I love Body Pump.
It’s my most favourite workout for many reasons and much to my utter delight I was lucky enough to get to attend the Les Mills One Event at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam a few Saturdays ago. A whole day full of my most favourite form of exercise is my idea of a good time. To my dismay, though, it fell on the same day as We Own the Night, so being a smart and sensible runner I forwent actually taking part in the classes and resigned myself to sitting in the stands and watching the workouts instead of joining in. Yes, that was just a tiny bit painful; there was much flexing of my self-restraint muscles to stop myself from jumping up and grapping a bar. Instead I took photos and formed a non-endorphin influenced review of the new Body Pump release – number 90.
Here’s my run down on the latest release. Just a reminder – I am not an instructor; this is my opinion as a humble but regular class participant! If you’re not familiar with Body Pump classes this might be a bit lost on you, but I will do a post on the general premise of BP very soon :)
Body Pump Release 90
Warm-up – You Make Me, Avicii
Anything by Avicii is obviously going to go down well, but, the warm up is the warm up, I don’t think you can really go wrong.
Squats – What Now, Rihanna
With squats being perhaps the biggest calorie-burning track in the workout, I expect to be challenged. I suppose this does the job, It’s no Antidote that’s for sure.
Chest – Conquistador, Thirty Seconds to Mars
Back – Promises, Nero
Great song. I like the plate presses I guess, but for back? I’m not convinced the back track is the right place for them, or even BP at all. It’s more of a Grit move to me.
Triceps – Walk of Shame, Pink
Oh how Les Mills loves a bit of Pink, and this is the typical cutesy, fun-time tricep song. I do not love Pink. I also do not love extensions and presses and this release sees the return of those for the majority of the track with just a few dips thrown in. Nowhere near the most effective tri track.
Biceps – Miss Jackson, Panic at the Disco feat. Lolo
There’s not a lot you can do to vary the biceps track but this one is a bit more interesting than some others and Les Mills advises to go lower than your usual weight for this one as it has a lot of half lifts. I usually use 5kg for bis but have gone down to 3kg for this release and get a good burn.
Lunges – Stay the Night, Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
Fine. I’m waiting for another plyometrics routine for lunges though!
Shoulders – Thumbs Up (for Rock ‘n’ Roll) Kill the Noise Remix, Kill the Noise and Feed Me
The song is a little obscure for mainstream group exercise IMO but it is nice and upbeat and I do enjoy some ee-lek-tronick. The shoulders track is usually my favourite but this is nothing special, and I’m sorry but what is the ‘as-many-pushups-in-10-seconds-as-you-can’ malarkey? Does everything have to be Crossfit now (oh wait…hasn’t Les Mills just partnered with Reebok? *cough*)?
Core – Something I Need, One Republic
Horrible song, I need something more motivating than this to keep me in plank at the end of class.
Cool-down — Nickleback, How You Remind Me
I’m usually too done and exhausted by the time cool-own comes around that I honestly am no longer paying attention to the music or routine. Anything, just. Let. Me. Lie. Down.
Overall a distinctly unmemorable release. I’m not overly impressed, and we were really due a good one after 89. My regular instructor actually skipped teaching release 89 altogether but I think she may be tempted to use it now instead of 90. The last time I really enjoyed a full release was 85. Oh those were the days.
So yes, not the best release by any means but I’m hoping that, like 89, it’ll be a grower.
In my opinion, Les Mills is verging on getting a little big for its boots and is beginning to lose its identity a little — it really needs to sort it out before people start to move on to new group classes, but, I still love it. If you’ve not tried a Les Mills Pump class yet, I really recommend giving it a go.
Has anyone else tried release 90 yet? What do you think of it?