Bollywood Rockstar

Green Day says, “wake me up when September ends.” I say, “I’ll sleep in October.” That’s because the Nike Rockstar Workout Bollywood program officially ends its run in Fitness First gyms on October 7 with a huge culminating competition at the newest FF club in SM North EDSA — and I’m going to be representing the Ortigas club!

Nike Rockstar Workout BollywoodBack in July I wrote about the launch of the program, and since then I’ve been faithfully attending classes under various instructors. Two weeks ago I got to talk with FF Ortigas’ Group X coordinator, who’s my favorite BodyCombat instructor, too. She asked me if I was interested in auditioning to be part of the Ortigas “tribe” of three club members led by one instructor. I initially said yes, then hesitated when I realized that my Saturday work hours would hinder me from attending the final. Then last Friday I was given an option to work longer hours on weekdays so that Saturdays I could work half-days. My schedule was suddenly open.

So, last night I attended the audition. There was a panel of judges from the Nike Rockstar program, one of whom was also a judge from the BodyJam auditions two weeks ago. The audition commenced like a regular Rockstar class, but at the end we auditionees were asked to take our places in front for the dance performance. I think I gave it all I got, although at one point I got distracted by the photographer whose lens was about three feet away from my face. The doubt started to creep in: was I good enough?

After the cool-down, one of the judges announced the three members who would represent Ortigas. The first number she called was mine! I felt like I’d won Miss Universe (and I probably had the same mock-surprise facial expression, haha). We club winners were each given a Nike gift certificate worth 5,000 pesos, redeemable at the Nike Forum store in Greenbelt 3.

I’m still waiting for our lead instructor to contact us about rehearsal times, but this is the last week of September and we’ll only have this week and next week to get together. I wish we had more time to perfect the routine as a group. As they say, “Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. And when you’re done, rehearse some more!”

UPDATE: On the USA Nike Women website, this workout is known as the “Far East Funk Workout.” There are downloadable clips of all the moves in Quicktime, PSP, or iPod formats. I’ve saved them to my computer even though by now I know the moves by heart. It always pays to be over-prepared. Ü

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19 thoughts on “Bollywood Rockstar

  • September 27, 2006 at 11:09 am
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    that’s super cool! congratulations! πŸ˜€

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  • September 27, 2006 at 6:17 pm
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    Wow! So many happenings in Ms. Noelle’s life.

    Good luck on the competition! πŸ™‚

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  • September 29, 2006 at 9:09 am
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    Thanks, Rob and Julie!

    So apparently, the Nike Rockstar Bollywood vids on the Nike Women Philippines site are different from the Far East Funk workout vids on the US site. Different armlines and whatnot. The thing is the Bollywood vids aren’t downloadable. Hmm…

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  • October 1, 2006 at 6:27 pm
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    Congratulations! I can give you the vids if you really want them. Hehe πŸ˜‰

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  • October 2, 2006 at 4:19 pm
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    antindi mo… congrats… wala na bang stage fright? hehhehe

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  • October 2, 2006 at 5:07 pm
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    Kid: Thanks for the videos! I just discovered they’re really going to come in handy tonight. πŸ™‚ I like having friends in high places… LOL

    Kneeko: Ever since the BodyJam audition, all traces of stage fright have been banished! Hahaha.

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  • October 4, 2006 at 10:50 am
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    awesome! I miss FF Wynsum! haha good luck! I think I’ve seen you in class. πŸ™‚ I’m a big doofus in Bollywood, but I’m hoping that class would be regular from now on. what do you think?

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  • October 4, 2006 at 10:55 am
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    Hey Xiaoyubeh! Unfortunately NRW Bollywood will be discontinued beginning this October and the Yoga for Athletes program isn’t pushing through. I’ve heard, however, that instructors are practicing a new NRW Hip-Hop program. πŸ™‚

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  • October 4, 2006 at 11:59 am
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    oh crap. πŸ™ no y4a even? that’s sad! but ooh, hip-hop should be fun. as if I can’t get enough of hip-hop on Thursdays. haha, I hope I can make it tomorrow. thanks for the info!

    -abbee

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  • October 4, 2006 at 12:07 pm
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    Yeah, Ms. Malou told my tribemate that training for Y4A didn’t push through. πŸ™ You do hiphop with Genesis at Wynsum? πŸ™‚ I attend the Monday 6:30am with Clark because I’m a morning person.

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  • October 4, 2006 at 12:29 pm
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    sigh. I guess we’ll make do with what the clubs are still offering then. hehe, yeah, I started attending last month. my friend’s a big fan of hiphop especially on Fridays because she’s just working a few floors down the club. I’m a daysleeper!

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  • October 4, 2006 at 5:53 pm
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    Fridays… that’s Arnel’s class. πŸ™‚ Anyway, we’ll be bound to run into each other one of these days. It’s a small world.

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  • October 13, 2006 at 3:10 am
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    congrats to the winners of NRW Bollywood:

    ABS – Cool Belt huh!

    Metro East – great concept!! u guyz rock!

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