Les Mills Pump: Combat


I’m going to go out on a limb here and just say it, I love Combat more than Kenpo! As much as I love P90X, my heart has been stolen by another workout. Les Mills PUMP! Yes, P90X is what started it all for me, but after trying this program, I just absolutely love it! I have done 5 Rounds since it came out (Dec. 2011). Combat is one of the 3 Cardio workouts in the Deluxe package of Les Mills PUMP. And it is a FAT-BLASTER! You can go high intensity or not, but either way, you’ll get a heck of a workout!


Much like P90X’s Kenpo Workout, Combat is based around martial arts. But if P90X Kenpo was coffee, Combat is coffee with a triple dose of caffeine and smiles. This workout is amped on energy. Combat is FUN. Surprisingly so. The instructors enthusiasm and cheer rubs off pretty quickly as lead by Les Mills worldwide Combat program directors Dan and Rach(ael) Cohen. Actor George “I am Sulu” Takai has also cloned a young, buffed out version of himself (Ben) and shown up for your training as well. Heyo!

Combat requires no equipment. The instructors do wear sparring gloves buuuuut… coupled with the fact you never actually hit anything, the gloves are simply “all show no go”. Chances are they make you feel the part, though.


Les Mills Pump: Combat workout is 44:00 total from warm-up to cooldown.Photo Mar 01, 11 13 42 AM


A huge plus for Combat is the DVD Menu Option “Intro To Combat”. While not a warm-up, it could be considered a “training warm-up” for the uninitiated. This workout isn’t just throwing you in. In true Les Mills style, Dan and Rach use a separate segment which walks you through every stance and move you’ll be using. Pretty awesome introduction so you’re not just jumping and and flailing until you get it figured out. Love it.

The official warm-up (after about a two minute explanation and introduction by the cast) is roughly 7 minutes of low impact jab, combat stance, front kicks and other low impact versions of moves you’ll use in the workouts to get the body warmed up and ready for punching, shifting and kicking.
Cool down is about 4.5 minutes of static stretch– tricep, hamstring, hip flexor, shoulder, upper back.

The Workout

As tedious as punching and kicking the air could be, Les Mills Pump: Combat brings the fun at fly-by total of (as mentioned earlier) 44:00 minutes. Since Les Mills crafts all of its workouts around sets of single music tracks, you’re looking at about 4-7 minute workout segments. Each segment has a name and martial art inspired focus. Warm-up and cooldown aside, Les Mills Pump: Combat consists of five workout tracks:

  1. Combat Track: 4:30
  2. Boxing Track: 7:00
  3. Muay Thai: 7:10
  4. Combat Track “Sword”: 4:10
  5. Power Track: 7:02

Throughout each workout segment, the instructors will walk you through each move in total detail. I keep using the word “fun” but it’s the word that encapsulates the personalities and moves and music of Combat. As with most Beachbody programs, you also have varying degrees of difficulty being demonstrated– you can make Combat as cardiovascular as you want… and you can really ramp it up.


Keep it fun. You’re not going to be a pro at these moves or even stringing them together in your first time out. If you’ve done P90X Kenpo or any other martial arts inspired workout, you’ll be a leg up but even so, I’m a gimp when it comes to getting coordinated. I was all over the place a few times but that’s ok. I worked through them and slowly but surely nailed them down. Don’t expect perfection… but have fun working toward it.

Use The Bounce. Want to get more cardio? Add some deeper bounce and hop. Put your body into it and you’ll find your heart rate up in no time.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. There’s a lot of potential in feeling goofy doing these moves with intensity but who cares? You’re in your living room. Jump in and have fun. Les Mills Pump: Combat will deliver.

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The Verdict

I went into Les Mills Pump: Combat actually really excited. I learned to love punching and kicking while working out with TurboFire. So this workout won me over pretty quickly. Explanation is everything. No stone of detail is unturned in this workout. The instructors talk you through every single movement with not only “do this” but awesome explanation of WHY and WHAT you’re doing it for as well.

I added intensity to the workout and it FLEW by. Not too difficult in exertion, but I was sweating and the heart was pumping. More a moderate/high moderate  cardio workout than an intense one, it still delivers the goods… and I may have been having so much fun Combat never really felt like work or drudgery, despite the heavy breathing and heart rate. If you’re looking for any hybrid action with Les Mills Pump, Combat is the perfect subsitute for P90X Kenpo.

Les Mills Pump: Combat gets five fist-bumps out of five!

I want to get pumped

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Combat Video


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