A NEW martial arts fitness craze is set to hit South Tyneside in time to beat the Christmas bulge.
Bodycombat combines high-intensity exercises to help participants burn an average of 737 calories per class.
The workout, originally developed by New Zealand-based fitness company Les Mills, draws on an array of disciplines including karate, boxing and tai chi, and is designed to tone and shape key muscle groups.
It started running at Haven Point leisure centre, South Shields, on Monday, and will be taught on the same day, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
South Tyneside fitness instructor Karen Gordon, who qualified as a Les Mills instructor in 2012, said: “You don’t have to have done any martial arts before, as long as you’re prepared to work hard.
“Bodycombat is ideal for all fitness levels and particularly for those who are looking for real results.”
Haven Point, which opened in the autumn, has added a number of exercise classes to its schedule this month.
Paul Tompkinson, leisure programme officer at the centre, said: “The demand for people wanting to attend our fitness classes has been phenomenal since Haven Point opened its doors, so much so that we’ve had to increase the frequency of our spin classes just to keep up.
“Les Mills Bodycombat is extremely popular around the world and, with the expert guidance of Karen Gordon, will make a fantastic addition to our programme.”
Bodycombat entry costs £5.25 per person, with discounts available for members of the Get Active and Get Active Plus schemes.
For more information or to see the full range of fitness classes on offer at the centre, visit www.southtyneside.info or call the centre direct on 424 7800.