I am WAY late to the BodyPump party. So late that even though I have wonderful friends who are BodyPump instructors (Sara and Jenna!), up until last Friday I didn’t even really know what it was. Or who Les Mills was. Honestly I still don’t even know who he is.
He’s a “he”, right?
Anyway all I knew was that it involves a barbell and I could spend a ton of money and buy it for home or I could find a class at a gym somewhere. My old gym didn’t have anything like this, but guess what!? My awesome new gym DOES. So last Friday I headed on over there at 10:30am for my very first BodyPump class.
I used to get really nervous before group exercise classes, but ever since I took Zumba a few years ago I figured there’s no way I could make a bigger fool of myself. I waited with a group of women (and one guy) outside the doors of Studio One for our instructor to arrive. Once we were inside I picked a spot near the back and watched everyone else to determine what sort of equipment I would need. This was the only confusing part of the experience because it was way more props than I’m used to.
I took a barbell off the rack with the little plastic ends you snap on to make sure your weights don’t slide off. Then I chose a variety of weights; having never taken the class before I had no idea what I would be comfortable with and I wanted options. I also grabbed a set of hand weights, a step with two risers, and a yoga mat and set my things up according to how other people had arranged them.
Then of course the instructor asked if anyone was new and even though the class was packed I was the only one who had never been there before. As I said…late to the party. She gave me the usual first timer speech about taking it easy and listening to my body, etc, and then she joked about not being able to walk up the stairs the next day. I hoped she was kidding because I had my long run scheduled. All joking aside, she was nice and I liked her immediately. She also had really great taste in music.
Even for a newcomer, the class was very easy to follow except for a couple times when I was laying on my back on the step and had to turn my head to see what other people were doing around me. At first the weight was very manageable, but after doing SO. MANY. REPS. my arms were on fire. I could tell I was getting an incredible workout. With all the squats and lunges we were doing I started to think maybe the instructor wasn’t joking about the stairs thing. In the end my legs were fine, but I am still feeling it in my arms several days later!
We rounded up the class with some core work and stretching and I was shocked at how fast the time had gone. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! The instructor applauded me for hanging in with the rest of the class, which made me feel pretty great about myself even though I’m sure she has to say that to all her new people. Everyone there was really pleasant as well; lots of smiles and no big, obnoxious egos.
Because I have off this Friday I’ll be going back again and then once the new job starts I will have to find other ways to fit it in. Luckily new gym has lots of options. 🙂
Have you taken BodyPump before? If so, do you love it? If not, do you want to? What other types of strength training do you incorporate into your routine?
Happy Tuesday to you all!