From Body Combat To Kickboxer

My girlfriends and I walk for exercise and just started walking again last week after taking a break during the school holidays. We walk for at least an hour each time. It is a challenge to get in the groove of exercise again after such a long break. I expected to be sore after my first one hour walk this year, but I wasn’t; so I’m glad. I didn’t get tired either. What bothered me more than anything was the heat. We walk in the morning after school drop-of. Even then, the sun was out full force and the humidity was uncomfortable enough for exercising outside. So I suggested to my girlfriends that we should consider walking in a shopping centre on those hot days or joining some group exercise class at a fitness centre with gym membership in Perth. We talked about joining a Zumba class last year, so I looked up the local council’s fitness centre and found a whole new set of classes I had never heard before; classes such as Body Attack, Body Combat, Sh’Bam and SmasHIIT. Body Attack is simply a scary name for a sports-inspired cardio workout to build stamina and strength. Body Combat is another scary name for a high energy workout involving kicking and punching with moves from boxing and martial arts. Sh’Bam uses dance moves to shape up and SmasHIIT is high intensity interval training with a trainer. They also offer a high intensity boxing class that uses basic boxing moves to help build overall fitness and strength.
My girlfriends and I watched a few of those classes online and it was hard to agree on which class to take. Two of us wanted Zumba and one wanted the Body Combat and Boxing classes because she wanted something that was high intensity as well as learn some self-defence techniques at the same time. After a few Body Combat lessons, my friend was inspired to join a Muay Thai gym in the neighbouring suburb to learn more about Thai kickboxing as a means of self-defence. It was a good thing she did that because she went on to learn about how to defend herself and strike with her fists, elbows, knees and shins. The use of eight body parts to strike is why Muay Thai is called “the art of eight limbs.”
The two of us probably should have joined this friend in her Muay Thai gym class, as she is so much stronger and fitter than both of us now because her Muay Thai conditioning involves running, shadowboxing, body weight resistance exercises, rope jumping, abdominal exercises, medicine ball exercises and weight training. She also conditions her shins for combat by kicking a sand-filled bag. My friend jokes that Muay Thai is good for getting her frustrations out at the end of the day before going home because she can kick or strike the sandbag. To join the fitness classes in Perth visit this website.