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Hello! Long time no speak! Seems like every time I write a blog post these days I start it with an apology for my lack of communication. And… this will be no exception. Sorry! In my defence I have been all over the show. My new role as the Brand Manager for Les Mills here in the Middle East means I do a lot of travel. A lot. It’s barely April and I’ve been on four separate overseas trips visiting seven different countries! Not that I’m complaining of course!

One of those trips was to IHRSA fitness event with the LMI crew in San Diego. Man, what a blast that was. A full week of fitness immersion! Most of it I can’t really comment on (what goes on tour stays on tour!) but if we’re friends on facebook you may’ve seen a few sneaky snippets. 😉

Anyway – the below is an exact copy and paste from the Les Mills website on the next filming coming up very soon. You’ll notice LM are ‘auditioning’ people for some of the filmings this quarter (whoa bit flash!) If you are going and want to write about any of the filmings let me know!

 

MAY 2014: Q3 2014 FILMING DATES:

Q3 2014 will be filmed on Apr 30 and May 5th. Tickets will be available on Feb 3rd for the filming of RPM™, and the casting for Les Mills GRIT™ series. Please be informed this timetable is subject to changes without notice:

Wednesday April 30th 

07.00 – BODYVIVE 32™
08.30 – BODYBALANCE 66™
11.00 – BODYATTACK 86™
12.30 – SH’BAM 17™
13.30 – BODYPUMP 91™

Monday May 5th

07.00 – RPM 64™
09.00 – BODYCOMBAT 61™
10.30 – BODYJAM 70™
13.00 – BODYSTEP 97™

Wednesday May 14th

Special classes will be filmed off-site this round. If you want to join this team, you need to go though the casting process.
Morning – CXWORX 16™ – to register, click here >
Afternoon – BODYSTEP™ REEBOK – to register, click here >

If you are not a Les Mills New Zealand club member or instructor, you will need to purchase a casual pass. Casual passes are sold online and are giving you access to the filming classes and all other classes in the club (There is a fee for some classes like RPM™). You can purchase a pass anytime. Keep in mind the price is more expensive at the club. To purchase a casual pass valid between March 1st and May 31st, 2014, click here >

To join the filming group of RPM™64, click here > 

To be a participant for CXWORX™16 filming (date and time to be confirmed) click here >

To join the casting process for Les Mills™ GRIT 10 filmed on May 8 and 9th, click here >

Hi guys! Loads of you are asking when the new tracklists are coming out; well workshops start this weekend in NZ so expect them any day now! (I can’t release the info until they start sorry them’s the rules!)

In the meantime here are the dates for the next batch of filmings in May! (Brrr NZ is chilly in May if you’re going rug up!) As always these dates/times are subject to change by LMI – has only happened a couple times and I’ll post immediately if I get word. If you are going enjoy!

Monday, 6 May 2013

  • 7.00am BODYCOMBAT 57
  • 8.30am BODYBALANCE 62
  • 10.45am BODYPUMP 87
  • 12.15pm BODYATTACK 82
  • 1.45pm BODYJAM 66

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

  • 7.00am BODYSTEP 93
  • 8.30am BODYVIVE 28
  • 10.30am SH’BAM 13
  • 2.00pm RPM 60

Saturday, 11 May 2013

  • 8.45pm CXWORX 12

For those of you heading over for the filmings next month here are the times from LMI (special thanks to Ray for the head’s up!). As luck would have it the guess on my last post was correct (man I’m good haha)… Means I’ve probably been doing this way too long! 😉

As usual there’s a small chance these times could be changed by LMI – I’ll try to let you know if that happens. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • 7:00am BODYVIVE 27
  • 8:30am BODYBALANCE 61
  • 11:00am BODYPUMP 86
  • 12:30pm BODYATTACK 81
  • 2:00pm SH’BAM 12

Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • 7:45pm CXWORX 11

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • 7:00am BODYSTEP 92
  • 8:30am BODYCOMBAT 56
  • 10:30am BODYJAM 65
  • 2:00pm RPM 59

Really short post as quite a few of you are asking about the dates for the next batch of filmings. I haven’t posted them yet as LMI haven’t confirmed which programmes are on what dates (other than CXWORX) but just so you know the dates are as follows:

  • Day 1: January 23, 2013
  • Day 2: January 26, 2013 (CXWORX 11)
  • Day 3: January 29. 2013

So if you’re booking flights those are what you should be aiming for. *IF* (and that’s a BIG “if”) they follow the same format as the last few filmings then day 1 will be BODYBALANCE 61, BODYVIVE 27, BODYATTACK 81, BODYPUMP 86 and SH’BAM 12 and day 3 will be RPM 59, BODYSTEP 92, BODYCOMBAT 56 and BODYJAM 65 – however that’s just my guess don’t hold me to that! If you are flying in to be safe I’d be here that entire period (and maybe the week before to catch the rehearsals if you can!)

As always these dates are subject to change by LMI – keep an eye out I’ll make another post as soon as I know what programs are on what days. See ya there!

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!

** UPDATE October 1: Please note the times on day 1 have changed slightly since I first posted them **

Well looks like another batch of morning classes! I’m actually really happy about that as it means I still get to teach that evening. No word on when GRIT is being filmed sorry. If you’re going see ya there!

Wednesday, 17th October 2012

  • 7:00am BODYATTACK 80
  • 8:30am BODYBALANCE 60
  • 11:00am SH’BAM 11
  • 12:00pm BODYPUMP 85
  • 1:30pm BODYVIVE 26

Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

  • 7:00am BODYSTEP 91
  • 8:30am BODYCOMBAT 55
  • 10:30am BODYJAM 64
  • 12:00pm CXWORX 10
  • 2:30pm RPM 58

Whoa next round of filmings is for 2013! Man where has this year gone!? As usual dates below are subject to change by LMI. I wonder what Lisa has planned for the 20 year anniversary and the big BODYATTACK 80! If you’re going see you there!

Wednesday, 17th October 2012

  • BODYBALANCE 60
  • BODYVIVE 26
  • BODYATTACK 80
  • BODYPUMP 85
  • SH’BAM 11

Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

  • CXWORX 10
  • RPM 58
  • BODYSTEP 91
  • BODYCOMBAT 55
  • BODYJAM 64

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