I was excited to join Body Combat class since I have heard much about this class from friends. What is Body Combat?
Nope, it does not involve soldiers fighting in a combat like in Black Hawk Down, one of my favorite movies.
According to my friend, Body Combat is the most intense fun you will have with two feet on the ground. Puzzled. Wonder how he has reached that conclusion. It is just like telling me that the cock is the most interesting animal because he has not seen a pussy cat before.
OK, back to the topic. Though Body Combat is a martial art based exercise, it is a non-contact fitness program with moves drawn from Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Kung Fu, kickboxing, Muay Thai and Tai Chi. No worry, it does not mean that you need to know any of these martial arts to start learning Body Combat.
Each session lasts about an hour and it is choreographed to 10 tracks of the latest music. In a typical class, you will start with warm up, followed by combat and power workouts and ended with cool down.
In layman terms, you will punch and kick. The move jargons include stance and guards, jab, cross, hook, upper cut, front kick, roundhouse kick and side kick. No worry, normally, the instructor will explain and show you what the moves are.
Body Combat Benefits
According to Les Mills, Body Combat provides quite a number of benefits, but I only selected few (which I agree) to be listed below:
- Improves heart and lung function and reduces the risk of heart disease
- Tones and shapes key muscle groups
- Burns calories for a leaner body
- Improves posture and core strength and stability
You will work out most of your muscles. Legs are strengthened and toned through kicks and shuffles. The upper body is trained through a variety of punches, hand and elbow strikes and defensive moves.
My First Body Combat Class
I attended the first BodyCombat class about a year ago. With each of us standing about 5 feet from each other, once the instructor has shown us the steps, with the loud music on, everyone suddenly became the martial arts expert. We were getting ready to beat up invisible opponents.
During the first 10 minutes, being new to this class, I was too excited. Punched too hard and jumped too high. After 30 minutes, I ran out of steam to jump. However, when the instructor shouted, “Come on, give me some response!” Almost all of us did that. You will be motivated, especially when you see other regular members do their best. I tried to keep up and gave my 100%.
When come to the track which Muay Thai was involved, damn, it was so tough. We went all out. We jumped, we kicked and we collapsed. Some stopped because they ran out of stamina. I stopped because my calf muscle was exhausted.
Luckily, the final 10 minutes of cooling down with Tai Chi and abs crunches were not so tough. Really like the Tai Chi move because it made me look like a Kung Fu Master.
I truly enjoyed the class, partly because of the instructor, partly because of the crowd. If you would have observed from the side, you may think we were crazy. We kicked the air and we punched the air. In your mind, “How much energy do you need to do that?” Try it yourself and you will know exactly why people fall in love with this class.
Like Body Pump, Les Mills releases new Body Combat every three months with new music and choreography so that members will not be bored..
- When I first started, I have attended the class whenever I could which I believe that it was too much. It is pretty addictive. Listen to your body and let it rest. For beginner, two classes a week is enough for the start.
- Bring towel and a water bottle. You will be surprised how much you will sweat, even in the air conditioned studio.
- Get a good pair of light shoes which are able to absorb the impact and comfortable to be worn too. Bear in mind that you need to jump a lot.
- I realized that legs are very important in this class, so does the stamina. Even just punching the air, you need to have stamina. So, don’t go to the class after you run 30 minutes on treadmill.
- I thought I have to be as fit as Jackie Chan to throw punches. But, I realized shouting like Bruce Lee was much more helpful. Don’t be shy. Shout as loud as you could. Get into the class and enjoy it, just like every one else.
Go try out the class and kick some asses!
OK, not that hardcore like the fellow in the above photo.
You may want to check out my review of other Les Mills fitness classes.
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