The Real Deal: Workout Review of Les Mill’s Combat

Happy Monday fit people!

Today is exciting (and COLD!) as I get to review one of my very favorite workouts of all time: Les Mill’s Combat. I’ll try to do it justice :)

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So, let’s start by setting a little foundation. Les Mills originated in Auckland, New Zealand, where Les Mills himself was one of the country’s greatest track and field athletes. He and his wife Colleen opened the very first health club in Auckland in 1968. Their son went to UCLA on a track and field scholarship and took over the business in the 80′s. Les Mills programs have changed the way people work out for the better with program like Body Pump, Body Step, Shabam, RPM, Body Attack, Body Vibe and, of course, Body Combat. ALL of these programs take the VERY best of exercise programming (which is what gets you results) and blends them with a party atmosphere (which increases compliance). Les Mills leads in the pack in programming and design all over the world.

Now, Beachbody (those people who brought you P90X and Insanity) have teamed up with Les Mills to make compliance even simpler…you can have the workout of your life right in your living room. Beachbody acquired the Body Pump program (complete with weights and steps) and rolled it into a doable package to help shape your body and earn strength. While in New Zealand, the founder of Beachbody noticed a large line forming for the next class…that huge line formed everyday for Body Combat. So, naturally Beachbody wanted to make such a great program available to everybody.

So, what can you expect from Body Combat?

The workouts are efficient. What I mean by that is that the workouts are designed to work FOR you, not against you. The secret behind such efficient workouts is fast twitch integration training. Body Combat is a beautiful mixed martial arts blended and inspired workout to help you feel more powerful AND get the results you want. These different forms of martial arts training (Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Capoeira, Jiu Jitsu) are sequenced according to how the body if forced to adapt to each move. The means that safety and fluidity of motion are insured throughout your workout. The sequences are escalating with varying speeds. This way you play on the differing heart rates to really blast fat AND shape lean muscle.

The best part is that these trainers really know what they’re doing.

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Dan Cohen has competed in just about every discipline and has a black belt in Kickboxing and Karate. His form is killer and his humor will keep you going when you’re tired.

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Rachael Newsham has trained in many of the forms and is proficient in Muay Thai, boxing and Kickboxing. If her abs don’t keep you motivated then her tough-love-trainer style is bound to keep you on your toes.

Though Combat is created for maximum results and serious athletes, there are PLENTY of modifications to make it safe for ANY and ALL fitness levels. If you’re like me and suffer from knee issues and arthritis, then follow the modifier so you can crank out the needed intensity without the added impact. Combat is a program that doesn’t exacerbate my injuries any further :)

In the Combat Challenge Pack, you get the DVD’s (7 workouts total), a nutrition guide with recipes like Mediterranean eggs, roast beef sandwich and grilled steak, plus a guide to building your workouts with 3 different options depending on your fitness level and goals. And don’t forget, you also get Shakeology in the challenge pack, which helps to regulate the digestive system and blood sugar while promoting weight loss. BONUS? Yep, this particular challenge pack is on sale this month: YOU save $70 of the whole kit, so it’s a little more than just buying the Shakeology and you get an entire program to help you get in the best shape of your life.

Bottom line, Les Mill’s Combat will help you shed excess weight, gain self-confidence and lose the junk that’s holding you back. All you have to do is push play :)

Keep moving,

Michelle

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Tough Love Tuesday: Why it’s so hard to just PUSH PLAY

You know, losing weight, gaining muscle, getting lean, getting healthy, eating healthy….ALL of these require one key ingredient: HARD WORK.

Getting healthy and fit require persistence and dedication. They require a level of commitment that most people just aren’t used to giving anymore.

They also require…help.

This is what I do, I help. I don’t call all the shots or force people to workout and eat right against their will. In fact, it’s their will that usually landed them in my helping hands :)

So, why do I do it? Well, you can go back and read my whole story, but I was far from healthy in my formative years. I was a couch decoration (which is worse than a potato!) and always felt I had nothing to offer. Once fitness and clean eating found me, my life took a dramatic turn. Now, I am able to help others achieve a lifestyle that enables their dreams, instead of one that just keeps dreams at bay.

Question: if I could point you to ALL the resources you need to make a lasting change, would you make it? Would you take that step to change your daily habits? Would you embark on a journey that would end in your ultimate success? By now, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit, ready for the secret. Here it is: DO THE WORK.

Over a year ago I partnered with Beach Body, a well-known¬†company that provides fitness programs and nutrition expertise. I was ecstatic at this partnership since it would enable me to help more people. I’m not talking about helping people get skinny or just fit into pre-baby clothes…I’m talking about life changing help. Empowerment. The big stuff. The biggest obstacle is that all too often excuses arise and people just stop pushing play. Those who stop pushing play on the program also end up being the same ones who stop pushing play in life. They take their seat on the bench and let the others have fun. That way they are always there…should somebody need them. They would hate for their health goals (which, incidentally, have been shown to increase the quality of life and decrease pain while ALSO increasing overall productivity) to get in anybody elses way. So, they leave them behind, set on pause, frozen in time. Along with these are a laundry list of things that never got finished in life…

How many of you are there RIGHT NOW? Do you feel like you got dealt a bad hand? It’s NOT the hand you’re dealt, it’s what you do with it. Why I am involved in fitness anyway? Because I have witnessed people able to come off of loads of medication. I have seen people regain strength. I have seen them reach their goals AND set even better ones! I have seen miracles happen because they believed they were not made of junk. I have seen faith restored and the powerless become empowered. That’s the awesome things about fitness! So…why do you quit? Why are you still struggling? Don’t throw lame excuses around! For everyone who complains about their feet, there is an amputee working harder….and NOT complaining. Suck it up, push the button, then commit to push yourself. THAT is how you find out what you’re made of…

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