Tis’ the season! We’re kicking off the holidays like a rockette this month; December’s fitness challenge is high kicks! That’s right, we’re spreading cheer in the air while we work our quads, hips, hamstrings, and heart! To kick, stand in a split stance with one leg slightly forward. Kick straight ahead with your back leg, keeping your upper body tall, centered, or leaning slightly back (not forward.) Repeat on the other side. Start LOW with just four kicks (two on each side) to prevent injury and work your way higher and higher as the month progresses. Just print or pin the calendar and get your kick on all December long! Enjoy this very merry month!
Body Combat is one of the few exercise classes I’ve been going to for years without it getting old. It’s like a real life video game because participants perform kicks and punches as though in a real fight. Just like most things in life, what you put into Combat, you get out. You can go through the motions or you can kick the motions ass. Luckily, the instructors at Hampton Gym Corp motivate you to be fierce, fast, and powerful, maximizing each and every one of the 55 minutes.
The class is divided into 9 tracks and lots of intervals. You’ll learn combinations and perform them at different levels to vary the heart rate. It’s intense cardio with mixed martial arts; boxing, taekdwondo, tai chi, karate, and muah thai. I’ve mastered self-defense moves I wouldn’t normally know, like uppercut, hook, roundhouse, side kick, and back kick. These practices are tied to the rhythm of upbeat songs, some old and some new. The tracks switch between lower and upper body, hitting most muscle groups more than once. I love the post-combat burn, I always feel it in my upper back and shoulders the next day. It’s just as empowering as the class itself.
Body Combat is one of Hampton Gym Corp’s many Les Mill group fitness class offerings. There’s nothing better than that adrenaline rush you get in a full room of “Combatters.” Sure, you may feel silly when you’re a little behind on the combo your first time, or when asked to yell as you punch or kick, but the group fierceness in the room makes everything ok. And fuels your energy to win the fight. I was hooked from the start. There’s something for everyone and everyone can benefit from Body Combat.
Try Body Combat at Southampton or Sag Harbor Gym, check their schedule here. See you in Combat!
One Healthy Breakdown: Go hard or go home. Win or lose, it’s up to you.