Fame"

BODYCOMBAT "Wall of Fame"

Hey guys, just added a page that has every BODY COMBAT track listing right through from release 1 till the current (at time of writing it’s BC38). I’ll be adding each release as soon as I get the info (already have about half of 39 but won’t list it till it’s confirmed…)

You can now find the full list via the link above or simply click here.

You’ll find BODYCOMBAT 3 listed even though it’s been withdrawn (always interested in more info on that if you do know more about it – specific details as to why it was deemed unsafe are sketchy).

If you can assist any further or notice any errors (I’m pretty sure they’re all correct but who knows!) then please drop me a line below, every little bit of info is appreciated!

Hey guys, sorry for my lack of posting for the last few days, been absolutely flat out IRL, and to be honest I wanted to give BC38 a real decent blast before writing a full review. I still haven’t had a chance to do BODYPUMP 68 yet either so will be writing about that in the next week too. All the local gyms are releasing in the next week or so, so no doubt I’ll be doing both releases more than enough in due course!

Right, I found the following information incredibly interesting so I hope you do too. Let me preface that I didn’t compile these lists, they are 100% completely and utterly stolen from Tapio – thanks bud! The following mixes are current right up till BODYCOMBAT 38 (which as it happens didn’t actually make it onto either list!), but they do show the importance of being very careful when making up your class mixes, as there’s a 32 minute difference between the longest and shortest mix! It also shows you can actually fit a full 10 track class into a 45 minute class slot with no problems whatsoever. What really surprised me is the shortest list, imagine putting a full class together and it being over in 38 minutes! Your members would be spewing! IMO BC38 is the perfect length, 56 minutes.  Anyway, enjoy!


01: Summermelody / Does the Fish Have Chips? (BC34)   6:11
02: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (BC34)   3:16
03: Revolution (BC2)  4:19
04: Tribal Dance 2.4 (BC27)   4:26
05: Girlfriend (BC33)   3:37
06: Leave Me Alone (BC32)   3:20
07: Run To The Hills (BC33)   3:01
08: Footloose (BC1)   3:46
09: Gonna Fly Now (BC36)   2:52
10: Hero (BC31)   3:38

Total: 38:26


01: The Immortals (BC4) / Electric Avenue (BC12)  10:12
02: The United Vibe (BC35)   7:11
03: Magic Touch (BC36)   6:04
04: Jump (BC35)   7:03
05: How Far We’ve Come (BC37)   6:33
06: Stamp (BC37)   6:47
07: Party Non Stop (BC36)   6:51
08: Rock Da Bass (BC12)   6:40
09: Somebody To Love (BC21)   6:03
10: Now We Are Free (BC20)   7:04

Total: 1:10:30

Difference between longest and shortest mix: 32 min 4 sec!

Now isn’t that interesting! Whilst on the subject of track listings, I’m starting to compile the track list for BC39, so if anyone (ahem… Andreas perhaps?? 😉 ) can assist I’d be forever grateful! Thanks guys!

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