Rachel's Blog: Tag this "zombies", "fitness".

Wed, 26 Apr 2006

I went to a new fitness class a few days ago called Bodycombat. The aim of the class, I think, is to vent your frustrations onto the piece of air directly in front of your torso while flailing about in the name of cardiopulmonary exercise.

It was slightly terrifying the way the instructor would call out "Chin! Chin! Chest! Groin!" as we went through the sequence of punches. As they say in the brochure, this is not a self-defense course, so I was somewhat disturbed by the emphasis on harming humans. I looked around the class, between painful gasps for air, and wondered how many of the women (it's an all female gym) were deriving anger management from the experience and how many were getting more riled up about the world. Images of road-raging SUV drivers kept flitting through my mind.

I thought I would enjoy the class more. After all, I'm a big fan of action films. I practise vampire-staking moves when I think no one's looking.

But it wasn't until last night as Richard and I watched Resident Evil: Apocalypse (as he said, "A plot worthy of a video game") that it became clear.

I was thinking how hard Milla Jovovich must have worked to get her body to look that tough and lean for the filming (not that she normally looks like a big slob), and it hit me like a rocket launcher. I shouldn't be imagining beating up real people during a Bodycombat class, it's zombies! We should all be preparing for the battle to come. Judgement Day, The Apocalypse, the End of the World. There'll be vampires to fight on every corner and how are you going to be prepared? By taking a self-defense course? No! We need to strike out now at our imaginary foes, Chin! Chin! Chest! Groin!

I'm quite looking forward to this weeks class now.

Comment by m1k3y on Mon, 01 May 2006

I always meant to go to one of those BodyCombat classes, but never did. So, interesting to hear what it's like..

I like the zombie-fighting idea though, you could combine it with Tae Bo (since, I pressume BodyCombat is just a Tae Bo knock-off) to make Zombie Bo or something..
could have some sick zombied-up dummies to practice on too.. with the spurting of blood and such..

also - Resident Evil is ok.. esp. if you're a Milla fan.. which I am.. hey, I just got Ultraviolet.. but the best zombie movie is Versus.. and the best recent video-game like short animation is Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006... extreme gore warning on both.. also - Hi!

Comment by Rachel on Mon, 01 May 2006

Better than Shaun of the Dead?

Comment by Richard on Thu, 04 May 2006

m1k3y needs to see the real Ultraviolet - the BBC series put out a few years back. Not that (apparently) awful Milla flick.