NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic

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Hey guys! Apologies for the lack of posts lately, been very busy! (you’ll see why below). Realised this morning that it’s exactly one month till GFX kicks off – and that includes BODYCOMBAT 53! Yee haa! A friend of mine did a trial class with Rach last week and the feedback I got was that the release is nothing short of epic – so can’t wait for that!

I’ve officially booked our tickets for GFX, both massive days of filmings and workshops and most importantly the PAAAARTAY! It’s going to be an epic event! If you’re keen to come check out all the details and book at – you’ll need to use the password: gfwarpspeed

The GFX has a really special place in my heart as it was the GFX event three years ago that I really connected with my current partner. We were both seeing other people at the time of the event and it was over the GFX weekend that we discovered we had a undeniable bond and began to fall for each other. In fact we drove back from Auckland to our hometown together after that weekend, immediately broke up with our respective partners and have been inseparable since!

Which brings me to the reason why I’ve kinda disappeared off the radar the last few weeks as we got married on Saturday!  So just goes to show, Les Mills not only gets you fit and changes your body and life – but also brings true love! If it wasn’t for Les Mills I never would’ve met my wife, in fact we actually met for the first time in a BODYPUMP class! And of course our wedding and first dance had Les Mills choreography in it – how could it not?! We fly out for our honeymoon in two weeks, and fly back into Auckland the morning of GFX – we wouldn’t miss it for the world!

So if you’re going to GFX look out for the new Mr & Mrs Stollery there – and if you’re not then I’ll post all the details I’m allowed right here on this blog. And to the team at Les Mills – thank you for introducing me to my wife and bringing me the happiest day of my life – how amazing is the Les Mills tribe!

THIS is the big one! The Global Fitness Xtravaganza! All the filmings and workshops over one massive 2 day period!

Timetable summary is below – otherwise check out the full (and I mean FULL!) schedule here. As always these times are subject to change by LMI/LMNZ. See ya there guys!

Friday 11th May 2012

  • 7:00am BODYPUMP 83
  • 8:30am BODYSTEP 89
  • 10:15am BODYJAM 62
  • 11:45am CXWORX 8
  • 1:45pm RPM 56

Saturday 12th May 2012

  • 7:00am BODYCOMBAT 53
  • 8:30am BODYVIVE 24
  • 10:00am BODYATTACK 78
  • 12:00pm SH’BAM 9
  • 1:00pm BODYBALANCE 58

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

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! 😀


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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)


  • 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)


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

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

Well the big weekend is over, and what a weekend it was! For those that aren’t aware (how could that be?!) the GFX is the biggest Les Mills group fitness event of the year – 2 FULL days of programme releases, DVD filmings and fitness seminars attended by, well, seemingly everyone! Every single class from BODYVIVE to BODYCOMBAT was packed to capacity – if anything the classes were almost too full! There were deep deep queues of peeps waiting desperately to get a space, and although I managed to get there early enough to make every class I planned to I know of many that didn’t. In 48 hours I hit 9 classes, including BODYPUMP 70 and 71, and BODYCOMBAT 40 and 41. I also went to the latest BODYBALANCE and BODYVIVE (I’ve only ever done those classes once before!) – it was an absolutely awesome weekend and I had a fricken blast!

Tell you what it’s Monday morning here now and I’m bloody sore though! (Darn you BODYPUMP!!) 😀

Now I know that you’re all waiting for info on BODYCOMBAT 41 and BODYPUMP 71. Well, as this was the GFX we all got notified that there were no cameras allowed in the filmings (in fact the email sent out said the camera would be confiscated and images deleted). So, I’ve got no pics! (I know – but I have to play by the rules!) However, PJ (God bless him) managed to take a few from the BC41 filming which you can view here.

As for a full update on BC41? Well it’s coming but you will have a to wait a little bit! I will be keeping this blog as updated as I can but details of BC41 will have to remain under wraps (just for now) for reasons that I’m sure you’ll discover in due course. I know I’m a tease!!

As well as that I’ve got loads of other updates to write about including a full review of BC40 as well as BP70 and local releases… but before that maybe I should concentrate on trying to walk properly again! 😉

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