Last Monday, we “launched” a new release of BODYCOMBAT. It is, by far, my favorite fitness format I’ve ever done or taught. It’s a mixed martial arts/kick-boxing regimen that lets you feel like Bruce Lee, even if you don’t exactly look it when you check yourself out in the mirror.
Thanks to Tiffany, our gym’s group fitness coordinator and a fellow BODYPUMP instructor, we got lots and lots of pics of launch this time around (as opposed to the usual two sweaty cell phone pics we manage to nab after the class is over). And also thanks to Tiffany, I discovered that, not only do I not look like Bruce Lee while I’m teaching, I do look like a flaming lunatic most of the time.
Take this winner for example:
I did not even know my mouth could do that (did I seriously just post that incredibly unflattering picture on my blog???).
Of course, i like the zoomed out version of this pic even better. See that foot down there in the bottom right corner? I cannot even imagine doing Combat wearing pink glitter TOMS, but to each her own, I suppose.
And then, what about this one?
Apparently, it takes great concentration and mouth-positioning to set up a side kick. (Also, I appear to be the only one interested in setting up a side-kick; everybody else got a different memo).
Uppercuts require equal concentration.
As do plyo-pushes.
And Muay Thai knees.
Cheesy, posed high-fives, on the other hand…those require matching, cheese ball grins.
And then, there’s my favorite of all:
The BFF sneak-attack.
It all got a little more civilized-looking once we had Tiffany, a former beauty pageant contestant, coaching us on foot and hand placement. “Now pop those chests, ladies! Shoulders back!” : )
And then, of course, we had to do the “tough pose.”
Are you skeered yet? (I am a little after seeing my face in most of those “action shots”).
The caption for this last one should definitely be: “SUCK. IT. IN.”
With 9 children between us, spandex is not exactly the world’s most forgiving fabric. But COMBAT makes it all worth it.
And that includes the extra lines I now have on my face from all of those, ahem, animated expressions.
I may not have any dignity left after this post, but that’s okay because I have Wednesday’s Combat to look forward to.