When I was at my heaviest weight, one fine day I decided to attend a fitness class. I went to the gym, not knowing at all what I was going to do. Brand new membership. I searched for classes starting at that time. Body Combat was about to start. They sell it as an (and I quote from Lesmills.com website) “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”. OK, sounded good. I went, only to find just 5 more people there, and the instructor. It started, after she gave me a quick start up (we’ll be throwing punches like this, jabs, uppercuts… nothing I could understand at the time. Her mouth moved and sounds came out of it, but what tha hell is a jab in this context?) The music started, people where moving. In an effort to get the moves right, I was right next to the instructor. We throwed punches, kicked the air, etc. Of course, everyone was doing it right and I was doing it wrong. They kicked, and a second later I kicked. I was totally lost, and out of breath. Then, out of nowhere, this group of 30 people entered the room. By that time, classes were poorly arranged in my gym, and the Body Pump class ended 15 minutes after the Body Combat started. So, everybody that was doing Pump got out of their class and entered the Combat class. Now, we have almost 50 people knowing the moves, me ashaming myself, AND I was in front row. I had to stop so many times (meanwhile everyone just kept going) it was silly. I drank a full liter+ of water. Then, when I thought everything was over and almost about to puke, the instructor yelled “OK, Muay Thay now!” Muay what? This is track 7 for every class (out of ten). You hit non-existance enemies people with your elbows. And is the most demanding non-stop track in the class. Wanna see an example?
It might not look that bad, but try and do it when you’re fatigated and obese! Long story short, I went back once again and then I never came back for like a year. It was just too demanding for me. As fat and undertrained as I was, I was probably better off walking. It was just not my time. Later on, with some kilos less, I remembered the class. I give it another go.
Now I love it! It took me about 3 weeks to “get it”, but now it’s a lot of fun! I don’t even see it as cardio anymore, it’s just my fun play time were I sweat a lot. Give it a try! I had been attending this class for over a year now, and it doesn’t get old. I’m a front-row atendee!!
I was inspired from this woman to run. I started from zero level, and I meant ZERO. I got on to the C25K program (stands for “From couch potato to 5K”) and I loved it. I never knew that my body could accomplish this task. Before, I jogged 30 seconds and I had to stop. Now I had ran two 5K events and I’m going for my first 10K, baby! I even got expensive running shoes, and trying to get some Vibram’s 5-fingers also, to try (almost) barefoot running. TRYING being the most important word there. I mean, I’m from Chile, so calculate the shipping costs… I don’t care, but their site is always out of stock! *sight*