Bodycombat: Combating with Dirty Shoes On

As a follow up to my post Dirty Shoes Meets Mud, I want to share with you my second attempt at a bodycombat class. I made the decision to go again because my first experience was a bit interesting. I followed, but struggled, and I wanted to put myself to the test again. I enjoyed it the first time because I was able to work muscles that I don’t usually, my arms.

Let’s just say if my brother would have watched me do it, he would of laughed his ass off because of how dumb and interesting I probably looked while doing it. For 45 minutes, it looks like you are punching the air, which really you are but to music. It is all pre-choreographed and is a mix of punches, kicks and lots of feet shuffling.

I went this past Monday, and it was at 4:30 p.m. and went until 5:15 p.m. It is the perfect amount of time to get in a good workout and still get home for a good dinner, which I did. I chowed down on some good chicken.

Anyways, the nice thing about bodycombat is that you don’t need anything but yourself. That is really all you need: you and your muscles. This is different from my previous post about bodypump where you needed everything under the sun.

The class is tricky at first because it’s fast paced, and it’s a lot of you trying to exactly follow the instructor before you make a move. I promise you it’s so worth it. The instructor will direct where you should throw your punch, whether it be to the enemy’s jaw or face or even ribs. Trust me, it’s worth pretending like you are beating up your enemy for 45 minutes because lord knows you may never get to in this life.

Bodycombat works your legs while toning your arms, back and shoulders and strengthens your core. You practice boxing. You punch and then kick and then go into a lunge and then a squat and then a high knee crunch, all within a span of a few minutes.

It’s worth learning some self defense skills and possibly how to correctly punch. I would say these classes are a bit different from self defense classes in that they focus on toning many parts of your body. However, I have never attended a self defense class, so it would be hard for me to say. But we have to remember that this is an exercise class for a reason, but I think it’s neat that a simple exercise class can teach you so much more.

It has good music too, like real good music. It’s all popular songs we know but different renditions of them at a higher tempo. For example, they played Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus in my past class, but it was by Pop Pistols. It’s all about feeling the intensity during the class because it’s very fast pace. The higher the intensity you feel the better you do.

If you do attempt a bodycombat class after reading this, first off, I would be very happy because I was able to convince you to do so. Also, I want to tell you that when you’re doing the workout, it is not going to feel natural. It’s going to feel odd, weird and maybe like you look stupid. But remember, who cares what you look like when you got your cool dirty shoes on and you’re working it.

I want to leave you with a video on some of the moves I learned in bodycombat. It’s embarrassing I know. Still getting the whole videoing thing down, so bare with me. Enjoy.

Here's a quick 30 second video of me. Don't laugh, or maybe do, take note of the birds in the background.

Talk soon.

Dirty shoes out.



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