“High-energy, music-driven, martial arts-inspired BODYCOMBAT™ tests your agility, stability, and co-ordination while shaping, toning, and burning calories. This 55-minute cardio workout combines disciplines like Karate, Taekwondo, Tai chi, Muay Thai, boxing, and strength training, to improve bone density and heart and lung function. You’ll reduce the risk of disease and feel like you can take on the world after this mind-sharpening and body-tuning workout.” — via Fitness Evolution
I mean really, doesn’t that just SOUND like a winning combo?? hahahaha! I can feel the burn just reading over it. Also, I felt the burn last night when I joined my friend, Korin at her gym—Fitness Evolution—for my very first BODY COMBAT class! One of the first classes I ever took at my gym was TurboKick, (a cardio kickboxing class) so I was pretty psyched when my best friend, Korin, invited me to join her for the Body Combat class at her gym. The things I had read about Body Combat made it sound as though it was TurboKick . . . kicked up a notch. Now if there’s one thing you should know about my Fit Life, it’s that I LOVE TurboKick! It’s high-energy and I can usually get in the groove to master the moves in the round after a couple of weeks of doing it. Our TK class is fun and our instructor(s) are incredible! Truth be told, I’m crossing my fingers that our gym would start offering Body Combat sooner than later!
The last gym to tout low-cost and high-quality that I visited was Vision Quest in Lake City, and it was the WORST gym experience I’d ever had. I bought a Living Social deal for a short-term membership there and EVERY visit was worse than the one before . . . but I digress . . . I’ll save those stories for another post series. So you can imagine that I was pretty skeptical about going to this class at another gym that touted low-cost and high-quality. But WOW was I surprised!! Fitness Evolution is amazing! They have plenty of quality equipment, a TRX set-up, and a clean, fun environment that totally set my mind at ease. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful both as I arrived and as I was leaving. You wouldn’t think that a $10 per month membership would provide an environment like that, but they are doing it right! It was night and day compared to Vision Quest!
As I checked in at the front desk with Korin, I was handed this fun little token that would guarantee me access to the class. Though truth be told, I’m not sure I really needed it. There were only 6 other ladies in the class with Korin and I. The instructor was so sweet as she came up to us and asked us if we had ever taken one of these classes before. I told her that it was my first time in this class, but that I had taken TurboKick before, had done Tae Bo DVDs back in the day, and had done a 3-week course in Jiu-Jitsu a few years ago. She mentioned that we would recognize some of the Jiu-Jitsu moves and that doing TurboKick was a good set-up for this class, so my mind was set at ease. We started with a pretty basic warm-up, but even after that, I was beginning to break a pretty hefty sweat. I’m not sure if it’s just psychological, but since I’ve become more and more fit, my body has been in Rebellion Mode! It’s almost as if it knows I’m about to kick its butt and it’s coming back at me with its dukes up, ready for a fight. Right as we started moving into the actual class content, my legs felt heavier and it was tough to get my kicks strong. I pushed hard to make each and every move count, but it still didn’t feel like it was quite enough. I felt as though I was just going through the motions and not really working hard. But I’m convinced I HAD to be working hard because I was so beat after each set. I could feel the endorphins kicking in and the sting in the abs and thighs as I cross-punched and worked through the gingas, tesouras, and balanced leg thrusts. I think my body is just kind of in a weird fitness mode where it just does the work with its arms crossed as if to say, “Hmmph. Is that all you got?” The answer is Yes. Yes, that’s all I got. 😉 Still, I made it through the class, abs throbbing, legs worked, and mind-blown at how such simple moves could make me want to camp out in Child’s Pose all night long.
Thankfully, the sweet relief came after our Core Set where we got to do our post-workout stretches and cool-down Kata work. Kata is actually one of the things I enjoyed most about doing martial arts when I was in those classes. It’s controlled movements made it relaxing and helped me to re-focus my breathing. It was so comforting to get back in the groove of doing Kata again and I’m thinking I may try to re-work that into my normal fitness routine. It just seems to work better for me than yoga. Maybe because I feel a little bit like the Karate Kid when I do it. 😉
I think it was only fitting that the song our instructor played during our cool-down was THE FIGHTER by Gym Class Heroes (feat. Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic)! I definitely left feeling like a champ. I’m giving my body a chance to relax today, especially since I’ve worked it hard all week-long doing my AB CHALLENGE and keeping up with my circuit training to build more lean muscle/bring my body fat percentage down in order to reach my goals for this month. I can already hear my body thanking me after last night’s mega butt-kicking. 😉 All in all, it was a GREAT class! I’m hoping to go to more Body Combat classes in the future . . . again, I just wish they were offered at my gym (for convenience purposes). 😦 Still, this gives me the opportunity to work out with my best friend and get away from my routine a bit, so it’s a definite WIN! And now that I feel like a complete winner, I’m looking forward to spending time with more friends tonight as we stuff our faces with yummy snacks (I might just eat my weight in popcorn tonight) while watching the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies! Are you watching them too???
Have a Happy Fit Life Friday!