The gym that I go to launched Body Attack in November 2005, about 2 years ago. I have always wanted to join the very first class, but because of the terrific response, did not manage to get a place. (Like Chinese saying, toilet will always be popular when it is new. This believe goes beyond that.) New class is also definitely be popular, even after a month.
So, what makes Body Attack so popular?
Body Attack is a sports-inspired cardiovascular workout for building strength and stamina. It is a high-energy interval training class combines athletic aerobic movements with strength and stabilization exercises. Upper and body conditioning exercises are involved.
According to Les Mills, here are the benefits of Body Attack:
- Burn calories for a leaner body
- Improve co-ordination and agility
- Increase heart and lung capacity through a full-body cardio workout
My First Body Attack Class
So, after a month of its official launch, I went to the class 10 minutes before it started. Thought I was early. Not really. The studio was already jam packed. Guess about thirty five members were inside. I was puzzling. May be they know something I have missed out. May be Body Attack was really that good. Right before the class started, I saw another five curious members were actually standing out there struggling to join or not to join after seeing the big crowd inside the studio. Standing less than one meter apart from each other inside the studio was not really I expected.
Once the music started, the action kicked in. Warm up track was not too bad. So did the next track. Few simple moves were done with the combination of legs and hands.
Most people in my class did not follow exactly with the toes pointing to the ground and heel towards the butts.
Was told earlier that we would have a full track pushing up, so, I have been looking forward to that. However, knowing the push up would last for the entire music track (about 4 minutes), I did not dare to do it with only the toes on, chosen the easier method with the knees on the ground. Even the instructors did that.
No, no , no, I am not talking about this push up. I am talking about this one.
The wide push up for the chest was fine, but the close grip push up which uses the triceps was tough. Two options were available, and I chose the tougher one. Collapsed after ten times, but forced myself to get up and do it for another ten times. My triceps were like exploding.
Close grip push up
One of the tracks was running from one end of the class to the other end. We were divided into four groups. Because the crowd is so huge, only two groups were allowed to run at one time. The pillars in the studio made things worst. We were lucky not to clash with each other. But I guess you will not mind having body contact with sexy babes or hunks, sweaty one though.
This running track made me understand that the class was named as Body Attack. It was pretty dangerous because I saw some fellow like dashing without looking at others.
The subsequent tracks were fine. Sweat a lot, much more than I did in Body Combat and Body Jam. My calves were exhausted and I had to stop half way in the second last track. Had sore calves after the class. Fortunately, I have recovered after resting for two days.
Yeah, you have to move your hands while controlling your steps.
Pay attention to the hanging feet as shown in the above picture, they are pointed down as required. Do it twenty times and you will agree that it is not easy. Trust me.
The girl standing beside me was good. Except the push up track which she stopped, she did not even stop for any other tracks which legs were involved. She was tough. Respect.
Unlike Body Pump, Body Jam, Body Combat or Body Step, you will not ind many jargons used by the instructor. In summary, you will have warm ups with low impact moves. Then, with medium impact moves, your heart rate and energy level will increase. Subsequent tracks will challenge your stamina. Push ups and abdominal exercises are normally the next routine. Lunges will be done to strengthen the legs. Finally, you will cool down with stretching. My personal favorite will be the move which the instructor call it as Superman.
Advice For Body Attack Beginner:
- You will run and jump a lot. Get a good pair of shoes for foot stability.
- Also, wear something comfortable.
- Because of the intense moves, you will sweat a lot. So, bring a towel and water bottle.
Body Attack is very different from Body Combat (which you work out like a martial art expert) and Body Jam (which you become Britney Spear or Usher). Body Attack is a fun cardiovascular exercise which challenge your stamina to the highest limit.
So, after Body Attack, will we have Body Defend soon?
You may want to check out my review of other Les Mills fitness classes.
Category: Les Mills
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