A couple of years ago when I was trying to build up strength after having shoulder surgery, I was spending a few hours a week in Body Pump classes at Gold’s Gym. Other than a few days in the weight room every field hockey season, prior to Body Pump I’d never spent any real time with weights prior to these classes. I was pretty decimated to going to Body Pump a few times a week for a while, then I started working at Pure Barre and going to Soul Cycle and eventually I ended my membership at Gold’s.
After about two years away, last week I went with a friend and took another Body Pump class, and holy hell! It kicked my seat! Body Pump is a one hour weight lifting class that, similar to Pure Barre and Soul Cycle class, moves with the beat of the music. In a typical class, there is a couple of squat tracks, a shoulder track, and ab track, bicep tracks, a back track, and a warm up. There is also light stretching after class. The teacher takes you through the class, giving recommendations for how much weight to have, when to use your bar versus your free weights, and instructing on proper technique. Similar to most other fitness classes, the teaches calls instructions from the front, lifting and pressing with the beat.
What sets Body Pump apart from many other classes I’ve grown used to taking is simply the amount of weight you use. While in Soul and barre you do have weight tracks, the majority of class is done using simply your body weight as resistance, in Body Pump, every single track involved weight work, including the ab track while you’re lying on your back. Doing high heal plies, while obviously hard, is just not the same as doing three and half minutes of squats with 30 pounds on your shoulders.
I tend to get addicted to certain types of exercise – Soul, barre, BBG – and I don’t really think that Body Pump is my next addiction, but I do think it is a great addition into my repertoire of workouts. If the way my quads were feeling the day after is any indication, I could definitely use this kind of workout.