NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic

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If you read this blog regularly you may recall that I registered for the BODYPUMP module a couple months ago. I enjoy Pump (Combat however is definitely my passion) and figured it would be a nice additional feather in my cap. I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to teach it, but, figured if a gym needed cover or the opportunity arose it would be a great skill to have. And I still believe all those things…

What I didn’t count of was the actual weekend rolling around so bloody quickly and me being so unprepared! The last few weeks especially have been very hectic for me, two other local combat instructors have been away and I’ve been covering all their classes (plus mine) resulting in, and this isn’t an exaggeration, my teaching 14 combat classes per week – on top of a full time job. I don’t believe in the “I didn’t have time” excuse (we all have the exact same amount of minutes in a day; what you’re really saying is “it wasn’t a priority for me” ) – but, doing all those classes did mean it was very hard to get a Pump class in. In reality I haven’t done a Pump class in probably 6 weeks…

Now, that’s all well and good but if you know anything about the Pump module you’ll know going into 3 intensive days of absolute Pump craziness when your body hasn’t done a pump class in over a month is NOT a good idea! Day three finally finished today and boy – I am in a lot of pain!!!!

As for the module itself, well I’ll make this relatively brief as I have to be on a plane to Perth in a few hours but the weekend rocked. The module was taken by Matt Thraxton (GFM at Les Mills New Lynn and presenter on the BODYPUMP 69 DVD) itself was structured in a very similar way to the combat module – day one we started with a Pump class (funny that) covered a lot of theory and basically spent the entire day in learning mode. Day two we presented our tracks twice (meaning we did two full classes), more theory, plus we did the BODYPUMP Challenge, which I am convinced is just an excuse for the trainer to literally belt the living crap out of us for an hour (was a blast though!). Day three we presented twice again (different tracks), and spent a bit of time covering our respective strengths and weaknesses based on our performance (much like the combat module watching myself on DVD was a bit of an eye opener!)

There were nine of us in the group and the experience range varied widely, from instructors of other programmes (one was an RPM instructor, another a Jam instructor), a few Personal Trainers, to a couple of people who’d literally never stepped foot on a stage. All up as you’d expect the 3 days entailed a boatload of exercise (probably didn’t help myself that I did a combat class on each of the days as well… gotta get the cardio in ya know! – though the other peeps in the module did think I was rather mental for doing that…)

I learnt a tonne and would like to go into it in more detail but I literally have to get some sleep as I have to be up to go to the airport in 4 hours. As such my postings may be rather sparse (read that as non existent) over the next ten days but I promise I’ll bring you right up to speed right after my holiday… I think it’ll take me about that long to recover!

Below are the video sizzlers for the latest bunch of releases – is it just me or are these things getting crazier!! 😉 ENJOY!




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Well here it is! I haven’t had a chance to try this release as I couldn’t make the filming but workshop is early Feb so I’ll post my review as soon as I can… As for the music selection itself… let me know your thoughts!

01. Better In Time – Jamie Knight
02. Get This Party Started – Dan Winter
03. I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy
04. Castles In The Sky – Liz Kay
05. Shut Up & Drive – Rihanna
06. So What – Pink
07. Stand Alone – Dyce
08. All I Ever Wanted – Basshunter
09. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
10. Let Me Be Myself – 3 Doors Down

I LOVE track 4 and track 8 personally – but that’s just me. Having So What by Pink as a track 6 in both BODYCOMAT 39 and BODY PUMP 69 could make life a little interesting (how sick we will get of that song haha) but nevermind! Anyway, really keen to hear your thoughts – this release has a special place in my heart as it’s the release I’ll be doing module on… so it better be good!!!! 😉

* Please note that I can’t guarantee the exact mixes are the same as the ones on the links (track 7 for example is a remix) – but you’ll get the general idea. Again special thanks to Andreas and Raina!

BODYPUMP® 69 is a strong, intense release that you’re going to learn fast and have fun with! The music is pumping with awesome tracks from Fall Out Boy, Pink and Rihanna, motivating you to really challenge yourself – and your class. The squats track is tough but, as the song suggests, it really gets the party started! There are three blocks of work and in each block the legs are pre-fatigued with bottom halves before the singles.

The chest track is short, simple and hard. Fall Out Boy’s rocking track I Don’t Care provides the momentum needed to get through more killer bottom halves before you start the good, honest, back work in track 4. It’s a classic track with three sets of identical work.

Pink’s huge hit So What ensures the biceps track is oozing attitude – this song is definitely the fun peak of this release! It’s another short, intense track but you’ll feel the burn in the bottom halves. There’s a new move in the lunges track – the three quarters squat. Coming up threequarters of the way in the squats means the load is kept on the leg muscles and boy, does it hurt!

And there’s no relenting of the pain in the massive shoulders track which features two supersets. You do three exercises back-to-back to challenge the shoulders in a slightly different way. Don’t be fooled with the cool feel of Kid Rock’s All Summer Long in the abdominals track as there’s a strong core challenge ahead, before you catch your breath and cool down to the smooth sounds of Let Me Be Myself by 3 Doors Down.

I love Pink (the singer not the colour!) – so it came as no surprise to me that I’ve become hooked on her latest single “So What”. It’s got such a catchy riff “nana nana nana na-nana nana nana”. And it got me thinking, this would make a perfect combat song! Pink has been a popular track 6 in combat in the past (“Leave me alone” in BodyCombat 32 and “U + UR Hand” in BC31), her songs always have a little bit of ‘attitude’ perfect for combat! And So What is no exception! In fact driving to work this morning I could actually picture the choreography in my head ‘So What [jab jab cross] – I’m still a rock star [jab jab cross] I got my rock moves [upper upper] and I don’t need you [back kick – back kick], and guess what [repeat combo]’

Well in hindsight that chorey would suck but heck I worked it out while waiting at the lights five minutes ago I’m sure I could do better! Anyway, song is below (video ROCKS too!) let me know what you think! 🙂

If you can’t see the vid above it’s here

UPDATE 31 October 2008: Latest word is So What is also in BODYPUMP 69 – yay!!!

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