I am starting to become a really huge fan of the Les Mills classes offered by my gym, O2 Fitness. I was initially really nervous about group fitness for some reason, so I did a spoonful to help me get over my fears and just go.
I started out with BodyPump and quickly got hooked, but it took me another couple weeks before I got up the nerve to try BodyCombat, a fighting-style class. It just seemed so intimidating! I’ve never really done kickboxing before, and martial arts? No way. But I wanted to get more variety into my workouts and try to increase my fitness level even more. With stats like this, I figured it was worth a shot.
It didn’t disappoint! It’s an incredibly challenging full-body workout that not only works on your strength and agility but also your endurance. The setup is similar to BodyPump in that it’s a series of songs with a particular combo for each, and you get a (short!) break between songs to catch your breath and reset for the next round. Here’s a video with some of the moves:
Looks intense, right? I sweated so much during my first class that my sunglasses actually fogged up when I was leaving the gym! The next day I definitely was feeling it in my back and shoulders, but I was eager for more and started going once a week, and this week I’m taking it up to twice a week because I love it so much. It got a lot easier to keep up after I got used to the moves, and I always leave class feeling like a total beast
If you’re an O2 member, I highly recommend checking out Kara’s classes – she is amazing! High energy, lots of fun, and really encouraging. She’s definitely one of the major reasons I love the class so much, and she really inspires me to try harder every time I go.