Les Mills BodyPump 112 Review: Killer Queen

Hi team!

1. Warm-up (So Close) — Same but wide squats.

2. Squats (Starry Eyes) — The real killer comes in the calf raises. I hate it with a vengeance. Wait for what comes after this track which the instructor cued perfectly (not)

3. Chest (Killer Queen) — I don’t know the real choreography, this awesome instructor, cued it so badly. I’ll still go to her classes and who doesn’t like Queen? But the choreography? Awful. Glen, if you’re reading this, explain the choreo better to your tribe.

4. Back and Leg (UCLA) — It’ll get mellow for this track, I promise. Just dead rows, high pulls, and clean and presses.

5. Triceps (Hustle) — Oh, Glen, you just like to torture your tribe. The only good thing was P!nk was singing it. Kickback rows, overhead extensions w/ plate, and Jack pushups

6. Biceps (Dies Irae) — Fast paced, bottom halves, but please take a break in the middle of the track.

7. Lunges (Pica) — They pick foreign language singers for the lunge track lately and the instructor says she uses it for her Zumba class, exact same moves as last release.

8. Shoulders — (Do It Again) — Front raises, side raises, Mac raises, and rear delt raise, all with plates.

9. Core — (No New Friends) — C crunch, bicycle kicks, and hip bridges.

10. Cooldown — (Miracle) Try to guess!

I’m just like my country young, scrappy, and hungry: Millennials.

I’m a millennial. I live in the good U.S of A. I love listening to Hamilton. I think we are living in a time that the Founding Fathers lived through. I equate Trump to King George III. Even the Founding Fathers will be embarrassed about Trump. Just remember this, they had to fight for freedom. We just have to vote for freedom. Millennials are the biggest portion of the 2020 electorate. The song “The Election of 1800”, I feel is similar to this election. I feel Trump doesn’t stand a chance if the Dems are United. Hamilton had to choose the lesser of the two evils. We are also younger than Hamilton was back then. We are young, scrappy, and hungry.

The Magician: The Activist

Stand up everybody! We all are magicians and we can voodoo our fraud of our President out. Need reasons why? We shouldn’t have a comedian for our President. We shouldn’t have someone who uses backroom deals with foreign governments to protect his power. We as activists should stand up and fight this. We can be magicians in this fight.

Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll

On a crisp morning, I got up and immediately went to Niles Canyon. It was closed to all vehicles and it was wonderful. Peacefully calm. All Fremonters and their families came and it was a blast. I met BART director Liz Ames, shared my thoughts with her and realized that we’re on the same page. Bikemobile was there and tuned up my bike. 6.4 miles of utter joy. Perfect morning.

This Is Ridiculous

Social media that is. I initially many moons ago started this blog to do many of the things social media is doing now. What a toxic environment. Blogging seems calming, and blogging, especially about Les Mills releases, makes me happy. Self-care comes first than social media. No sir/ma’am, I will not be starting a Patreon to monetize my blog. Crazy how this world has come to.

Les Mills Bodypump 111 Review

Oh god, only two songs I recognized. P!nk, Ariana Grande, and an obscure Meghan Trainor song were the artists I recognized. Are they choosing the most obscure songs and singers? Let’s get to the review though.

  1. (Warm-up) Speechless (Robin Schulz feat. Erika Sirola) – The usual, dead row, dead lifts, clean and press, but then, a new combo dead row with upright row. Squats and lunges finish out the track
  2. (Squats) Chase the Sun (Hardwell, Dannic, feat. Kelli-Leigh) – The combo this release is two singles and three bottom halves. Oh, and several singles, with calf raises with a plate.
  3. (Chest) Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer) – Chest Flies, an unrecognizable move that goes narrow, wide, and up, and walking push ups
  4. (Back and Leg) Reserve (Egzod, Leo the Kind), The combo of the day was low pulls, high pulls, and clean and press.
  5. (Triceps) High Hopes (Panic! at the Disco) – Overhead Extensions, Dips, and Tricep Kick-Backs round out this track.
  6. (Biceps) Walk Me Home (P!nk) – When did P!nk become so obscure, that this is the first time hearing this song? Alternating arms bicep curls, bottom halves, and bicep rows. I estimate I did 155-160 reps, which is more than the last release.
  7. (Lunges) – Face My Fears – English Version (Hikaru Utada, Skrillex) – Better face your fears, because this one is a doozy. Backward stepping lunges, side lunges, and we do it all over again with the other leg.
  8. (Shoulders) Focus (Deorro fear. Lena Leon) – Front Raises, Mac Raises, and Side Raises for plates, then overhead presses with the bar.
  9. (Abs) – FOOLISH (Meghan Trainor) C-Crunches and Hip Bridges
  10. (Cooldown) Imagine (Ariana Grande) – This depressing song makes you want to clean up and leave the Group Exercise Studio and that’s exactly what most people did. Leave the studio and not do the cooldown.

East Asians and White Supremacy

I’ve been following Sangeetha Thanapal’s Facebook page and something struck me. I’m Asian American, but I’m not fully East Asian and I’m also not fully South Asian. I’m mixed, and the mirror says so. What lead me to write this post, an East Asian holding white supremacist views. So let me back it up.

In 1941, Japan sided with Germany, Italy, and Spain to form the Axis Powers. You might have learned it in your history classes so I won’t go into depth about it. Very recently and it is still going on, and this breaks most people’s heart is the tweets Trump sends out. Most of the time it is about race and sexual orientation discrimination. Let’s talk about the racial portion about this as this relates to this blog post.

Trump is holding people of Latin American heritage and perhaps other racial backgrounds in what is basically concentration camps. They are cramped, horrified, and scared. At the same time, millions of young white men, are killing our fellow citizens. I’d go on about our laxness of our gun control policies but that’s a different topic to tell another day. What surprised me in Thanapal’s post is an East Asian espousing the same views and declaring that they think they’re basically white. I think he should look at himself at mirror. He is not White. He basically espoused what Trump is saying about minorities and he is a minority. As I said, I’m part East Asian. She is from Singapore, so I don’t personally know what it is like down in Singapore. But, I’ve been following her posts, and she says that East Asians seems to be on their high horse and think they’re the white man’s successor to put in bluntly.

My take on it is that choose your leaders wisely. You don’t know who is going to come out of the woodwork and do what your words say. Words have meaning, and your followers look up to you. And you as a fellow ordinary guy or gal, should choose words and actions in a meaningful way. This is the deepest post I’ve written and I’m proud of it.

Performers on BART

Those street performers you see performing for a honest living, those I don’t mind giving a tip for. Those performers that you see on trains, primarily hip-hop dancers, you could probably guess the race of those dancers, those irk me. What’s even more bothersome they aren’t supposed to perform on trains. I get so frustrated that sometimes I report them to the conductor as panhandlers. That’s their job, right? Am I not mistaken?

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