WHY DOES BODYPUMP WORK?
The high rep, lower weight training of BODYPUMP™ is based on a formula called THE REP EFFECT™, which utilizes time under tension and fatigue to generate muscular adaptation. During a BODYPUMP workout, the fusion of science-backed moves, motivating instructors and great music helps you achieve much more than you would on your own.
DOES BODYPUMP REALLY GET RESULTS?
BODYPUMP really is the ultimate resistance training workout. A fascinating study has shown that BODYPUMP generates a long-term physiological response that is far greater than a calorie-matched cardio class. BODYPUMP can therefore be described as a more potent exercise stimulus. This is backed up by research highlighting that the fast-tempo resistance training of BODYPUMP expends more energy than lifting heavier loads at a slower rate. Studies also show that BODYPUMP can generate athleticism; improving strength, power and speed. There is also evidence that the high-repetition, low-load training of BODYPUMP can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. And, BODYPUMP has been shown to reduce inflammatory markers and drive significant gains in functional ability.
HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU BURN DOING BODYPUMP?
While you can expect to burn an average of 400 calories* during a 55-minute BODYPUMP workout, scientists now advise gauging the impact of your workouts by looking beyond the immediate calorie burn. It's the building of lean muscle mass that provides long-term benefits, as when you increase lean muscle mass the extra muscle will raise your metabolism, so you increase your body’s ability to effectively burn calories beyond your workout. Read more about the long-term calorie burn benefits of BODYPUMP.
WHY ARE STRENGTH WORKOUTS IMPORTANT?
Scientists have recently called out strength training as the most life-changing training modality of all. Not only does it make you stronger and fitter, but ground-breaking research now also links regular strength training with living a longer and healthier life. There’s evidence that strength training can improve heart health more significantly than cardio exercise and studies show how high-repetition strength training can grow stronger bones. And if you’re looking to lose weight, strength training is key to maintaining a healthy weight for the long term, as loss of lean muscle tissue during weight loss bumps up the risk of weight regain down the track.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO BODYPUMP?
BODYPUMP challenges all of your major muscle groups, so most people will get great results doing two to three workouts a week, ideally with a day off in between. Add two or three cardio workouts into the mix and you'll shape and tone your body in no time.
WHAT EXERCISES DO YOU DO DURING BODYPUMP?
A 55-minute BODYPUMP workout features ten tracks, each focusing on a different muscle group. You can always expect a good dose of squats, deadlifts, clean and presses, lunges and bicep curls. And, more often than not you'll find push-ups, chest presses, overhead presses and crunches are part of the mix too.
HOW STRONG DO YOU NEED TO BE TO DO BODYPUMP?
In a BODYPUMP workout there are options to suit every ability. If you're new to the workout start with very light weights (or even just the bar). Perhaps just do the first four or five tracks a couple of times a week. You'll find your fitness and strength improve over a number of sessions.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT SHOULD YOU LIFT DURING BODYPUMP?
There’s no pressure to lift heavy during a BODYPUMP workout. In fact, the whole workout is structured around high repetitions using light weights. However, the strength gains only come when you challenge yourself, and that relies on something called progressive overload. Progressive overload is the ongoing adaptation that occurs when you escalate the stress placed on your muscles. Lifting incrementally heavier loads is one of the most powerful ways to benefit from progressive overload – and in some cases sparks hypertrophic muscle growth.
When you’re looking to give your fitness a nudge, if a BODYPUMP workout is not getting you hot and sweaty, and you’re not hanging out for the end of each track then it’s likely that your resistance is too light. We suggest you pick a couple of tracks where you think you can lift a heavier weight and add an extra weight plate to your bar (if you’re using the SMARTBAR™ this is super simple!). Small increases will help ensure you maintain good form while building strength. If at any time you feel that the weight you are lifting is compromising your technique stop for a few reps and reset – or simply drop your weight slightly.
Watch and learn how to safely increase your weights below.
WHAT DO yOU NEED FOR A BODYPUMP WORKOUT?
BODYPUMP uses a weight bar and weight plates and a bench. While any barbell or weight plates will do, the Les Mills SMARTBAR is ideal. It has been scientifically designed to help you increase muscle activation and speed up plate transitions, so you get faster results. The LES MILLS SMARTSTEP™ is also a great option for BODYPUMP. We also suggest that you have comfortable workout clothes, supportive shoes, a drink bottle and a sweat towel.
TOP TIPS FOR BODYPUMP BEGINNERS
By Kylie Gates, Les Mills Creative Director
- Go very light with your weights so you can focus on learning good technique.
- Spend your first few workouts focusing on timing and the full range of movement.
- After you’ve done a few workouts, start checking in on how fatigued you feel at the end of each track. Ask yourself, “Could I do any more reps?” If the answer is “No”, then you’re using the right weight for you. If you feel like you could keep going you need to increase your weights.
- Remember, everyone is different. Find the weights that work for you, and then keep gradually increasing them over time.
CAN YOU DO BODYPUMP WHILE PREGNANT?
Plenty of people do BODYPUMP during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and keen to do BODYPUMP we suggest seeking the advice of your doctor or midwife, as they have the best understanding of your personal medical history. If you’re doing a live class, chat to your Instructor beforehand and let them know you’re pregnant – they will be able to coach you through the pregnancy modifications during the class.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A BODYPUMP INSTRUCTOR?
The first step to becoming a BODYPUMP Instructor is to connect with a club or your local Les Mills team. We’ll then provide you with plenty of training, you’ll get assessed and then you’ll be ready to lead your own classes. You can find out exactly what it takes to become a BODYPUMP Instructor here.
WHERE CAN YOU DO BODYPUMP?
OTHER STRENGTH WORKOUTS YOU MIGHT LIKE
- Les Mills’ Strength Development is a series of new resistance training workouts that have been carefully designed to build strength in phases, based on strength and conditioning science. Try Strength Development.
- LES MILLS GRIT™ Strength fuses high-intensity interval training with barbell, weight plate and bodyweight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. Find a workout or work out at home.
- LES MILLS CORE™ is a scientific core workout for incredible strength, stability and endurance in the muscles that matter most. Find a workout or work out at home.
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