BodyPumpBodyPump isn’t a new fitness craze that is sweeping the country. It’s actually been around for quite sometime, but many people may not be familiar with it.

BodyPump is a weight-based group-fitness program, created and distributed globally by Les Mills International. Created in 1991 by Phillip Mills, it is now found in over 70 countries and 10,000 health-clubs and gyms worldwide. The BodyPump classes are 60 minutes long and contain eight separate muscle group specific songs or “tracks.”

The classes are performed to music using free weights-plates, barbells and an aerobic step. Participants choose their weights based on the exercise and their personal goals.

Major muscle groups are worked via series of compound and isolation-based exercises including squats, presses, dead lifts. The focus is towards muscle endurance using several repetitions.

Take a look at a typical BodyPump class:

BodyPump isn’t for the faint of heart.

I’ve taken a class with Arnold Gaither, certified BodyPump instructor and personal trainer in Washington, D.C and needless to say, it was a workout I’ll never forget.

“BodyPump hits All the major muscle groups. The high repetition is designed to not only burn calories but to promote lean muscle mass. The moves are safe, the music is motivating, and if you challenge yourself, the result are guaranteed. But people should consult a physician first before starting any type of high intensity workout,” Gaither said.

Have you taken a BodyPump class? Would you after seeing the video above?

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