I espoused my love of BodyCombat yesterday, but my other favorite class is BodyStep! I love them equally for different reasons. Both are incredible workouts with great music, they just make me feel different things. Combat makes me feel empowered and strong, and Step makes me feel full of energy and really excited to move. After I finally start teaching Combat and feel comfortable with it I’d like to take the Step training. I took Combat instead this time since there was one coming up that was conveniently located, it’s a much more technique-based class so it’s a good hurdle to overcome for my first format, and because unfortunately Step just isn’t as popular right now. There aren’t many teaching slots available. I think people are nervous to try Step, and I know during my first class I was all over the place, but it does get easier once you get a feel for the moves. You just have to stick with it f0r a few classes.
I was so wrapped up in Combat last week during launches that I’m only now getting to try the new releases of other Les Mills formats. Here’s the track list for BodyStep 87!
This release is pretty fun. It’s tough, but not quite as hard as 86 was. I really like the warm-up tracks (1,2, and 3). “Moves like Jagger” is super fun. The first two cardio peaks are intense. There are some burpees/push-up mixed in, which normally I would appreciate but the ridges on the benches hurt my hands. I’m not a huge fan of either of those songs; they’re a little too emo for my taste. The first strength track (“Own This Club”) is fun but hard. Your heart rate won’t go down much during this track (thank you, jump squats). The party step is a great song, but it has some awkward moves in it. The speed step is fun as always (note: if you’re new to step, go easy on the one- the speed step has the greatest learning curve of the class I think). The last cardio peak is awesome. It’s actually a really old step track that was remixed for this release. It’s every bit cheesy epic that Step should be. I love it. The conditioning track is pretty good, too. It has lunges (which are necessary since they weren’t in the strength track), push-ups, side planks, and bicycles! Phew! There is an awkward “interpretive dance” pause though… I just can’t at 6 am.
All in all, it’s a really fun and challenging release. My hair was soaking wet by the end of it all and sweat was burning my eyes during the bicycles. I love when that happens. If you’ve never tried BodyStep before, you should check it out. It’s a really fantastic workout that goes by really quickly. Just stick with it, though, since it does take a little getting used to.
After all the working out I’ve been doing lately (with practicing Combat I’ve basically been working out twice a day over the past couple weeks), plus exam time stress, I’m kind of beat. It’s also bring your kid to work day today… it’s nuts. There are way too many screaming toddlers in here for my taste. I’m excited to unwind with a friend at Sushi Rock tonight. I need a cocktail like whoa…
Have you tried BodyStep 87 yet? What did you think?