Valentine’s Mix for bodybalance

Similar to what I’m doing with pump, here’s my first assessment of all the balance tracks (from BB17 to the current release) that have a "love" theme for Valentine’s day classes. I’m sure I’ve missed some tracks, balance songs are hard to tell if their love songs without looking at the lyrics of them all.

1 – Deliver Me – BODYBALANCE 19
1 – Here With Me (Rollo’s "Chillin’ With The Family" Mix) – BODYBALANCE 30
1 – One Of These Mornings – BODYBALANCE 38
1 – Lost & Found – BODYBALANCE 46
1 – Love Theme From Ben-Hur – BODYBALANCE 48
2 – Sweet Harmony – BODYBALANCE 17
2 – Daylight – BODYBALANCE 18
2 – Desert Rose – BODYBALANCE 44
2 – Gorecki – BODYBALANCE 51
3 – The World’s Greatest – BODYBALANCE 18
3 – Love’s Divine – BODYBALANCE 25
3 – Waiting For You – BODYBALANCE 27
3 – The Heart Of The Matter – BODYBALANCE 44
3 – Magnificent – BODYBALANCE 46
3 – One – BODYBALANCE 48
3 – I Got You – BODYBALANCE 51
3 – Just The Way You Are – BODYBALANCE 54
4 – Love Should – BODYBALANCE 31
4 – Heaven (Candlelight) – BODYBALANCE 32
4 – I Belong To You – BODYBALANCE 34
4 – Breathe Me – BODYBALANCE 35
4 – Listen to Your Heart – BODYBALANCE 37
4 – Lithium – Ready For Love – BODYBALANCE 38
4 – Your Guardian Angel – BODYBALANCE 43
4 – Immaculate – BODYBALANCE 44
4 – I’m Yours – BODYBALANCE 51
5 – Signs Of Love – BODYBALANCE 21
5 – Take My Breath Away – BODYBALANCE 31
5 – Chasing Cars – BODYBALANCE 36
5 – Kiss Me – BODYBALANCE 38
5 – Wedding Day (Duet With Heidi) – BODYBALANCE 41
5 – Kissing – BODYBALANCE 43
5 – Apple Of My Eye – BODYBALANCE 45
5 – For the first time – BODYBALANCE 53
5 – Love, Love, Love – BODYBALANCE 55
6 – You Rock My World – BODYBALANCE 18
6 – My Love Is Your Love – BODYBALANCE 24
6 – Too Lost In You – BODYBALANCE 26
6 – Love Generation – BODYBALANCE 52
6 – Need you now – BODYBALANCE 53
7 – The Joker – BODYBALANCE 29
7 – You Got The Love – BODYBALANCE 35
7 – Won’t Go Home Without You – BODYBALANCE 39
7 – The Look Of Love (Madison Park Vs Lenny B Remix) – BODYBALANCE 44
8 – Fallin’ – BODYBALANCE 17
8 – 2 Hearts – BODYBALANCE 34
9 – Gravity Of Love – BODYBALANCE 17
9 – Caught In A Moment – BODYBALANCE 26
9 – Follow Me Home – BODYBALANCE 33
9 – I’m Kissing You – BODYBALANCE 40
9 – Run – BODYBALANCE 46
10 – The Velocity Of Love – BODYBALANCE 18
10 – Suite No. 1: Serenade – BODYBALANCE 26
11 – Reprise: Spiritual – BODYBALANCE 18

Upcoming Valentine’s Day

I’m currently working out a “love mix” for upcoming valentine’s day, so I’ve done a quick pass through all my pump music from BP43 to BP80.

1 – Light My Fire – BODYPUMP 45
1 – I’m Gonna Getcha Good! – BODYPUMP 46
1 – BP54-01 Rise (Leave Me Alone) Featuring Clark Anderson – BODYPUMP 54
1 – Love Changes (Everything) (Original Radio Edit) – BODYPUMP 61
1 – BP63-01 All For You – BODYPUMP 63
1 – Bleeding Love – BODYPUMP 67
2 – Don’t You Want Me – BODYPUMP 44
2 – BP54-02 Run To You (Extended Version) – BODYPUMP 54
2 – You Are All Of That (Radio Edit) – BODYPUMP 55
2 – Simply Irresistable – BODYPUMP 59
2 – Walk On Water (Flip & Fill Remix) – BODYPUMP 61
2 – Truly Madly Deeply (Club Mix) – BODYPUMP 63
2 – More Than A Feeling – BODYPUMP 64
2 – Piece Of My Heart – BODYPUMP 67
2 – Beautiful Monster – BODYPUMP 78
3 – You Needed Me – BODYPUMP 45
3 – Love Is The Drug – BODYPUMP 46
3 – BP56-03 She Drives Me Crazy – BODYPUMP 56
3 – In Love With You – BODYPUMP 64
3 – Always Be Here – BODYPUMP 72
3 – DJ Got Us Fallin In Love – BODYPUMP 77
3 – Sweet Child o Mine – BODYPUMP 78
4 – Heaven – BODYPUMP 44
4 – When I Close My Eyes – BODYPUMP 45
4 – Fly On The Wings Of Love – BODYPUMP 51
4 – Everytime We Touch – BODYPUMP 57
5 – Jump (For My Love) – BODYPUMP 50
5 – BP54-05 What You Waiting For? – BODYPUMP 54
5 – My First Kiss – BODYPUMP 76
6 – Humpin Around – BODYPUMP 49 Best Of
6 – Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) – BODYPUMP 53
6 – Ain’t No Other Man [Radio Version] – BODYPUMP 63
6 – We Got It Going On – BODYPUMP 67
7 – Something – BODYPUMP 44
7 – BP52-07 I Can’t Let You Go [Extended Club Mix] – BODYPUMP 52
7 – Love Comes Again – BODYPUMP 53
7 – I Want You – BODYPUMP 57
7 – I Go Crazy – BODYPUMP 62
7 – Love Sensation ’06 (Hi_Tack Burnin’ Up Radio Edit) – BODYPUMP 63
7 – Show Me Heaven – BODYPUMP 66
7 – Doesn’t Matter – BODYPUMP 71
7 – When Love Takes Over – BODYPUMP 73
7 – Only Girl In The World (E-Nergy Remix) – BODYPUMP 77
8 – I Like The Way – BODYPUMP 56
8 – Bp60-08 One Night In Bangkok (Vinylshakerz Screen Cut) – BODYPUMP 60
8 – Keep Your Hands Off My Girl – BODYPUMP 64
9 – Missing – BODYPUMP 49 Best Of
9 – Don’t Cha – BODYPUMP 57
9 – My Lover – BODYPUMP 62
9 – Stronger (Radio Edit) – BODYPUMP 65
9 – Rolling In The Deep – BODYPUMP 80
10 – Nothing But The Rain – BODYPUMP 49 Best Of
10 – I Belong To You – BODYPUMP 5
10 – Chasing Cars – BODYPUMP 61
10 – Lips Of An Angel – BODYPUMP 62
10 – Art Of Love – BODYPUMP 74

Now just have to narrow that list down!


I’ve finally picked up a permanent BODYBALANCE class on Tuesday nights after pump, the first time since early 2010 (when I gave up a morning class due to getting a full time job).

I’m still recovering from a severe injury from a few months ago which involved a pinched nerve in my back, and therefore doing balance has been really tough for me (downdogs and stretches have been impossible). But I have been practising at home and Tuesday night went well. It’s a new class on the timetable, so I was stoked when we had huge numbers for the first class (21 people in a room that fits about 30 max).

My mix for the the night was:

Forever Lost – BODYBALANCE 55
Gorecki – BODYBALANCE 51
Amazing – BODYBALANCE 53
While my guitar gently weeps – BODYBALANCE 53
Empire State Of Mind (Part II) – BODYBALANCE 51
Abs: Release The Pressure – BODYBALANCE 35
You Got The Love – BODYBALANCE 35
The Only Exception – BODYBALANCE 51
Lovesong From The Mountains – BODYBALANCE 51
Awaken The Dawn – BODYBALANCE 51

Missed opportunity

Very frustrated, with being unable to work right now or do any gym classes, I’ve just had the opportunity for a permanent balance class and another balance fill in (but alas, had to say “no” as I’m still injured). I’ve been waiting for the opportunity for a permanent balance class since I returned to Australia, and I’m sure doing more bodybalance would seriously help me get my body back where it needs to be. However, with the disc injury I have right now, downdogs, forward folds and pretty much any stretch is completely out of the question at the moment.

Sigh, well, maybe this “time off” is a lesson in patience or something or other.

Pinched nerve

And after several months of teaching 2 regular pump classes each week, and the occasional fill in (still working full time in IT aswell), I am now off work suffering from a pinched nerve in my back. After a couple of days in hospital, nights of being unable to lay down and sleep and using strong painkillers to be able to get any sort of rest, I’ve had to take time off work. Due to the pain I’ve lost 5kg in just a couple of weeks (I bet it’s muscle/water loss…if only it were fat loss, sigh).

So it’s lots of rest, and can’t even do bodybalance. Haven’t been able to do a pain free down dog for a while now and doing lots of research on safe exercises. My chiro won’t give me many hints on what I CAN do, cuz he wants me to slow down and rest, lol.

But after 3 weeks rest I can feel I’m starting to feel slightly better if I move, and worse if I don’t move. Can’t sit or lay flat on my back, but apparently gentle walks is ok, and so are “pointers” (the pilates moves on all fours).

I’m also betting on using horse riding as a theraputic tool. I know I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve got my beautiful horse Kira and I know of many people who’ve had improvement from horse riding, including an old friend I’ve recently re-got-in-touch with after many years. She used just sitting on the horse walking, starting with 5 minutes per day and gradually increasing it.

Here’s why I think it’ll be beneficial. Our disc’s in our spine get compressed during the day, and it’s when we sleep that the disc’s decompress and the nutrients are able to feed the discs. Performing traction is the basis of using this principle, opening up the discs, decompressing them and getting much needed nutrients into the spine. I’ve also read about people recommending sitting on a fit ball and gently bouncing to get the same effect (my fit ball is deflated and in a box somewhere after we moved house 2 months ago). So, using this theory I could imagine that the gentle rocking of the pelvis while the horse quietly walks around would also achieve this effect……… long as I don’t fall off! 🙂

I tried this yesterday afternoon, had the second night I was able to sleep through the night (since this has happened) and I only took regular Nurofen Plus for a painkiller. I was still sore in the morning, but not worse.

This is progress.


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Taught for the first time in 3 years at one of my old clubs for a balance fill in, and as usual there weren’t many people I recognised. But I was surprised to see a few participants that I remembered (or remembered me)! It was a lovely class which I really enjoyed teaching, and after the class was totally chuffed when one of the girls told me how she missed me so much when I had left and she was so glad I was back.

I still feel really frustrated at my weight and lack of fitness, so a comment like that helped remind me that “weight” isn’t always everything.

Still want to lose the 20kg though, lol!


Second time teaching BP78 and it was an AWESOME class, for me at least. For the first time in ages I feel like I’m starting to get past the “fill in” instructor syndrome and slowly into my groove, which includes Mel-isms. Anyone who remembers my classes will remember the slightly crazy, slighty……no, COMPLETELY absentminded and “weird” instructor, all complete with random jokes that are not necessarily funny.

Well, I can’t possibly share some of the funny things that happened tonight, it just wouldn’t sound funny written down. But I found the perfect balance of knowing my chorrey, and completely screwing it up, lol. Well, no I didn’t really screw it up, but there was an extra bit of music at the end of the abs track that I completely blamed on the “repeat” function on my iphone.

hey, well people laughed and enjoyed themselves, and that makes me happy Smile

An eye opener

Had my first "little bit” of cardio with the PT. Woah it’s such a different experience pushing yourself from a totally unfit state. No PT or instructor should ever try to assume they know how it “feels”.

After the first 1 min exercise I said to my PT “that’s for that session, that was great, seeya later”. That joke didn’t get me far, 30 secs rest and on to the next exercise. Shuffles while catching a tubey thing (don’t ask me to explain), single arm essentially bicep curls crossed with chinups on a rope thing attached to the wall (again, please don’t ask me to explain). More catching tubey thing, and the for the rest my brain ceased to work.

Followed by feeling sick and then I was unable to do hovers as my diaphragm combined with lactic acid made me too sick to deal with it. Then round 2…

Yep I’m unfit, paying the penalty, struggling like hell and hating it. But I’m determined to get there again.

Oh yeah, my biceps are hurting. And my triceps too, wtf……..I don’t even remember working my triceps????


Taught the latest BODYPUMP for the first time tonight, and my initial impression is that this is a whole lot easier than it looks on paper. It’s at times like this that I regret missing it at the workshop. I always believe that it’s very useful as an instructor to know what it’s going to feel like.

Weights are going up next week by the looks!

oh and in an effort to encourage participants to put their weights up, I’ve promised to put an extra 1kg on my lunge weight for every participant that increases their weight!


It might be leaving it a tad to the last minute, but I’m cram learning BB53, which seems to be the best way of learning for me. That gives me 3 days to learn the new pump release for next Tuesday!

Loving some of this music, standout tracks for me so far are sun sals and balance.

The core tracks look pretty tough, especially with my no so strong core these days. Still aching after Wednesdays PT session too so this could be interesting!

Personal Training–round 2

Wooowweeee this has been a big week (by unfit non-instructor standards). Monday night, taught my first pump/balance double in ages, followed by Tuesday with another pump class (I really felt myself weakening here, definitely not the same anymore trying to do pump 2 nights in a row). Wednesday ended up being a tough day with lots of physical work moving laptops, ie. shifted 2 desktops and 11 laptops on a sack truck from Gawler Place (near Grenfell St) to Victoria Square, then helped a courier cart another 5 sack truck loads to his courier van.

So, after all that I am suddenly remembered why I chose to do personal training in the first place. I was knackered and weak, but I was determined (a step up in motivation right there).

Now due to my back/hip problems and weaknesses, at the moment the focus is on core strength, and boy did she smash my core. The personal trainer I have chosen, I used to work along side of, so I know I have chosen someone I will be happy with as I have seen her work. But that happeness also has a not so pleasant side………….it’s called pain {grimace}

I know I know, us instructors LOVE that pain, right? But that’s only when you are fit! Going back to starting from scratch it’s just not fun anymore, but yet there is still that satisfying moment knowing your being pushed to that point you would never have gone on your own.

Trust me, I would have given up on the first hover with my feet suspended in the stirrups, but she wanted me to do 3. Oh no wait, that was just 3 reps…………wasn’t SO bad I guess? Till after the rest I learnt that I was doing 3 sets.

Oh yes, I definitely would have given up a loooong time ago.

Finally a permanent class

It’s been a few weeks now (3 I think?), but I now have a permanent pump class every Tuesday night. Les Mills is a lot harder for me to dedicate copious amounts of time to these days, but it’s good just to be teaching. I can no longer imagine doing the 1-3 hours every night of classes, plus weekends etc. How life changes for ya huh?

Had to start off with pretty light weights (2.5kg either side), as my back wasn’t in the greatest shape following overdoing it at the last launches. I put 110% into filling in several combat classes, plus did the combat launch which proved to “too much” after the fact. But I’m recovered from that now, and I’m back at my regular newbie weights!

Last Tuesday I managed:

warmup: 7.5kg
squats: 10kg
chest: 7.5kg
back: 10kg
tricps: 7.5kg
biceps: 7.5kg
lunges: 10kg
shoulders: 5kg

I know these are light weights for an instructor, but to make things even better I’ve decided on Personal Training for myself as a further kick start. No more messing around for me, overweight and unfit!

Posting from my iPhone

почистванеI know it’s been a hell of a long time since I last blogged, but I am now able to blog directly from my iPhone. Hopefully I can now blog while on the bus, or at the doctors, or any other situation when I’m waiting around doing nothing!

In summary:
Missed last Les Mills workshop
Registered early for next workshop
Been teaching balance fill ins
Finally taught a couple of pump fill ins
Have updated
Now have new mobile version of the site
Started new job job at SA Water in December

phew…….I think that’s enough for one blog!