I Lost 10kg Through the Power of Kicking
I’m currently in the middle of the greatest challenge of my life so far. What is this great and unbelievable challenge? It’s one that we all must face eventually, the challenge to lose weight.
Sure, it was hard to learn choreography when I was a dancer. It was very hard to learn scripts when I acted, and it was bloody impossible to avoid burning myself when I worked at McDonalds. But damn, losing weight puts all of that into terrifying perspective.
For the past three months I’ve been working my ass off (literally) trying to lose weight from problem areas all over my body. But for more than just the sake of vanity, I’ve been doing all this work in the name of improving my health.
The Visceral Enemy
Ever since my late 20’s, I’ve noticed the slow and constant build up of visceral fat around my gut.
Visceral fat is what grows on your belly and all throughout your body, surrounding vital organs and causing all kinds of health issues.
This type of fat builds up when we eat and drink too much, while also not getting enough exercise.
Building up too much of this fat isn’t an issue just because your jeans stop fitting, it’s an issue because surrounding your organs with fat can lead to diabetes and heart failure.
While I don’t have diabetes and I’m fairly sure my heart is fine, I did get really sick last year.
Just before the virus blew up in China, I contracted pneumonia and became more sick than I’ve ever been in my life.
Being this sick was a wake up call, because I knew my immune system was under a lot of stress because of my poor diet and lazy-ass lifestyle. I knew I had to change.
“You ate your way in, you can walk your way out.” – Bill Burr
Once my health scare was over, I formulated a plan to start taking part in group fitness classes. I knew that jiggling around inside a room among other people who shared my problem would be a lot easier than trying to work the monstrous machines in the gym.
After months of research I found and joined a gym that offered Les Mills workout courses.
These include classes such as Body Combat, a soundtrack-based workout class that combines martial arts such as kick-boxing and taekwondo with long forgotten rave music from yesteryear.
The result is a musical kicking class that feels as though Jackie Chan got really inspired by Jane Fonda and made a workout tape set to the music he clubs to. (We don’t actually hit each other in this class, we just punch and kick the air, all while trying to burn calories and channel our inner John Wick).
As cheesy as it sounds, it’s really fun, and is an easy way to spend an hour burning hundreds of calories.
Combining group cardio classes such as Body Combat with grounded workouts such as yoga, I’ve seen 10 kg drop off my body so far, with lots left to go.
Because Body Combat has been so fun, I’ve been eyeing more of Les Mills’ classes, and am curious to see which ones can deliver the best results over time.
The Real Goal
When deciding to finally take health and fitness seriously, the goal should never be to achieve a quick result.
The goal should be to build a lifestyle that can be maintained over a lifetime. Years of maintaining a modest workout schedule is lightyears better than mere months of maintaining a heavy one.
So for me, the key to avoiding pneumonia this winter (besides getting a damn shot) will be in finding good classes that are fun and simple, while also delivering results.
So it’s time to get off my ass and go kick the air while early 2000’s rave music turns me into an Eastern European henchman in a Liam Neeson movie. All in the name of health.