Les Mills Combat Week 6 Supreme Warrior

Les Mills Ultimate WarriorI’m back to share my experience with Week 6 of Les Mills Combat. You can read more about the program and why I did it here. Posts about previous weeks in the program can be found here.

If you haven’t yet tried this program and are interested in doing so, act soon. Les Mills and Beachbody are discontinuing their relationship, so supplies of Les Mills Combat are limited to stock on hand. The base program is currently 40% off and comes with free gloves, which I have found make punching easier.

At the beginning of Week 6, I took an extra day off because it was about 100 degrees all day and we have no AC. I was glad I did. Combat Live was intense and much more enjoyable on a slightly cooler day. This workout felt like it had a faster pace than Combat 60. Some of the capoeira based moves really worked the legs. I can see why they didn’t start using this one until 6 weeks into the program.

I skipped a day between workouts to get a paper done for class, but I got the next workout done the following day. I don’t have much to say about HIIT Power. It’s still not my favorite workout ever.

Combat 45 was fun. I even got in the jump side kicks that I usually skip and most of the jump knees that I usually modify.

HIIT Plyo is another workout that isn’t really my favorite. I was tempted to do Combat 60 Live instead, but then I realized then I’d have Plyo and Power on back to back days and that would kind of stink. So I did the ploy today. I still modified a lot but did some of the climbers and the hovers without modifying. It was a nice cloudy, cool day following a morning rain, which normally I wouldn’t look forward to, but it’s been so hot with no AC that I was glad for it. I kind of hope for rain or at least clouds tomorrow with 60 minutes to do.

I was glad for a cool day with a breeze doing Combat 60 Live once again. While I managed to do more of the knees and kicks in esquiva than I had the first time, it was still pretty difficult.

I took another day off and then did HIIT Power. I was glad the workout was only 30 minutes because I’ve started to get bored doing it Fortunately I only have to do it 4 more times.

If you’ve done Les Mills Combat, what is your favorite workout from the program? 

 

 

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Create Your Own Home Workout With Zumba Videos on YouTube

Create Your Own Home WorkoutAs much as I enjoy following a Beachbody home workout program, sometimes I like to mix it up. At one point, I decided to try Zumba at home. I remembered Gina at The Fitnessista is a Zumba instructor who had posted some videos before, so I went to her blog to find them and see if she had posted any others.

Serendipity! A search wasn’t necessary because she’d written a post that day about using YouTube videos to work out at home, and the first part of her post was on Zumba. She had provided all the dances you need to search for to create a full Zumba workout at home. Hurray!

I waded through YouTube videos for awhile. Some songs drove me crazy. Others had camera angles that made the moves hard to follow. Many were restricted in Germany. I found a few that worked, tried them, and had fun. Then I managed to forget about pulling together my own workout as I had other ones I was doing.

This January, instead of following a program, I did whatever workout struck my fancy each day. I remembered trying these Zumba videos and decided to finally follow Gina’s suggestion, searching for songs to create a full class. Pulling the list together took longer than working out to the videos, but now I have a playlist I can do again in the future. I’m passing it on to you so you can try it as well.

I’ve never done a live class, so I can’t say whether these are good instructions and/or dances that match what they’re described as. Some of the videos go in and out of focus as well. But it’s a starting point to working out for free in the comfort of your own home. If you do these 9 songs straight through, you’ll have about a 33 minute long workout. I had an issue with buffering on a few, so you may want to pull them up in different tabs, hit pause, and let them load for awhile before beginning. You can either watch them below or in my YouTube playlist.

If it throws you off that the instructor is facing you and you’re used to someone facing the same direction, set your computer up far enough behind a full-length mirror that you have room to move around, stand a bit off to the side so that you can see the screen, and viola, you’ll be facing the same direction as the instructor. Enjoy!

1. Warm-up

2. Salsa

3. Cumbia

4. Reggaeton

5. Merengue

6. Flamenco

7. Bellydance

8. Quebradita

9. Cool Down

I hope you had fun trying this “class” comprised of YouTube videos and that perhaps it has inspired you to create your own home workout this way. If you want to do Zumba at home but don’t want to spend time pulling together songs, you may also want to check out this playlist I found toward the end of my search which has full length classes on it.

If you have a favorite Zumba YouTube video, please share it in the comments below!

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