Happy Monday!! I’m really excited to start off this week with the launch of Bodypump 82! If you’re not familiar with Bodypump, here’s a quick description of the class from 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.
BODYPUMP™ is one of the world’s fastest ways to get in shape as it challenges all of your major muscle groups while you squat, press, lift and curl.
The cutting-edge BODYPUMP™ choreography, and chart-topping music is refreshed every three months, so with your choice of weight and highly-trained instructors you can get the group effect and the results you’ve been looking for!
Or in my own words- it’s an hour of strength training combined with cardio moves that will kick your butt and re-shape your body. If you get bored with weightlifting (or even if you don’t)- this class is for you! One of the best things about Bodypump is that it’s for everyone- men, women, young and old. I have such a wide variety of people that take my class, and I really love that!
To keep things fresh and the muscles “confused,” a new release is launched every three months. When the class is taught for the first time, it’s known as the launch party. At my gym, we celebrate by decorating the aerobics room and doing raffle giveaways- it’s a lot of fun! We also team teach, so that two different instructors divide up the tracks that are presented.
I absolutely love being a Bodypump instructor. I think that Bodypump instructors are a rare breed- we are super crazy passionate about what we do and can’t get enough (right, Annette?). It’s given me such strength and confidence, and really made me realize my dream of wanting to help people get strong and healthy. I don’t know what I’d do without it!
Today was the launch of Bodypump 82 at one of the health clubs that I teach at. Though I didn’t teach the release today, I was there to be a supportive fellow BP instructor (and to try to get the rest of the class PUMPED up- no pun intended).
Jill and Elizabeth (and Cheryl, who isn’t pictured) led the launch today and quickly posed with me after class. We are all smiles, as you can see!
I will be co-teaching the launch at the other branch of Fitness First on Thursday morning with Jill, and can’t wait! Today’s class definitely has me even more excited to introduce BP 82 to everyone.
I absolutely love reading Annette’s reviews the lastest Bodypump release each quarter, so I’m borrowing her idea to give my own thoughts on Bodypump 82.
Initial thoughts: When I first listened to the music, I didn’t love it right away. BUT- after just a few times of running through tracks, I started to change my mind. Now I love almost all of the songs, and think that every single track has kick-butt choreography. I feel like this release has switched things up a lot, and has many great new exercises that I haven’t seen before in Bodypump. I’ve become quite familiar with this release by now, and can honestly say that it’s my favorite one yet!
Track 1: Warm-up (Raining Diamonds): This track is for just what it says: warming up the body. It uses the lightest weight of the class and goes through many of the different exercises, targeting various muscle groups. If you’ve been taking Bodypump for a while, you may have noticed that the last few releases had very similar warm-ups. This one actually switches it up! There are some really quick transitions- and surprisingly few squats (yay!).
Track 2: Squats (Someone Like You): I know that people are going to be really excited to hear an Adele song for this track! Don’t be fooled if you’re familiar with the song- it’s a remix with a quick tempo. This track uses the heaviest weight of the class and gets the heart pumpin’. There aren’t any real “breaks,” but you can take advantage of a few seconds of rest as you transition from a mid-stance squat to a wide squat a few different times throughout the song. My elbows are always dripping with sweat by the time I’m done with this track!
Track 3: Chest (I Like How It Feels): A tie for my favorite track of this release. I really like the song and how the beat gradually builds up and slows down over and over again. There are three rounds of chest presses on the bench, followed by a killer set of single-plate push-ups to finish it out.
Track 4: Back (Bring Me To Life-Hands Up Mix): This track begins like most other back tracks- underhand dead rows. The beats go from super slow to super fast throughout the track, which gives an equal amount of focus to cardio and strength. There are two supersets of clean and presses (4 in a row!) followed by dead lifts, and another round of clean and presses.
Track 5: Triceps (Bad Case of Loving You): Awesome tricep track! It doesn’t use the bar at all, which is a nice change of pace. The track begins with tricep dips (gotta love body weight exercises!), followed by overhead extensions with a heavy plate, tricep kick-backs with a lighter plate, and tricep pushups on the bench. It’s fast-paced with quick transitions and high energy!
Track 6: Biceps (Bottoms Up): I’ll be honest- I don’t love this song. I mean… it’s Nickleback…. BUT- I love the choreography. It’s another high-intensity bicep track with two options: you can either load up your bar and keep the weight the same throughout the entire track OR put your bar down near the last minute of the track, and add more weight to finish it out. No matter which option you choose, your biceps will be on fire by the end!
Track 7: Lunges (Ecuador): My other favorite track of this release- and my favorite lunge track ever! I notoriously and not the biggest fan of the tracks that focus on the legs, because mine are always so worn out from teaching spin class. But, man- I love this one! I begins with squats and lunges using the bar, while the heart rate starts to rise. Then, the bar is dropped and the squat jumps begin! There’s a few sets of killer lunges thrown in between, and just when you think it’s over- there’s ONE more set of lunges! Your heart is will be racing (and legs burning up!) by the time it’s over.
Track 8: Shoulders (Be Cool 2012): The song is kind of dirty… just don’t listen to close to the lyrics. This track begins with push-ups and quickly transitions into a set of kneeling rear deltoid raises. You then stand up for side raise/rotator raise/pec dec combo- and get back down on the other knee and do it all over again. We end with overhead presses and a push press, which adds the bending of the knees.
Track 9: Abdominals (Feel So Close): AWESOME song! The ab track is very similar to the last release- and it’s also very short. It begins with a combination of ab crunches and bicycle crunches. Then the fun really begins! You transition into a plank, hold it, add mountain climbers, and end holding a plank again.
Track 10: Cooldown (Time To Say Goodbye): Whew! When it’s time for the cooldown, we are all ready to collapse! It’s hard for me to keep a straight face during this song, because it’s just a little cheesy… but it’s growing on me. The cooldown stretches out all of the major muscle groups and feels SO good. It’s a good time to reflect on how hard you worked over the last hour and thank your body for providing so much strength!
I am so grateful to be a Bodypump instructor- and hope that all of you get a chance to try out the new release!
Do you take Bodypump? Have you done the new release yet (give feedback if you have!!)?