I am now into my third week of Body Pump and I can already tell a difference!
My results aren’t exactly “visible” yet but I can tell that I am getting stronger with each class. I have even increased my weight on a few different tracks: squats, back, and biceps. Lunges are also getting easier (did I really just say that?).
I enjoy Body Pump because it pushes me so much harder than I would push myself in the weight room. I like having an instructor there to tell me what I’m doing wrong and to encourage me in what I am doing well. Body Pump is also about endurance and toning, which is exactly what I am looking for.
And even though I have been in a class with men before, I love how this class I’ve been attending has been all women so far. Even though I know guys are typically stronger, it’s less intimidating not having them around 😉
Here is a breakdown of what I’ve been using on the bar:
- Warm up – 5 kg (11 lbs)
- Squats – 10 kg (22 lbs)
- Chest – 5 kg (11 lbs)
- Back – 7 kg (15.4 lbs)
- Shoulders – 5 kg (11 lbs) + 4-5 lb hand weights we use for lateral & front raises
- Lunges – 7 kg (15.4 lbs)
- Triceps – 5 kg (11 lbs)
- Biceps – 5 kg (11 lbs)
- Abs – N/A
I started out lighter on squats, back and biceps before realizing more weight works better for me. I can’t wait to see how I improve in the future!
Body Pump 74 just got released over the weekend and I haven’t had a teacher run through it yet. We’ll see what happens at tomorrow’s class. Apparently it’s brutal (in a good way, ha ha). I think I read something about “walking hovers” — yikes!
If you like weight training but can’t ever seem to get yourself doing the right things in the weight room, I highly recommend this class.
Many gyms offer Body Pump, even this small one that I go to. It’s been a great experience so far having somewhere to go but I’m still kind of bummed there is no cardio cinema or spinning classes. I’m thinking about switching to a different gym when this contact is up in November. 😉