October 25, 2017 15:20
After watching my kids take part here a few times, they and the staff convinced me to take a class. It was a lot to take in and I was wiped out after the last round (alright, the third round) but I realized there and then that this was for me. It's interval training with strength training and stretching, at least on paper. In practice, what's so unique is the focus is on honing a series of basic techniques and then learning how to piece them together.
You are so focused on the nuances of the steps that make up the technique that you fail to realize just how much work you're doing. It's a workout with a difference...you don't even know you're working out until you're gasping for breath at the end of the 8th round, after which there are two rounds of strength training, 3 minutes each. It's incredible just how long 3 minutes can feel.
The staff are friendly and focused. Yes, it's on the expensive side, especially if you don't show up for class (it's a fixed price per month). The secret, then, is to SHOW UP FOR CLASS. Other than a business trip or being sick, I haven't missed any classes...can't say that happened with my gym 'schedule'.
I've lost quite a bit of weight (249lbs, dropped to 219lbs and counting), have gained a ton of energy, focus and even a gain in confidence, not so much because of a change in appearance, but knowing that I have taken on a new challenge that I never thought would be for me and am apparently not completely sucking. My diet has also changed radically, largely because I don't want to undo all of the hard work that I'm doing during class. The '90 day challenge' is held once a year and has a sharp focus on nutrition and is a great part of the program.
The staff are all very supportive and friendly. They're also incredibly skilled. I've seen Sensei demonstrate jabs, crosses, hooks, round kicks, front kicks and knees for 8 months now, and I still find something to learn about each of them during every class. It never gets old because you can always get faster, stronger and better with each technique. Just when you think you've got the hang of it, you realize that executing them as a combination is a whole different animal.
The students are very supportive, too. It's not uncommon to get a quick tip from a more experienced partner while you're on the bag.
Overall, it's a unique and powerful experience. In my case, it's been nothing short of life changing. Commit to it and you'll see. I gotta run, class starts in half an hour!