[This post is subtitled: “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”]
Today I’ve got a review of Les Mills’ latest Body Combat release (#66). I’ve actually done release 66 three times now, so this isn’t exactly a “First Impressions review,” but I did throw my first impressions down on paper after the first time… so it’s like a “first impressions” dragged through three classes, if that makes any sense.
Like last time, I used a voice recorder in class so I’d have an audio guide to remind me of what we did.
That being said, here’s my concise run-down of the new release (and my thoughts about it)!
Les Mills Body Combat 66
Track 1a: Upper-body Warm-up (Justice Crew “Everybody” Jump Smokers Remix)
- Standard high energy music for an upper-body warm-up.
- Standard boxing combinations for an upper-body warm-up: hooks, jabs, crosses and uppercuts.
- Shoots! Shoots always make for a nice segue into the lower-body warm-up.
Track 1b: Lower-body Warm-up (DJ Fresh & Jay Fay feat. MS Dynamite – and “Dibby Dibby Sound” (The Partysquad Remix)
- Love this electro/house track for the lower-body warm-up.
- A nod to capoeira! Awesome, as always.
- Front lunges though. I fear for my very near future. (The warm-ups foreshadow the actual workout.)
- Roundhouse kicks.
Track 2: Combat 1 (R3HAB & KSHMR – “Karate”)
- Okay music. More electro/house.
- Power upper-body combination work: punches and ascending elbows.
- Power knees.
- Kicks! (This track is, like, power everything.)
- Single-leg triple roundhouse kicks at varying levels (good core work going on here with the balancing).
Track 3: Power Training 1 (David Guetta – “Titanium” ft. Sia)
- Fast tempo electronica with high-pitched vox – not my favorite music track ever.
- Upper-body combinations – jabs, uppercuts, etc. (Great shoulder work!)
- Footwork – slips and weaves worked in with the striking.
Track 4: Combat 2 (David Guetta – “Hey Mama” ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack)
- More electro/house; catchy song. I actually like this song a lot.
- Grab our mats? That means push-ups….
- Front lunges. (Oh hell – here they are.)
- Lots of lunges!
- Too many lunges.
- Switch lunges. (At this point my quads are hating me.)
- Kicks; kicks mixed into the lunges…??
- (Holy crap these lunges)
- Push-ups. (Yes! A break from lunges.)
- MORE LUNGES. (*dies*)
Track 5: Power Training 2 (Chase & Status Ft Plan B – “Pieces” – Ram Records)
- Drum & bass? Love the build-up and the lyrics.
- Power upper-body/hook-uppercut-hook combination on speed.
- Add footwork (scissors).
- HIIT training – sprints! 6 seconds. 6 seconds. 6 seconds. 6 seconds. 7 seconds. 7 seconds. 7 seconds. 12 seconds 12 seconds. 15 seconds. 17 seconds!!
Track 6: Combat 3 (McBusted – “Get Over It”)
- First rock song in the release; fast-paced, electric guitar.
- Back kick/front kick combo.
- Adding a Jab-cross-hook combo.
- Side shuffle to side kick/back fist combo. (I was kind of so-so about this track until now. Love back fists.)
Track 7: Muay Thai (Scotty – “The Black Pearl” (Rui Festival Edit)
- Sounds like Pirates of the Caribbean on electro crack.
- Muay Thai! (Always one of my favorite tracks.)
- Elbows and knees. (Fantastic. I’m feeling it!)
Track 8: Power Training 3 (DOUGAL & GAMMER Ft. CAT KNIGHT – “Reach Out”)
- This must be standard high-intensity cardio music, or else I’d remember it.
- Punches as you’d expect in a final cardio track.
- Body shots!
- Because of the body shot combinations, this seems more like a Combat 1 or Power Training track. Pretty great for a final cardio track! I get to work harder than usual at the end.
Track 9: Conditioning (Iggy Azalea – “Bounce”)
- Rap; the music is more energetic than usual for an ab track.
- Spider crawl – shoulders and core on the floor.
- Crunch sequences on our backs (abs)
Track 10: Cool-down (Imagine Dragons – “Bleeding Out”)
- Imagine Dragons for the cool-down. Yes.
In summary: This is one of the more athletic releases I’ve done. If I were to rate Release 66 on a PERSONAL scale of 1-10, I’d give it an 8, because…
–It challenges me to work on my balance.
–The mostly electronica/house music is stuff I wouldn’t mind listening to myself while training out in the garage.
–I like the changes in levels in this release.
–The HIIT sessions in the middle mix things up with an extra hit of badassery.
Great release overall!