I love martial arts. All kinds. There’s something about learning to punch, kick and elbow your way out of a situation and not feeling like, if confronted, you’d act like a trapped baby bird. It makes you feel strong, confident and most importantly – EPIC.
I’m a black belt in Tang Soo Do and certified in Kickboxing Fitness, and I’ve also tried cardio kickboxing, MMA boxing and Les Mills BODYCOMBAT™. I LOVED my cardio kickboxing class when LA Fitness was in Marina Del Rey, but they turned into an Equinox and my teacher disappeared. Sad face.
I tried Les Mills BODYCOMBAT for the first time at a Gold’s Gym open house in Venice back in 2010 and LOVED it.
Fast forward to 2013 when I finally switched from LA Fitness to 24 Hour Fitness (in an effort to increase my cross-training) and our gym has all kinds of Les Mills classes, including BODYCOMBAT, which as the website describes…
…is the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai.
Experience the driving music and powerful role model instructors which make BODYCOMBAT™ the world’s most popular martial arts group fitness class.
During this ultimate warrior workout, you’ll strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYCOMBAT™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography, designed by BODYCOMBAT™ Master Trainers and mixed martial arts experts, Dan Cohen and Rachael Newsham.
4 Reasons You Should Try Les Mills BODYCOMBAT
(Unfortunately I didn’t get paid to write this – I just really like this class.)
- The music changes every couple of weeks. If there’s one thing I like in a class, it’s variety. Not like the “doing something COMPLETELY different every week” kind, because I like consistency, but a bit of music change up and some new routines definitely keeps things interesting. I particularly liked last week’s Pirates of the Caribbean track where we got to pretend we were sword fighting (see below – if this doesn’t qualify as epic, I don’t know what does).
Body Combat 43 THE BLACK PEARL by clairembart
- I love classes that are set to music. Something about hitting on the beat makes it almost feel like dancing, and resonates so well with me.
- It’s both a class and a DVD. If you don’t have a gym near you that offers it, you can actually purchase the program and do the classes at home. I would love to try this program (sometimes our gym can get really crowded!).
- If you’re like me and you go full out (and don’t mark your movements), it can make you feel really powerful and badass. Although it’s a non-contact, non-self defense class, it definitely helps you feel strong. I like the “Street Brawl” movements the best…I feel like I’m straight outta Green Street Hooligans. Not to mention when you’re done you look like this:
That’s all I’ve got for ya – to be honest if that Pirates track doesn’t get you amped, I don’t know what will.
Have you done a Les Mills BODYCOMBAT class or at-home program? What do you love/hate about it?