I’ve been asked how I got into BODYCOMBAT quite a few times so here goes;
I’ve always been into the gym for as long as I can remember. Thinking back it all started when I was 10 and saw the movie “The Karate Kid”. I was a skinny kid and related to the lead character. So I bowled on down to my local gym and started Tae Kwon Do. That was where my passion for martial arts began, I would continue on to achieve a black belt in both Tae Kwon Do and Karate.
At the same to time get to my TKD class each day I’d walk through the weights area of the gym. Curiosity got the better of me in my early teens and before long I was lifting weights at the same time. Eventually my passion for weight training won over and in my early 20s I dropped the martial arts all together and became a “bodybuilder”. (Side note: That was ten years ago – the only weight training I do now is BODYPUMP. In fact outside a pump class I’ve not lifted a weight in close to three years! And, I’m delighted to say I’m the leanest, fittest and in the best shape of my life as a result.)
One thing has remained constant throughout my entire life however; I’ve always hated cardio. I’d happily get my butt to the gym but I’d find ANY excuse not to get on a bike or treadmill. One day a few years ago I noticed my local gym was advertising the new releases of their Les Mills programmes – and something called “BODYCOMBAT” caught my eye. I figured it could be interesting, and since it was the new release everyone would be equally in the dark as to what they were doing. So I gave it a go… and immediately fell in love with the programme. The music, the martial arts base, the intensity all hit home with me… I started attending every class I could and that must’ve caught the attention of a local instructor as before long she had me on stage shadowing her and training up to instruct.
My BODYCOMBAT journey has taken me from participant, to instructor, group fitness manager and now I’m an assessor for Les Mills. More recently I have made the move to Dubai and I continue to fly the BODYCOMBAT flag at various gyms throughout the city. If you’re in Dubai look me up!
I started this blog mostly as an outlet for various random BODYCOMBAT related thoughts that pop into my head, and it seems to be proving fairly popular; If you’re on facebook please feel free to add me, and of course if you have any queries or comments just fire away… enjoy!