Looking to take your fitness to the next level? Look no further than BodyPump. Created by four-time Olympian Leslie “Les” Roy Mills, AKA “the father of fitness,” this group training workout is helping people all over the country get leaner, toner, and fitter. Here’s a closer look at BodyPump, along with five reasons why you should make BodyPump part of your exercise routine.
What is BodyPump?
“BodyPump is the original barbell class that shapes, tones, and strengthens your entire body. This 60-minute addictive workout challenges all of your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercises such as squats, presses, lifts and curls,” explains Les Mills.
What makes BodyPump so effective? It all comes down to “The Rep Effect,” a scientifically proven breakthrough combining low weights with high repetitions. This is the key to achieving lean, athletic muscle without adding bulk.
A typical BodyPump class begins with a warm-up using light weights to get your muscles moving and ready to workout. It then progresses through each of the main muscle groups. This is intense, so expect to feel the burn! Every BodyPump class concludes with a cool down designed to stretch the muscles, reduce soreness, and facilitate recovery.
As with all types of exercise, good posture is essential with BodyPump, both in terms of maximizing your workout and injury prevention. While your class instructor will look out for your form during class, personal training sessions can help you learn and practice proper form. Sign up for a personal trainer session to get started.
5 Reasons to Try BodyPump
1. Anyone can do it.
There’s no denying that BodyPump is intense, but it can also be modified to suit people of all ages and abilities. Recommends Les Mills: “If you’re new to the workout start with very light weights (or even just the bar). Perhaps just do the first four or five tracks a couple of times a week. You’ll find your fitness and strength improves over a number of sessions.”
If you are a beginner, know that soreness goes with the territory. The more you do BodyPump, the easier it gets, not to mention that there’s no better form of motivation than the quick results you’ll see with this popular workout.
2. It challenges all of your major muscle groups.
BodyPump delivers a full-body workout targeting the legs, chest, back, biceps, triceps, shoulders, and abs. There’s no better way to shape and tone your way to head-to-toe fitness.
3. You’ll burn some serious calories.
According to Les Mills, a single BodyPump workout burns a staggering 540 calories in just an hour. Don’t have an hour? BodyPump workouts are also available in 30- and 45-minute workouts.
4. It makes fitness fun.
BodyPump classes are anything but boring. Incorporating catchy music and compelling choreography, BodyPump classes are both challenging and entertaining. Plus, Les Mills introduces a new BodyPump class every three months so the music and choreography always feel fresh.
5. It’s the perfect complement to cardio.
Your muscles will need some time to recover between BodyPump workouts, so it’s important to leave at least one day between classes. Cardio classes on your off days offer an ideal counterbalance.
One last thing to keep in mind about BodyPump is that sweat is part of the deal. Make sure to bring along a towel and water bottle! Ready to see what BodyPump can do for you? Sign up for a trial pass at Brick Bodies today.