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February 20. 2013 8:06PM

Nashua gym to launch new mixed martial arts program

NASHUA - A local gym is launching a new fitness program this weekend, inviting the public to participate in a free, challenging workout that includes 1,700 crunches in less than an hour.

"This is a great workout," said Karli Taylor, personal trainer for Best Fitness. "This is a mixed martial arts program that is a fairly intense workout and appeals not just to women, but a lot of men as well."

LES MILLS BodyCombat will be launched at all Best Fitness locations on Saturday. The Nashua gym, located at 55 Northeastern Blvd., will be open to the public for a free open house and free classes.

"We are encouraging people to try something new and different and fun," said Taylor, who has tried the program herself. She described the class as a great cardiovascular workout that includes a lot of core and upper body elements.

"The hour flies by. It is not complex choreography, so almost anyone can pick it up quickly," she said.

According to the LES MILLS website, BodyCombat is an empowering cardio workout that is fiercely energetic and inspired by martial arts with different aspects of karate, boxing, taekwondo and tai chi.

"Like all the LES MILLS programs, a new BodyCombat class is produced every three months with new music and choreography, designed by BodyCombat master trainers and mixed martial arts experts Dan Cohen and Rachael Newsham," says the website.

Best Fitness of Nashua hopes to draw participants from all over the region for Saturday's trial classes, which will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

"We expect a lot of participation in our newest program because the martial arts are incredibly popular these days," said Scott Fournier, Best Fitness membership manager. "This is a program in which many can participate, and we hope members of our community can come and check it out."

The classes are set to motivating music and include various punching, kicking, striking and about 1,700 crunches in less than an hour, according to a release. Most people burn approximately 545 calories during the workout, helping to improve heart and lung function, tone muscle groups and build self-confidence, according to the release.

BodyCombat will be offered at the Nashua gym three or four times a week, with Taylor anticipating between 40 and 70 participants each session. Membership prices vary, and special promotions are available, including free, limited 14-day trial passes.

khoughton@newstote.com

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