Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day 410

Weight training day... forgot what I did though. :p

Monday, December 28, 2009

Day 409

New releases new releases new releases!

Body Combat with Terence Tan, Body Attack with Ryan after. Thought it was gonna be Jason Y! **the superstar Monday back-to-back classes!**

Before BC, members were going, "Is Terence gonna be coming?" and looked like gonna walk out if it wasn't gonna be Terence. Aiyoh... support other instructors also la. :P Anyway, he did show up in the end and it was an explosive introduction to the new release... but for me... ok la, it's my 4th time doing it already. :p Used to the movement already. Although Terence keeps saying my push kick is like a step kick. I really cannot get my leg to "mengcangkul" for the push kick la. Isn't that a weird kinda movement. Why so weird one!

But I'm veryyyy happy that he said "good job Leech" for my push-ups. Hahaha. Push ups on the toes babeh!! :P So far I've been doing push ups on the toes all the way for this release. =D Can't say the same for Attack though. :P

During Attack, gosh, kept thinking that I couldn't do anymore because I was already fried from Combat, but you never know what your body & mind are capable of til you push yourself to the limits. Somehow could still finish strong at the end of the release, though of coz my upper body conditioning is still lacking.. *sigh* But I could still tuck jump all the way for the power track and at the end of the class, a member told me, "How come you're so energetic wan ah!" I am starting to think that I am more of a motivator on the floor than when I am on the stage. Hard to explain this... haha. Basically, when I'm on the floor, a lot of members think that I'm energetic, strong, etc... but when on the stage, I start to quake. T____T

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 408

I had lofty ambitions of working out in both Pavilion and Hartamas today, but woke up late, so Hartamas it is. As mentioned before, it's not convenient for me to go here, so why did I go? Hahaha... because I saw in the schedule that there's someone called "Jeff" teaching there. I haven't gone for his classes before, and I was curious, so sue me. :P

Saw Adrian and wife there as well.. what a coincidence. He wanted to try the new release.. this would be my 3rd time doing it. Hehe. Anyway, we were gossiping outside the studio about who was teaching the class because the time table showed "Jamie" when the online schedule wrote "Jeff". Ok, I was disappointed ok. Cos I came there to "pat" who is this instructor, and though Jamie's class is nice, I went for her class few times already mar... good if I can try someone else right. :P

Turns out the Jeff feller was seated nearby only and heard everything. -___-

Anyway, his class was quite good... but quiet. Most of the time I'm making noise again... I'm such a good member hor? Always support support support. :P The only part I didn't like was when he didn't split the class into 2 for the The Anthem track. Much more fun if we did split the class right? Hah.~

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Day 407

Body Combat - Alex C
Body Jam - Zarina

Both awesome classes... but I'm writing this differently because I want to talk about the new release songs instead. Hahaha.

Body Combat
Warm up - awesome song, Numb and I like the travel back and forth with the block and punch. Really gets you pumped up for the fight.
Lower body warm up - I do not hook up... nothing much to say about it. I don't find it exceptionally good, or an exceptionally good song to do kicks to.
2nd track - I Was Made For Loving You... hahaha, my Scooter song! A must have for every Combat release... well, almost every release. Anyway, I really like the song, and if you do the guard and cross jab properly it looks VERY stylish. Not a fan of the backfist and roundhouse kick, but it seems like the trend nowadays for stuff like that (e.g: hook and roundhouse in the previous release).
3rd track - Poison... I loved this song in Attack and I'm loving it in Combat, although I think it's got nicer chorey in Attack. ;P The main reason being I do not remember what the chorey for this is. Am confusing it with the next track (Use Me). I think Use Me is the one with the weird chorey right? The sweeping motion thing?
5th track - a very simple track for the "split class" track. I really like it. Very simple, and lots of high knees. Huh, you think you can tire me out with simple high knees? If my high knees were any higher I would knee myself in the face WTF.
6th track - Warriors Dance - not very recovery at all. Like Alex C said --- do it properly and your legs will be reallllllly feeling it at the end of the track. I think it's pretty difficult for a supposed recovery, isn't it?
7th track - Excalibur --- new Muay Thai track is very nice. I like the 12 knee transition to the pull knee thingy. It's like no break at all, from the elbows to the knees to the drop punch to the whatever la, don't know all the terms. Anyway, it's all very non-stop hardcore, love it love it!
8th track - Miracle --- this will kill your arms. Actually, a very ... simple track choreography wise. I think the instructors will have a hard time motivating the class on in this track. Cos it's too simple already. No challenge. Just constant demands for "bring it to another gear / level!" Eh.
Fire Burning - nice core & upper body conditioning track! Really like it though I hate Sean Kingston (but not so much anymore)
Second Chance - not a very nice song for cool down, but the movements are quite nice...

Body Jam
Scared of Me // Freeze --- interesting warm up... harder than average actually. I like the way Zarina kept going "What!!" whenever a weird move came out, because that was seriously what was going through my mind, hahahaha.
Shut Up and Let Me Go --- whoa, damn difficult. Hope to be able to get it later, it's just too complicated, and I just look like a freak when doing this track.
Bucci Bag --- erm... alright recovery , nothing much to say
The last performance track (aka the "Leave the World Behind" performance track) is kinda boring actually. I don't really like it TBH.
Cool down was very nice though! I really like the song! I'll Do Anything For You... :)

One more - did Body Attack (Hazrin's class) after all that. Fuuh, after Take Me To The Clouds Above, was already very fatigued, but I can always depend on my '9 tail demon fox' for Zombie. Zombie Finish everyone! Hehehhee!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 406

My first time doing the new release (aside from the workshop) was at Ryann's class... hahaha. ACtually, there were only two of us, one was me and another was a tried-BA-before-but-not-really-regular lady, so it was a small and cosy class wtf. :P

Before that, I went for Dance Mania which was supposed to be Danny H's class, but he cancelled last minute, and Caprice came 30 minutes late, so we did like, damn simple steps for Shakira's She Wolf. The simple steps were already quite nice, so felt quite sad that I didn't get to do the whole thing. Must be damn nice wan. T_T

Ok, so since it's officially released in True Fitness, I can talk about each track in BA67.. hehehe.
Warm-up : Closer
The transition from the walk forwards & backwards to step curls with blade arms and step curls with arm reaching overhead is a bittttt tricky, but it works out in the end. I really like the build with step touch before walking forward. It really sets the anticipation going before "exploding" with the walk forward. Tell you something --- at first I was quite blah about learning this track for warm up because I *thought* Closer was by Chris Brown. When I found out the original artist is Ne-yo, the song became 300 times nicer to listen to hehehhee. Les Mills, pls don't ever use Chris Brown's songs anymore!!!!!!!

Mixed Impact : Release Me
Another song that I didn't really like because of the song INITIALLY, but now I really like it. I think the members will like the travelling inside this song.. all the grapevines and gallops. Apparently this song is a big dance hit.. somewhere. And a lot of the BA peeps loved this song from the get go, but somehow maybe my brain processing speed is a little bit slow. After multiple listenings only start to really like it.

Aerobic : Gimme More
Damn damn love this track! I like the chorey for it, the French accent that Amandine has in the video (wtf), the way when the "ooohs" come on it means SHUFFLES, the turns, the crossovers... great song also. "You want more? I'll give you more!" what a great line to use to motivate the members, eh?

Plyometric : Rock It
Another song that I didn't like on first listen, but it grew on me. When I first did this track during the workshop, I thought, "Hey, this plyo track is not as difficult as the others", but I think I must've been on drugs or something. Running forward, high knees, repetitive single lunges, jump jacks and bouncing across the floor... omg. And it's NON stop. Just when you think it has ended, you go back to the step knees. Madness! I love all the build ups in the song.. all the winding up and the sirens. Wooh. Rock it!!!

Upper body conditioning : Boom Boom Pow
This is probably the weakest link in this release. I am getting sick of BEP and I don't like this song that much in the first place. Stupid lyrics, and upper body conditioning is my weakest track, so yeah. It all culminates together to make me feel really meh whenever I think of it. -___- But I suppose it shouldn't be THAT tough since there's a mixture of triceps and chest push ups, instead of totally triceps like other tracks, just that there's so many 3-count pulses... -____-

Running track : Number One
OMFG, one of my favorite tracks in this release! (There are so many, but if I *had* to choose one it would be the power track at the end). I like the lyrics, and if you don't know it, let me just give you the chorus :
"I don't understand why you're number one
When it was just a fling before, now you're the one
See all I did was blink twice,
From my homie to my only
number one!"

Agility : Put a Donk On It
I *really* like the song for the agility track, and it's very fun, with soccer-inspired moves in this track! The song is very funny, with the singer going, "Baseline! Wicked! Now put a donk on it!" What's a donk anyway and how do I put it on? Anyway, it's seriously one of the harder tracks to teach, because it's very confusing, but I suppose after a few tries, it will be ace. It's also one of the more tiring agility tracks (I know members usually use running & agility to catch their breath again... after all, the queen of tou kai aka ME is the one writing this), with drop squats. It's quite relentless actually. :O But still, a very fun track. Try it, love it! :P

Intervals : Take Me To The Clouds Above
In contrast with the previous song, this is probably an easier to coach track, very simple movements, members should have no problem with this. I like the "burst of energy" forward after the spring. Anyway, kick kick kick all the way, should be no problem for you all. The lyrics are quite nice too.. very uplifting.

Power : Zombie
DAMN NICE SONG. LOVE IT! Even though I'm mad tired after the intervals track, somehow will dig deep to find the energy to do this song. Like the video says --- you are fighting with your mind as well as your body in this song to finish STRONG. From the tuck jumps to the knees and the jump jacks... whoa. Just whoa. Plus the song is really really nice and rockin'... absolutely the best track in this release! :P

Lower body conditioning : Wherever
It's actually quite tough to teach this track because the transition from left side to right side doesn't have any particularly outstanding beat / lyric for the instructor to hook on to. Hahahha. But yeah, once you find your balance in this track, it's alright lower body conditioning. 3.5 minutes only anyway. :P

Core conditioning : Goodbye
What's there to say about core conditioning, should be no problem for most. It's quite a long one though, and Ryan claims that by the end of teaching this release he will have 6 pack already. So, quite hardcore also lah. Heehehe.

Cooldown : People Get Ready
Not a very famous song, and my all-time favorite cooldown for BA has to be The Best Is Yet to Come. Didn't really like this song at first, but it's very meaningful and relaxing actually. "You don't need no ticket, to get on the Body Attack train". So get going with BA67! :D

All in all, another great release with great songs and great moves. Except for the upper body conditioning, hahahaha! :P

Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 405

Launch of fourth quarter release at True Fitness! Sorry, didn't manage to announce earlier on my blog, as you can see, I've fallen quite behind in updating stuff. Anyway, did you manage to go? Hahaha.. heard it was a blast.

It was held at Sri Hartamas, pretty inconvenient for me to go there, especially on a workday, so I went for Body Combat at Taipan. Jaime was teaching... did a lot of old tracks, including "Full Metal Jackass", but was sad she didn't do the saluting part. *cry* Other stuff include "Crashed the Wedding"... and I don't remember. Anyway, she's always very appreciative if you make noise in her class, so show your support by haiyak haiyak hiaahhhhhhkkkk all the way. :P

Body damn pain from my friend's torturous weight training session the day before, so couldn't continue...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 404

My friend came to True Fitness Taipan with me in order to give me a good workout in the free weights training area. I was quite interested in his workout regime, and I think after reading this blog, he thought I could lift a lot. Well, I *did* prove to him that I *could* lift what I said I was lifting on this blog.. but only on the machines!! For free weights, the amount that I can lift is like, half of what I can do. E.g: machine chest press I can do @ 35kg. For free weights, it's about 15kg only. So that's actually less than half!

The weight training session was very informative, and he taught me a lot of weird exercises.. different ways to attack your body. Did deadlifts (@ 80lb.. damn low right? Considering I have one mad friend who does it at 185kgs... madness!), reverse push-ups, Brazilian crunches, shoulder raises, triceps dips, attempted pullups (totally dangling there like a fool), etc. Wah, it was all very challenging.

The strange thing about the training is the delayed reaction my body had. Throughout my sister's wedding on Sat & Sun, I didn't feel fatigue. Suddenly on Tuesday, my arm started aching. Wtf? And my back feels sore!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 403

Team teach Body Attack with Janet... wow, I don't know what the hell I did, but I was so tired. It was a shame and an embarrassment for me... sigh. I did "Wild Wild West 08"... lots to improve. Good news is that new launch for 4th quarter release means that I will have 2 weeks to improve myself before I start TT again. Apparently not allowed to do TT while new release is going on. Hmm.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 402

Did weight training... no time to dance, so I didn't! Don't remember the exact weights but it was my normal ones la.. hahahaa.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Day 401

Wow... what a tiring day today. And I made such a mistake... didn't even drink any supplements to give me additional POWAH. Only drank Redbull... which tastes like bubble gum, don't even know whether it works or not. But hey! It's 1am and I'm wide awake, so it probably is loaded with caffein.

What happened was.... we had Body Attack tuition today. -___-
I found out on Sunday. -____-
I had to present two tracks. -_______-
One of them is the power track. -____________-

Usually, there are 3 slots for tuition --- and we can pick and choose. Last round, the slot I picked only had 3 people, so this round I was determined to pick a popular slot. You know, cos I enjoy public humiliation. Haha, no lah, because there's more "sharing" if you do tuition with more people around. So yeah, I really need more hammerings. I was wondering if I should blog about it or not cos .. I don't see other people mention their mistakes. But somehow I think I learn better if I mention out my shortcomings.

Started with Body Combat in Taipan. Tuition only at 10pm in Jaya33. So I didn't want to miss BC since I already missed it last week. I didn't go as all out as I would go since I was "conserving energy" for tuition. Hahaha. There is definitely less vocal output from me today. :P Anyway, there were times even the squeaks that I emitted were louder than the rest of the class. Quite paiseh to continue.

Ok, we go straight to the tuition since I have more to say there. I was presenting the power track and lower body conditioning... as mentioned I found out about the tuition on Sunday, and if I had a choice, I would've taken a later slot so that I could have more time to prepare. But my sis is getting married this weekend, so here's no way I'm going to miss her wedding dinner so that I can go for tuition ok. Ahaha. This weekend will be a busy one for me! All weekend long in super high heels!

Luckily in a way I was given track 9 to do because I personally love this track the most out of the current release. Seriously, it's a great track.. full of energy. I like this track and also the "speed on up" (Take It To The Limit") track from last release. I think the power tracks are all amazing. Of course, I feel doubtful doing power tracks because I feel like fainting doing track 3 and 4 and MOST of the time I'm doing agility. (Btw, the agility track from latest release is SUPER nice.) Anyway, because I really like this track, I was already learning the chorey for it from the day of the workshop. Still, I was not fully confident on this, so all of Sunday and most of Monday was spent learning track 9, cos I didn't want to force all my friends to do, like 64 jump jacks at the end if I missed out some steps. =p

For the other track (the lower body conditioning one), I mistakenly thought it was gonna be easy peasy so I left it for the end. Later, found out there's a new move being introduced, and then I started sweating (Monday afternoon in the office only started learning, sei mei) and then I found out that the switchover from one leg to another leg has some really weird timing transition. I REALLY REGRET NOT PRACTICING EARLIER. It is not to say difficult... but just a bit tricky, and really have to be on the "hear out" for certain bits.

In the end... haih. I also donno what to say about my presentation. I think I took the "you must precue" thing a bit too far and end up cueing a bit early... and then there was one tuck jump where I suddenly felt my leg gave way (I got a cramp somewhere around track 6 which is strange cos damn long never have cramp ady) ... which was a pity cos earlier we were doing the tuck jumps all together, it looked damn nice ok! Everyone can jump so high, in sync! Other than that, all the beautiful scripting that I came up with earlier... all just went outta my head and I think I was just repeating stuff. Hahaha. What I find funny is that I can even talk to the other people in the class like damn casually, but I feel out of breath and panic when I have to give instructions.

Still... it was better than my presentation for track 10.. which was... really bad. Hahaha. Once the sides were switched, I totally lost the beat for the whole track and had to hazard a guess as to where we were. T_T I felt so bad... sigh...

Anyway, it was a great learning experience la. I felt bad cos I had to torture my friends thru my presentation (this is why I am not team teaching so often... hahahaha). After that, the head teacher gave us some comments... and he was really kind to me. I was damn scared he was going to yell at me for screwing up the choreography, but he said something strange to me, which was "I think you are too used to doing the cardio tracks, so when it's a slow track, you lose the beat." Hmm... I think what I did wrong was that I underestimated the track, and didn't spend enough time to learn it up. Bad bad bad. Everything needs time for the skill to be nurtured, so don't play play. Even warm-up tracks and conditioning tracks have a lot of choreography involved. :)

Other than that, I definitely still need to work on my precueing and scripting.
Definitely need to work on my knees out positioning, and also my heel jacks! Not forgetting triceps push-ups! Gosh! So many things! How am I ever going to dig myself out of this hole.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 400

Weight training at the gym.

Some improvement :
Abductor & adductor @ 50kg now.
Shoulders can start comfortably at 40lb
Other things, still pretty standard.

I can do push ups on the toes again! But a far cry from my glory days of 32 in 60 seconds. Hahaha!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 399

Went for 2 classes today - Body Combat with Alex C, followed by Body Jam with Zarina. Actually, felt damn tired, especially after going all out during Body Attack yesterday, but I'm now in "the zone", whereby I feel really weird if I skip gym even for one day! Yes, it's very hard for me to go out on dates now. >=(

Body Combat was quite stressful cos Alex asked the newbies to follow me if they couldn't get a hang of the mirror image concept. Dot dot dot. Few tracks I remember from today : Whatever You Want, Elevator, Shut Up N Drive...

Body Jam ... Zarina said she taught us tracks which will help us prepare for Body Jam 51... always appreciate the heads up! I think most of the instructors will be doing that.
We had
- New Day & Conga for warm up. I think doing "New Day" really gets the class warmed up! I used to dislike it because I couldn't get the direction & leg movement correct, but once you get the hang of it, it's a really great song to dance to! Agreed?
- Bring Em Out "four corners" "line dance" lol.
- Shake Up The Party / Loaded for Latin
- This Ain't Sex recovery
- Freakin' Fakin' House for performance track. Super energetic!!!!!
- Spotlight cool down

Fuuh... when I blog right after the classes, I usually remember the tracks! Better take care of this blog properly.. hehehe.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 398

My first team teach... with Jason Y. :P
Long story as to why I started so late... but I did give myself an ultimatum.. start again once the last quarter release comes out, and now it's out.
Actually, I was quite afraid to do team teach... I asked Hazrin if I could shadow... but he asked me to try 1 track. So 1 track it is.

I find it quite dishonest to say team teach when I'm only teaching one track. Hahaha. Technically only 1 out of 12 tracks.. that's not even 10%! Anyway, it was a good learning experience... I think I was quite bad, but a lot of people have been supportive and kind, so I'm encouraged to go on. Hey, I'll make sure the next one will be even better. :)

Challenging myself by teaching something from BA66 in the next round. On Friday, I did Don't Wanna Go To Bed Now, which Jason said is so weird cos most people will do track 6 (the running track) or do both track 6 & 7 during TT instead of doing track 7. Hahaha. Well, that's cos I passed my BA certification with agility mar.

Actually, my happiest moment during the TT was when Jason helped me put on the belt for the mic and he said "You are so thinnnn!" Hahahaha!

Ok thanks to all the participants for the happy faces & encouragements & kind words.... *mwahhhh*

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 397

Went for Janet's Body Attack class on Thursday... hahaha, she really gave us something to "thank for the memories" for the final track. Jump jacks all the way! Omg!! Hahahhaa! But it's good --- she's preparing us for the next release. :D

Somehow, also really loved the way she did I Believe for the interval track... really felt ~magic~ in the class during that track. :D I think this is one of my favorite interval tracks for Body Attack ... almost feel the ~magic~ whenever the instructors do it. Also helps that Fantasia Barrino was one of my fave Idol contestants. :P

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day 396

Weight training day. Mostly on upper body as there was not enough time.
I'm now starting at 35kg for chest press, 26kg for fly...
The rest I don't really remember. Sucks that the pulldown machine is spoiled...

After that was Body Jam with Shirlyn. Trying to remember what songs we did... *quite blur as blogging this late*

Can't remember the tracklists, but we did the performance tracks from "I Decided" /"Shut Up and Let Me Go"/"Tomorrow Can Wait", and also the performance track from "Sexual Healing" (Body Jam 42). Quite a workout! After that, I practiced for my team teach track on Friday... woo hoo...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 395

Weight training day.... somehow I still feel very flabby after weight training. Usually everything feels "tight" after finishing. Maybe because I didn't go all out... today there were weight increments, so generally by the 3rd set, I'll be "pancit", even though the first set (with heavier weights) was easy going. Will see how... tomorrow I'll be weight training again. Hahahaha.

After that, went for back-to-back Cardio Wave classes with Hazrin. After a long while of not doing cardio wave, it's suddenly very syiok! Maybe because all the songs were so nice... :) And guess what? For the first slot of cardio wave, the entire class was PACKED. Like, every single machine was taken up. Lucky I was early.. lucky I got to leave work early.. hehehee.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 394

My first Les Mill's Super Workshop.

Blogged about it :

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 393

Saturday Body Attack quickie as I had to rush off to fix my friend's PC....

Hazrin told me to "hurry up" if I wanna continue teaching.

Duly noted, boss!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Day 392

Alex C's Body Combat class...
Weight training again. Mainly upper body as I was rushing home for something.

Sorry, lack of updates. Totally have not been updating gym blog. :(

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

DAy 391

Short weight training session. The usual suspects! :P