If you have comfortable clothes to work out in, you’re already set to do body combat. Grab a sweat towel and some water, they may help in this martial art-like exercise.
Body combat can take either 60, 45, or even just 30 minutes to complete; depending on which class you choose. By regularly doing body combat two or three times a week, you can improve heart and lung function, tone muscle groups, burn calories, and improve core strength, according to Premier Health and Fitness.
This is a type of exercise that you can do at any age without any prior experience in exercising. This is because the instructors always show different levels of movements that you can follow, so if you are a beginner or a veteran, you can follow the appropriate movements that match your abilities. However, you can familiarize yourself with the basic movements here, such as hooks, jabs, upper cuts, kicks and high knees before jumping right in the class.
You can join a class at a gym that has the class or follow training videos online. The most popular fitness brand that provides videos for body combat is Les Mills, and they upload free workout videos on their YouTube channel.
Here’s how to do a body combat session at home:
- Make sure you are in a space large enough for lots of movement.
Body combat involves moving back and forth, side to side, and a little bit of jumping. Having enough space for your movements ensures that you can properly do the exercise, plus you can avoid worrying about knocking over your furniture.
2. Check your basic movements.
Sometimes, doing the movements wrong can be harmful, like using the wrong muscles. Having someone else to check that you are doing the movements properly can help boost your body combat experience. Otherwise, you can use a full-length mirror and compare yourself with the instructions.
3. Find the right video for your body.
Body combat has various levels of intensity, make sure to find the one that you can exercise with. If you feel like it is too easy, don’t hesitate to step it up, but don’t overdo it.
4. Body combat
Go in with full confidence, punch and kick and release any pent up anger. Or just exercise normally.
5. Use extra equipment (optional)
If you want to further enhance your body combat experience, you can use wristbands to avoid spraining your wrist.