DVD Review: Les Mills Body Combat

It’s that time again! Home based workouts are a great way to shed the weight OR just a great addition to a gym routine. Now, I must give you a little disclaimer here: I am a certified Les Mills Instructor, but I promise I am not biased!

Today’s review: Les Mills Body Combat

Let’s jump right in to the meat and potatoes of it…..THIS DVD has become one of my absolute favorites for in-home training. Now, I have a boxing gym in my garage, so when I feel like a good strike I head out there; however, COMBAT gives me the cardio and strength conditioning of a true fighter along with hot music and some of the most entertaining instructors around.

One of the major complaints about workout DVDs is the instruction and repetitiveness of the personalities. Les Mills Combat is led by Dan and Rach, along with some other instructors who team up to bring you the variety you feel like you’re missing in other DVDs. Instructor personality is key to the Les Mills formula and believe me, they only take the BEST. With a variety of personalities, styles and let’s face it…sexy accents :) You’re sure to stay motivated throughout your entire 60+ day transformation. They promise you a different body in 60 days, and this is one program I totally believe does the trick.

Combat utilizes interval training in every workout. Intervals happen when your heart rate is jacked up then brought down a notch, only to be taken up again. This is a proven way to burn MORE fat and calories than with traditional training. Want to take a look at what you could be in for? Check it out HERE!

The best thing about COMBAT is that it mixes martial arts. Now, you know I LOVE some MMA, so this is right up my alley! Instead of simply kickboxing or boxing, you get to taste a bit of all the martial arts, including some moving katas to teach you how to control your body. COMBAT also provides detailed training sessions so you can learn how to effectively punch and kick. This enables you to expedite results and avoid injury.

There are several packages you can choose from when looking at the COMBAT DVDs. The most basic is a good place to start and is listed right here:

Unleash your inner warrior with 7 body-shredding workouts that harness the explosive techniques of mixed martial arts with the hard-hitting cardio of high intensity interval training.

Plus, you’ll get these practical tools to maximize your results: Stay With the Fight Fitness Guide, Eat Right for the Fight Nutrition Guide, LES MILLS COMBAT 30:LIVE! BONUS WORKOUT, Measurement Tracker Card, Tape Measure, and Online Support.

This package has everything you need to get started strong. If you feel the need to progress, just look into the additional packages.

Always remember that fuel is important and one of the best ways to fuel before or after your booty kicking COMBAT workout is HERE.

Check out COMBAT for a great total body workout, OR as a superb cardio addition to your muscle-building routine. Want great shoulders? I know the secret!

See you next time, and remember to LIVE OUT LOUD!


Workout Wednesday!

Throw back to a couple of years ago with a total body ball routine.

Perform 10-20 reps of each move and run through 3-4 times for a great toning workout. Pull it all together with a good warm up and a nice jog/run afterwards :)

Slim without the Gym

Loads of people want ot lose weight and live a healthier life, but not everybody wants to drop money on a gym. I have a great workout you can do while enjoying one of the easiest ways to get fit: WALKING. So strap up your laces and let’s get to it :)

Walk Fit

Start with a brisk walk, pumping your arms to warm the body, 5-10 minutes.

Perform 10 walking lunges forward.

Double the pace of your warm up walk and punch arms in front for 4 minutes.

Stop and perform 20 jumping jacks.

Take a deep breath and do 10 push ups (if there is a park bench, place hands there. If not, use the grass or trail)

Walk at your double pace again, punching arms overhead for 3-5 minutes.

Perform 10 walking lunges backward.

Walk as fast as you can, pumping arms briskly for 3-5 minutes.

Perform 20 alternating forward lunges.

Do 10 jumping jacks.

Do 10 push ups.

Perform 20 alternating back lunges.

Sprint walk (where it would be more comfortable to run) for 2 minutes.

Cool down by walking back.

You can perform this whole routine outside at a park, trail or even the streets of your neighborhood (watch for cars!) or on a treadmill.

I know some of you are thinking about all the weird looks you may get while doing this: DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT! Weird looks now=envious looks later:)

Have a healthy day!


Workout Wednesday!!!! THE CORE

If you know me at all, then you know I am a HUGE fan of core training. Why? Well, your core is your stability center. Your core enables you to move through life injury free. The core also tends to be the weakest area in most bodies! So, here is a simple, no equipment necessary core starter for your hump day :)

Always warm up with a jog/walk and some trunk rotations.

Opposite arm/leg reach from all 4′s 20x

Basic Crunches    20x

Bridge Lifts          20x

Forearm plank    count of 60


Straight leg Pilates roll up    20x

Alternating Supermans         20x

Long arm plank           Count of 60

Side plank crunch                  20x

REPEAT ABOVE (switch to other side on side plank)

Mountain climbers                  50x

Long arm plank              Count of 60

Knee to tricep (same side)      20x

Plank knee tucks                       20x


I love this workout and get it in about once a week, usually at the end of a workout. You can certainly use it on its own to spark a change in the abs. Try it 3x per week and in 6 weeks (ahem…along with good nutrition people!) you will see flatter abs. Next week I’ll get a weighted ab routine for you and discuss the difference in each core series.

Have a healthy day!



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