Beachbody Brings Les Mills Body Pump Classes To Your Living Room
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As fitness, exercise, and living a generally healthier life becomes increasingly more popular in American life, the programs used by the masses gain in popularity as well. I’m sure just about everyone has heard of classes or programs like Zumba, P90X, Spinning, Pole Dancing, Tae Bo, Boot Camp, and others. Another well known fitness class is called Les Mills Body Pump. The Les Mills Body Pump classes up until now have only been available by means of a trained and licensed instructor, taught at nearly 14,000 different gyms and fitness centers around the globe. We say “until now”, because now there is an in home version called Les Mills PUMP brought to you by the same people behind P90X, Insanity, and other popular in home workout programs.
What Is Les Mills Body Pump?
The Les Mills Body Pump classes are generally one hour long sessions made up of one instructor teaching on average 20-25 students. It’s designed to exercise all major muscle groups in the one hour session using the best weight-room exercises such as squats, presses, lifts and curls. You never get tired of the classes because like all Les Mills classes every three months the music, exercise moves, and choreography is changed.
The secret to Body Pump is called the “Rep Effect” which is a technique that focuses on high repetition movements with low weight loads. This technique can involve anywhere between 70-100 reps per major muscle group. The effect is several hundred if not into the thousands of reps done during the full hour long class.
The buzz about Les Mills Body Pump coming to a home near you has created a lot of feedback. Some positive, some negative. Most of the negative feedback is from instructors who feel they will lose business because now their clients will buy an in home version of what they teach and just stay home. There may be some validity to this argument, however more than likely this will not be the case.
The Beachbody version is based on Body Pump and will come with 12 workouts on 7 DVD’s, as well as include a barbell with two five pound and two ten pound plates. You’ll also get a nutrition guide, how to exercise guide, and some other brochures that help you round out the program.
The Les Mills PUMP DVD workout is for the people that have never done Body Pump before. The segment of America that loathes the idea of a “gym”, having other people watch them exercise, locker rooms, instructors, hot tubs, saunas, and just about everything else that goes along with walking into a fitness center. The idea behind the in home version was to make Body Pump available to anyone, anywhere. Why exclude people form a fantastic workout program just because they don’t do the gym thing? And who knows, if the DVD versions as good as they say it will be, people are bound to want to check out the real thing.
Well, that’s just my two cents and like any new exercise program only time will tell to see if the Les Mills PUMP workout will be one that sticks around for a long time and becomes one for the record books.
Guest Post By: Paul Atkins