Friday, September 16, 2011

Body Combat

This is something I've been wanting to do for 2 years now. I had a chance to do it 2 years ago, but Seth was a few months old and Matt still had a crazy schedule - it was just too much at the time. I've been kicking myself ever since. Body Combat is my absolute favorite class at the gym. It's a cardio class at the gym that focuses on Boxing, Muy Tai, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Karate, etc. The music is excellent and I love that this classes focuses on technique and form. I always come away drenched!

So I moved here and took the initiative to get trained. Matt has supported and encouraged me every step of the way (along with my good friend Becca who got me addicted to all this gym stuff in the first place). I got my primary group exercise certification and CPR cert last February. Then I went to my gym and talked to the group x director (who already knew I was interested). You can't get trained to teach combat unless you have a gym to sponsor you. So I kept my eyes out for Combat training to come somewhere near me. Combat (a Les Mills class) training is 3 nine hour days of working on combat: learning the prechoreographed release, working on form and cueing and teaching 2 tracks. It's exhausting and I'm so glad I did it! I did the training in August driving a little over an hour each way every morning and night to get there (listened to the combat music to learn my stuff during that car ride). Matt was deployed, but luckily I have fantastic friends who were ready to watch my kids for me. I passed the weekend. As you teach your assigned tracks, they assess you. Lot's of people get a "pass withheld" which means there is something specific you need to work on before you can start working on your video, but I PASSED!

So now I'm officially hired as a group x instrcutor. I'm set up to team teach with the instructors there. I team taught my first class this morning! (That means that I taught the 1st half of the hour long class and the regular instructor taught the back half.) I had a great time doing it, and I am exhausted!! Here's a pic of me trying to look tough after the class.

So now I'm just working out kinks and settling into being in front of the class instead of in the class. Can't wait to tape the video and get it behind me.

Here's a pic of the girls I trained with back in August.


Becky said...

Now I know why Matt is trying to work out everyday. You could kick his trash if he doesn't. I'm totally impressed! Way to go Jen!!

Stephanie said...

Go Jen!! Rawr!!

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