I try Body Pump…and survive!


A few years ago, Les Mills’ classes seemed to be taking over the fitness industry.  They were very popular and seemed to be a class for everyone.  The one I always liked the look of was Body Pump, as I have absolutely no rhythm or timing (I am the one who is always out of time) but I never seemed to have the courage to take the plunge and try the class.  Until this week.

According to the Les Mills’ website: “BODYPUMP™, the original LES MILLS™ barbell class, will sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body, fast!

Great bodies aren’t born, they are transformed, using the proven BODYPUMP™ formula: THE REP EFFECT™ a breakthrough in resistance workout training. Focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements, you’ll burn fat, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning.”  Ok, we’ll see about that!

I managed to secure a spot right at the back of the class (away from the mirrors-yippee!) and watched what everyone was doing.  It involved free weights and bar weights and not knowing how I would cope with the class I went for the lowest amount possible (yes I did have weights on the bar before anyone asks!).  This is one of the great things about the class; you can choose weights to suit your own level.  First up it was lifting the bar to music and after that set, the instructor asked if anyone was new. I was the only one who lifted up my hand and she gave me advice throughout the lesson.

The first half hour sped past and at first my arms had a lovely tingle.  Then it got harder and I could really feel my muscles working as we use a mixture of the bar and free weights.  Whereas at first I was lifting the weights easily later on I was grateful for the puny amounts I had chosen!  I knew when my arms asked for a divorce that they had a good work out!  I really enjoyed the session and certainly felt the benefits.  I had some muscle soreness the next day although it didn’t stop me running.  Would I go again?  You betcha!  And I did; two days later.  More soreness but very satisfying.

For all you chaps out there, yes there were men in the class.  I’d say about a quarter of the class were men.  So no excuses for anyone.  I hope if you try it you enjoy it as much as I did.

All the best,

Woodyrunning spoon


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