Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

BODYCOMBAT 39 filming

Arrrggg! I'm a tad frustrated at myself! Last night was the BODYCOMBAT 39 filming in Auckland - snapped quite a few pics (some below), made a few mental notes about the chorry so I could post it here this morning, but I've forgotten all the darn tracks that were in it! Sorry! nevermind, I can confirm my suspicions were correct and "So What" by Pink is the track 6 (more on that below) and I can also confirm Scooter vs. Status Quo "Whatever you want" is track 4 - the rest I've drawn a complete and utter blank! Bloody useless if you ask me! ;)

The theme for BODY COMBAT 39 is cage fighting (Ultimate Fighting Championship). The stage was decked out as a cage, and Dan, Rach and the other two presenters (whose names I've forgotten too sorry!) were all wearing gear with a 'cage pattern' on it. Looked pretty awesome actually! All for were tanned and in absolutely awesome shape. The one thing I'll say about this release is that they have kept it REALLY simple. There's no ginga, no esquiva, no e-kick, no jump knees - it's all really really simple chorry (and sometimes really repetitive). Track 4 does have the jump kick, but that's the only "advanced" move in the entire release.

The real stand out tracks for me were track 6, and track 7. Track 6 (So What by Pink) had simple but effective chorry - two sets double uppers, hook-hook, back kick, double knee, front kick. I found myself getting into a really good rhythm coming from the back kick into the knees and really enjoyed this track. The fact I love the song helped! Rach presented this and she was able to really build the levels and hit the peak with heaps of attitude "we're all gonna get in a fight!".

Track 7 (Muay Thai) was awesome too. A tonne of knees... and I really mean a TONNE of knees, and just when you thought the track was over it wasn't and continued with another massive burst of knees.

I mentioned that the chorry in this release is simple, and it really is. That can be good as it makes the entry into BC easier for people trying it for the first time. I'm sure there have been times when new participants have tried to emulate an instructor doing jumping evasive side kicks on their first class and maybe gotten a little freaked out! Nice thing about this (and quite a few of the recent releases actually) is that newbies can quite easily follow the moves almost immediately without too much of a worry. The downside is simple movements can get a little boring for the diehard experienced combatters. The power training tracks in particular were pretty repetitive I thought. One of them (I'm pretty sure it was track 3) had the same sequence repeated 6 times throughout the track... of course I enjoyed it last night but I did worry that perhaps the novelty could wear off? Time will tell of course.

One other interesting point was that there was no crunches nor sit ups in this release. Not-a-one! Instead we had the plank! I know! A plank in combat! And a lot of them - both front and side. It was kinda cool for a change and the great thing is the transition from a plank into a press up is of course seamless.

All in all I really enjoyed the release. And I enjoyed all of the music - a really consistent hard workout with no lulls - I think it'll be great for bringing new people into the programme too. Of course having only done it once my opinion will no doubt change after the official release - but IMO this is definitely a release to look forward to!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BODY PUMP 68 Tracklist

Although I'm only a BODYPUMP participant (I'm thinking maybe I'll do the instructor module next year) I've had a few requests for the Body Pump 68 track list, so here it is! Below are the links to the songs on youtube (as best I could find) - obviously until the workshop I can't guarantee that these are the exact versions used by Les Mills. The quarterly is in two weeks (November 15) so I'll post my feedback then. In the meantime enjoy!

1. "Perfect Day" - Indigo
2. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - Nick Skitz
3. "It's Not My Time" - 3 Doors Down
4. "What Do You Want From Me" - Cascada
5. "Hook Me Up" - Veronicas
6. "Start It" - Vanessa Amorosi
7. "Listen To Your Heart" - Nick Skitz
8. "My Game" - Darude
9. "Forever" - Chris Brown
10. "Dare To Live" - Andrea Bocelli

BODYPUMP 68 Sizzler:

Look forward to lots of exciting new tempos and combos in BODYPUMP®68.

There is more focus, for example, on pure strength in the Chest Track, emphasis on power in the Back Track and overall, you are going to get a huge cardio blast. There are also some cool new moves in the Triceps, Lunges and Abs Tracks. Watch for lots of Singles and Bottom Halves in combination with slow strength in the Squats Track. The six sets of Singles will increase your heart rate, burn calories and help you get fit faster!

The heavy beat and uplifting feel of Big Girls Don't Cry really powers you through this great interval training session. The new tempo in the Chest Track is the Slow Bottom Half – it is all about control and it's tough! Watch out for the 4 Clean & Presses in a row in the Back Track. This is intense! This will lift up the heart rate and bring a huge power-training effect to this track.

No bar is used in the Triceps Track instead, the focus is on Kickbacks, Pushups and Seated Extensions and you'll be able to sing along to the Veronicas' Hook Me Up. Again, the Bottom Halves are the killers in the Biceps Track but give it your all because the song is short.

A remix of Listen to Your Heart will get you through the killer butt workout that is the Lunges Track. Your legs are going to be hammered with the Forward-Stepping Pulsing Lunge and then you're going to give whatever's left to the new move – the Front Squat. You position the bar on the front of your shoulders which gives you a totally new sensation in your legs and helps you maintain a perfect back position when squatting.

The Plate Crunch in the Abdominal Track adds resistance to your sixpack. Straight from the weight room, this is authentic resistance abs work at its best and will seal the deal in BODYPUMP® 68.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Doesn't matter how fit you are... doing something new hurts!!

I consider myself pretty fit. I exercise every single day, at least one combat class per day, as well as 2 or 3 weight workouts per week - and it's only about once every two or three weeks I'll actually take a day off. My heart rate monitor has a function that tests your fitness level (assigning you an OwnIndex - a measurement that predicts your maximal oxygen uptake [VO2max]) and mine was in the "elite" range so yes all this combat is keeping me pretty fit.

However, the weekend just gone was a long weekend here in NZ (Labour Day) and I went away for a bit of a break, and as a result I couldn't get to any classes for two days. No biggie, I figured I'd keep my fitness up by doing some running. So I went on two runs on Sunday totalling about 12k (7k on a treadmill in the morning and a 5k bush run in the afternoon), and one yesterday which was about 7k or 8k. Only thing is today I got up for my 6am combat class and could barely walk! I actually had to apologise to the class beforehand for my lackluster technique as my quads are so sore I could/can barely kick at all!

Funnily enough once the class started and I got a bit of blood pumping through them they weren't so bad. The exact same thing happened to me when I first started BODYPUMP. I was so sore after my first Pump class that I was hobbling around afterwards for over a week!

But, it did get me thinking about maybe adding a bit of variety into my exercise regime. Right now the only variety I have is doing different releases in each combat class :)

I'm definitely going to keep up the running now I've started, especially now we're coming into summer here, running outside is a definite option... besides, I want my body to get used to it so I don't have to go through all this pain again! The moral of the story seems to be that no matter how fit you are, starting a different form of exercise hurts! Anyone else experience something similar or I am the only one who goes through this?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Exciting few weeks ahead!

Got a busy few weeks coming up BODYCOMBAT wise; Got the filming for BODYCOMBAT 39 on Nov 3rd (can't wait for that!!), as well as the Les Mills Instructor Workshop on November 15th which is the release of BODYCOMBAT 38... which means we'll be releasing BC38 at our gym around a week or so after that... phew!

Plus I've going to get my assessment done for full certification in the coming 3-4 weeks; One of the fantastic advantages of working at my gym is that we have a live assessor actually come and view the class personally rather than having to send in a DVD to LMNZ. The great thing about this is that; a) You get your result IMMEDIATELY and don't have to wait 2-4 months to find out you've passed (gulp... or failed!) and b) the assessor can get the true feel for the class participants and the atmosphere instead of just seeing the instructor through the eye of a single lens.

I'm going to get that done before we release BC38 as once we've released that we'll be doing it for several weeks and I already know BC37 like the back of my hand (especially having done it for module).

All in all very exciting times! I'll ensure I make a note of the tracks in BC39 and get as many pics as I can and post them here so stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It's about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian who needs to return the ring back to Mordor

It's pretty rare that a TV show actually makes you double over with laughter but this week's episode of The Office was so funny I actually had to pause it for several minutes as I was literally on the verge of tears I was laughing so hard.

The episode is about work ethics; wasting company time, pinching office equipment etc. Dwight claims he's never wasted a minute of company time so Jim follows him around with a stop watch, timing everything he does that isn't work related (including sneezes and yawns). Dwight is doing well not wasting any time (he even sneezed with his eyes open) so Jim decides to taunt him by intentionally having a conversation with Andy about a subject he knows Dwight won't be able to resist (Battlestar Galatica). If you don't watch the show you won't find the dialogue below terribly amusing, but if you do then enjoy;
Jim: Hey Andy.

Andy: Yo!

Jim: By any chance did you see Battlestar Galactica last night?

Andy: No, I did not. Is that any good?

Jim: Actually not. It's really so-so.

Dwight: [turning] Ok...

Jim: [showing Dwight the stopwatch]

Dwight: [faces his desk and says nothing]

Jim: Man like the whole "crazy monsters" and stuff like Klingons and Wookies and all that but...

Dwight: [turns again]

Jim: [turns and shows Dwight the stopwatch again] Sorry, was there something you wanted to add Dwight?

Dwight: [says nothing and continues to work]

Andy: Is that anything like the original Battlestar Galactica?

Jim: You know what's weird? It's practically a shot-for-shot remake.

Andy: Really? Huh, that's cool.

Dwight: [crumples papers trying to resist the urge to speak out]

Jim: [watching Dwight with stopwatch ready]

Jim: The story's kinda bland. It's about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian who needs to return the ring back to Mordor.

Dwight: Ok...

Andy: Really, that doesn't sound right...

You can currently view the entire episode here (though I'm not sure for how long)

BODY COMBAT 38 :: Track list (complete!)

Finally got the full BODYCOMBAT 38 tracklist below - mainly thanks to you guys! You rock! I've also linked to the vids on youtube (where possible) in case you're not familiar with a song... enjoy!

Track 1a: "Writing on the wall" - 2-4 Grooves
Track 1b: “Because the Night” - Cascada
Track 2: “Try It Again” - The Hives
Track 3: "Like I feel (squad-e mix)" - D:code Feat Emma
Track 4a: "Headbangerz Rock Da Club" - Nick Skitz
Track 4b: "Cold As Ice" - Starsplash
Track 5: “The Best Damn Thing” - Avril Lavigne
Track 6: “No Good” - The Prodigy
Track 7: "Raver’s Paradise (Stadium Mix)" - Nick Skitz feat MC BB
Track 8: “What hurts the most (Al Storm remix)” - Cascada
Track 9: “When I grow up” - Pussycat Dolls
Track 10: "Say (All I Need)" - OneRepublic

Wicked that's all of them - thanks guys!

Just got an message on Facebook that Dan and Rach are trialling BC39 in their class at Les Mills Auckland - apparently it's really cool - I'm so jealous!

Thanks again guys!