New thing #18: New Gym Routine

IMG_5056This new things project has kept me busy this month, and consequently has kept me out of the gym. I won’t pretend like otherwise I’m a super committed gym rat or anything, but when I do go, I love it. It feels good to move around, sweat a little, and plug into my kick-ass workout playlist.

I also love my routine at the gym. So much so, that I even have specific machines picked out as favorites. And I don’t mean specific kinds of machines, I mean specific machines. The elliptical by the window with the best TV view. The treadmill in the third row under the fan. The upstairs ab tower, not the one downstairs in the weight room, etc. I do about 40 minutes of interval cardio, then about 20-30 minutes of various weight machines and ab exercises. I do know that’s a good thing to switch up your workouts, I’m just not that great at it. So tonight, I decided to try all new machines and new exercises.

Favorite new cardio machine: The Stair Climber

Favorite new resistance bands: The Kinesis Wall

Biggest lesson learned: You look like a weirdo taking selfies at the gym. But if it’s for your blog, you gotta do whatcha’ gotta do.

New thing #4: BodyCombat

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Tonight I tried Les Miller’s BodyCombat workout.

And I thought I looked dorky doing Zumba!

It’s easy for me to fall into ruts, especially at the gym, so trying a new class was one of the first things I put on my list. I had nothing specific in mind, I just looked at what worked with my schedule, and from there picked the only one I hadn’t tried yet: BodyCombat. I had never heard of it before, and in case you haven’t either, here is the description from the website:

BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai… During this ultimate warrior workout, you’ll strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness.”

I think I would need to go to a few more classes before feeling “totally unleashed.” The workout was good, I was definitely sweating, but I felt like I was half-assing the intensity as I struggled with the fairly simple choreography. It’s easy, but fast, and most of the time my brain couldn’t keep up. I hooked when I was supposed to jab, did single knees on the double count, and messed up more than one kata. I was a total spaz (although the teacher was nice enough to lie to me and told me that I did great). Meanwhile, the 70+ year old woman in front of me was kicking ass.

The good news for me though, is that I wasn’t the only spaz. A great thing about the gym is that you are never the most uncoordinated or out of shape person. There is always someone better, and there is also always someone who’s having just as much, if not more trouble than you are, and that’s okay! We all progress together.

Check out some BodyCombat moves on YouTube here.