October 15, 2012

Les Mills Body Combat Giveaway; Introducing the Fit It!

A couple of product announcements today, both of them rather cool.


So first we've got a reader giveaway of a 5 DVD martial-arts style workout video from the Les Mills folks called Les Mills COMBAT.

And next up, I thought I'd let you know about a brand new Pinterest style photo-sharing and pinning site aimed at the fitness community called The Fit It


These both look like promising ventures, so wanna find out a bit more and see how you might win the DVD set?  This time, Canadians are eligible too!

(And I swear more "real" posts that are not reviews or giveaways are on the way. I'll spare you the usual 10 paragraphs of apologies and rationalizations and philosophical thoughts about health blogging and commercialism).



Body Combat Giveaway:

What is Les Mills Body Combat? 
It's a 60 day program in a set of 5 DVD's based on the popular Body Combat class. It's a martial arts workout incorporating moves from karate, taekwondo, boxing, muay thai/kickboxing, capeoira, and jiu jitsu.

Does the flattering gleam cost extra? I'll get back to you on that.

These martial arts moves are choreographed in escalating sequences, beginning with controlled moves then shifting to dynamic power moves and vigorous high-speed combinations, using “Fast Twitch Integration Training” approach that Les Mills is known for.

No equipment is necessary, and if you are already a Les Mills fan, you may be happy to discover that the DVD's come with with the adorably fierce trainers Rachel and Dan to guide you.

And Holy Crap do they looked psyched to kick your ass!

Music is of the same type that Les Mills classes and DVD's are known for. And what is that type? I haven't heard it myself but it's described as "today’s most popular music and great heart pumping remixes of older songs we all know and love." Which sounds way more promising than the vaguely porno-like musical tracks that most exercise DVD's have, but again, I haven't checked it out myself.

Giveaway Details: This is a pre-order giveaway, sponsored by Paul over at Fitness Body Online, who was sympathetic to my plea to include Canadians and has made an effort to make all his products available for shipping to Canada.

Because we love Canadians here at Cranky Fitness.  What's not to love?


So the pre-order part means you may not get your product for a few weeks, but according to Paul, "the winner will get a confirmation number showing that the order is placed and as soon as it ships a tracking number."

To enter, just leave a comment below; winner will be announced Friday Oct 19 and you will have until Wednesday the 24th to claim your prize. (Email address can be found on the Schmooze page).

Now, what's the deal with The Fit It?

Am I the only one who signed up for Pinterest yet never uses it?  Or are there any of you who are Pinterest junkies but are mainly interested in the health/fitness aspects and wish there were a bit more focus and community?

Well, The Fit It has just launched and is trying to address that. It's a brand new fitness-specific pinning site. And wouldn't it be cool to get in while something is still new for once? I'm thinking one can have greater visibility when things are quieter rather than getting lost in the crowd over at The Bigger Site. And then when it inevitably gets bigger, you will be a renowned and influential fitness-pinning phenomenon with legions of admiring fans!

Also, while they're starting off with just pinning, in the next few weeks they plan to add all kinds of  fitness tools and apps.

Want a more coherent explanation?  I'll leave it to the helpful promotional material I received to explain it better:

TheFitIt.com provides a better focus to peruse images, websites, blogs, and fitness tools with a 'Move It' button, similar to pinning with Pinterest. With thoughtful fitness related categories, you can look through favorite fitness attire without searching a general fitness category. If specialized workouts are what you're interested in, preview the board and 'Move It' on to your own desired Move Board for easy accessibility. If you follow your favorite fitness gurus on Facebook and you want to pin or 'Move It' on to your Move Board, TheFitIt.com allows you to do just that. Boards are invaluable for organizing images for inspiration, tracking details, or envisioning what the future can hold for your fitness goals.

Full Disclosure: So if I'm not already Passionate about Pinning, why would I be going out of my way to introduce these guys to you? Well, partly because it really does sound like a great idea. But also, true to form, there's something in it for me... I'm getting promotional consideration for some future advertising so if I ever get off my ass and get some graphics together, I can try to promote the blog and my coaching practice and ebooks etc.

How do you feel about Martial Arts workouts?  Or Pinning sites?  Or heck, how was your weekend?

57 comments:

  1. I've never Pinned. What's wrong with me?
    That said, I love it that Canadians win, but there's no need to include me in the draw.

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  2. Always looking to try new fitness programs and this one looks intense but fun.

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  3. I am a pinner. I have an exercise board. I also pin healthy recipes. I probably won't go to another pin site that is fitness specific. Bit, I love Les Mills anything and would love the Bodycombat set!

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  4. Love the Canadian vandalism!
    I too signed up for Pinterest and never use it.
    And I promise to have a super fit body using my new Les Mills Body Combat prize!

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  5. I'm here for the Canadian love.

    I just go to Pinterest to look at pretty pictures of kitchens I will never have and crafty things I will never make.

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  6. I LOVE pintrest, a I would love to win the Les Mills combat prize. I'm a Mom of two small boys. I'm trying to lose the last 15 pounds of baby weight that just won't budge! Maybe Les Mills could help a girl out?

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  7. Now, this is the problem I have with the explosion of "social media" websites...

    "If you follow your favorite fitness gurus on Facebook and you want to pin or 'Move It' on to your Move Board, TheFitIt.com allows you to do just that."

    Yes, I already follow my favourite fitness guru (Crabby, naturally) on Facebook, and I also subscribe via RSS feed (at least partly because my favourite fitness guru is not particularly reliable or consistent when it comes to Facebook updates)... Why on earth would I want yet another way to access exactly the same content? As you may have guessed, I'm not a pinner. #;-)

    Feel free to skip me in the draw, as I'm on a different continent and already do "martial-arts style" workouts by ... um ... doing martial arts.

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    1. Aww, Shadowduck, you are so sweet! And good reminder that I need to get my ass over to Facebook.

      And you do martial arts by actually Doing Martial Arts?? What a novel approach! :)

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  8. God, the DVD set looks great. I miss martial arts workouts SO MUCH. I'm having surgery in 3 weeks to correct a hip problem that curtailed my kickboxing hobby, so there's no rush on the shipping if I win. ;)

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  9. Oooh, this sounds like a fun prize to win. I'll use it to whip @elsewise's ass back into shape once she's all fixed. We've had a rough year illness/injury-wise, so it would be awesome to have something to look forward to after her surgery!

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    1. Ooh that would be an awesome video; you and elsewhere in a martial arts bout! Good luck to both of you!

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  10. I love me some Body Combat! This would be awesome to win!

    Also, I only pin for food.

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  11. I am looking forward to "Les Mills Combat". I have been doing "Les Mills Pump" since the summer and the optional Combat Cardio DVD is my favourite*, I really enjoy your blog Cranky.

    *cdn spelling

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    1. Canadian and UK spellings are so much classier than US versions! Plus there's that great sense of humour/humor our neighbours/neighbors to the north have.

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  12. Martial arts workouts are some of the best around. They work your hips, legs, and abs in ways that are fantastic for your spine and core strength. You don't have to do crunches to work your midsection. Kicking in all the various ways will work your abs in ways you'd never imagine.

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  13. They offer the Body Combat class at my gym and I can never go because I'm at work! I never knew they had the workouts available on DVD. It would be awesome to be able to do this after work!

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  14. I'm Canadian and a new reader! I'd love to win these DVDs. I like any kind of martial arts fitness because I can pretend I'm Batwoman while I work out. POW! BAM!

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  15. I'm not Canadian but I sure would like to win the Les Mills DVD set!

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  16. This sounds pretty awesome. What are the main differences between this and P90x or the other mainstream high intensity interval training Dvd's?

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  17. I have taken 1 Body Combat class at my gym, but really really love Body Pump (another Les Mills product). BC is great for the days I want to be less dancey, but I do prefer TurboKick, TurboJam, TurboFire.

    As for Pintrest...my short attention span has caused me to join it along with Instagram, Twitter, Polyvore, myfitnesspal, sparkpeople, runkeeper, mapymyrun as well as Facebook. And only SP, MYP, and FB do I check regularly. I even have a fitness-inspired board on Pintrest. I probably will look at the new site because at times I can be sheep and have FOMO (fear of missing out).

    Feel free to jump over my comment because I'm also fickle about my workout DVDs and at the moment I can't add any more to my collection :)

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    1. No jumping because Fickle is my middle name too! Crabby Fickle McSlacker. :)

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  18. Oooo! I *puffy heart& Les Mills' stuff. I haven't pulled one of those out of the closet in awhile. Might have to do that. So sign me up! I need Rachel and Dan to add some butt kicking to my morning routine! : )

    I'm afraid I'm a Pinterest junky already, including fitness/health stuff. I'll check it out, but I suspect my hands are already full with Pinterest. (Also: need to see if their copyright/privacy/legal policies are similar/same as Pinterest. I always worry about that...)

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  19. Ooh! I'd love to win Combat! For me, Les Mill does usually have better than average music for a workout dvd and I would enjoy having those in my collection. On Pinterest, I'm a beginner pinner, so I'm just learning the lay of the land.

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  20. I've been doing PUMP for a few weeks and would love to try COMBAT!

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  21. Nice! I want Body Pump. But great giveaway nonetheless!
    I pin everything! I'm a pinning whore.

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  22. I generally pin things from sites I like, but hardly ever actually go to Pinterest to look at what others pin. I could use some new workouts!

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  23. I have resisted even checking out Pinterest because I already can't keep up with everything I'm interested in, so a fitness specific one would be even less tempting. And I don't think the DVDs would be very helpful: I tried a yoga one from Netflix, and couldn't watch what I was supposed to be doing and do it at the same time. Do some of you DVD workers-out have eyes on stalks? That would have helped.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

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  24. Great giveaway! I go to Body Pump, but have so far avoided Body Combat and Body Attack for fear of looking like a fool! I would love to try it at home!

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  25. Body Combat looks like an interesting fitness DVD to try.

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  26. Funny this should be happening now....I've actually been toying with the idea of checking out Martial Arts for a different way to exercise. I've only been exercising 'on purpose' for two years, come this November. I've only been held back by cost and embarrassment! Well, that and being almost 58 years old too. I wonder if I could do this? I would love this DVD set prize so I can freak out the dogs in the house! Thanks for having the chance to! HIYA! (that was my feeble Martial Arts cry)

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  27. Most of my pinterest pins are fitness related, so I need to check this site out.

    The Les Mills DVDs look terrific. I sometimes do the old Tai Bo videos with Billy Blanks & enjoy the Kenpo video from P90X.

    Thanks for the blog. I love it!

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  28. No need to enter me for the giveaway BUT I AM SO AFRAID to join that That Fit Pinterest type site since I already have way too many time suckers I am doing already! ;-) Although I love the fitness stuff - that one really scares me - I might never get off! ;-)

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  29. Love the kickboxing workouts. It's a lot of sweaty fun. Did a quick one this morning. This looks awesome!

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  30. I haven't heard of Les Mills before, but now I really want to try those DVDs. Or maybe some others in the same vein.

    I was originally opposed to Pinterest b/c you had to have a Facebook account to use it. Now I guess you don't, but I'm still holding it against them. I don't "pin" but I'm an Evernote fiend. That's where I keep all the recipes, craft ideas, etc. that I find online.

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  31. I like Pinterest but there's already too much stuff to read and view and discuss and forward in my email already, so there's not much free time for Pinterest. So I will look at Fit Pinterest but I probably won't pin.
    On the subject of the giveaway, I'd be interested in winning if you think a rather fit, go-to-the-gym five times a week, 83-year old woman could keep up!

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  32. My workout regime could use a serious kick in the pants. Rachel and Dan look like that odd mixture of scary and motivating to help get a (hopefully) smaller (and most decidedly NOT Canadian) rear end in said kicked pants, eh.

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  33. Oooh, please! Commenting on your blog seems to crash on my iPhone, but maybe it's letting me this time? Pinterest, no; DVDs, yes- the very short version!

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  34. I use pinterest mostly for recipes I want to try or be able to find again. I do have a fitness board with a few workout ideas and short videos.
    I'd love to try Les Mills' DVD's. I do at home workout DVD's but haven't tried any of his yet.

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  35. Just want to pop in to say how much I'm enjoying the comments and wish you ALL could win, dang it!

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  36. Thanks for giving us the chance to win this new set!

    I do Body Pump at 24 Hour Fitness once or twice a week, and I do love feeling stronger afterwards (well, not immediately after, because at that point I have jelly arms, but you know what I mean). But I've been looking for something that seems a little more "real" if that makes sense. Like, the clean & press is great and all, but I don't see how it will help me survive the zombie apocalypse like "combat training" can.

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  37. Hooray! Canadians can come out to play :) This would be a solid workout to help challenge me after my holidays...there's no workout classes like that here where I live and this looks like it would be a lot of fun. Good sweaty "real" workouts.
    Pick me! Pick me ! :)

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  38. You are so awesome Cranky Fitness for sharing these posts. I truly thank you. And I think it would be super awesome to own a new sweaty workout series. I'm kind of bored with P90X at the moment!

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  39. OK first - don't add me to the prize give away. I cannot even manage tai chi and the minute I start karate chopping someone (meaning me or the dog) gets hurt. Plus I can already make that face those people are making in the photograph. *see several days post hysto bathroom private time AND when I am trying to chase a cat from the yard: Face and hiss. Plus my mom told me that face will get stuck like that - and given the state of my face, I cannot chance it.

    Hahar. Canadian Vandals.

    I don't pin.

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  40. Flattering gleam? Count me in!!
    This looks like a fun workout.
    As far as Pinterest goes---- meh.
    Canadian= better health care system ( just ask them!)

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  41. Just came across your blog, and I must say I'm impressed so far. I enjoy your witty, self deprecating style.

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  42. Just came across your blog, and I must say I'm impressed so far. I enjoy your witty, self deprecating style.

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  43. Cstayt@hotmail.comOctober 17, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    WOW!! Free Les Mills DVDs! His classes are huge in Australia. We love Les. The workout is fantastic and the moves, music and cool down including the stretches are tied in perfectly. I particularly like body combat, as its a bit more gutsy then attack or step, and has more cardio then pump. I am so excited that they now have DVDs that we can use at home to get fit, and will help me keep up with the classes in the gym. Definately put me in the draw, I'd wet myself if I got free Les Mills DVDs!

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  44. I've always wanted to do martial arts...just not enough to actually do them. Of course now that I might (as I have a ton of weight to shed), with my new hip I have been told I can't. Isn't that just the way of things? Love pintrest, but can't see me using one for fitness, as I pin recipes and crafts and yes even fitness stuff that I will never actually get around to doing. I just like all the ideas and the idea that I could if I got off my fat ass.

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  45. Combat is one of my favorite Les Mills classes. Love it!

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    1. love this, thnx for sharing this will help in body combat exerxises... one can do martial arts at home.....

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  46. my friend keep finding the ways to learn mrtial arts, this will help him a lot...

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  47. Wow, I love this new "The Fit It! site" Thanks for sharing. I signed up and cannot wait to explore it much more. This looks like a wealth of information and inspiration. PS - It would be so fantastic to win the Les Mills Body Combat DVD package!!

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  48. Would love to try this, it looks like so much fun!

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  49. Geez, I must be determined to enter this giveaway -this is the 3rd time I am trying to post. I had brilliantly witty comments the last two times. Now, out of laziness and the inability to accurately recall what I wrote before, I have been reduced to grovelling:

    Please pick me, Crabby. Oh, and I'm Canadian to boot, eh. <-- see that "Eh", eh? That PROVES it.

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