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Madeline Russell

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Body Attack Fitness Activity

A sneak peak into Body Attack
The Body Attack Process
(Les Mills International (2009) Taken from http://beachbodieshealthclub.net/bodyattack)
Taking Part in Body Attack

The Body Attack program is made up of:
Low and high impact moves
Sports conditioning
Strength training

Participants undertake the class in a group setting with dance music accompaniment. Landy & Burridge (2009) acknowledge the importance of
making fitness fun
for children as their attention span can be inconsistent, therefore a Body Attack class that has been adopted for children, in which children can exercise with their friends, to modern day music could prove a great fitness activity. In addition, Body Attack does not require expensive gym machines and equipment, but merely comfortable shoes, a water bottle and a towel.

Body Attack provides participants with numerous skill related fitness outcomes. As a sports inspired class, it uses almost all the six components, highlighting the huge range of skill benefits of the activity.
Skill related outcomes

Power relates to an individual’s ability to exert a maximal amount of force in the shortest possible time interval. Power is developed in Body Attack through quick explosive movements found in the high impact exercises and jumps.
Speed relates to how quickly the body reacts to specific tasks. Body Attack requires the participant to move their body and limbs quickly and efficiently for the duration of the exercises.
Health Related Fitness Outcomes
Muscular Strength and Endurance.
Builds on muscular endurance
Targets multiple muscle groups.
Benefits body's overall functionality.
Less suspectible to joint related injuries, chronic lifestyle diseases and early death.
Improves balance and posture.
Modifying for Children

Upon analysis of Body Attack structure, if one were to apply this class structure to a primary school setting, it would be important to first make sure the children were comfortable and confident. The fitness leader should introduce themselves, ask if anyone has any injuries or concerns as well as make it clear that if students are struggling, they can take a lower intensity option or take a break. Children can also suffer psychological injury in sport, due to poor instruction. Instructors must motivate, protect and ensure safe progression of movement (Hergenroeder, 1998).
Body Attack coincides with numerous aerobic, flexibility and strength activities within the Landy & Burridge (2009) text, some of which are listed below...
Exercise to Music (p. 99)
Rectangle Running (p. 75)
Agility Roll & Run (p. 106)
Dodging (p. 92)

Catering for specific needs - obesity

Because obese children use up more oxygen in expending energy, they can give the impression that they do not enjoy exercise.
Therefore, all children should not be made to do the same workload
Exercises for obese children should concentrate on calorie burning, not cardiovascular fitness (Pangrazi, 2004). This is in keeping with the principles of Body Attack, as the aim is simply to keep moving, with less emphasis on the accuracy of moves.
Designed by Les Mills, the Body Attack class has been carefully researched and created to ensure safe fitness practices.
A typical class is as follows…
Warm up
Mixed Impact
Please note: this is only our brief slides, if you require our in-depth notes, please email us :)
Thankyou for reading!
BODYATTACK® is the sports-inspired cardio workout for building strength and stamina. This high-energy interval training class combines athletic aerobic movements with strength and stabilisation exercises. (Les Mills, 2011)

"Aerobic activities are at least 6 METs (6 times more intense than resting) & significantly elevate the heart rate."

What is Body Attack?
55 minutes
High Intensity
735 calories (avg)
Corbin, C. B., Pangrazi R.P. (1996). How much physical activity is enough? . Journal of physical education, recreation and dance., 67(4), 33-37. http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/docview/215776608/fulltextPDF/140508A00C5649F1ED0/4?accountid=12528#

Darling, T. (2009). Sports Injury Prevention. Pediatrics for Parents., 25(7-8), 10. http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/ps/retrieve.do?sgHitCountType=None&sort=RELEVANCE&inPS=true&prodId=AONE&userGroupName=monash&tabID=T004&searchId=R1&resultListType

Hergenroeder, A. C. (1998). Prevention of Sports Injuries. Pediatrics. 101(9). 1057-1064. http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/ps/i.do?&id=GALE%7CA20819637&v=2.1&u=monash&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w

Landy, J., Burridge, K. (2009). Kids with Zip a practical resource for promoting active children ages 3-12. Port Melbourne, Australia: Pearson Australia.

Les Mills International ltd. (2013). Body Attack. Retrieved from http://w3.lesmills.com/global/en/classes/bodyattack/about-bodyattack/

Pangrazi, R. (2004). Teaching children in the physical education environment. In Dynamic physical education for elementary school children. Retrieved from http://images.lib.monash.edu.au/edf2303/04126280.pdf.

Body Attack aids in developing coordination in everyday life as it requires different muscle groups to work in unison helping to establish smooth, efficient and accurate body movements.
Agility is the body’s ability to move and change direction quickly and effectively. Body Attack helps to develop agility as it requires the individual to constantly change exercise and alternate directions.
Body attack is a high intensity cardio workout.
65-80% of your max heart rate
Improves heart functionality
Strengthens muscles of the heart.
Helps individuals ability to function better with daily tasks
Improves feelings of well-being.
Repeatedly participating in this kind of high intensity cardio workout will benefit multiple areas of participants health. For example, participation can improve
bone health and density
increase your heart and lung capacity
tone and shape the body's muscles
improve overall fitness.
Safety - for instructors

- Always encourage lower intensity option when necessary
- Dealing with fear/ Lack of confidence
- Instructor observance
- Appropriate footwear
- Drink breaks

'Kids are especially at risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke because they don't sweat as much as adults do' (Darling, 2009, p.10).
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