Les Mills BodyCombat: Your Missoula source of this unique mix of a Martial Arts and endurance workout that unleashed strength you never knew you had. 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.
Exercise Type - High Intensity / Martial Arts Inspired Cardio
Calorie Burn: Average of 737 Calories
Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYCOMBAT™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography.
- 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 co-ordination and agility
- Improves bone density
- Improves posture and core strength and stability
- Builds self-confidence
What to Bring:
- Comfortable workout clothes.
- Gym shoes. We recommend cross-trainers over running shoes, because they’ll give you better foot support for the types of movement you’ll be doing in class.
- Drink bottle.
- Towel. BODYCOMBAT™ makes for sweaty warriors!
A new beginning
I got into BODYCOMBAT™ while instructing boxing at a gym that had BODYPUMP™. My supervisor was a huge Les Mills fan and convinced the owner to purchase the BODYCOMBAT™ program. It took me time to feel ready to teach, and it’s made a huge difference in my life in such a positive way.
Passing on tradition
I was eight months pregnant when my husband died (in Iraq) on October 3, 2003 and my daughter Katie has just turned five. She loves to watch me practice when I’m getting ready for a new launch. She sits there and does her little kicks, it’s a lot of fun.
Exercise in general is great. We are mental, physical, emotional and spiritual, and all these parts of ourselves are connected. When we take good care of ourselves physically it affects us inside. When you are really hurting emotionally and feeling down on yourself, exercise releases endorphins and gives you the energy to deal with what’s going on. Besides the endorphins and the social aspect of going to the gym, you are taking care of your body - making it better and stronger. I am very much aware that taking better care of our bodies also translates to taking better care of our home, nation, and planet.
I am a huge fan of BODYCOMBAT™ and BODYPUMP™. BODYCOMBAT™ has the anonymous henchman who’s attacking me and I’m pretending to beat him up, I feel it’s really empowering. Spending a few hours a week defeating your demons is such a positive way to feel like you can take things on in life. You can pretend the henchman is whoever you want – great anger management.
A life to be proud of
My husband Heath studied kickboxing, was athletic and self-sufficient and would want that for me. He would be happy that I was not only getting in shape, but learning something that can help me when he’s not around. We were both into martial arts; I think he would be very proud and amazed at my class and would be taking the class, if not teaching it.
Into the future
I think that no matter how stressful life gets, with different obstacles and stresses, we have to remember to be good to ourselves. Staying fit and active is a huge gift, it’s “me” time you deserve. You get so much out of doing a class. You give yourself the tools to get through anything no matter how difficult – to be five years down the road from losing my husband and to be happy, motivated and positive. Yes I miss him terribly, yes we were deeply in love, yes he was my best friend, but all these other parts of my life are what I’d rather focus on because they are so positive. Being an instructor, being fit and taking care of myself allows me to feel the way I do about myself. I can guarantee I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for BODYCOMBAT™.
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