Why BodyPUMP Makes You Faster

Heeeeyyyyy! It’s mid-week and I am on fire (productivity wise). I sure love that feeling, don’t you?!

Oh, and if anyone is looking for a good protein-pump-up lunch, dinner, or breakfast, just check out these 2 recipes from yesterday. Amazing stuff.

I share all my awesome recipe secrets with you all, so you better be feeling lucky 😉 It’s legit, folks.

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Why BodyPUMP Makes You Faster (At Running)

Many of you know my love for lifting weights. I live for it (and uh, I get paid to do it). But what many do NOT realize is this : lifting weights makes you a FASTER runner.

What is this crazy talk?!

‘Tis true. From Runner’s World:

“Group classes are a great way to try something new and address areas that you know are weaknesses for you, like flexibility or upper-body strength.”

The article continues on to highlight why BodyPUMP is just one of those classes-especially because the class is a fun, energizing environment that improves strength, coordination, flexibility, and can help improve muscle imbalances.

Here is what a running coach (as quoted in the article) had to say about BodyPUMP :

Boom baby.

Running Injury Link

AND did you know that many running injuries could have been avoided if the runner had included more weight training into his/her plan??

WEAK quads, gluteal muscles, and/or core can translate into knee injuries, hip soreness, lower back pain, IT band issues, and/or ankle problems to name a few. (I am not saying ALL injuries are avoided by weight training, but many of them can be). People, let’s get smart, eh??

Just think what a BodyPUMP class–where you do close to 1000 reps of squats, lunges, chest press,etc. with a good amount of weight–could do for the avoidance of those issues?? Not to mention the speed gained from having more muscle mass?

{guilty as charged}

Squats, lunges, and deadlifts are three of the best exercises to do to strengthen the lower body (read: quads, hamstrings, glutes)….and guess which muscles you use most to run? Yep, you guessed it.

I think doing all those lunges, squats, and deadlifts while I teach has paid off….I now ‘jog’ 1 mph faster than I was jogging one year ago. That is amazing! I can’t wait to do a race and see if I’ve improved at all!

BodyPUMP Helps You In Other Areas Too

NOW take a look at this beautiful cycle: Speed comes from having muscles that are strong. Muscles are strengthened and built through weight training. BodyPUMP is a fun class to do said weight training. Taking those classes (and/or pumping iron) makes us more confident. Confidence helps us reach our goals.

Need I say more?!

No, but for real. BodyPUMP is an amazing class, but if you can’t take a BodyPUMP class, pick up some weights and work the whole body at least 2x per week.

Here’s WHY:

  • Your race times will improve (read: see above, her new PR was 15 MINUTES faster! That is amazing!)
  • Your body fat will decrease
  • Your injury risk will lower dramatically
  • Your confidence will soar
  • + loads more

What ARE you waiting for?!! Those benefits are TOO good to pass up.

{come get hardcore-and faster-with me! rawr!}

And with that, I am off to teach some…. you guessed it, BodyPUMP. Thank goodness for that class…without it I would still be a slow runner, stress/emotional eating wreck, cardio queen, and osteopenia-prone weakling.

What is YOUR favorite way to work your entire body through strength training?!? If you’ve taken BodyPUMP, why do YOU love it so much?? Any runners out there who have raced better because of weight training??!

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Comments

  1. I saw that article in RW and totally thought of you! If only BP would come to my gym… Grrrr!!!

    • I am flattered–you thought of me while reading RW 😉 Hehe.

      I wish it would get to your gym…for you, too! It’s too good of a class to leave out…..

  2. Karina says:

    Pump is such a great workout!! And if it’s not in your area, it’s available on a DVD set now on http://www.beachbody.com :)

  3. Are those your legs? Wooooooo! Haha, get it girl!

    • They are :) (My sis was playing around with the camera as I was grabbing something…I had no idea my legs looked better than before–but boy do they ever. Hard work PAYS off 😉

  4. Thanks for the reminder girl! I am training for a half now and sometimes I ignore weight training, I can’t lie! I am definitely going to try and include more into my training for injury avoidance!

  5. you have some nice legs my friend! :) strong work!
    i love bodypump because it challenges me and forces me to lift differently than i normally would on my own. it makes it more fun and adds more variety to my workouts. plus, all the music and motivation i get from the class is awesome!

    • Thanks 😉 It is true…hard work pays off! Still working at it all though!

      It is motivating to me too-but I must have the music up loud. Hah (some people don’t love that. WHoopsies)!

  6. Awesome I didn’t know you could get it on DVD! I don’t have any classes near me Thanks

  7. I love Bodypump BECAUSE it makes me strong and powerful.
    I also get incredibly bored lifting weights in the gym, and Bodypump is anything BUT boring. That hour FLIES by! I also like it because it’s for all levels, all ages, men and women (and I wish more men at my gym would take it!). It’s such a great all-over workout that covers everything you need by combining cardio with strength training.
    But than again, you already knew all of that. :)

    • I love EVERYthing about this comment! You’re right it always really does FLY by. When I strength train on my own, sometimes it gets soooo boring and monotonous. Hah.

  8. Ahhhh I so wish my gym had bodypump! They do have a similar class that I keep wanting to try but it’s always at a bad time and, honestly, I’m pretty intimidated! People get there an hour to 30 minutes early to set up their stuff and claim a spot!

  9. I have never done body pump but I lift weights 4 times a week and do yoga twice a week and it has helped my running!

  10. your enthusiasm for BP is so contagious!! :)

  11. I’m going to try one next week at my gym!

    I’ve always strength trained–it helps me come back from injury. Now if I could just get faster at running–the highest I can get is 6.3 on the treadmill!

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