The past 6 months have a crazy whirlwind of achievements and progressions in my professional career. I have taken lots of steps to develop myself in terms of training and qualifications; the most recent becoming a body combat instructor.
I have always taken part in many of the Les Mills programs in various gyms and always thought I’d love to be on the other side teaching it to inspire other people the way I have been inspired by others to work hard and reap the benefits. There are lots of benefits to all the Les Mills programmes, each in their own right as good as the next. A major pro is that whatever gym you go to in whatever country there is standardisation where the same release, choreography and structure are being followed and participants can be united and be a part of something global.
Not only does body combat get you fighting fit and looking ripped, it improves heart and lung function and reduces the risk of heart disease. As you tone your muscles and physique it develops co-ordination and agility of a mixed martial arts. Bone density, posture, core strength and stability can all be improved through dedication and regular training.
So what exactly is it? Les Mills defines BODYCOMBAT™ as the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. A fiercely energetic program that is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. It uses uplifting powerful music with role model instructors that push you to your limits as 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, designed by BODYCOMBAT™ Master Trainers and mixed martial arts experts, Dan Cohen and Rachael Newsham.
My journey started on an intensive weekend training course where we has to complete lots of technique drills, teach choreography, work on coaching skills, complete challenges and be assessed in the fundamental components of becoming an instructor for the program. To say the weekend was hard work physically is an understatement but worth every drip of sweat! My trainer was incredible. You know when you look at someone and are like WOW, I want to be like them! That’s what I felt when I listened to and watched Michelle. Her hard work and dedication and technique are that to be commended. If I can show just some of the qualities she posses then I will be very happy! I left the weekend passing my compulsory elements and took the good news back to my club where I had to then work on learning the rest of the current release and practice live teaching. Once I’d done this for a few weeks the next step was to record myself teaching a whole class and submit it to the Les Mills team for assessing. It didn’t take long for me to hear back that I’d passed all sections with some great feedback. I was feeling a mixture of emotions; exhilaration, happiness, relief and nerves for having a full ‘real’ class to teach the following week. Those nerves soon faded as once I put the mic on I was in the role and ready to release the inner warrior!
A month after passing was the launch at my club for the new release and I was one of the instructors asked to lead it. All of those mixed feelings came up again. Sheer excitement for the moment I had been looking forward to, to the butterflies of being up in front of everyone leading them through the new choreography and getting it right. I’m glad to say it was a success and left me with a huge high after the infectious buzz and atmosphere that had been created. This is exactly one of the reasons I love group exercise. A shared feeling of self empowerment, satisfaction and accomplishment.
I’ve now landed myself a permanent class that I start in a fortnight that I can’t wait to get my teeth into. I just hope that I can inspire people to work hard and get results whether it be gaining more confidence, changing themselves physically, stress relief or just put them in a better state of mind and ready to attack the day ahead. For anyone who hasn’t tried BODYCOMBAT™ I urge you to take the plunge and do it, and soon!!