Body Combat: Kick Those Calories to the Curb

Body Combat at the Lafayette Family YMCALooking for a way to burn up to 740 calories in just an hour? Give Body Combat a try! This cardiovascular workout combines self-defense moves from various martial arts with energizing music and supportive instructors. Body Combat is energetic, yet safe and easy to learn at any skill level. Classes are no more than an hour where beginners and experts alike can come get their sweat on. Read on to learn more about Body Combat’s benefits, a typical workout, and where to sign up!

What is Body Combat?

Body Combat at the Lafayette Family YMCABody Combat was created by Les Mills as a non-contact workout featuring self-defense moves from martial arts such as tai chi, karate, boxing, and kickboxing. In a typical class, your instructor leads you through various “fighting” phases to the beat of the music (although you never have an actual opponent). You can choose to up the intensity at any time with Body Combat–the goal is to keep challenging yourself. At the beginning of the class, you’ll learn all the moves you can expect to use throughout the class, and you’ll warm up your body and mind for the workout. During the bulk of Body Combat, you’ll visualize your “opponent” and focus on speed, power, and endurance with your moves. There is a brief recovery period between each phase so you can catch your breath and refocus. Finally, you’ll end with strength training and stretching to calm down your mind and body.

How will Body Combat benefit me?

Body Combat has physical, mental, and emotional benefits; the workout:

  • gets you fighting fit (and looking it, too!)
  • improves heart and lung function
  • reduces the risk of heart disease
  • tones and shapes key muscle groups
  • maximizes calorie burn, even after your workout
  • helps you develop coordination and agility
  • improves self-defense and martial arts skills
  • improves posture, core strength, and stability
  • increases self-confidence
  • relieves stress

How should I prepare for Body Combat?

Body Combat at the Lafayette Family YMCAAs with any new workout class, you should get a physical and make sure your doctor clears you for cardio activity. It’s recommended that you start off with one or two Body Combat classes a week and gradually increasing to three, max. (It’s such a high-intensity workout, you want to give your muscles a rest in between classes so you don’t overdo it.) You don’t need to bring much to Body Combat–just a water bottle, sweat towel, and willingness to learn new moves! If you’re new to a class, you should get there a few minutes early to stretch, meet your instructor, and get some beginner’s tips. Comfortable clothes and supportive shoes are another must for this high-intensity workout.

Cool! So where do I sign up?

The Lafayette YMCA on 18th Street is your local Body Combat headquarters! The sessions are free for all YMCA members; our skilled instructors will work with you to meet your fitness needs and make Body Combat an enjoyable experience for everyone. It’s also a drop-in class, so no registration is required.

When does the Y offer Body Combat classes?

friends (1)We offer hour-long Body Combat three days a week to fit your hectic schedules. You can come to classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 am to 6:30 am and from 6:40 pm to 7:40 pm. These times are perfect for squeezing in a workout before or after your workday. The YMCA also offers a Saturday morning class from 8:15 am to 9:15 am. This one is especially guaranteed to energize you for the rest of the weekend!

Now that you know about process, benefits, and fun of Body Combat, what are you waiting for? Join us at our 18th Street location today!


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