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Can’t Stop the Feeling – Track list for Les Mills Body Balance release 76

Better late than never – here’s the track list for Les Mills Body Balance release 76.

You’ll see this in clubs from April 2017.

If you don’t want spoilers DON’T READ any further. Otherwise, have a look.

Track list for Les Mills Body Balance release 76

Here’s what Les Mills have to say about release 76.

“We choreographed this release while on holiday… can you tell? It’s smooth and slow and accompanied by a lot of upbeat music – it’s really pretty lovely, even if we do say so ourselves!”

Now it’s your turn:

What do you think of the Les Mills Body Balance release 76 track list? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Listen on Amazon:

If you want more spoilers you can click on the links above to see the music on Amazon. They won’t be exactly the same mixes because Les Mills often edit the tracks, and some are Les Mills cover versions and not available commercially. But it will give you a good feel for what’s on its way.

Watch it Burn – Review of Les Mills Body Combat release 69

It only lasted 2 weeks.

Dull uninspiring music, tedious repetitive moves.  A release sucked dry of any fun factor.

And before anyone rounds on me and says, “But you’re the instructor. You have to sell the release. You have to champion the release. If the participants don’t like the release it’s your fault, not Les Mills, ” let me say three things.

First, this is my blog and it’s my opinion and I can say what I bloody well like. My opinion is Body Combat release 69 is poor. Poorer than 68 and I thought 68 was poor too.

Second, and my participants will back me up on this, I always put 100% into my presentation and coaching whether I like a release or not. I’ve stuck up for the new format. But I can’t ignore what my participants tell me. 

Which brings us to the third thing.

I listen to my participants. They told me it was dull. They told me the music was uninspiring. They asked me to ditch release 69.

It only lasted two weeks.

Let’s have a look at the tracks.

Review of Les Mills Body Combat release 69

Upper body warmup – Everybody Stand Up – Bombs Away feat. Luciana

Track one should motivate and inspire. We need uplifting music. Something with lyrics to latch onto. Once again a Body Combat release opens up with a flat dubstep dirge.

What happened to the catchy lyrics from songs like “I knew you were trouble” (BC59), or “Blow me one last kiss” (BC58) or the hummable “Back in time” (BC55).

The punches, hooks and uppercuts are fine for an upper body warm up but the music is all important at the start and this one fails again.

Lower body warmup – Nuclear (Dillon Francis Remix) – Zomboy

The idea of trying different tempos of music in the same track is interesting and adds variety.

But again the music is a dull drum and bass. At times it’s hard to even catch the rhythm and match the moves to the music. It frustrates the participants.

Combat 1 – I’m Alive – Shinedown

A good solid rock track. This feels like Body Combat again. Strong combos attached to driving music. And some lyrics to turn into cues, “Save yourself.”

I felt something was missing from the chorus. We perform a roundhouse kick every 8 beats and nothing else. I guess the programme directors wanted up to focus on the power of the kick and that’s fine.

But could we not have added the roundhouse to the jab cross hook double knee combo we’d learned in the verse?

Power training 1 – Good Times – Sigma & Ella Eyre

Throughout Body Combat history in track 3 we’ve heard big pounding techno dance beats and sing along songs.

They warned us on the training for release 69 the dance was being replaced by a more “urban” sound. Good Times is a catchy song.

But it feels light weight. As a result, the music doesn’t carry the repetitive nature of the moves.

We’ve had tracks just as repetitive in the past but the pounding techno dance music carries the repetition. This music doesn’t.

 I like it. I found myself singing it during the day. But it was one of the first to go at the request of the participants.

Combat 2 – Say My Name (Dual Thieves Remix) – Peking Duck feat. Benjamin Joseph

The only song from release 69 still in my mix. It’s a hard leg conditioning track and whilst the music still falls into the dull category, it works better with the moves.

When it comes down to it all we do are lunges and kicks. But your butt and legs will be screaming at the end of it.

Power training 2 – Count On Me (Andy C Remix) – Chase & Status

Here’s the track with the so-called time trial. A new innovation for Body Combat. We perform the jab, upper, hook combination and build up the power and speed until we encourage the class to go off the beat and punch as fast and in whichever direction they want.

Great in theory. Some people just stop at that point with a confused, WTF look on their faces. Others wave their arms around like they’re trying to flag down a fleet of helicopters.

The music is another dull drum and bass dirge which doesn’t help with the intention of freestyle movement.

A complete waste of time and an opportunity.

Combat 3 – Wine Dem – Henry Fong

I’d like to meet the people who went out and bought this music (apart from instructors like me who had no choice).

The lyric sounds like, “What kind of wine is this?”

The music sounds like a terrified animal being waterboarded with wine.

I don’t mind the moves. Again the participants said it was too repetitive. We’ve had tracks that are more so. Another example of crap music being unable to carry the choreography.

Muay Thai – Testify – Steve Hill & Klubfiller

Not a bad Muay Thai track. Relentless moves but again the music is nothing but a drum and bass on repeat.

Give us a melody for goodness sake.

Power training 3 – Watch It Burn – Camo & Krooked feat. Ayah Marar

Like track 3 no more pounding dance anthems, here we have another urban song light on power. More cries of repetition from the participants.

As I write this review I realise more and more there’s nothing wrong with repetition if the music can carry it. This music can’t.

The lyric of the song, “I don’t want to do this anymore,” didn’t motivate the class. Rather it spoke their feelings about the release.

Conditioning – Bring ‘Em Out – T.I.

A tough kick ab track. It works and it hurts. Dull music. Again.

Cool down – Rise Up – Andra Day

Many people commented they liked the music in this track more than any of the others in release 69. It is haunting, almost beautiful. It cleanses us. A great finish to a disappointing release.

It only lasted 2 weeks.

What are the program directors doing to Body Combat? They say they are following fitness trends. Do current fitness trends say you can’t have fun anymore?

Body Combat was unique because it was different. The only workout that takes you out of the real world and puts you into a martial arts movie. Take away the fun, make it the same as GRIT and Body Attack and it loses its identity.

Without its unique identity, it’s easier for people to switch to another similar class.

I believe we’re going to see big changes to the Body Combat format in release 70. I hope Dan and Rachael bring back the fun and the elements that set Body Combat apart from other workouts.

Let’s put release 69 behind us. It only lasted 2 weeks after all.

Boom Boom – Track list for Les Mills Body Vive release 41

Here come some more spoilers so beware! Here’s the track list for Les Mills Body Vive release 41.

You’ll be working out to this in January 2017.

Look away now if you don’t want to know.

Track list for Les Mills Body Vive release 41

What Les Mills have to say about Body Vive 41: The music is always a highlight of every BODYVIVE 3.1 release, but word on the street is that this one is a winner! We train legs and control through weight transfer in Track 2 to the driving sound of Greyhound, then bring attention to speed with control in Salute.

Now it’s your turn:

What do you think of the track list for Les Mills Body Vive release 41? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

If you want more spoilers you can click on the links above to see the music on Amazon. They won’t be exactly the same mixes because Les Mills often edit the tracks, and some are Les Mills cover versions and not available commercially. But it will give you a good feel for what’s on its way.

Here For You – Track list for Les Mills Body Balance release 73

It’s here.

Before you’ve even got used to release 72, here’s the track list for Les Mills Body Balance release 73. We’ll get to see this in June 2016.

If you don’t want spoiling DON’T READ any further. Otherwise have a look.

Track list for Les Mills Body Balance release 73

Now it’s your turn:

What do you think of the Les Mills Body Balance release 73 track list? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Listen on Amazon:

If you want more spoilers you can click on the links above to see the music on Amazon. They won’t be exactly the same mixes because Les Mills often edit the tracks, and some are Les Mills cover versions and not available commercially. But it will give you a good feel for what’s on its way.