Zumba Demo, Power Hut End Of 2015 Fitness Show!

How To Be A Successful Fitness Instructor!

I won’t waste your time reading empty introductions, like most articles do to you!

So here are the steps you need to make in order to become a successful  fitness instructor (mainly group fitness) if you are living in a country like mine, Jordan!

Step 1 Forget Everything Before Step 1!

Forget everything you know and you’ve learned before this article. Because whatever you know and whatever you are  doing in order to be successful  is just a waste of time.

Step 2 Kiss Ass!

The time has come for you to kiss ass, if you don’t know how, you need to start learning. The easiest way to learn is by watching your colleagues kissing ass to the manager or anyone in charge for the schedule and hiring instructors.

If you already know how to kiss ass everything is good, maybe you just need to take it to the next level; which is licking ass. Go ahead! Don’t waste your time! Only ass kisser and lickers are on the top of the pyramid.

Kissing ass can be by roaming around the manager and compliment them, buy them gifts for a reason or without, act like you care when they are not feeling well, take their side when they are clashing with someone else, etc.

Step 3 Clown Around!

If you take yourself seriously and your job seriously, you are a serious lame asshole! You need to loosen up, be a clown, let people laugh at you, entertain the crowds, entertain the folks. Forget that you are there to make people fit, from now on you are there to entertain people, you are a new clown on some stage!

Step 4 Bluff, Bullshit & Lie!

Let’s say you are teaching a program like Zumba, since it’s the silliest form of fitness I can think of, don’t forget to bluff and bullshit people about how many calories they are going to burn in your class! Your goal is to attract people to come to your class, your target is to have a full class to have a full payment, right? Don’t forget to lie to them and tell them they are going to burn a thousand calorie today! In an hour! In just an hour!

Your integrity doesn’t mean anything to anyone, as long as you can believe your own lies then you are perfectly credible!

Step 5 Be Twisted!

Never ever be honest! Never ever be straight forward & never ever help others for the sake of helping them. You need to be twisted, that’s’ the only way people get it right! Never ever show your real you, no one is going to like that, no one is ever going to appreciate that and no one ever is going to let that happen. Be twisted, make deals under the table, cook stuff in the backyard, stab your colleagues in the back but never in the open nor in public!

Step 6 Be Real! Figure, Shape, Charisma, Fitness, Coaching and Technique Are Secondary!

Yes! Believe it or not! Your prefect technique, understandable coaching, pumped muscles, sexy flat abs, awesome gluts, shinning charisma and all that don’t freaking matter! if you are a fitness instructor in a country like mine, don’t work hard to be whatever I’ve mentioned before,  work hard to do the five previous steps! Even if you are chubby, obese or not even fit, and you need a lot of water breaks in the middle of the class, even if your personality sucks, even if you can barely jump on the spot it doesn’t matter as long as you are following the steps mentioned before!

Happy Group Exercise Instructors Life, To Everyone!

Katia

End Of 2015 Free Style Fitness Event & Show (Power Hut Gym)

A big shout out to all my blog readers and followers!

BODYCOMBAT™ 63, Surprisingly, Got Me Back On My Feet!

BC63 Screen Shot!

I’m glad to be alive to witness such a good thing like BODYCOMBAT™ 63! Yes it is tough, challenging and really gonna make you sweat! I’ve been teaching the release for a bit longer than a month now, and I still can’t get sick of it. All I want for everyone around the world to try BODYCOMBAT™ 63!

I’m very impressed about the fact that the warm up is an actual warm up, finally, heart rates spikes up, which is very important to get warm and flexible enough for what’s coming. In a few releases I always thought Oh the warm up wasn’t good enough and suddenly track 2 is a killer. But this time is different, by the time the warm up is over track 2 seems very doable, and continues to heat your body up. Well done on this one!

I like the music in release 63, it’s very motivating, well chosen and attractive too. Some people despise track 7 music-wise, because it sounds happy, and Muay Thai, for many should be aggressive accompanied by some aggressive music, but come on get to listen to lyrics and sarcastically laugh while getting your ass kicked.

To be honest I’ve had lost lots of my fitness, since I got sick with arthritis, because for a while I couldn’t walk, then I could but couldn’t run or jump, even though I over came all that, I turned less fit by the time I recovered. Although I went back to doing my job, I still suffer some sort of imbalance, standing on one foot seems hard to do still, but it’s getting better.

I had no actual daily motivation to workout hard, especially doing cardio, because for a long time, it was accompanied by pain, and pain frightens you automatically, so when I first tried BODYCOMBAT™ 63 I was quite impressed, and by the time I started teaching it I loved all of it, and it did help me challenge myself, now after doing this for a bit longer than a month I can teach the whole release without needing to stop to pull myself together. Which makes me happy honestly, because for a while I thought I won’t be able to be there again.

Many times you might feel like you are losing your breath totally, you are going to feel like your heart is about to collapse and that your lungs can’t give you enough oxygen to continue, but please this is when you gotta suck it all in and continue, because only then, when you break through this wall of fatigue, you can get better, fitter, stronger and faster!

All the combats and the boxing tracks are cool, members love that, and track 4 is the highlight with all the crawlings and the push ups in the middle. I’m also glad there are repetitive moves like the round house kicks in track 2 and the side kicks in track 4 because both helped my balance get better and my technique too, and I agree lots of practice is what gets the members there too.

Please share your good experience with others, take your friends to our classes, we would love to see new people over there having a blast with us, it’s too good to be true, I want more people to explode with us! BODYCOMBAT™ 63 is itself a revolution in the world of fitness, in my eyes at least.

Stay With The Fight!

BODYPUMP™ 91, What’s Happening?!

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while sense I’ve published something that you all would like to read.

Well it’s all about BODYPUMP™ 91 this time. The release is big and massive with lots of refreshments and cool tracks.

The release is presented by Glen Ostergaard, Karin Zandstra, Marcus Benson, Jeremiah Evans and Alex Veret.

  • 01. The Warm up:

There is emphasis on the clean and press in this release, how to do and which muscles to recruit. In order for instructors to be able to teach and deliver the clean and press properly, it is highly recommended that you watch the education session in this release, which I have published earlier.The music is uplifting, yet soft and has lots of positive impact.

BODYPUMP 91 EDUCATION SESSION

Usually we use only the bar during the warm up track, but this time we are using the plate at the end of the warm up for side raises and rotators. It’s a pretty cool change that we can see here, truly refreshing and very noticeable.

  • 02. Squats:

Many of you, instructors, are going to find this track hard to memorize, but if you listen to the song several times, you’re going to memorize the choreography in no time.

The workout keeps shifting between mid-stance, for quads, and wide-stance, for glutes, which is quiet intense, especially the breathers are too shorts and the transformations are quick. The singles and the bottom halves are going to create the fatigue that we all look for while working out.

Good luck to all of you on this one, I really enjoy it!

  • 03. Chest:

Again change, change and more change.

The 1st Body Pump release I have taught was 83, yes i’m kind of new to Body Pump, compared to others. But since release 83 had been published until release 91 came, there were no push-ups introduced to us during Chest tracks. We used the bars and the plates and that was it, Now in release 91 you are to use the plate, or the bars and do some chest push-ups, which is going to maximize the efforts used to accomplish the track.

This one is tough if done properly!

  • 04. Back:

The back track stresses on dead lift and dead rows this time more than it focuses on clean and presses, which is quiet interesting. The music is really cool, the combo is cooler, and the choreography is easy to remember! But all in all, all the targeted muscles will hit their goal; Posterior chain: Glutes, Hamstrings, lower and upper back and of course lats!

After back track in this release you will feel your heart rate going crazy!

  • 05. Triceps:

Hey brother! Such a cool song! Really! But watch out for the confusing beat, it can be misleading.

The 1st time I actually did this track I first thought, what are new members going to do here? Because it’s really challenging, it’s a big workout for triceps. Dips followed with overhead extension, followed by kick-back-rows, then again for the other side, then triceps push-ups, then again overhead extension. That’s pretty cruel towards people who just walked into Body Pump 😛 !

But we need to ask people to go for light weights if they have never been to such a class! We don’t wanna scare them away, right? 🙂

  • 06. Biceps:

Since Glen himself is the one to design the Choreography and choose the music, I wanna thank him for this one! The music has a character, BAD COMPANY! Compared to other Biceps tracks this one goes slower than usual, which is a killer. The mid-range pulse here comes in the right places, but the choreography is unfortunately not that easy to remember, unless at the beginning of learning the track, instructors keep on counting how many reps they have done, especially the combo reps.

I love it though, I found it very attractive!

  • 07. Lunges:

I really think it’s better not to do so many lunges like in this track, since lots of people complain from knee pains during lunges track, So replacing some lunges with mid-stance squats, plate squat presses and dynamic plate squat press is really an exist for those who can’t lung!

Love the song!

  • 08. Shoulders:

This seem to be the highlight of the release! The music, the workout, the challenge, the rave in it! Everything in track 8 is pretty loud and clear.

I personally like this track, but here is what I think, and I might also find many of you agreeing with me on this point:

The track is intimidating, especially in the last 2 sets of work, it’s really not design for at least females, lol!!!! I find it hard to go on with 2.5 KG plate doing all these rotators, side raises and PEC DECS, it’s pretty insane, especially that, we instructors, happen to be on stage and we need to deliver right techniques.

The track is amazing, it’s explosive and really mad, but it is going to be intimidating, as I said before, for a big amount of people over there!

  • 09. Core:

I rarely mention track 9 in my reviews, this one came with a big change again, all the hovers and side hovers are just amazing. Not everyone can do that, to be honest, but in my opinion, it’s time for so many people out there to move into another level of strength and conditioning.

Yes, the song is really cool, and the choreography goes along with it, which makes it cool to remember!

Love you Body Pump guys and girls! Stay with this cool release! I believe this one is going to change something in you 🙂

Katia

BODYPUMP™ 90, My Personal Review!

I know this is coming a little bit late, since many of you are already following this blog and looking forward to reading cool stuff about Les Mills™ programs, I apologize since I had a few hectic weeks.

This time I’m starting my review quite differently!! Yeaaah! Let’s do it!

BODYPUMP™ 90 Track List:

  1. You Make Me                  “Avicii
  2. What Now                        “Rihanna
  3. Conquistador                “Thirty Seconds to Mars
  4. Promises                           “Nero
  5. Walk of Shame              “P!nk
  6. Miss Jackson                  “Panic! At The Disco feat. Lolo
  7. Stay The Night              “Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
  8. Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll) Kill The Noise Remix                “Kill The Noise And Feed Me
  9. Something I Need       “OneRepublic
  10. How You Remind MeNickelback

Two Alternative Track:

5. Put Your Hands Up          “Stevie feat. III Youth

6. Everybody Bring it          “Ronnie Fi’nesse

I guess many of you are happy with this play list now 🙂

1. Warm Up:

The track starts with the presenters telling us to find THE FATIGUE in each and every track, how do you feel about that? It makes me thrilled!!

This is the coolest Warm Up track so far for me, Upright Rows and Dead Lifts combined is an amazing thing. Triple Dead Rows are there to heat you up for a cooking workout.

Right after single Clean & Presses, Squats come immediately, the transition is pretty short, I love it, it’s truly a good Warm Up. Same happens to Lunges. There is change here, we can see it, the Warm Up ends with Lunges 🙂

The music is amazing in terms of connecting with the crowds!

2. Squats:

Three Stances, Three Sets of work and more, and more and more muscles to activate!

You will notice in the recent releases that the sets are similar to each other in terms of Choreography, it’s not hard to memorize them anymore, which is great, set your mind free and focus on your efficiency.

I like Squat tracks which start with super slow tempo. It never gets easy here; Super Slow, Easy Singles, Down and Hold and Bottom Halves! Good luck out there cooking your new strong legs!

The song is popular, the remix might not be, but it’s powerful, once you push play you wouldn’t want to stop even if your legs started to fall apart!

3. Chest:

This is the hardest Chest track I’ve ever tried so far! It is, all of it, a stagger, not only the parts called stagger! CHEST PRESS ALL THE WAY. If your chest muscles are not that strong, I suggest you go light till it becomes easy, then you can increase the weights. I believe this needs you to activate the virtue of patience (lol :p)

4. Back:

Tell you what? WHY? haha okay,  this is pretty tough as well! Four Sets of work, lots of things to do!

We’ve got Dead Lifts, Dead Rows and Clean & Presses , which are back to us 🙂 in Set One and Two. Very neat and very well put, easy to follow and remember. The Recovery comes on time, as Set Three comes different and challenging; with its Dead Rows, Front Squats and Squat Presses. There are plenty of them there. During and after Set Three I doubt anyone would be able to breath normally. Set Four comes to finish us, because it’s a duplicate for Set Three! METABOLIC STRESS “to burn the most amount of calories” is waiting for you each and every time you choose to play this track. If I called the chest track a ‘Cooking Track”, I would call this one  a” Baking Track”.

I personally like this one!

5.Triceps:

How do you feel about your Triceps in general? Weak? Strong? You will figure your Triceps out right here, right now!

We did miss Extensions and Presses, didn’t we? And there are so many of them, soooooooo many!!! I don’t usually find Tricep Dips challenging, but after all these Presses and Extensions they are actually tough! But what else are we here for? To get stronger! And that’s why we love it!

Check the alternative track.

6. Biceps:

Miss Jackson is gonna haunt you till the next release comes out! You will be so addicted to this, soooo addicted! I do appreciate the fact that we do train our Biceps in different ways in BODYPUMP™. We don’t use the bars all the time, we don’t use the plates all the time either. They do care for us, don’t they? The Mid Range Plate Curl is actually a great way to feel the burn. Thank you BODYPUMP™ it never gets boring!

Check the alternative track.

7. Lunges:

Popular song, easier for all of us 🙂

Starting with a Wide Squat Stance is truly a gift; more muscles to recruit and engage. I wouldn’t say this track is the hardest, it comes for many of you out there as a chance to recover, if you feel this way go heavier. Instructors, please do give your member options, to go Body Weight if they find Lunges hard to do, or let them Squat instead, many people suffer knee problems, thank you! 🙂

8. Shoulders:

It always makes me excited to start Shoulders Tracks with Push Ups! Here you go, you’ve got 16 of them! And not only that, Push Ups come different this time at the end; as many as you can, as fast as you can! The MAX PUSHUP!

Up Right Rows followed by Over Head Presses is a typical combination, but it does work perfectly fine for your shoulders. Tempo here will be your challenger, as it goes in singles and in 1/1/2 as well. You did guess that you will have to Push Press here as well, I know! lol

Mac Raises are back as well! Here we have a double challenge: 1. Is to perform strong and beautiful Mac Raises, and 2. To teach our members to do that as well! I see members confused trying to perform them since they go in complete different directions.

What I like here the most: the difficulty level and the music! Lovely perfect choice!

Thank you for reading! And Have fun while making your body and mind stronger!

BODYPUMP™ 89, My Personal Review!

BODYPUMP™ 89

BODYPUMP™ is the fastest way in the universe to get in shape; muscular tension, metabolic stress combined together to build strength, tones and shapes and burns body fat

This how Glen presented the new release; a great brief defention of what BODYPUMP™ is.

Let’s check the Warm Up: (Dane Rumble featuring Jupiter Project- Not Alone)

I like warm ups that hit with back and hamstrings; it’s too many muscles there that need to be taken care of before an actual great workout.  There is a very interesting thing here; triple rows twice then slowly going up with the lyrics : you are not alone! That moves to the shoulders, down to the legs, back to shoulders, then back again and shoulders. BODYPUMP™ family are making sure you are warm this time by adding push presses at the end of the warm up.

Squats: (R3hab featuring Bassjackers- Raise Those Hands)

Oh yeah! The music is absolute madness! Lovely Lovely choice! This sounds like engineering and creating new muscles.

We’ve got bottom halves, top halves, big singles, down and holds. The track is quite tough, controlling breathing is essential, and if you are the type of people who gets so invovled and taken away by music, this track will take care of you when you think you can’t go on anymore, the music is uplifting it’s all good.

Chest: (Fall Out Boy- Where Did The Party Go)

Important?

The A press is becoming the main subject here regarding the chest track, we are seeing this frequently recently. Besides that quality is over quantity.

Bar and plates: results, isolation, results, isolation and more results.

The music is not my type, but it’s okay, at least it’s a positive track 🙂 , I liked the track used in squats better.

Back: (Nero- Me & You)

Let’s work our posterior-chain; the gluts, hips and the hamstrings. high intensity interval training. NO CLEAN AND PRESSES?? That is cool! New is always cool!

Wide grip dead lifts, wide grip dead rows are perfect for your middle back, heavy single plates: squats and push presses (HIIT) will allow all your body to work, and changing the grip to under-hand grip activates your upper back.

There is some interesting change here, not doing any clean and presses doesn’t mean you are not working your back, in this track you are allowed to challenge yourself with heavier weight than usual. Glen while designing this track did focus on mixing the mechanical tension with the metabolic stress, please do check your choreography notes for more details, or watch the DVD where he explains it.

Triceps: (Lady Gaga-Applause)

four sets of work, very amusing and challenging. How does it start and finish? Triceps push ups, kneeling over head extensions, that applies to the first two sets. In set three the exercise changes to dips and we finish with seated over head extensions.

I generally like triceps tracks, since they exercises chosen usually hit the muscles right, isolates them and they are usually fun.

Biceps: (The Killers- When You Were Young)

New move?? Yeah! The open arm curl! 

So hammer curls, open arm curls, then using light bars to continue the work.

Honestly I didn’t like the song chosen! But the workout is a killer!

Lunges: (Ellie Goulding- Burn)

More and more changes, everyone love change, right?

In the lunges track this time BODYPUMP™ brings to us new tempos which introduces isometric holds, the holds at the end of each move brings the burn to the muscles, causing them to fatigue and eventually change. The holds here are so important and they are the core of the workout!

Shoulders: (Brooklyn Bounce & DJ Zealot- True Hardstyler)

Brooklyn Bounce became the band for our shoulders! I love that! Bring it down to the floor and get two sets of push ups! All the crazy upright rows, the top halves, over head presses, push presses, rotator raises, and rotator overhead presses to kill your shoulders! This one is certainly crazy and demanding! Good luck to those of you like me with relatively weak shoulders 😛

Good luck teaching it, and good luck attending the class!

Katia

Sharing a Horrible Zumba® Experience! Just saying!

Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness

So everyone expects  Zumba to be a happy thing, right?

I’m originally a Les Mills instructor, I decided to enroll myself in Zumba Fitness different instructors’ training courses due to the markets’ demand, and second my appreciation to dancing in general.

On the 27th of this month, which is two days ago, I have been to a Zumba Step instructors’ training, fully willing and fully aware of what I was doing. I have registered during February this year, before I got my joints infection attacking my feet, and so when the time came to do Zumba Step I thought I can do it, since two days before I was on a Les Mills RPM module training, which is more serious, strict and physically demanding, besides the assessments we had to go through during these two days in order to initially pass or fail, and what motivated me to go on for the Zumba Step, is that the RPM master trainer did make sure to let me know what my duties and responsibilities were during the RPM module so I deliver what they expected me to, on the other hand the master trainer did actually let me rest and take small breaks when I thought my feet were not gonna hold me standing or pedaling longer, and I passed it, so i thought Zumba Step is easier and less serious and the ZES, Zumba Educational Specialist, are usually more relaxed, so no biggy, no biggy at all!

Among the instructors we had another Les Mills instructor who had a recent knee surgery, her knee hurts and my feet hurt and we both had a reason why we should have rested every now and then. But this is what we have been told by the ZES: IF YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT FIT ENOUGH FOR THE PROGRAM TAKE YOUR MONEY AND LEAVE, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE ARE GOING TO DO HERE THEN TAKE YOUR MONEY AND LEAVE.

It was kinda shocking to hear such words coming from a person who claims to have knee problems, and weird enough to hear such things from a person who claims to have been in the fitness industry for over a decade. Fitness instructors usually are aware of injuries and different health problems, and the majority of them have been through some injuries, whether they were small or big, they do know what it means to be injured and still want to continue education and career. So calling Les Mills instructors UNFIT, like me and my colleague in that case, is totally unacceptable. We weren’t there to judge or be judged.

Besides that the one day session was a one man’s show! Everything had to roam around that ZES, who’s name I’m not going to mention:

  • WHEN I WAS IN MY TWENTIES I WAS SLIM, I WAS FIT, I HAD 6 PACKS!
  • I WAS A LES MILLS INSTRUCTOR TEACHING THIS AND THAT!
  • WHEN I TALK YOU LISTEN, AND NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO TALK!
  • I HAVE FOUND MY RELAXATION TECHNIQUES: BODY BALANCE, JUNK AND WINE.
  • I DON’T WANT TO BE FIT ANYMORE, I WANNA EAT ALL THE BAD THINGS IN LIFE.

And lots of other bluffing like: THE BAR TENDER IN THE HOTEL IN AMMAN WAS SURPRISED WHEN I ORDERED BEER AS A WOMAN!

Here is what I want to say:

  • We paid money and came to learn not to get to know you!
  • Don’t judge us for being injured and sick, because one day you might also be in our shoes.
  • Zumba Step specialty is kinda new and we did want to be among the first instructors in Jordan, my country where I live now, to have its license and teach it, so appreciate our attendance, we have disregarded our situations, so respecting it would be much better than whatever you have done.
  • Don’t ask me to leave or reschedule because such specialties are not coming every other week to my country.
  • Honestly I don’t need a ZES to teach me anything in Zumba, I just need the manual and the DVDs for the program, you should be glad I came.
  • Fitness instructors no matter what TRY AND LOOK AND SEEM AND BEHAVE HEALTHY, so we never talk about junk, smoking, alcohol, etc in front of our students/members.
  • Bragging about the past won’t bring the it back, so get real please.
  • During Les Mills module training courses so far I never heard the word Zumba, so why mention Les Mills during a Zumba training. There is no way to compare this with that, please! And don’t change the channel.
  • Jordan is an Arab Muslim country, but drinking became so usual and normal, bar tenders don’t freak out seeing ladies asking for alcohol, I suggest you try another way to show off or look like an outcast or feel special. You were in Jordan not Saudi Arabia. And holding such a job of yours, you must be very accustomed to cultural differences and not mention them at all.
  • We are adults too, just like you, so let’s not play kids and teacher here, never ever!

Anyway, thanks for reading, I really never been through such a horrible experience trying to learn something new in fitness. I felt I was serving in the military that day bossed by someone who’s mental.

Katia 🙂

BODYCOMBAT™ 59, My Personal Review!

Hello there!

I guess I forgot to tell you that I’m a LES MILLS™  BODYCOMBAT™ instructor. Although I was hooked up for a while with BODYPUMP™ I haven’t reviewed any BODYCOMBAT™ releases. My bad!

Anyway, BODYCOMBAT™ 59 has been already launched in some countries, not Jordan though, we are still waiting! But that doesn’t mean I can’t review it!

Let’s start with the warm up in BODYCOMBAT™ 59; personally, I’m sorry, I didn’t like the first musical track used for the warm up, but the second is pretty cool (I Knew You Were Trouble, and Everything About You). The warm up this time isn’t challenging but rather playful, the upper body warm up or as we call it (1A) starts with Boxing, moving towards Karate then Capoeria which is pretty interesting to include the Capoeira in the upper body warm up.

The lower body warm up (1B) starts with Karate takes us to another level with some Muay Thai kicks, then changes to Taekwando.

The warm up generally is easy to follow. I hope you enjoy it!

Track 2 (Combat 1); the track (Danger Zone) is making the workout looks tougher than it is. I like the music. Here they combined Boxing, Swords and Taekwando together. The track is relatively short, but can be really fun.

Track 3 (Power Training 1); Wooohoo!! Alright if you think your upper cuts are not so good, here is the time for you to go to your instructor before or after the class and let them teach you how to upper cut properly! This track focuses mainly only one arm training at a time, almost. It goes in three rounds, and it finishes with an interesting (1,2,3) counts for upper cuts then a combo of jabs and upper cuts. I like this one regardless of the music :P, because it’s quiet challenging. If you think your upper body is weak this one will give it strength and endurance, try it out!

Track 4 (Combat 2); THIS ONE IS CHALLENGING! A lot of focus goes here to the legs, with a taste of different martial arts, you are going to feel your legs burning and your heart rate is going insane, it’s a fast moving track. I do appreciate the music choice a lot here (A Warriors Call); tough, heavy and artistic music! If I say challenging that doesn’t mean you get scared of it, take easy options for a while till you can go harder.

Track 5 (Power Training 2); Cardio, cardio and more cardio. This one got me a bit emotional (hehe) I dedicate this one to my best friend and fitness buddy Shahed Muflih, why because: Bright like the sun you are always shinning there for me, etc. I LOVE OUR FRIENDSHIP BUDDY!

Anyway back to reviewing it; 3 rounds, lots of hooks and sing alongs! The Last round is quite interesting with the pushes and the lungings! Loved it!

Track 6 (Combat 3); Kung Fu and Capoeira? Sounds interesting no?

Actually awesome! To learn to balance on one leg, to help balancing the strength of your legs muscles as you kick slow, to get the chance to conditioning your legs by doing esquivas and to jump lung? This is madness mixed with dubstep! Well designed, your abs are definitely gonna love it!

Track 7 (Muay Thai); if you day dream often of running in some street fighting random enemies and monsters the music will give you a great background to day dream stronger (Lost in Space). I can’t say more, nothing new in the Muay Thai tracks since a looooooooooong time!

Track 8 (Power Training 3); you will be (Falling From The Sky) after finishing the 8 tracks. Pretty cool song here, the speed will work you out. I have always been a fan of combining the upper cuts with the hooks and you will get to experience this in round 3.

Right, so let me criticize something here, sadly the presentations we used to see on DVDs were much of a better quality in terms of performances, techniques and the teams used to be more organized on the stage than we see now. For a while we had Dan and Rach alone on the stage, and I personally thought they should get more people to perform with them, but too many is not good either for the mess that happens on the stage, for the minimum amounts of standardizing the teams. I personally don’t agree with this, especially for the new instructors to see this, they won’t get the chance to take a look at many good role models. I don’t see the point of having a whole army of people on the stage, sorry!

Enjoy the new release, and if you are an instructor please focus on the techniques of your members.

Salute!

Katia J

LES MILLS™ BodyPump™ 88!

BP88
BP88

BODYPUMP™ 88 has been in the house for a while now, although we received it a little bit late, which is the case most of the time in Jordan. I was lucky enough to experience it before it was launched in Jordan, where I live, since I was visiting Dubai in December last year, for a vacation, and I have been invited by Amir Behforooz (AKA KING KONG), a presenter at Les Mills and the Group Fitness Manager at the Aviation Club in Dubai/UAE, to the Aviation Club to attend a BODYPUMP class and lucky enough he did teach release 88, as myself and my friend Mahmoud Salamony, a cool instructor, enjoyed it twice with Amir, Once Mahmoud did team teach with him fully, and next time I was again invited by Amir and at some point the three of us were on stage and enjoyed the thrill of it. Hello Amir and Mahmoud! Thanks for the great times! 🙂

Left to Right: Mahmoud, Myself and Amir

Left to Right: Mahmoud, Myself and Amir

So let’s talk about BODYPUMP™ 88 in more details, I personally think it’s so far the best among releases 83-87!

Warning! This release came to test your stamina! If you doubt your own, try and do 88 with lighter weights. It is physically demanding and challenging. But if you like to push yourself to the edge this release will make you feel great!

What’s Cool in this release?

Music:

The music selection came very successful in this release, I believe Mr. c does spend enough time not only choreographing the program but also picking inspirational music to keep us motivated and carried away. Here’s a hint of the playlist in the release if you still didn’t get the chance to hear it:

  • Killer (Crush  Remix)- SKsim feat. DC Breaks & Dee Freer
  • A little Party Never Killed Nobody- Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
  • Up in the Air- Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • only you- Ellie Goulding

And others of course. I’m frequently on the run of listening to playlists of other programs, but this program has the best music, although some programs share the same music tracks, but nothing compares to how BODYPUMP™ uses the tracks, if you teach BODYPUMP™ you can easily find the words from the lyrics itself to motivate your team, how cool is that?! And if you are experienced enough the music alone leads you into the choreography.

Smooth, precise and Strong?

The warm up:

I was never impressed by warm up tracks, they have been always annoying to me, not only in BODYPUMP™ but in all programs’ releases. This one is smooth, precise and yet strong. It does actually warm you up fast, it has been designed right, and if you have difficulties remembering warm ups, this one will not be a problem, the sequence kinda makes sense, from warming up the back it moves to the top of your body downwards, finishing with small muscles. So back, shoulders, legs the biceps, the whole thing is over, and once it starts it does feel short, it feels quick although it’s not it’s 5 minutes long. So no confusions, no crazy shifting not so many boring repetitions. It did make me happpyyyyyyyyy! 😀

Are you looking for madness when you workout?

Contrast Training:

which is a mix between speed and pressure can be experienced in tracks 2 (Squats) and 3 (Chest).  For actual results in these tracks I’d say follow the weight recommendation mentioned in your booklets and expose that to your members. In the chest tracks some people go heavy in the chest press then go super light in the fly, as we did fly for a while now, and I totally understand because the typical plates grip is not comfortable when trying to go heavy. Those of you who have the chance to use the LES MILLS™  SMARTBAR™ enjoy the heavy plates performing the awesome “A PRESSES” here, since the grip on the plates is absolutely solid and fantastic. The A PRESS is an excellent workout to isolate the chest muscles, please read more about the execution and techniques in the choreography notes.

Explosions?

Some of you already know the answer! And yes it’s the Back Track:

I’d say there is nothing new in this track, but trust me it does feel fresh and new, it’s very explosive and demanding, and here I insist to try and be a bit tough and go a bit heavier than usual. In my personal opinion the music track is beautiful, it makes you wanna do more than you are supposed to, and every time the music is over at the back of my head I have a silent objection “Oh no! I want more”

Off the Record?

Triceps & Shoulders:

These 2 came off the records this time, I would say shoulders more than triceps, but some people say the opposite. I guess it depends on which you have stronger.

Both tracks were made to do 4 things to your muscles:

  • Confuse them
  • Drain them
  • Strengthen them
  • And certainly shape them

I can’t be thankful enough here! BUT please do not go crazy carrying crazy weights in shoulders tracks because it hasn’t been designed for big weights. No, No, No! But in triceps  yes you can 🙂

Good news? Bad news?

Lunges:

For a while now lunges tracks aren’t coming to please us or give us a break, they have been tough. It’s good new for those who want to maintain stronger legs and glutes, and bad news for people with knee injuries since they can’t lung sometimes. The track is relatively long 5:19 minutes. Fatigue hits the calves at the end. I generally enjoy legs tracks, despite my weak left knee, I still believe strong legs are a reasonable survival.

I know I didn’t talk about Biceps, Core and Cool down. I keep those three to you to explore.

Have fun with it for now, and If you have never tried BODYPUMP™  I guess it’s time for you to go for it, this is a program that does give you results, I promise you that!

FYI no one pays me to write about any of LES MILLS™  programs, I do find this one precisely effective, since I have seen results on myself at least 🙂

Katia 🙂