My experience with BodyCombat

Written by Mike on May 14th, 2009

BodyCombatLast night my girlfriend got me to go along to her gym to attend her beloved BodyCombat class. This is a group exercise class where everyone is in a big room watching an instructor who is up on a podium. We basically copy the moves she does in time to fast-paced music.

While essentially an aerobics class, BodyCombat is loosely based on martial arts moves. It borrows some things from Karate, boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. It was developed by Les Mills International.

This was actually my first time doing any kind of aerobics class, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The class was mostly made up of women with two other men besides myself. The instructor was bubbly and friendly and didn’t really pick on people who had their form wrong (thankfully). The music and her microphone were really loud, and the echo in the room made it difficult to understand what she was saying at times, but it wasn’t that important as we basically just had to copy what she was doing.

The session lasted for an hour. It was close to non-stop but we did have four or five breaks (that could probably be better called ‘lulls’). We would grab a drink then go back to our spots as she explained what we were going to do next. They were probably about 10-20 seconds long.

The only thing I needed to bring was a water bottle and a towel. We didn’t use any equipment except for a mat (supplied there) near the end for push-up-like exercises. The towel was used to put over the mat for hygeine reasons, although not everyone did this.

Some of the exercises we did were punches (jabs, hooks, uppercuts), blocks, kicks (font, side, back, jump), kneeing, elbowing, running on the spot and around the room and push-ups. Some of the combinations were a little tricky at first but generally weren’t too bad.

Today I feel sore behind my shoulders but am otherwise fine. I think I was more concerned about not making a fool of myself than pushing my body’s limits.

In summary, the class was a highly effective cardiovascular workout with fun exercises and motivating music.


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