Workout of the Week – Body Pump


There are so many ways to stay in shape and so many options that it can be intimidating.  I wanted to share a workout that has quickly become my favorite group fitness class I’ve ever tried.  Its called Les Mills Body Pump.

What is it?

Body Pump is a 60 minute long strength training workout that is paired with specific songs or “tracks” that work with the exercises.  You can now find classes in over 70 countries and in 10,000 health-clubs and gyms.  It concentrates on eight separate muscle-group: chest, back, triceps, biceps, shoulders, abs, and squats and lunges for legs.  In the class they do a series of easy to follow movements using barbells and weights.

They pick music that is specific to the movement that is being performed and the speed that you’re going.  The great thing is the workout and music are switched every three months so it’s enough time for you to master the full routine but not enough time for you to get bored of it.

The first time I took the class it was a little intimidating.  Each song you’re stopping, changing weights, getting into new positions;  it seemed like everyone else in the class were masters at it.  But after the first couple of songs I really started to pick it up and the instructors were so helpful at explaining the movement.

Why I Like It

The class is paired with songs that are popular NOW; not songs that were hits last year.  If you were to go to a class now you’d be hearing the latest Ellie Goulding & Avicii.  The way in which they pair the exercises to the music really motivates you to finish the song (and takes your mind off the terrible burning in your quads!)  It’s a great full body workout, and a good class to attend a few times a week because you always have the option to add more weights and continue to challenge yourself.  All in all, this class is probably my favorite group fitness class I’ve ever taken and I highly suggest finding one to try out at a gym near you!

Check out a sample of it here!