Happy Monday!! Just catching up? It’s ok, I am too…here’s what you may have missed:
- Something I’ve Never Done Before
- Party on the Agenda
- At the Request of the Birthday Girl
- Mom’s Birthday Party
- No Lazy Sunday For Me
Last night as I was getting ready for bed (i.e., brewing the iced coffee for the week, folding laundry, watching Man vs. Food Nation, laying out gym clothes) I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do for today’s workout.
Typically, Tuesday & Thursday are my early morning gym days, but I decided to check my gym schedule just by chance, to see what was available.
BodyCombat & BodyFlow? Hmmm…sounded interesting.
I noticed that both of them were “Express” classes, meaning that each one was 45 minutes instead of the regular hour. I figured, “Hey, why not give it a shot?” so I set my alarm for a bright and early 5:00am and headed out this morning with a piece of pb & banana toast in hand.
So what was the overall verdict?
I really liked these classes! Here’s a little overview of the two…
Both BodyCombat & BodyFlow are classes created by Les Mills (which is also where BodyPump comes from).
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. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYCOMBAT™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography.
- There were only three of us in today’s class (today was the actually the first day of it being offered on Monday mornings) so I think I’d like it more if there were more people to pump up the energy.
- Because it was the “Express” class, the instructor left out Track 5 and the abs/push ups track. I’m curious to see what they’re all about.
- The moves were not too difficult, and I was able to catch on fairly easily.
- I still look like a tool when I punch, but I don’t care.
- If you’ve ever taken a kickboxing class, this is very similar. Lots of punching, uppercuts, jabs…you get the idea.
- There’s a lot of focus of coordination and stability, which was challenging, but good.
- I may have punched myself lightly in the face
- I have a feeling my shoulders and obliques are going to be SORE by tomorrow…
- It was a GREAT way to mix up the cardio and I was sweating like a beast.
BODYFLOW™ is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYFLOW™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography.
- I brought my own yoga mat to class, which I would recommend.
- The music in this latest release was awesome and super relaxing.
- I’m not sure which tracks were skipped with being the “Express” class, but there was a series of sun salutations, some Pilates moves, a lot of hip openers, and lower leg work.
- The class ended with about 10 minutes of meditation. Normally, my mind is still going a mile a minute, but I actually found myself quite relaxed. The instructor (who is actually the same instructor I take for BodyPump) is awesome, and was really able to get in the zone.
- I left the class feeling super relaxed, energized, and less tense.
I really enjoyed these back to back classes; it felt so good to stretch it out and relax after such a hardcore, sweaty workout beforehand. The two classes definitely complement each other really well, so I think I may have to try this combo again next week!
PHEW…ok, that was super long-winded. We’ll make breakfast quick.
Iced Coffee, with a side of Creeper
So glad I finally remembered my chias this time!
Lots to do today…gotta jet!
Question for the Morning:
Do you enjoy group exercise classes? What are your favorites?
If you’re never tried one, what do you think you’d like to try?