Taking a BODYPUMP class for the first time
On Saturday, 14th of January, Les Mills celebrated 25 years of BODYPUMP ™ program and their 100th release of BODYPUMP™ program. As a part of worldwide celebration, there were free classes held all over the world.
As I have never tried that workout, this seemed like a perfect opportunity so I signed up for the class. It was held at Orlando Fit Gym in Green Gold, Zagreb.
If you have never heard about BODYPUMP™, it is a full body workout which uses moderate weights with large number of repetitions. It is available as a 55, 45 or 30 minute workout.
In 55 minutes, you work all major muscle groups. As the program is based on large number of repetition, it exhausts muscles by using light weights, while performing high repetitions.
The classes are performed to music using free weights-plates, barbels and an aerobic step. Participants choose their weights based on the exercise and their personal goals. Major muscle groups are worked via series of compound and isolation-based exercises including squats, presses, dead lifts. The focus is towards muscle endurance by moving light weights at high repetitions, which is called the "Rep Effect". To sum it up, you do rep after rep after rep and when you feel like your whole body is on fire, you do a little more. :D Even though you use light weights, the burn is real. It's challenging, and it definitely pushes you out of your comfort zone.
After BodyPump training, there was BodyAttack training too. Unlike BodyPump, BodyAttack is more cardio based, and there are no weights involved. There was lot of running, lunging and jumping, push-ups and squats. My all time favorite. Just maybe not one workout after another haha.
Having exercised for quite a while now, I have built the endurance and strength, however BodyPump totally kicked my ass :D I was able to do all the exercises, and I even had the energy to try BodyAttack (thankfully, that workout was only 30 minutes long), but boy oh boy, now it's been 3 days and I don't remember the last time my muscles were so sore! Just goes to show that it's good to challenge your body more than one way and to try new stuff to keep your body guessing.
That said, if you are interested in the workouts, I fully recommend them. Both classes were really amazing, the instructors were incredible, the atmosphere was really great and it's definitely something that I would like to incorporate in my fitness regime.