The Noob Report: BODYCOMBAT

Happy Saturday!

Omg, I had such a fun day yesterday. Hung out with mister Joe and we got to go to the gym to do some leg workouts.

I actually got him to warm up on the stairclimber with me. AMAZING, I KNOW. We just did an easy five minutes of slow walking-up-the-never-ending-staircase while chatting.

Then I hit the squat rack for a dropset. 

1st set (w.u): 95#, 16 reps

2nd set: 125#, 10 reps.

Remove 10# right away and do 3rd set: 115#, 10 reps.

Remove 10# and do 4th set right away: 105#, 10 reps.

Remove 10# and do 5th set right away: 95#, 10 reps.

Since there is pretty much no rest, you will burn mega calories. I was sweating so much after that last set.

Though my knees were a little wobbly (since it has been a long time since I’ve done squats), I also didn’t do very heavy weights. If I decide to really go at it with squats, I’ll do the dropsets starting from like 145 or 155# and 8 reps for each set.

I haven’t decided yet if I’ll incorporate into my regular training while I’m doing marathon training.

Speaking of marathon training… I haven’t been doing it! Haha… I know. I always fizzle out of it around this time.

Anywho, I also did some lunges and deadlifts, but nothing crazy.

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Oh, yeah, I also did my pull-up and push-up workout before heading down to San Jose. My back and abs were a wreck (in a good way) from that workout. Holy crap.

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This morning, I woke up kind of tired, but with some excitement. The 24 Hour Fitness I go to recently added BodyCombat to their many classes!

Since I love Les Mills’ BodyPump, I was pretty amped to try this class, too.

Here is how it is described on the 24 Hour website: “BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors, you strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness. ”

Coolness.

I took a quick picture before the class started:

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You pretty much just get there and find a spot to get your combat on. No equipment needed.

The class was energetic (taught by May, who I’ve taken BodyPump classes from, and another guy… whose name I completely forgot).

My coordination was a little off sometimes. It has been so long since I have taken a group fitness class that involves movements like that!

I’m glad I tried it and I think it would be a good class to take on one of my easy days. I really need to add some lateral movements into my fitness because running is only forward and I think my body is kind of bored of that.

I’ll have to try to recruit some other people to go with me so that I can laugh and smile more. I was a little too serious during this class because I didn’t want to mess up. I figure if I’m laughing with friends, I’ll loosen up and be more free 🙂

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Have you ever taken Les Mills’ BodyCombat before? 

Do you enjoy  group fitness classes?

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