When I heard Beachbody was going to release a Les Mills Combat workout DVD, I knew this was an exercise program that I would definitely be interested in and decided to do my own review. My best friend teaches the Body Combat classes and constantly tries to get me into them. I just cannot bring myself to exercise in public; however, I know how effective the classes have been for my friend. So I did a bit of research and found this Comparison Study of Les Mills vs Rushfit vs Tapout XT, but I wanted to find out a bit more info. Since I spent the time doing that research I wanted to share it with the MMA wannabe world! Enjoy!
Will the home workout program provide the same results as the classes? How does this workout program compare to other MMA style workouts, such as Tapout XT and RushFit? While there are other mixed martial arts programs available, these two are among the most popular.
Les Mills Combat Details
Dan Cohen, kickboxing champ, and Rach Newsham, fitness instructor, created an intense 60-day martial arts program designed to mimic the actual classes taught in gyms all around the world. The workouts are dynamic sequences of the most popular martial arts disciplines, including:
- Karate/Kung Fu
- Jiu Jitsu
- Muay Thai/Kickboxing
- Tai Kwon Do
The concept behind this workout program is Fast Twitch Integration Training. Fast twitch muscle fibers use anaerobic metabolism as a source of fuel. They generate short bursts of speed and strength; however, they do fatigue more quickly. They fire quicker than slow twitch muscles producing more force at a fast pace, which is perfect for athletes.
The workout routines activate and boost your fast twitch muscle fibers resulting in explosive strength and maximum calorie/fat burning. The combination of powerful exercises can potentially burn up to 1,000 pounds. I love that!
The explosive moves escalate to gradually heat up those muscles. You will actually learn different mixed martial arts style moves. I think it would be fun learning some of these moves. I could show off in front of my son and husband who have taken Tai Kwon Do! Some of the moves you will be learning include:
There are three kits that are categorized by fitness level. The Combat Warrior kit contains its own calendar for beginners. The Supreme Warrior kit contains a calendar for intermediate to advanced fitness levels. It contains everything in the Combat Warrior kit plus the training gloves. The Ultimate Warrior kit contains its own calendar integrating 4 additional workouts included in this package plus everything in the Supreme package.
The nutrition plan, “Eat Right for the Fight”, is simple to follow. It focuses on seven food types that have been proven to increase your metabolism resulting in higher calorie and fat burn. The diet plan also has an accelerated program, “Kick Start”, which is a 7 day plan.
Nice Video of Combat Live in the UK
Comparing MMA Workouts
Here are the basics at a glance:
|Features||Les Mills Combat||Tapout XT||RushFit|
|Instructor||Dan Cohen and Rachael Newsham||Mike Karpenko||Georges St. Pierre|
|Fitness Approach||Fast Twitch Integration Training||RIPP (Rapid-Fire, Interval, Precision, and Power)||High Intensity Circuit Training|
|Workout Duration||60 Days||90 Days||8 Weeks|
|# of Routines||7||12||7|
|Workout Gear||Dumbbells||Resistance/Training Bands||Dumbbells|
|Price||$59.85 (+s/h)||$119.85 (+s/h)||$89.97 (free s/h)|
|Money Back Guarantee||60 Days||90 Days||60 Days|
While they are all mixed martial arts based workouts, they all have their own different fitness approach. Prices may vary depending on the different kits available. Prices in the chart indicate the least expensive kit available.
Comparing Combat to Tapout XT
While all of the programs listed in the chart are mixed martial arts themed, Combat and Tapout XT contain more moves from the different disciplines. However, these moves are fitness based rather than technical based. If learning martial arts is your goal, then you will need to take an actual training class.
I would say that Les Mills Combat is strictly based on MMA more than Tapout XT. This is because Tapout XT does provide a number of different forms of exercise, such as Yoga, Plyometrics, and Cardio. While Tapout XT does provide five more workouts than Combat, it does take longer to complete the full program.
Comparing Combat to RushFit
Combat and RushFit are similar when it comes to the basics, such as the number of workouts, duration time, and equipment used. They differ in their specific approach to fitness. RushFit consists of more fitness moves than martial arts positions, while Combat focuses on the different martial art styles. The explosive moves in RushFit build strength and endurance, preparing fighters for the MMA rounds.
While all of these MMA style exercise programs each have their own fitness method, they all produce the same end result. The exercises chosen for all of these programs are designed to achieve the following benefits:
- cardio conditioning
- core stability
These benefits will not only improve sports performance, but will also significantly improve overall health.
Les Mills Combat vs. Body Combat Classes
So, which is more effective? I would have to say it depends on who you are and how motivated you are. Personally, a gym membership would not be beneficial to me because even if I did join I would not likely get a good workout. This is because my focus would likely be on who is watching me rather than whether I have proper form, which is one of the most important aspects of any workout.
My friend would argue that the classes are more effective because they provide variety, which can prevent boredom. This is true. If you tend to become bored easily, then the classes will definitely keep you motivated. I guess you have to weigh boredom against comfort. I simply would never be comfortable in the classes.
If you have always wanted to take a Body Combat class but never had the courage to make that commitment, then this home workout is worth trying. You will learn the same types of exercises that are taught in the classes. You could try the home workout program before you pay a membership fee to see if you will like the classes. Either way, I really believe the Les Mills Combat program is definitely worth the price.
I like that it includes actual mixed martial arts movements. Although I will not learn enough to earn a belt, I might learn enough to impress my hubby! Give it a try. Once you become familiar with the different types of moves, you might gain the courage to sign up for the classes. Have fun on your weight loss journey to optimal health!