Achieving your fitness goals is much easier if you work with others, and articles often advise finding a friend so you can motivate and inspire each other through tough patches. However, it’s not always possible to find someone who you want to do this with, or who can meet your busy schedule. So attending group exercise classes is another way of achieving this goal, all the motivational benefits of being in a group along with a qualified instructor challenging you throughout. To maximise your results you should always look to eat healthily and follow a diet plan.
If the thought of exercising in a group with strangers fills you with dread, let me tell you that things have moved on a long way since the ‘Green Goddess’. Good quality modern group exercises classes are up-to-date, created with scientific precision to achieve specific fitness goals and generally accompanied by a great soundtrack. Body Pump – designed by Les Mills – is one such class. Although the name suggests it has a ‘dancing’ base, it couldn’t be more different. It is actually a weights based class that, although it has official choreography and great current music tracks to work along to, requires no dance ability.
Using barbells, adjustable weights and body resistance, the Body pump instructor takes you through a series of tracks, each designed to work a different muscle group. Prior to each track beginning, the instructor informs you on which muscle group you are about to work and advises you on suitable weights to use in order to get the most from your work out. A structured warm up and cool down is also included in each class to minimise injuries. Each track includes multiple repetitions, although they are mixed throughout the track so you don’t find yourself carrying out one single movement for long periods of time and it’s easy to maintain your interest and motivation.
Low weight high repetition approach to exercise
This low weight – high repetition approach is designed to encourage fat burning and help to tone your body. The use of different tracks to exercise separate muscle groups means that each exercise class is an all-over body workout. Putting in the maximum effort is estimated to burn 400 – 600 calories per hour long class – a target that is difficult to achieve in a solo hour at the gym. Vitally, Body pump is a low impact class which means that, unlike many other classes, you are able to attend, see great results and protect your joints and bones from injury.
Each Body Pump class is run according to the official Les Mills choreography which is carefully constructed to deliver results in a safe environment. However, the class is regularly completely redesigned (with a new ‘release’ approximately every three months) so that you will never feel that the routine or the music is getting stale. You make the decisions about the weight load that you use, so you are continually challenged to meet your own personal fitness goals as you continue with the classes in the longer term.
The LA fitness chain of gyms run regular Body Pump classes – to find out more about their classes and schedules visit lafitness.co.uk