Are we getting too serious?
Posted April 9, 2010on:
Recently there was a thread on a group fitness forum about BODYCOMBAT entitled “Are we getting too serious?” – I won’t link to the forum as it’s a private site and you’d not be able to read the thread without joining – however, the basic gist of it was that many instructors feel BODYCOMBAT is starting to take itself a little too seriously; almost turning into a hardcore MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) class instead of a fun group fitness class.
Here’s a paragraph from the thread:
Has Combat become some sort of religion? Am I going to Combat “Hell” because I enjoy teaching my Monday morning (predominantly mums) with humour and fun, rather than screaming at them from the start of track 2 (or worse, whistling the change of chorey like they’re dogs)? All I seem to be hearing at present is: “If you don’t have a martial arts background, you’re worthless as a Combat teacher” and if your class is not “hardcore”, then you’re not giving an authentic Combat class.
A lot of instructors weighed in on the discussion… and, almost all agreed. Another instructor commented; “I am so with you on this one!!!! 90+% of my participants are moms who want to work up a good sweat and take out their frustrations/stress on imaginary opponents. They couldn’t care less about martial arts , MMA, the difference between a snapping front kick and a pushing front kick, etc. They don’t plan out their Combat gear before coming to class. Body Combat is just a fun, safe, great workout for them. AND THAT IS FINE!!!!”
They have a point.
Let’s get one thing straight – I do believe it’s important to teach BODYCOMBAT with some level of authenticity. After all, proper tech equals safe technique and when your participants are copying your positioning it’s vital you role model correctly. However, our members don’t come to a BODYCOMBAT class to get a lesson in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they come to get a workout, blast out any stresses of the day and most importantly have FUN.
Yes “fun“. This was a facet of combat that was hammered home to us during the Advanced Instructor Module (AIM) – people come to a BC class for the enjoyment of it! Straight after the AIM I wrote a post and mentioned that my absolute favourite instructor in the world is Hernán López. His classes are fantastic! Yes they are high energy, and motivating, but they are also fricken hysterical. I mean, if he wasn’t a group fitness instructor the guy should be a comedian. Even if you’ve seen Hernan on the DVDs (where yes he is funny “Kung Fu Panda” anyone??) he’s even more hilarious in his own classes where he’s not quite so scripted. They are just so much fun.
And that’s what BODYCOMBAT should be right? C’mon guys let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is group fitness… we’re not training to fight in the UFC here!
Maybe we should just chillax a little? For myself personally the serious nature of BC has even been taken to a higher level as I tend to get slammed for posting tracklists here. But, I make a point of never posting the tracklists first – I always wait till they hit the net somewhere else. Case in point I’ve had the tracklist for BODYCOMBAT 44 for weeks but haven’t posted it as no one else has. But, by the same token I’ve never once been reprimanded for posting tracklists for any other programme (and I do post them at the same time)… just BODYCOMBAT.
I mean really guys let’s step back and put this in perspective, we’re not nuking foreign countries here – this is an aerobics class! It’s meant to be fun… it’s meant to be a laugh… should it be taken all so seriously?
Love to hear your thoughts….