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Having hard time with combat... Why?
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I just did my 3rd workout tonight and was so frustrated at the 28 minute mark that I shut it off and am writing this. I have a tough time getting the stupid rhythm not to mention they do one move and as soon as you may think you get it they switch without warning. I did insanity and am just going to go back to doing that and sending my combat back for a full refund. Unless someone can point out a good way to figure out what they want you to do. I watched the basics dvd but maybe I need to just do that for the first week (each move over and over)? Can anyone offer advice? Maybe just need someone to tell me that it gets easier and not to get frustrated or something. I try the kicks and am clearly so not flexible that frustrates me to. Is there a trick to completing a workout without wanting to stab myself in the eye with a pencil? /**Rant over**/ sorry but someone please help...
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/20/12 6:14 PM as a reply to skippy141.
It WILL get easier! Don't give up it takes a couple of times to learn the routines in the meantime you may not feel it but muscle confusion burns a ton of calories! You trying to figure it out is making your body AND brain think harder!
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/20/12 6:18 PM as a reply to HWagUSAF.
Thank you! I will try not to get so frustrated. I think I will do the basics dvd for the rest of this week and the full week next week as my intro workout. I thought I had the moves figured out but obviously I don't.
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/21/12 6:47 AM as a reply to skippy141.
Dude, I so feel your pain.. I am just a lowly Southern White Boy with ZERO rhythm. When I started doing this program, my kicks looked more like a donkey at a county fair than resembling anything even close to martial arts. And all the hand movements?? I spent more time watching them trying to figure out what they were doing than I was actually doing the moves.. Now, I have been through the 30 minute routine 3 times and the 45 twice on consecutive days. Although I am still far from resembling any form of martial art, I did feel much more in control of my movements this morning. Repetition is the key. The more times you do the routines, the better you will be come at the movements and with the transitiion they make between the moves. Glad you aren't giving up just yet... I am right there with you, but I refuse to let my lack of rhythm keep me from enjoying this awesome program!! Good luck with it!!
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/21/12 7:50 AM as a reply to skippy141.
I just finished Combat 45 as well. I can see how people might get frustrated because Combat presents some movements and rhythms that they're not used to. Biggest thing is to avoid injury and remember that proper form is way more important than anything else, whether it's keeping up with the music, being able to do high multi-direction kicks, etc. I also understand that it can get pretty intense in that people may feel pressure to keep up and do what the ones in the video are doing, but it's important to relax, which goes for any workout that you do. Follow the easier modification whenever you need to, even if it's for the whole workout as you'll get a great workout regardless. As far as form, you'll get a whole lot more out of the workout if you concentrate on perfecting each movement instead of just staying with the rhythm. During the uppercuts I try to use a mental checklist (Are my hands up to protect the face? Am I using my whole body to throw the punch and not just my arm? Am I bending my knees, pivoting my feet, turning my hips, etc. in order to get the most out of the punch?). You don't need to throw the exact same number of punches or kicks or bounce around to the music the way they do. Just concentrate on form. I'm familiar with boxing workouts so it's pretty easy for me to keep up with the boxing portions or go even faster. As far as the kicking segments though, I'm not nearly as proficient yet but I focus on good form, again the mental checklist (hands where they need to be, pivot the feet, turn the hips, head position, etc.). Also use low kicks if you need to but if you want to be able to kick higher and are struggling with it then spend extra time stretching. And to keep a better flow with all the sudden changes in exercises, it never hurts to preview or do kind of a run-through before you actually do the workout.

I hope this helps and that you haven't sent the dvd's back yet. I know that Insanity can be more of an exhausting workout which might make it a preferred choice among the majority of people. But I think Combat is worth the time and effort because in addition to great cardio it also has weight training, which Insanity lacks except for the upper body weight dvd (a great workout that doesn't get much attention because of the program's cardio emphasis). Granted the Combat weight training isn't the P90X or Bodybeast type, but it's good for functional strength and makes Combat more of a full-body program unlike Insanity.
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/23/12 6:15 AM as a reply to skippy141.
remember the ones your watching have a really good background in martial arts your not gonna look like them side kicks and round kicks may look easy but to actually do them right it takes a little while. Just keep with it and eventually it will start looking better but without correct training it will never be exactly like theirs. And remember the rhythm will come to you. You will be doing the workout one day and it will just click. And dont think so much when you do it just relax and have fun with it. The more you think about what your doing and if your doing it right the more your gonna get frustrated it will all come together one day so just have fun with it. And the secret to making your kicks look good for both round and side kicks turn the foot on the floor to were your toes point behind you this rolls your hips over and round kicks you point your knee at the target this will feel really weird and strain your hips and back at first and side kicks put your hand at your belly button and pull your knee in horizontally to your hand and then kick it out and pull it back hope this helps some
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/25/12 3:11 PM as a reply to khensley524.
Thank you all for the response. I didn't send the dvd's back just yet. I am taking everyone's advice and am going slow but also just trying to get the proper form(s) down for each move. I am spending all this week doing only the basics dvd just to get each move down properly and to make sure everything is correct. I was a little frustrated at first but I can see from all your replies that it will simply take more time to figure out what I am doing. Thanks again and hopefully next time I post it will be my before and after picks or story.
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/27/12 3:08 AM as a reply to skippy141.
skippy141:
I have a tough time getting the stupid rhythm not to mention they do one move and as soon as you may think you get it they switch without warning.


Exactly why I cant do anything coordinated like Turbo, Combat, etc... even LMP Sport Attack is like that to me, so I'm sticking with LMP basics and gonna try out P90x next...
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/27/12 6:19 AM as a reply to skippy141.
I feel your pain as well. I was excited about getting this program and I tired the 30min video and I too was frustrated to the point I didn't want to do it. But with anything it takes time I didn't just hop on a bike and start riding when I was little, I had to keep trying no matter how many times I failed. So I decided to keep doing the 30min one till I got it down. I have done it 3 times now and do feel a lot better about it. I haven't tried to 45 min one yet so I planning on doing it the rest of this week to learn it. Then when I feel comfortable I will start the program.
Good Luck to you!
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/27/12 6:40 AM as a reply to Unnerstall.
You have to give it a chance. I've done Turbofire and I picked up the moves rather quickly, but this is a different program and it has a learning curve. Whether or not you are punching or kicking with them, you are still burning calories. Don't be so hard on yourself. You WILL get the moves down. You just have to learn them. emoticon

Gina
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/28/12 3:20 AM as a reply to skippy141.
Me and my dad started LMC two days ago and though he can go though Insanity and Asylum like they're nothing, he started fidgeting and almost left the workout in half because he couldn't figure out the moves. I had to stop the workout and teach him interval per interval so he could follow me.

So, do exactly that: watch the videos and pause them so you can learn the moves a day before the workout. I promise you that you'll only need to do it once. You just need patience. BTW, a whole week with the basic dvd is too much. You have to practice the workouts, that's where you learn the rhythms.

I'm guessing it's your first time at martial arts training. To do a proper roundhouse, I've spend three months, and even then, it was a rather low one. So is it worth it? That depends on you. If you like martial arts, then YES. Try the choreographies when you have free times, recall the moves in your mind, try low impact kicks all day long, it will get easier and eventually, you'll pick up the rhythm without thinking.
But if you don't like punching and kicking all that much, um, dude, why buy a workout that's called LMCombat? emoticon
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
12/29/12 3:48 PM as a reply to skippy141.
I'm going to throw my 2 cents in here too and echo KHensley524 like any fighting art you have to learn the kata does not matter if its boxing, Karate, Judo or Jiu Jitsu. There is a progression where your body becomes more fluid and comfortable the more you do it. Practice makes perfect plain and simple. Think about your form more than trying to look like them, eventually you will build muscle memory. Keep at it.
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RE: Having hard time with combat... Why?
1/3/13 6:46 AM as a reply to wilcomail.
I used to take martial arts several years ago, and it was still challenging for me to get everything right. I knew I would be a little rusty, but GAHH! lol... so don't get too discouraged!

What really helps me is to do every other move. To echo what others have said, concentrate on your form! I concentrated on doing every other kick that they did, but having good form... and it's worked out great!
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