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!


Summer Before College Series 28: Six Exercise Facts


Good morning, bloggers!

Are you an “avid exerciser?” If you are anything like me, then you are. Whether you run, go to the gym, or use DVDs, working out is definitely doable at school. Do not think that you have to stop just because you will not have your same route, gym, or television. Working out can be done anywhere; you just have to know how to use your resources.

In this blog I would like to discuss six exercise facts that many incoming freshmen are curious about.

1. Can I still do my exercise routine that I do at home? Yes, definitely. As I said above, exercise is one of those things that you can bring with you wherever you go. Just make sure to bring your equipment (clothes, accessories, shoes, DVDs, bands, etc). Do not give up your exercise routine just because you do not think you will be able to do it at school!

2. Will I have time to work out at school? Yes! If you really love working out, you can always fit it into your schedule! Just set aside time in your planner so that you can still manage your studying and class time.

3. Will my school have equipment? Yes! Most, if not all universities, have at least one gym on campus that is free to access/use to all students. This is great so that you do not have to bring your own equipment-especially if you feel that it will take up too much space!

4. How do I find a good, safe route? This is a common question of many runners/bikers. I would really advise you to do some research on your campus before you go in the fall so that you can get an idea of the layout. Additionally, you could send out a message over social media asking your fellow students for their route advice or even contact your school’s running club. Whatever you do, do not wait until you get to school and explore alone! Take someone with you to avoid any potential dangers!

5. Will my school have classes? Most likely! Give your university a call before you leave and ask! Most schools either offer free or discounted classes to students. If your university does not offer classes, then ask for any local gym information that they have. Then, you will be able to call ahead and find the perfect place for you!

6. How do I find a partner? This question can go hand-in-hand with #4. Send a message out over all social media outlets or e-mail your school’s running club. There are sure to be other students looking for a partner as well!

I hope that these six facts will help you to better prepare yourself for college in the fall. Remember: working out is definitely doable at school; just know how to use your resources!


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