Spinning, BodyCombat and some rest

by - Thursday, February 05, 2009

I continued to take advantage of my free 7 days at Gold's on Tuesday night. I wanted to try a spin class and this class called BodyCombat, which the Gold's Web site describes this way:

"BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as Karate, boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness."

Kickboxing was one of my favorite classes to teach at Maryland and I was really excited to try this variation.

I hit the spin class first though and was horribly let down. Bad music, boring class, not challenging at all (and I made sure I cranked the tension extra high). I barely broke a sweat. The whole time the instruction was telling us we were burning 800-900 calories. It's a personal pet peeve of mine when instructors talk about how many calories we're burning and how Spring Break is right around the corner, which he mentioned a lot too. It just takes the focus off all the other benefits of working out and makes it solely about body image. Plus, I think I barely burned 300 calories. I felt bad for the two girls next to me who were talking about going out and eating lots of food after class because of all the calories they burned.

After the disappointing spin class I was really excited to get to BodyCombat. The instructor looked like she had been a fighter her whole life. She was jacked, but not in a manly way. The class was set to fun music and I was beat by the end. My arms got worked, but in a good way and I can still feel the workout today. Unfortunately all the kicking really upset my knee even though I had it taped. I'm still hobbling around today. Bad times. I'm staying off it for now as best as I can and hoping it's just a little flare up from motion it wasn't used to.

Took a rest day yesterday and I'll most likely be taking another one today with the knee acting up although I may try to get to yoga. I'll have to see.

Happy Thursday!

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  1. It is great that you have a 7 day trial period to see what you like/don't like about the gym and various classes offered.

    Hope your knee isn't too aggravated. :-(

  2. dang, that sounds like a fun cardio class.

  3. Careful with that knee, Jess! Rest up!

  4. Hope the knee feels better soon!

  5. glad the cardio class was fun at least! hope the knee is feeling better