Well today was a full day! First I went and bought some Nike clothes I couldn’t really afford, but they were soooo nice and I desperately needed clothes cuz I’m out of clothes! Last year when I was here the room I’m staying in had operable washing machines and driers, but the new owners of this place have disabled them. It’s actually quite frustrating, I won’t be staying here again because they’ve taken away everything and charging for everything now. It’s supposed to be cheap accommodation but not when you have to pay for washing, knives and forks etc. Seriously, you have to “rent” cultery 🙄
So anyways, Nike clothes…….mmmmmm. Then my dear friend Shona arrived. When she found out I was coming to Auckland she made the effort to fly up from South Island to see me, cuz it’s not every day I come over to NZ. It’s the first time I’ve seen her since she left Adelaide last August, and it’s just like old times again!
Then…..lunch with Phillip Mills, which is the title of this blog entry. Amazing smart man. He told me a lot about the process they go through with the filmings, selecting presenters, the role of the Creative Directors and the difference between the Creative Directors and the Program Directors. The Creative Directors (Phillip, Emma and Jackie) actually have a greater role in determining the outcome of chorrey and music than I realised. Then I asked a few questions about the past, where Phillip came up with the idea of pre-choreography etc. He said that there was so much variability between the freestyle instructors in his gym that he decided to standardise it and created set choreography. He himself taught what is now known as BODYATTACK for 10 years back in the 80’s. The really amazing thing is if BODYATTACK hadn’t have changed names the number would now be over 100!.
Lunch was over all too quick and Phillip and I headed off to do BB38 with Jackie, Anita, Dr Dave and Cor(e)y. I felt like it went so quick and I would have loved to have learnt more, but I appreciate the time I did get to spend. I could talk all day to someone like Phillip (actually, I guess I could talk all day to anyone, lol 😆 ), cuz I really love to learn from a smart business person like him.
Shona met up with me again for balance and so we went up near the front. I really enjoyed it again but I had to laugh when during the hip openers track Dr Dave told me to squeeze my butt. I couldn’t help myself so I took my hand and actually physically squeezed my butt with my hand (not quite what he meant 😆 ). He laughed and said “Not with your HAND Mel, geesh any opportunity to grope yourself” 😆 Yep, he’s got it right in one……haha. Well, no one else will grab my butt so I have to do it myself right? 😈
BC33 with D&R……….oh wow. It went OFF! I’m loving it, just loving it. The Muay Thai is starting to grow on me although still not my fav track. Track 3 is awesome and has got a move that kinda resembles a move from BC24, so I tee’d up with Linda that during this track we’d shout out “hey, hey, hey, hey” during the move………..when the jabs start…….we had it all worked out, right, cool. So we got to the jabs and I dunno if we could be heard over the loud music very well, it was the 2 of us with our little lungs screaming out “HEY”. I think Rach must have heard us, cuz she then said “ok this time I wanna hear you shout ‘hey’ on the jabs”. So then we all started shouting ‘hey’ together…….or at least, all us mad international nutters at the front did anyway! 😆
Prior to coming to Auckland I was starting to feel a bit flat with combat. I dunno what it was, but a little bit of the fire had gone for me and coming to Auckland I was hoping I’d get it back. I hoped I would get it in Sydney but it didn’t happen there, but now in 3 classes the fire is burning as strong as ever! I LOVE DAN & RACH!
can I take them home………puleeeeeeeeeease