Les Mills Combat Review

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My Review

Well my copy of Les Mills Combat came in the mail today! Watch the video below to see what it comes with. Be sure to follow along with the  Les Mills Combat Workout Calendars as well to get the best workout.

Words of Wisdom from Dan

  • Who is Dan? Dan Cohen is one of the trainers. Here are some great points he makes during the workouts.
  1. At the end of Combat 30; Tomorrow you might feel.. SORE. You know what that is??? CHANGE. That is so true we are pushing and changing our bodies and that is a good thing.
  2. During HIT POWER; You bought this workout to work hard. You knew it would be a challenge so now do the work. Again anything good in life is not easy. You have to work hard. You bought the workout so make the most of it!

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First things first – Watch the BASIC Training

  • I was hesitant to watch the basic training DVD, but I was glad I did. Just like with Asylum 2 I was glad I watched the training DVD as well. They show you all the moves you will be doing and all the little tips & tricks so you do the moves right and don’t hurt yourself.

OK watch the video then look below for more…

I wasn’t sure I would have time to get a workout in, but since it was staring me right in the face I decided to do the Combat 30 workout which was also 30 minutes which I really like.

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Combat 30 “First done 12/12/2012″

Length : 30 Minutes

  • Let me just say I may just have a new favorite workout. You have read my insanity workout review at http://fitdadchris.com/insanity-workout-review/ and that is one of my favorites, but lets see how Les Mills Combat shapes up over the next few months.
  • Combat 30 was fun and fast paced. I decided to play with the music on. It was good because it really got you pumped up, but it was hard to here Dan and Rachael, so for the first time you might want to not play the music to follow along better. I really had no issues following along. Couple hiccups to get back in the groove, but it was all good.
  • I don’t think there was an actual water break during the whole thing lol. I was punching and kicking and more importantly dripping sweat. I know I am going to be so sore tomorrow since I can feel it already in my legs. If you do not throw kicks on a regular basis you are going to be sore.
  • About being SORE – I love what they say at the end of the workout. Basically they are like tomorrow you might be hurting etc…. but you know what that is??? CHANGE!!

I like the fact that they acknowledge that. This workout is not some quick fix to lose weight and never do anything again. It is a catalyst to get you moving and in shape so you can stay in shape and CHANGE your life.

HIT POWER “First Done 12/13/2012″

Length : 32 Minutes

  • Just when I thought I was in shape!! Talk about burn… my legs were burning good today. The HIT Power workout was awesome. It was 32 minutes long which I love and I was dripping sweat like it was my job. They hit you from all angles and I really liked the press moves with this. You will need dumbbells for this. Well you can do it without, but I say get some dumbbells.
  • I love how they talk about Hi Intensity Interval Training is where it is at. You workout out hard and fast and it pays off throughout the day by burning calories continuously. I love that because like most people time is scarce these days so to get in and get a workout like that in 30 minutes is priceless to me!
  • This is only the second day of me doing the workouts, but if the rest deliver like this I am going to be a Les Mills Combat devotee!

les-mills-combat-reviewsCombat 45 “First Done 12/14/2012″

Length : 45 Minutes

  • Well as the name stats Combat 45 is a 45 minute workout unlike the first 2 which were only about 32 minutes. Now this was an intense workout and by the end my shoulders were burning! It was a lot of fun and I will be honest it took a few times to get some of the combinations down.
  • The great thing is that with every move they start off slow and show you what to do then they speed it up and you go full bore. There was a good mix up of punches, kicks, and knees i this workout. I was dripping with sweat through about 70% of Combat 45.
  • These workouts are turning out to be really really fun and awesome.

How I am feeling after 3 days of Les Mills Combat?

  • So I started the workout in the middle of the week and finished up day 3 with Combat 45. If you read the site you will know I was about 2 1/2 weeks into Insanity Asylum 2, so I have been feeling pretty good. Well after 3 days of Les Mills my legs are super sore and I can feel my whole core working. Having the few weeks of Asylum under my belt definitely had me ready a bit more for this workout, but again I am still sore even though I was in somewhat shape.
  • Core Work – I can see that this workout is a real core builder. With all the kicks, punches, and twists you are constantly working the core and ripping up those abs. I can feel it big time!

I will start up again this Monday December 17 so stayed tuned for more. I will prob start up from the beginning again I am not sure. Maybe I will just stay in the order I have been going. Stayed tuned to find out ;-)

HIT: PLYO “First Done 12/17/2012″

Length : 30 Minutes

  • Burn baby burn… that is how my legs felt today. If you have read above you will know I started this workout mid week so I decided instead of starting at Combat 30 again I would keep going. Monday is always a tough workout day for me so it was no wonder my legs were on fire! After about 5 minutes I was getting looser and the burn was going away.
  • HIT Plyo is really really fun, you are constantly moving and Rachel is switching up the cycles of moves your are doing as you go so it does not get boring. Get ready for a good amount of jumping, squatting, and lunging. You will also being doing a decent amount of, push up/plank type work as well. So CHELSEA down in the comment area this is one that may work on your wrists a bit.
  • Overall I had a great workout and really felt my core working again. I am really loving the core strength aspect of this workout.
  • Oh yeah you will be doing Burpees in this workout as well ;-)

COMBAT 60 “First Done 12/27/2012″

  • Well I finally was able to get in the Combat 60 workout! After coming off Christmas and a lot of eating, I was not sure what workout to do yesterday. As I put in Combat 30 I said screw it lets just give Combat 60 a shot! I was glad I did, but sore today!
  • Combat 60 is actually about 55 minutes long and you really push yourself in this one. I have to say that for some reason I was having more trouble then usually getting the combinations of moves down this round. Not sure if I was just out of it since I have not worked out since last week or they were just a bit more tricky. Either way I pushed through and made it happen.
  • There is a lot of combinations of kicks and punches in Combat 60 and it was a lot of fun. As I have said before my flexibility really sucks. I feel like I can barely get my side kicks and round houses up. I think I am going to look into some stretching programs or even yoga “which I don’t really like” to see if I can loosen up a bit. I am sure after doing Les Mills Combat for a few more weeks I will loosen up, but as of now I still feel pretty tight and restricted with my kicks.
  • At the end they put you through some push up moves and you get some ab work in so overall this was a great workout and my shirt was soaked. Great way to burn off those Christmas calories ;-)

Stayed tuned for more about each workout as I do them.

Different Les Mills Combat Packages

I have been getting a lot of questions about the different packages and was only linking to the basic one. Here are the links to the Supreme & Ultimate Combat Packages.

  • LES MILLS COMBAT with Bonus Workout CLICK HERE <<Does not come with Gloves…
  • LES MILLS COMBAT Supreme Warrior Package CLICK HERE <<Comes with the Gloves…
  • LES MILLS COMBAT Ultimate Warrior Package CLICK HERE <<Comes with the Gloves…

Les Mills Combat Calendars

OK I scanned in the workout calendars for you. I know I like to have them printed out so I can write on them etc… There are 3 different Les Mills Combat workout schedules. The Warrior, the Supreme Warrior, and the Ultimate Warrior Hybrid workout. It looks like the big differences are in the Warrior you get 2 rest days a week and only 1 rest day in the others. Also it looks like the Supreme Warrior has a few more Combat 60 workouts then Combat 30 and in the Ultimate there are more Combat 60 then 30 in the Supreme. Either one is going to get you going! Click on the link below to get the Les Mills Combat Calendar.

 

Here is a pretty cool video of the Les Mills Combat Workout in action. If this does not get you pumped up I don’t know what will.

 

Oh man I am pumped!!

That just gave me the chills! Those accents are going to keep me going lol. It actually looks really intense. Good thing I have been doing asylum 2 which I can feel myself being faster and stronger already. This is going to be great!

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 Update 1/16/2013

Just wanted to drop an update on this workout. Hind sight I wish I bought the warrior package for the more workouts which I may still. My flexibility is really starting to improve and my kicks are feel much better. One other thing I have been noticing is that as I become more comfortable with the moves I am really able to get a better workout because I almost start throwing punches and kicks like a real fighter. I really start to get into it. Still loving this workout. If you feel a bit clumsy at first with some of the moves, just stick with it and you will be a pro in no time!

 

75 thoughts on “Les Mills Combat Review

  • I’ve had a hard time losing the pounds even after buying a personal trainer but nothing would come off. So I teamed Les Mills Ultimate Warrior up with Abidexin and healthy living and I am reaching my goals and I feel better. But is there an advanced schedule from Ultimate Warrior for people who want to continue past 60 days? Or do I just repeat certain weeks? I don’t want to get a new workout because I’m happy with Ultimate Warrior.

    • Well it all depends… take a week off ;-) Start it up again… try a new workout..
      I love all the Beachbody workouts and rotate through many of them. Right now I am doing T25 which is awesome, but I am also running and training for some Triathlons.

  • Hey, Chris! What’s up, yo? I just ordered my Insanity Workout kit and am still waiting for it to arrive. But, I’m not really sure if I should start yet. ‘Cause I read that you should be working out before Insanity, and that it is just like an upgrade to your workout (a ridiculously challenging upgrade at that!:))! And I haven’t been working out at all for nearly a year! Before that, I used to do high-intensity rope-jumps only! But, those I used to do straight up 3,000 skips in one go, with just a minute’s break at every 200 mark! So, my question is, is it advisable for me to start my rope-jumps for a couple of weeks before starting Insanity, or can I just go ahead with the Insanity regime?
    Eagerly awaiting your reply!
    -King.
    P.S.:- And just, F.Y.I., I have a not-too-shabby stamina (considering the 3,000 skips and all!:))! So, if that is relevant in any way to make a decision on my regime, do let me know, will you, Chris? Loads of Thanks, mate!

    • King good stuff!! Honestly I would say just get going with it! You are going to work hard and get sore either way lol. If you want take a week and do your jump roping to get a bit back into the groove. Either way the first 2 weeks will be tough, but you will do great. Keep us posted!

  • Hey I finished My Insanity and I will be finishing Asylum Volume 1 in a week..
    I am planning to get LES MILLS COMBAT ultimate warriors kit..
    Does it give the same HIGH feeling that we get from ShaunT workouts?
    ..
    I just wanna get myself Adrenalline Rush continue getting shredded… Does this workout does the work as said????

    • Congrats on doing Asylum. I did Asylum 2 for 3 weeks then switched to the Combat workout. You will get a great sweat and adrenaline rush for sure. Even when I thought I was in great shape from Asylum combat still had me sore.
      Gotta switch things up for sure. Let me know what you think when you get Combat. You will love it I think!

  • I started Les Mills this week. I love it so far. But my upper back shoulder area is quite sore – glad to read in your blog that the soreness is normal and that it’s a sign of change. I was worried that I might be doing the punches and twists to hard. Because of the stiffness/soreness I’m experiencing I’ve been debating on doing day two’s workout today or take break. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    • Hey Holly good work. Yeah you do not realize how tough it is to keep your arms up and throw those punches. Those muscles are like what!!!! lol

      The good thing is after a week or two you are going to really feel so much stronger throwing those punches. Did you watch training vid? They really show you how to throw them and not over extend and get hurt.

      Keep me posted!

      • Yes, I watched the training videos after I attempted combat 30. Then I watched the training video and learned the moves better and re-did combat 30 yesterday. I’m looking forward to the benefits of this workout over the next 60 days. Yeah, my muscles are definitely like – woah, what just happened.. lol

        • Haha good to hear. Yeah it is a great workout. I miss it. I am doing a P90X/Insanity Hybrid, but I think in a few weeks I am going to toss in a few combat workouts. They really work a lot of muscles you never target! Keep up the good work!

  • Hi, Im just about done with GSP rushfit, I have a week left. A couple weeks ago I added spartacus workouts into the mix…. I ordered the LM Combat Warrior because I dont think I could make it thru another round of rushfit…the workouts are great but its the same warm up and cool down everyday and its too monotonus….My question is, if I do the basic combat program is it safe for me to add in the spartacus workout a couple days a week…

    • Hey Maureen how are you? I always wanted to check out Rush Fit. How did it work for you? I have heard great things about it. I think if you did rush fit and Spartacus, then doing the basic combat moves and tossing in Spartacus will be fine. All you can do is give it a shot and see how it goes. Congrats on getting through all that. Let me know how you like Les Mills Combat

  • Hi Chris,

    I’m coming off my second round of Insanity and I’m trying to figure out which Beachbody workout to do next. I’ve done p90x, but I LOVE the fast pace of Insanity and all the cardio (which p90x was lacking for me). I’m considering doing Asylum (first one) with my fiance, but a little hesitant and nervous. Then I stumbled upon Les Mills Combat. Would love to hear your opinion on both and your suggestions on which one to do next. I want a good mix of cardio but a little bit more weight training. I have a few more pounds to lose to reach my goal, but now I really want to focus on toning up as I’m getting married in 14 months. Thanks!

    • Hey Christina I know exactly what you are saying! I was the same way since i Had done insanity first then P90x a few years ago. Right now I am doing a P90x/Insanity hybrid since I wanted the weights with P90X. I think Les Mills Combat is the perfect blend to be honest. Just get the Ultimate package since it has a few more workouts. It is fast paced and you get a bit more resistance training in there. So… my suggestion is rock out with the Les Mills! I think you will do great and congrats on getting married! I love beachbody products and shakeology and that is why I am a Beachbody coach. My wife and I do it together so if you and the soon to be hubby want to stay in shape and make some loot check out http://fitdadchris.com/become-a-beachbody-coach/ or hit me up!! Let me know what you go with either way.

    • I would say this… you will get a good workout either way. I had done insanity then did the HIIT and it whooped me so…. They are all intense as you make them. You can push hard or you can just get through it or you can take breaks. I would prob give the edge to insanity since you are non stop, but overall either is going to get you in great shape!

  • I really like your reviews on beachbody workouts. Hubby and I have been doing beachbody workouts for last couple of years. We have done P90X, Insanity(fav) and Asylum..and hubby has done Rev Abs,Body Beast. Now we both are doing the lesmills Combat, and I thought i loved insanity. I have HIIT Power tomorrow, and think i’m a little addicted to that one, love the press moves. I will check back on more of your reviews/blogs and let you know how we are doing, we are now on the second week.

  • Hi Chris. Great review. I was just wondering what the differences were between the Combat 60/Combat 60 LIVE CDs and the Combat 30/Combat 30 LIVE CDs? Thanks!

    • Hello again… I have not done the LIVE workouts, but I did watch the one. It is pretty much the workout with a live audience. Def a bit more energy cause its live and you can see people getting into it more. I am going to give it a shot one of these days and see if the workouts are much different.

    • Heyla Chris!

      I heard you may be working on a Hybrid of Combat and Insanity. I have the advanced disks and am just about done with the Ultimate Warrior schedule for Combat and am looking for the next challenge. Is that still in the works or do you have an idea of who may have one?

      • Hey Kelli, I never got around to putting one together. Now that I think about it for a hybrid I might try a P90X/Insanity Hybrid like I did here http://www.thefitdads.com/insanity-p90x-hybrid/
        My feeling is that getting some nice weights in there is a good thing. There are def some weight usage in Combat, but not as much as in P90X or Body Beast, or even les mills pump. I still want to try out les mills pump, but right now I am doing T25 for the summer.

  • Thanks for the review Chris. Have a couple questions. I’m trying to figure out if I should order the Ultimate or base. Are the extra workouts worth it? Are the gloves worth it?

    As far as the calendar goes, how long are the workouts if you do the Ultimate? I was going to choose the basic package because nothing is more than an hour long. But I’ve heard that the Ultimate package has you doing 2 workouts in a single day. I guess my question is, if you do the ultimate, how long is the longest workout. Not that I can’t handle it, just don’t have the time in my day. I’ve heard this isn’t as bad as Insanity, which I completed back in November. Want to get a similar workout and that’s why I was thinking of going all the way with the ultimate package. I play ice hockey 3 days a week, year round, so doing 1.5 hour workouts a day is a bit rough with 50 hours of work a week. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Yo Brandon thanks for the question. These workouts will def get your legs stronger for Hockey. To be honest if you are that active the basic will prob be just fine. I really do not know the lengths of the ultimate workouts, but I would bet they all the double workouts have to push the 1 hour mark. That is part of what I love is these workouts are fast and get you dripping!! I will prob buy the other workouts down the road for some variation, but right now I am still struggling with the basic workouts and that is fine for me. As for the gloves I actually had weight gloves from when I tried the tap out workout so those are working fine. I would def recommend getting the gloves. You can always take them off and you don’t want to be working out with tomato soup cans for weight ;-)

    • Just wanted to let you know that the gloves are not weighted at all and you don’t do two workouts every day with the Ultimate. The days that you do two workouts are usually a 30 min and a 20 or 30 min combined. The 2nd workout is from the warrior DVDs: inner warrior stretch and strength and core attack. Both are about 20 to 30 minutes and usually combined with HIIT Power or HIIT Shock plyo or combat 30. Hope this helps.

  • I was wondering about the different schedules. I get that one has 2 rest days, but would fitness level be taken into account in determining which to do? I’m trying to find info on this but haven’t had much luck. I’m in my final week of Insanity and am trying to plan what’s next.

    Thanks in advance.
    Meg

    • Hey congrats on getting to the end of Insanity! How are you feeling?

      As far as the different workout schedules I think if you got through insanity you will do just fine. It won’t be easy, but you will be able to handle it.

      Basically the Supreme gives one rest day and you are jumping into the Combat 60 workouts the first week instead of waiting a few weeks. The Ultimate schedule has you doubling up on some days and has a workouts that are not included in the basic Combat package.

      Coming from Insanity I will tell you I am loving this workout! I am about to jump into Combat:45 in the next hour!

      Hey do yourself a favor… take a few days off after you finish Insanity. You deserve it ;-)

      • Thanks for the info! I feel great! I almost can’t believe I got through it! I was planning on taking a recovery week before getting into anything else. I absolutely deserve it!

      • Hahaha! I was doing HIIT Power last night and I was on my hands and needs dying from exertion and the thought that I had was that this was HARDER than Insanity (at least this particular workout KILLS me). The number of cleans and squats are just crazy.

        • Kevin no doubt. I did POwer yesterday as well. Legs burning!!! Still taking breaks and yea the last part with all those climbers and spider things is killer, but I can feel it in my abs today.

  • Great Review. I have a couple of questions based on your experience with LM Combat and P90X.

    I really like the P90X2 workouts but wanted to incorporate a couple of Combat workouts a week to have more cardio and to lose some weight. I am thinking of three P90X2 workouts a week, 2 LM combat and a yoga class. Do you think programs like this can be mixed and will I get a good result. My goal is to lose weight, improve muscle definition and stay in shape over the winter to set up a good summer of bike racing a likely a triathlon or two.

    • Hey Mike. I have not yet opened my P90X2 dvd’s yet ;-), but I think you are onto something there. When I did a P90X/Insanity Hybrid I used Insanity 2 days a week so I would do the same with Combat. I would prob rotate between the Combat 30, 45, and 60 since those are the most cardio intensive.

      I am thinking of doing some small Triathlons this year as well, so I am still figuring out what I want to do for training as well. I did a Super Spartan over the summer and the majority of my training was Insanity workouts and running.

      Keep me posted!

  • Hi! Really appreciate your review of Combat. I’ve been trying to decide between Combat and Pump…..to be honest, I’d really like to do both at the same time – do they give you a hybrid schedule for that? I do often do two workouts a day, so I don’t think it will be a problem to come up with something on my own.

    Also, I recently finished Insanity and while I got through it, I never loved it (I’m fit, but it totally did a number on my right knee) – regardless, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, but I was wondering about the jumping in the Combat program…..is there a lot?

    Thanks!

    • Wow Melanie you sound like a real animal! ;-)
      I have never done Pump, but heard it was great. It actually seems like that would be a good hyrbid if you are doing 2 workouts a day, but I have not seen an “official’ hybrid schedule, but I will take a peak tomorrow for you. Congrats on finishing Insanity. I know it can take its’ toll sometimes. As for jumping in combat there is def some jumping with some of the kicks, but not as much as insanity. Combat is a bit more…..I guess exact with the moves. Since you are following along and trying to time punches, kicks, etc with the group where as in Insanity I know I was always just busted out the exercise till I got to the next one. I guess the word is more controlled.

      The more I think about what you said it might just be a great fit with pump. Let me know what you end up doing. Would love to hear more about pump if you do it.

  • Thanks for your reviews! I’m about 2 days behind you (started on Monday) and am LOVING it so far. I did combat 45 yesterday and my shoulders/back/legs are all feeling it today. I spent the last year doing TurboFire & LMP (which I love) and wanted to switch things up a bit.

    Have you done Combat 60 yet? It’s on my schedule for today but will be doing it tomorrow since I have to take a rest day today. I’m eager to see your review on 60!

    BTW, got some serious rug burn on my elbows from those hovers in Power HIT 1. ouch!

    • Awesome! Yeah I am still a bit sore. I had to take today off. Home with sick kids and wife ;-) Hope I am not next!! I will be most likely do Combat 45 tomorrow, but maybe Ill go for the 60 since I know next week is going to be all over the place with Christmas.

      Yeah I have a workout mat and it is worth its’ weight in gold!! Def helps on those hovers. Those are such great moves what a core strengthener!!

      Keep me in the loop of how your progress goes!

      • I’m going to try 60 today, upper back still feeling it but feels great. I will be out of town all weekend and busy next week so I need to hit it hard today. Next week is going to suck for working out. :(

        • Amber I am in the same boat!! Crazy day today, but my goal is combat 45 then yeah who knows what next week holds lol. May not get another one in till Wednesday, but it is all good. A few good days off…. trying not to eat and drink too much, but hey that’s what the holidays are for right ;-) Gearing up for those new years resolutions! Def need to sweat today!! Let me know about combat 60, there is now way I am getting to that until at least the end of next week.

        • Just finished it and it was insane but AWESOME. The first 10 minutes was easy I had a hard time getting my HR over 150 but the rest of it I was hovering at 170. there’s a kicking round that nearly killed me in the middle, my legs (and butt) are definitely going to feel it tomorrow. Loved it, feel like a bad ass which is something you don’t feel in turbofire.

          Enjoy your holidays, I’m going to try and get in combat 30 after my kids open their gifts on christmas morning and are busy playing with them and then Wednesday will get a workout in. Busy with work the rest of the week though and will be a struggle to get it in. Oh well, tis the season!

        • Nice work! I just busted out combat 45. Man I am so not flexible lol. Gonna take the DVD’s home with me.. “i do them in my office ;-)” see what happens!

          Hey your photography site is awesome. Those pictures are amazing!! Great work.

          Have a great one! Talk soon.

        • No way, you do them at work?! That’s funny but way to get it done!! Can’t wait to see your review of 60. Going to try HIT Plyo next week.

        • Yeah it is the only time. lol. 2 kids under 3 at home… gotta find a way ya know ;-) Ugh hurting today, but I am going to give Combat 30 a try.

  • hey chris i know insanity+ vol 1 and vol2 and combat is both cardio orientet but which one is the thougher 1 who takes the prize of being the most hardcore cardio workout

    • When you say insanity vol1 and 2 are you talking about the “Insanity Workout” plus Insanity Asylum 1 & 2? I would have to say that for the cardio the Insanity Workout would win for pure cardio… heck there is even a workout called pure cardio ;-) I have a pretty in depth review of Insanity over here http://fitdadchris.com/insanity-workout-review/ I have not done asylum 1, but I did asylum 2 and there is some great cardio in there for sure, but you are also doing a lot of strength type moves as well. Hope that helps!

    • Hey Morgan. You can read more about Insanity here http://fitdadchris.com/insanity-workout-review/ I am barely a week into Les Mills Combat, but this is way more cardio then P90X so far. I can 100% say Insanity is going to get your results since I have done it. Les Mills is awesome so far so and I really think either one is going to get you the cardio need and both have more then P90X. P90X is awesome. I will usually do P90X for a few weeks with 2 days of Insanity thrown in there. I went full 30 days on P90X, but never went the full 90. It is a great workout for sure. I will tell you this though. I sweat more in the 9 minute warmup of Insanity then I ever did during P90X lol. So that tells you the cardio you are going to get from Insanity is well… INSANE ;-). Let me know which route you choose. I love to hear feedback.

  • Chris,

    Thanks for your review!! I got my copy of combat in the mail last week. I am excited and nervous to start it later tonight once the kids go to sleep. A few months back, I borrowed Insanity from a friend and loved it! I didn’t finish it, but I made it to day 53 before sickness and life got in the way. I lost about 20 lbs in the 53 days of insanity, and have since put most of it back on. I have always enjoyed martial arts and MMA type workouts. My question to you, before I start it… I am a bigger guy 6’2 255lbs. Do you think I will have any problems with it?

    Jerry

    • Nice man!! 53 huh… yeah I know how it is. I have had hiccups and sometimes it is just hard to get back into it! Getting to day 53 is an achievement in itself so congrats on that. I am 6′”3 and about 225 and I think you will do fine with it. The one thing I am having issues with is my flexibility. I always thought I was flexible, but man it is hard for me to get my legs up for some of the kicks. I know that will come with time, but I was surprised at how tight I was. Can’t wait till I am doing Van Damme style splits. ha!! I started it in the middle of last week, so really today I should follow the schedule and do Combat 30, but I want to start where i left off so today I am doing HIT:PLYO. Going to bust it out in about15 minutes so check back in a few hours for an update on that workout. Mondays are tough man!!! DIG DEEP…. as Shaun T would say ;-) Keep me posted man. Six packs by the summer… CMON!!!

      • I just finished the basics dvd and combat 30. That was a lot of fun and one heck of a workout! I like it a lot. I know what you mean about being tight and the flexibility issues. I wish I hadn’t cleared my HR monitor, as I forgot to write down my actual calories burned. Looking forward to HIT power tomorrow.
        Keep up the good work, and to keep in the theme of the program… Keep Fighting!

        • I need a good monitor too, mine works great half most of the time. Today, I didn’t clear it, however it didn’t register my HR correctly for the majority of the workout, Ill try again tomorrow. So I completed Hit Power 1 today. Lots of squats and what not today. That is my issue. I have never been good at squats, even body weight squats. It felt really awkward doing the squats and presses today. I know I am suppose to drive my heals into the floor, and even Dan said that you should be able to wiggle your toes in your socks if your doing it right. Any suggestions to help improve squat/squat press form?

        • Yeah squats are tough. I think the biggest thing is flexibility and time. Give it a few weeks and you will get looser for sure. I know even with insanity the first few workouts I thought I would never be able to feel comfortable, but it is amazing what a few weeks of doing those moves will do for you. Also make sure your legs are not too wide or too narrow. I like to go a bit wider then shoulder with and point my toes slightly out. Everyone is different so experiment and see what feels right or better for you. Oh one more thing? What kind of shoes are you wearing. If it has a thicker heal it could cause issues with squats. Try a flat sneaker if you can. To test do a few barefoot and see if it makes a difference. If it does it might be time for a flatter sneaker.

        • Thanks for the advice Chris I will try that. Just an FYI, I did the Combat 45 power kata workout yesterday and my HR monitor registered 649 calories burned! Looking forward to see what I burn tonight with combat 60!!

  • Hello Chris, thanks for the detailed info. You’ve helped answer a lot of questions I had so far. I ordered this but haven’t received it yet. I was wondering what kind of impact this workout has on your wrists? I’ve been doing Insanity for a while now but want a change simply because the pushups and other level drills are too much for the carpal tunnel in wrists. Also, you mentioned you may want to use dumbbells. Is there a recommended weight? I’m small. Only 5ft and 105lbs. Thanks for any info you can give.
    Hope you keep having fun with the workout & Merry Christmas!

    • Yo Chelsea how are you, no problem glad I could help! There are def some moves where you are doing pushups, plank work etc…, but not as much as in Insanity from what I can see so far. Have you ever tried using push up bars? You know like the perfect pushup type thing? They might be a bit harder at first, but they keep your wrists inline instead of all tweaked. I used to have issues, but when I got stronger they went away. Some people just have tweaky wrists, so the push up bars might work for you. You can even use a dumbbell as well, just make sure they won’t roll. Know what I mean?

      As for using a dumbbell during the workouts, I was only using 20lb and I am 6’3″ 225lbs lol… I will prob go up, but I like to start low and get the form right the first few times. Do what you can 5-10lb would prob be perfect. Let me know how you do when you get it.
      Merry Christmas to you as well.

  • Thanks for the reviews Chris. It gives me something to look forward to since I should receive my Combat order some time this week…very excited about that! I just completed my first round of Rushfit last night, which is an outstanding workout program in my opinion. I’ve done Insanity, P90X and part of Asylum 1, all of which are great as well. It’s just that Rushfit is my favorite since I gravitate mainly toward MMA/boxing type workouts, so when Beachbody decided to launch Combat it really interested me. My question is will I need shoes if I do the workouts on carpet? That’s one of the things I loved about Rushfit, no shoes required as long as the surface is suitable. Also, thanks for giving us access to the workout schedules!

    • Wow you must be in great shape!! I have wanted to try rush fit but have not. I have tapout xt a shot. It was tough but a bit sloppy and tweaky on my knees. Combat has been great so far. As far as sneakers hmm… They are working out on rubber mats so I guess it’s really up to you. If you are used to it I’m sure you will be fine. I’d prob be twice as sore if I went barefoot! Let me know what you think when you get it.

      • Well being in great shape came when I finally decided that my eating needs to match the way I’m working out. As great as these workouts are, they mean nothing if you don’t eat right. Shakeology has helped a lot, and I’ve been able to get my sister and her family started on it too. Her kids love it…it’s good to get the little ones eating healthy at a young age! Anyway I’ll be sure to let you know how doing Combat barefoot goes. Thanks!

        • Mike no doubt!! Right now it has been tough with all the access to snacks everywhere. People bringing in cookies, cake etc.. to work… wife baking cookies lol. aghhh… At least I am working out! Come January I really want to dial in the diet. I too have been using Shakeology for almost 9 months and it has really helped me maintain my weight while not eating the best and helping drop a quick 5 pounds when I really clean up my eating. Yeah I try to get my little guys eating pretty decent now so they actually enjoy broccoli ;-)

        • Hey Chris. Yeah we definitely need to keep working out this time of year with all the exposure to sweet stuff! I received Combat yesterday. Finished Day 1 a couple hours ago and loved it! I skimmed through the other DVD’s and can already tell that this is going to be a fun 60 or so days! I’m doing the basic schedule because I’ve decided to do “2-a-days” with Combat and Rushfit. So I’ll go by the Combat calendar, but just add what I think would be a suitable RF workout to the particular day. For example, since Combat 30 is cardio I added RF Strength and Endurance, one of RF’s weight training workouts, in addition. Some days I might have to do morning/evening depending on work or other commitments. Ideally I’m going for one right after the other (with about a 30 min break in between to recover) like I was able to do today. So that’s my challenge to myself lol! It’s definitely doable because both programs have workouts that are challenging yet fun and won’t ask too much of our time. Oh and I did Combat 30 barefoot and am pleased to say that it gave me no problems :)

        • Congrats. Dang man that is intense!! I pretty much have just about an hour a day to get in my workouts, but I like what you are doing there. Nice!
          Yeah it really is a fun workout and I am enjoying it for sure. Today is combat 45 and my legs are still sore from HIT PLYO lol. I can really feel the core working with this one!

    • Yea insanity is a beast of its own for sure!! As someone who has been doing insanity on and off for a few years this is a welcomed change. Short to the point workouts. Working all angles.
      I’m sweating… I’m sore… I’m hooked!!

      Def worth your time. Stay tuned for more info as I do more this week.

  • Hello. I’ve been thinking of purchasing this workout for the last couple of days but I have a couple of questions. I know that I’m not in the best shape but I’ve read that this is still great for people of all fitness levels. Is this true? How does the intensity of these workout compare to the other Beachbody workouts. I have started Power 90 and P90X multiple times and can do the majority of the workouts but have stopped because of lost motivation (which I know is on my part) but doing these workouts do you find yourself wanting to keep coming back the next day for more? Thanks in advance.

    • Hey that’s great you tried power 90 and p90x. Power 90 was the first beach body workout I ever bought. It was on VHS ;-)
      Those are great workouts but they can go a little long. These combat workouts are straight and to the point. Get in get out get your butt kicked lol.

      I can say I have sweat more in these first three workouts then any p90x workout. I can’t wait for Monday to start up again. Hope that helps!! Keep me posted.

    • Hey Janice it really is turning out to be a great workout. Stayed tuned for my review of the Combat 45 workout as I do it today. As for punching bags no you do not need that. They do use weighted gloves which if you have them use them if you don’t it is not a big deal. I forgot to mention they actually have one person in every workout doing modified moves as well so some do not where the gloves or do the moves in certain ways. The workout costs $59 which is a great price for all you get if you ask me. Let me know what you decide to do and if you have any more questions just ask.

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