Les Mills Combat Week 1: Supreme Warrior

1 lmc caseStarting Statistics

The program includes a card to record beginning and ending measurements. It includes less than I have recorded before (for example only asking for the waist and seeming to indicate waist at narrowest but not asking for the waist at navel, but I decided to just stick with what was there. My measurements were as follows:
Chest: 35 inches
Right arm: 10 inches
Left arm: 10 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 37 inches
Right thigh: 22 inches
Left thigh: 21 inches
Weight: 123 pounds

A couple days later I took the waist at navel measurement because my husband had remarked about me slimming down already and it hadn’t been on the card and it was 33 inches.

Day 1: The Basics and Combat 30

I didn’t realize there was an intro DVD before the day I started, and I didn’t want to wait another day to get going, so I decided to do both on the same day. The Basics is just what it sounds like. It’s a 30 minute DVD that just covers the basic moves that are used in Combat from each discipline. It isn’t very intensive, so I didn’t have a problem doing it and then the workout. There is also an introduction to the instructors on this DVD but I didn’t watch it.

IMG_3074After that, I did Combat 30. It was a workout and left me red and sweaty afterward, but it wasn’t so hard that it made it feel impossible. There were a lot of jabs, crosses, hooks, and kicks…a LOT of kicks. There is one part where they go through about 200 kicks in succession, but it really doesn’t feel like you’re doing that many as you do it because there is a nice variety (roundhouses, front kicks, back kicks, side kicks, jump kicks). The jump kicks are probably my favorite and I recall them being one of my favorites in the karate classes I used to take.

I woke up sore in my back. They say something in the first workout to the effect of “Pain is change”. It made me wish I’d stretched my back a little more (the stretches at the end of the DVD are minimal) but it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t know until I got to this DVD that the program required weights. I thought there would be some kind of modification, but there wasn’t. Fortunately I found some 5 lb weights and was able to continue the workout. I am glad I didn’t try to do it with anything larger because there are quite a few repetitions and a lot of lifting the weights up over the head. While I may need to get bigger ones later, it was a good weight to start off with.

Day 3: Combat 30
I was surprised that I didn’t really feel sore today despite doing the weight workout the day before. Today was another round of the same workout from Day 1, so this time I said “yes” to amping up the music. I’m glad I hadn’t done it the first day as you can barely hear the instructors, but without selecting it, you can’t really hear the music. I was surprised to hear Panic at the Disco as one of the songs because I hadn’t been able to hear the words the first day. I feel like being able to hear the music helps me put more energy into the workout and between that and having a better idea what I was doing, I think I got a better workout than the first day and for sure I was more red and more sweaty afterward. I was tired, but not exhausted, so I felt like I had made the right choice for the program track, but the next day would be twice as long so I wasn’t sure how I would fare with that.

Day 4: Combat 60
I ended up needing three glasses of water during this workout, but I was able to stick it out all the way through. I enjoyed this workout, except the end where they ask you to get on your knees for pushups. I was so sweaty I started sliding and had to put down a towel (which wasn’t much better but helped a bit) and then kept it down to lay on for the crunches. I was really glad finishing today that I chose this track where I would have this workout instead of a rest day.

Day 5: Plyo HIIT

Having done Insanity, I didn’t expect to have much trouble keeping up with 30 minutes of Plyo. I was wrong. I did 60 minutes of cardio with little issue, but I was struggling to keep up 10 minutes in to this workout. Part of this I’m sure was due to having done cardio so long the day before and not having timed my eating to my workout. I had only had a small breakfast a few hours before I worked out. Usually I try to space it better. Fortunately there is a girl who provides modifications. I didn’t use her modifiers for everything, but I did for a few things, and in that way I was able to complete the full workout.

Day 6: Combat 60
The second day of Combat 60 was not bad compared to the first one. I think it’s actually my favorite of the workouts so far.

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