SO WHAT WILL BODYCOMBAT DO FOR ME?
The first thing I need to tell you is Body Combat is for everyone. This class is very popular as you are so focused on punching with meaning that you don't actually realise how hard you're working. Body Combat can be taken at your own pace so a beginner and an advanced participant can work alongside each other, yet BOTH get a workout to suit their individual level.
BODYCOMBAT is a fiercely energetic cardiovascular workout that:
- 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 coordination and agility
- Improves bone density
- Improves posture and core strength and stability
- Builds self-confidence
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- Comfortable workout clothes
- A good pair of trainers
- Drink bottle and towel
We supply everything else.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE CLASSES?
Please view the current timetable for class times and venues.
HOW MUCH ARE THE CLASSES?
Classes are £4 per session. Check out our Special Offers and discounts though for some great savings on classes.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I ATTEND?
We would recommend attending Body Combat alongside two other cardio classes, (e.g. Body Attack, Zumba), plus some strength and conditioning work such as Pilates or Body Pump. Flexibility work would also be a great compliment to your programme, which Pilates is great for.
WHEN WILL I NOTICE RESULTS?
Once you’ve started BODY COMBAT you should see improvements in your level of fitness within about six weeks. As you progress you should also experience fat loss and improved muscle tone, especially when combined with a calorie controlled diet.
BODYCOMBAT... WHAT'S THAT?
BODYCOMBAT, is a non-contact, martial arts-based fitness programme with moves drawn from karate, tae kwan do, kung fu, kickboxing, Muay Thai and t’ai chi. Each BODYCOMBAT class is choreographed to a combination of 6-8 tracks of the latest music, providing an exhilarating exercise experience that delivers ultra-fast fitness results. A new BODYCOMBAT class is produced every three months with new music and choreography.
SO DESCRIBE A TYPICAL CLASS
Your BODYCOMBAT instructor will lead you through a series of moves in mini-workouts performed to different tracks of music.
Warm-up - Teaches all the moves that will be used throughout the class. Warms the body up to leave you mentally and physically prepared for the battle ahead.
Combat 1 - Visualise your opponent and engage in your first fight combination.
Power 1 - Enter an aerobic training zone with a focus on speed, power and endurance.
Combat 2 - Fight for your life! Power and energy in every combination as you again challenge your imaginary opponent.
Power 2 - The halfway mark. Using punches only to drill the upper body for a second time.
Combat 3 - An opportunity to recover as we lower the intensity to prepare for the final phase of the class.
Muay Thai - The workout explodes in a Muay Thai encounter where elbows and knees go into overdrive to take your fitness to the next level and leave your opponent for dust!
Power 3 - Give everything you have and don’t look back until you complete this upper body power blast and seal the deal on your fitness objectives.
Conditioning - Take to the floor and cap off the workout with some strength training.
Cool-down - Payback time, where you stretch out and lengthen all those hard-worked muscles.
HOW DO I DO BODYCOMBAT SAFELY?
Your teacher is there to make sure you do everything correctly, but try to remember:
- Good posture is the foundation of all exercise.
- Focus on learning the right technique at the beginning.
- Work continuously at perfecting your technique.
- Perform the movements with control – smooth actions, not jerky.
- Always keep your joints slightly bent, don’t lock out your arms or legs.
- Listen to your body, it will tell you if something is not right.
- Body Combat should feel challenging, but at any time you need to take a rest, that’s fine!
BODYCOMBAT is for everyone with moderate fitness levels. Because the moves are simple you don’t need to be especially well coordinated. Some muscle pain is natural at first, especially if it’s the same on both sides of your body. This is muscle soreness. Muscle soreness is typical when starting out on a training programme and normally occurs 24 to 48 hours after exercise. If you have pain down only one side or in the joints, check with the teacher. If the pain continues, see your doctor.
"I absolutely adore Body Combat! It’s a great stress reliever and fat burner. Even though sometimes when I finish work I feel like going home to sit on the sofa and eat chocolate biscuits, I always push myself to go to Combat as I feel so good once I have done the class. And, as I have worked so hard in the class I never eat naughty food afterwards. I am much more tempted to have a healthy salad as I don’t want all the work I have done to go to waste. I think this is a key factor in helping me to maintain my ideal weight."
Lisa. Aged 44, Redcar.