BodyCombat is a cardiovascular workout program that incorporates moves from martial arts and kickboxing to burn 600 or more calories per hour. According to the textbook “Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance,” the number of calories you will burn is based on your height, weight and fitness level.
Moves from karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay Thai kickboxing are set to high-energy music to allow you to get an aerobic workout designed to burn fat and calories. According to the BodyCombat website, each class features an introduction to the moves, followed by sequences and fight combinations focusing on speed, power and endurance. BodyCombat classes end with strength training and stretching and can burn 600 to 1,000 calories per class, depending on the individual.
The BodyCombat website lists several benefits of the program, including improvement of heart and lung function and reduction of risk of heart disease. BodyCombat also claims it “tones and shapes key muscle groups, burns calories for a leaner body, improves coordination and agility, improves bone density and improves posture and core strength and stability.”
As with any fitness program, check with your doctor before beginning a BodyCombat program. Those with knee, ankle, hip or shoulder injuries should be careful when taking BodyCombat, as should those with high blood pressure, heart conditions and women who are pregnant.
- Les Mills: About BodyCombat
- "Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance"; William D. McArdle, Frank I. Katch, Victor L. Katch; 2007