Class Overview – Les Mills BODY COMBAT



Class type:  High Intensity Cardio based on Martial Arts

Duration:  60 mins

Average Calorie Burn:  737

Complexity/Difficulty: 7 out of 10

Class size:  20-60 (varies depending on location)

Areas worked:  Whole body

Music:  Varies between releases – mainly dance/club music and dance remixes of well-known tracks but they also throw in the occasional dubstep, R&B or rock track.


Anyone who reads my Twitter feed will know that Body Combat is my favorite class OF ALL TIME!  I really do love it, and always ensure that I attend at least one class a week (though I prefer two, I also want to see what else is available 😉 )

It is very high intensity cardio class based on martial arts – drawing inspiration from karate, taekwondo, muay thai, capoeria and tai chi to name a few. With each track being based on a particular style.

The class starts with a warm-up where you get to grips with the basic moves of various kicks and punches and get your mind, muscles and joints primed ready for the “fight” ahead.

There are usually 9 choreographed tracks which vary in speed and intensity so that there intervals and allow enough recovery before moving to a more intensive routine – the final two tracks being based around body weight exercises (such as planks, crunches and press-ups) and cool-down stretches.

The instructor will also go through adaptions to either make a particular exercise easier or harder (should you wish) so it is suitable for newbies and well-trained alike.

The class is a whole-body workout so it improves your heart and lung function, as well as toning muscle and helps develop your motor skills of coordination, speed and power.

Some of the reasons why I enjoy the class so much as it is very inclusive, with bodies of all-shapes and ages. Everyone seems to get along and is one of the few classes I’ve been to where a number of men also attend.

You will sweat buckets !!  This is not an easy class and some routines can be quite complex, so you do need a little coordination, but the instructor will give variations to make things a bit easier – such as squats rather than running on spot – but it’s also what makes it so good with a great calorie burn.  With a new release/track I can still be aching the next day !

The routines and tracks vary quite frequently and new “releases” are issued every 3 months – however after 8 weeks of a new release, most instructors will vary the tracks/routines by returning to a previous release – just to mix it up and make sure you don’t get “bored” before the new one is available.

For more info and to find a local class visit the Les Mills website here:


For a taster there are loads of video’s available on You Tube:



Variety is the Spice of Life – monthly update


Another busy month….

College has been great – I’m really enjoying the Fitness Instructor course and I am learning so much!

The number of students has increased since I first started so there’s now about 24 of us, so it’s a pretty big class. I think this has hindered their speed in completing practical assessments but overall seems to be going well.

My biggest worry was the Anatomy & Physiology section, not being great at science (even though I have Biology & Chemistry GCSEs and a Psychology Degree!) it was the sheer depth of knowledge that was required that surprised me – but I really shouldn’t have worried and passed with the highest marks in the class – such a swot – lol.

The practical assessments are also going well and I’ve been getting fantastic feedback from the tutors, so overall I’m feeling quite confident. One further exam to go next week then it’s the final practical assessments – so fingers crossed I will be a fully qualified Fitness Instructor by mid-December.

Work at the bank continues along the theme of “same old, same old” – ha ha.  My reduced hours/amended shift has now been confirmed as permanent and I’m so much happier.

My career plans for the future continue to expand and develop. My current plan is to get trained in MetaFit in Jan/Feb and start a Personal Trainer (level 3/4) course also early in the new year – so I’m busy looking at a number of providers, as I’ve decided I’m going to try the next course via distance/online learning  as it will be cheaper and I can also work at a quicker speed – now that I’ve got back into the swing of studying/revising etc.

I’ve also been playing with new logos etc for my blog/twitter – so will be uploading them soon – I think they look really fresh and professional – but any feedback/suggestions are always welcome.

Home & social life have been hectic as always with lots of meeting up with friends (old and new) and seeing family and had a great birthday (another year older/wiser).  You can definitely tell that my friends and family know where my interests lie now – so many cards/presents were fitness related – weights, dvds, shorts, t-shirts…..  brilliant!!

Also been trying some new classes. I returned to try “BodyPump” again and also tried a new class “Clubbersise” – both very different – but I’ve decided I want to try at least one new class a month and will post a review/description on here. I think it’s important that an instructor know what classes are available and what they’re like so that they can talk about them with clients etc.

Physically, I’m feeling really good – weight is still around 69kg but my body fat is now at 12.5% – so it’s still going in the right direction and my clothes are fitting so much better!

I think it’s really important to vary your fitness activities, first to make sure you don’t plateau/get bored, but also to keep your body guessing so it doesn’t get used to the same thing day in/day out.

It’s also good to remember that every waking minute does not have to revolve around exercise – fitness covers such a broad spectrum –  physical, mental, emotional……  to be truly “healthy” we need to make sure we cover ALL aspects of our well-being and I’m certainly doing my best to do that!