les-mills-bodycombat-62-dvd-coverBodyCombat 61 has been and gone. What did you think of it?  Track listing for BodyCombat 62 has been posted, copied by many and re-posted. It’s been over 4 weeks I’ve been doing this release and it’s still going strong.

Initial overall thoughts

A solid release with something for everyone.  I really like the music.  This has to be one of the longest releases to date that I have not been approached by a participant asking when we’re going to start mixing. Winning formula maybe?  If you agree/disagree please feel free to comment at the end :).

Anyway onto the tracks

Track 1a – Upper body warmup – Someone Like You (Kris McTwain Radio Edit)N-Finity

Fun simple boxing combinations allowing a check in with technique before the release is on its way.   Nothing complicated nice warm-up.

Track 1b – Lower body warmup – Home Alone (Invader! Remix Edit)Vanilla Kiss

Really enjoy the warm-up as a whole and this lower body one enjoys simple choreography flowing from one move to the next. Plenty of opportunity to check feet position when doing the roundhouse and side kicks.

Track 2 – Combat 1 – Famous Last Words – The Wrapper

A really short and sharp track which hooks into the world of Karate/kick-boxing. The blocks and katas give this track a bit of character.   Enjoying the combination of cross, jab, cross, roundhouse before the breakdown of low/mid block side kick.  If you’re new to BodyCombat and never done martial arts this can look complicated and deceiving.   Once grounded and confidence has grown  you’ll see that this brings a different angle to the track. When you finally get in to it, it’s over.  More please.

Track 3 – Power training 1 –  Give A Little LoveAl Storm & Euphony

As with all track 3’s it comes with a high energy track with a nice combination. I was a little confused by the drop cross as the master class video Dan doesn’t seem to change height once the combination is thrown together, how have you been teaching it? Fantastic happy track.  When adding the hooks to the cross,jab, cross, 2 jabs combination I use levels when doing the 4 hooks, encouraging a harder hook at each count, the fourth hook being the hardest.

Track 4 – Combat 2 – Dark Horse (Hard Dance Alliance Mix)Kerrie Scene

Little more katas are introduced to this release rising block, low block with a sweep before the cardio kicks in.  When first doing the track it seems a little unnatural but it slowly sinks in and brings a new tool to the tool set. This has a bit of everything in it from kick-boxing: jab,cross, hook 2 knees to Tae Kwon Do: knee, front kick back to kick-boxing: roundhouse knee, side kick. Lots of areas to fine tune technique especially when kicking..

Track 5 – Power training 2 – CrashAl Storm

Jabs to the left, jabs to the right, seems like an over spillage from previous releases or a speeded up warm-up but none the less brings a tonne load of boxing.   Like most track 5’s you can have a little fun while setting challenges.

Track 6 – Combat 3 – Y.A.L.A. – M.I.A

Capoeira influenced and by the end of it your legs will be exhausted.  Leg conditioning in a short and sweet track, squats, lunges, double knees, front kicks, fantastic.  I am a huge fan of Spitfire(BodyCombat 46) and this track is like it’s sister.

Track 7 – Muay Thai – Let The Beat Go (Single)S3RL feat. Johnny

The word is “high-intensity”, the music, the knees, elbows, jabs, crosses this has to be my favourite track from this release.  8 minutes of pure delight as we push through each boundary with another round.  While the upper body movement and knees is fairly straight forward focusing on technique for the street brawl downward punch is a natural given as participants become tired.  If you’re a participant reading this please check your posture/position:

downward-street-brawl-punch

Track 8 – Power training 3 – Power Of Love – Absolutely Elegant

First time I done this track I could feel it down my sides.  Simple boxing combinations. It just doesn’t stop.   Uppercuts galore, love it.  Defo one for the mixing bag.  For the last 4 rounds of uppercuts and jabs I have started making participants face each another while doing it. The result has been astonishing, speed, power, and effort all thrown together equals a great way to finish the last power track.

Track 9 – Conditioning – 3 Kingz (Single)Major G.A.U.G.E feat. Hunger & Qwote

For me it’s 5 minutes of CXWorx.  Nothing exciting or crazy. Maybe a sign of running out of ideas?

Track 10 – Cool down – I Was HereBeyoncè

Really nice cool down with the kata being used from track 4. Job done.

What Next?

BodyCombat 63 track listing is out. What will BodyCombat 63 bring?  Predictions : more Karate kata’s, jump knees and switch lunges…..

Lot of new moves from BodyCombat 50 through to BodyCombat 60 and they’ve been one hit wonders.  Will we see these moves again any time soon?

Roger and I will probably be chatting about this release soon so please check out his group fitness over coffee podcast.

Got launch pictures/videos you want to share?

Every release after my thoughts have been made public I do a post on “Everything BodyCombat release?”.  These can all be found : http://www.siphilp.co.uk/tag/everything-body-combat.  If you’d like to share something in the Everything BodyCombat 62 then please get in touch.

Give Feedback

If you have any thoughts about BodyCombat 62 and you’d like to share then please feel free to comment or get in touch. If you didn’t already know you can also give feedback to Les Mills in relation to any programme/release. Are you an instructor? Heard of the BLAH (be loud and heard)? http://www.lesmills.com/blah (If it has been updated). Are you a participant? You can let Les Mills know about your experiences with after class. http://www.lesmills.com/global/classes/after-class-surveys.aspx .

 

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