You’ve heard it right. Les Mills International and in home workout behemoth Beachbody have teamed up yet again on their second collaboration called Les Mills Combat. The success of Les Mills PUMP which was a joint venture between the two companies featuring Les Mills style exercises done at the “in home workout” level has been so monumental, a second workout routine was inevitable. The new program which is now available for preorder is not a sequel to Pump, but rather an entirely new program based on Les Mills Body Combat as opposed to Body Pump.
Until now Beachbody has been sorely lacking in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) arena. In fact out of their 50 plus in home workout routines available today none of them fit this genre. With Les Mills International and Beachbody joining hands late last year it would only make sense that after the initial Body Pump home workout routine release they would be at it again to fill the gap with Combat. You may be wondering now what exactly is MMA and how is it any different from other martial arts programs?
What Is Les Mills Body Combat?
MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. As the name would suggest Les Mills COMBAT is an in home workout program based solely on the use of martial arts to get you in shape. The base kit of the program is made up of 7 workouts on 5 DVDs. While each workout is different in form and targets different areas of the body the style is the same throughout the series. You will essentially be throwing jabs, kicks, blocks, and punches for 60 days with Combat. In addition, like traditional Les Mills group workouts done live at gyms and fitness centers, this home version of Body Combat utilizes today’s most well known pop music.
While mixed martial arts training is not unique or even new, it is something new to the Beachbody franchise. The same company that brought you Les Mills PUMP, P90X, and Insanity now has a program completely dedicated to martial arts.
The base kit also comes with a one of a kind nutrition guide that’s been created with a mixed martial arts exercise routine in mind. Therefore what you put into your body will be exactly what you need during the rigorous 60 day regimen.
Who Are The Combat Instructors?
The two fitness trainers that take you through this program are not new to the Les Mills Beachbody workout cameras. In fact Dan & Rachel appeared frequently in Les Mills PUMP so they know how to motivate and instruct via DVDs. These two characters are two of the best trainers in the Les Mills family and were selected because of their adaptability and easy to watch and listen to demeanor.
What’s Included in Combat?
As previously mentioned Les Mills Combat comes with 5 DVDs that have 7 workouts on them. In addition you get an exercise guide that walks you through each move if you have difficulty understanding it or copying it as well as a nutrition guide, and 60 day calendar to keep you on track. There’s also a deluxe version of the program which comes with light weight boxing gloves, and an Ultimate version which comes with everything mentioned above plus 3 more advanced DVDs.
If Combat will be as big as or better than PUMP is anyone’s guess at this point. One thing’s for sure though, if you do a quick search for reviews about the Les Mills class it’s based on, you won’t find too many disappointed exercisers. Quite the opposite actually, with most reviewers saying it’s the most addictive, fun, and intense workout they’ve ever done. We’re looking forward to seeing if the in home version
Whether you’ve finally succumbed to your new year’s resolution and decided to join the gym or have bee plugging away for months on end to less than exemplary results, getting fit has never been easy. It’s an entire rollercoaster ride that’s never easy – if it was, everyone else would be at the gym five times a week too.
There will come a point when your motivation dips and an evening curled up in a book can become too tempting. It could be after a stressful day at work, during a holiday period or when the bad weather hits in the autumn and even venturing outside looks more hassle than it’s worth.
Before setting off on your gym journey, here’s a few motivational tips to keep your interested when the going gets tough.
#1 – Pump up the jam
There’s no better way to keep happy than to have all of your favourite music rotating on a playlist from your iPod. As well as keeping you smiling, you’ll find that you may even begin to work with the rhythm. More often than not, this will result in a fast-paced, more effective and overall positive workout session.
#2 – Have a vision
Before you begin your road to fitness, make sure that you work through everything with an end goal in mind. Doing 30 minutes on a treadmill can be hard enough, let alone doing it without knowing exactly why! Create a schedule and monitor your progress. If you have enough focus involved, then you really should be able to achieve anything.
#3 – Don’t pass the buck
Before stepping foot inside of a gym, realise that you’re doing this for you and no one else. While this sounds all well and good, it means that you’ll be to blame for the bad times as well as the good. Be responsible for your own actions and never let anyone else tempt you into falling out of your routine. If you realise that your fitness success is down to you and no one else, let that pressure drive you forward.
#4 – Look for support
While it’s important to be independent within your fitness regime, don’t take that to mean that you’re unable to include anyone else in your workout sessions. Company while training can be a good boost for morale and freshen up the atmosphere. Look for a friend or sibling to see if they can help you out from time to time and see if they can gain as much enthusiasm from the gym as you do.
#5 – Find a role model
In the same way that students use case studies to help them with their work, find someone who has been in a similar situation to your own and come out at the other end smiling. If you’re looking to get fit, find someone from within the public realm who has had a well documented slimming-down programme, while if you wish to build muscle mass, look at professional weightlifters and see what they recommend. No one can offer better advice than people with previous experience.
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Everyone has dieted at one point in his or her life. Whether it’s a fad diet or something you’ve created on your own, most diets fail for one reason – it’s one size fits all. This approach fails because everyone is different and therefore everyone deserves their own, strategic diet plan that fits their needs, not the needs of a general group.
Poor support structure
Have you ever been on a health kick when all of the sudden your significant other surprises you with a decadent dessert that smashes all the hard work you’ve been doing? How about when you’re at a social gathering and the french onion dip and potato chips are staring you down?
It’s hard to stay on track when you’re working towards a goal on your own and the people around you are not fully supportive and trying to help you stay on track. When dieting, it’s important to surround yourself with friends and family who want to challenge you and will help keep you on track so you can achieve the success you’ve been working so hard at.
Celebrities are poor representations of what we should look like. While many of them are fit and trim and can show off how a disciplined diet and experienced trainer can give you a rocking body, it’s unrealistic. Non-celebrities don’t have the time nor the budget to put into achieving a celebrity-style body.
In reality, you need to realize that a healthy lifestyle and diet requires time to see success. You can’t exercise for two weeks and expect to lose 20 pounds in that time. If you work hard and continue the exercise regimen, you’ll see results at a healthy pace.
Dieting as a short-term solution
Fad diets are short term. South Beach diet, Atkins, etc are just a temporary fix and not a lifestyle change. Rather than choosing a short-term fix for your diet, take the time to come up with a plan that you can stick with long-term. It’s unreasonable to think that dieting for a month or two is going to positively impact your body. By choosing a plan that fits into your lifestyle, you can find what works best and make it your new way of living, not a temporary fix.
Lack of exercise
Sure it’s possible to lose weight by just dieting, but by adding some exercise into your day you’ll see additional changes to not only your body but your mind as well. Exercising boosts endorphin levels, improves fat burn, helps to give you more energy, lowers your stress levels and even helps to improve your memory.
Not tracking your progression
If you’re afraid to step onto the scale due to embarrassment, you’re making a huge mistake. By not tracking your weight-loss progress, you’re missing out on a slew of benefits. Keeping track of your progress can help you lose weight twice as fast and help you stay motivated, especially when you recognize a week without change. By setting a goal and being able to measure success, you’ll be more likely to stay on track and achieve your goals.
Diets may fail on their own, but if you combine your diet with some additional steps, the sky is the limit. Eat right, exercise regularly, be realistic and track your progress and you’ll be amazed by the changes you see over time. Not only will you see a difference in the mirror but you’ll feel a difference internally as well.
Annie Williams is a freelance writer who focuses on healthy living. Her diet consists of a balance of whole foods and liquid proteins to keep her full and focused for longer periods of time. She hopes her knowledge can help others who are inspired to be healthy and live long lives.