BodyPUMP Release 86 Review

Hey friends!

Some news:

1. I finally registered for the hypnobirthing classes! (PAT on the back for moi!) They’re gonna be loooonggg I suspect (3 hours 4x). I can’t sit still real well, so this could be interesting. Oh, and they recommend the husband comes along too….I think Jared is soooo excited about that. 😉

2. One of my most ‘liked’ photos on instagram to date has been this:

fro yo -yogurtland

Oh instagram friends, we all have our priorities straight! :)

I mentioned in the caption of this pic that because I was nice & subbed for someone the other night (CXWORX), I got to have a treat. They all agreed with me. So I felt very validated as I ate my delicious cup of like 20 flavors.

I am more of a fro-yo girl, not a toppings girl. I think there were 20 flavors in there? (vanilla bean, carrot cake, coconut, caramel & pralines, strawberry lemonade, & raspberry hibiscus). Wow. Just typing that all out makes me want them all again!

p.s. the stares I got for a) being in fitness clothes b) carrying a gym bag c) tasting all the flavors and  d) sporting a baby bump were priceless. Luckily I’m a pretty confident person & stared right back at them. haha 😉


Speaking of teaching fitness (and fro yo…..)….

BodyPUMP – a love still burning

…I am loving BodyPUMP a ton lately! I always like it (and love the teaching aspect of it), but lately I’ve really loved it. I think it’s because I have a more sane schedule of teaching. Yah, that’s probably it.

It’s also so fun to teach fitness & be a pregnant role model in that aspect & way. I always admired other pregnant instructors & hoped that’d be me one day. Well, that dream has come true! 😉

I am sure you’re sick of me waxing poetic about really loving being a Les Mills Instructor, but too bad. It’s what I love. I am a part of that tribe and proud of it! I love how the programs run (new music/moves/etc) every quarter. It keeps things fresh, without putting a ton of pressure on me. (Other than learning the choreo).

{and now I have a bump to go along with those releases:}

bodypump release 86 review

I also enjoy reviewing the releases (other reviews found here <–at the bottom of the page). And fun fact: the last BP review? I was actually pregnant at that launch & nobody knew. Crazy how time flies & things change! So without further ado…

BodyPUMP Release 86 Review

*this is probably one of my favorite releases as of late! such a great combo of everything!

{note: I had a trainer take some photos….so nice of her! however, she is no photographer. sorry some of the photos are a bit blurry!}

Track 1 – Warmup. Song: “I Cry” We lift the lightest weight of the class for this track, just so the body gets used to moving a bit of weight. This also allows the body to warm up and prepares the body for hard work to come, and reduces the risk of injury. This song is fun!! I totally love that the music allows for some fitness magic & fun moments to connect with the room. I neeeeeed that to get the class excited for the workout ahread-so this one is perf. My weight selection: 20 lbs. <—weight listed does not include weight of the bar (1-2 lbs.)

Track 2 – Squats. Song: “In The Clear” We put 3-4x our warmup weight on the bar for the quads and glutes & hammies, as these larger muscle groups comprise the legs and butt and are strong. This squats track we use 2 sets only, with 2 different stances! I really really like the dubstep and the tempos they threw in there to add that sense of drama. I like me some drama in weight training! :) This track is a bit longer & slower than normal, so that is definitely a biter. And I love the inclusion of 8 bottom-halves in a row at the end. It finishes us off nicely. OUCH . My weight selection: 50 lbs.

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{can ya see blurry me? hah}

Track 3 – Chest. Song: “Your Body” One of my favorite songs, actually.  It has a great tempo & beat-what can I say? I am a sucker for that. I also loved the mix-up with chest press & chest flies. However, it is important you choose a heavier than normal chest weight for the bar. My chest was on fire by the end thanks to all those heavier chest presses ! My weight selection: 40 lbs/barbell, 20 lbs/chest fly

Track 4 – Back. Song: “Campione 2012”  This is a really great back track. It is fast paced, and it has a ‘newer’ move-the hang clean. Love, love it. My back has been sore every Monday evening after teaching it! Those moves work, baby! There is a combo with clean and presses and bent-over deadrows for 2 sets, and then Power Presses with triple deadrows right at the end to finish ya. OUCH! These powerful moves use the muscles in the entire body to move & drive the bar-which means a HUGE heart rate jump. The wide deadlifts at the very end also help to engage the entire posterior chain (the muscles of the back, hamstrings, & glutes), making us better athletes. Yessss! And boy do I feel it. I can’t imagine doing my real back weight (5 lbs heavier) with this one!  My weight selection: 40 lbs.

bodypump release 86 review

Track 5 – Triceps. Song: “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” This track is so so so so fun! Try not to sing “help me help me” throughout it. 😉 The weighted dips at the beginning are killer. Especially the final set of ’em. I’m close to not being able to finish them off-hah! The kick-back row combo is back, and because of the number of reps, it does a better job this time of making the arms beg for mercy. My weight selection: 10 lbs (1st 2 sets) & 5 lbs (2nd 2 sets)

Track 6 – Biceps. Song: “Dark Side” OH yes, Kelly Clarkson is back. I love any BP track where she is included in it (her & Pink, it seems). We get to bust out a whole bunch of slower curls, mixed with single biceps curls & bottom-halves. I like how this one is short & sweet with no real break-my kind of fun! My weight selection: 20 lbs.

Track 7 – Lunges. Song: “Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit)”  Great song for this one! I like the mix of weighted (barbell) back squats & the plated lunges. We also add in some plated squats & squats to press & then dynamic plated squats. It’s a great succession of moves for sure, but it’s tough with the type of plates we use to feel a really deep burn. It hurts yes, but I think they needed to tweak this one a bit to make it harder. But the song is perf. My weight selection: 35 lbs. (squats) & 10 lbs. (lunges/plated squats)

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Track 8 – Shoulders. Song: “We’ll Be Coming Back” This track is pretty great–hello 48 pushups!! The song is catchy & I really like how simple this track is–2 sets repeated.  For some reason (I think it’s the song), it just works. And it stings–in the best way possible. Probably because we do so many pushups….with the belly, I can’t do them all on my toes though. The barbell overhead presses and push presses (after pushups, lateral raise, and upright rows<—love the plated one!) at the end of each set are great! Seriously-my shoulders/arms are toast by the end every time. My weight selection: 25 lbs. on the bar/ 5 lbs. plates

bodypump release 86 review

Track 9 – Core. Song: “She’s So Mean” I really don’t like this track very much… once again I think the moves are so repetitive & a bit boring, although both are good moves (hip bridge & plate lift/crunch). I wish there were more functional moves like hovers, especially because I get bored easily with abs stuff, and hello?! I can’t do much with crunches now. 😉 My weight selection: 10 lb plate.

Track 10 – Cooldown. Song: “Try” A great song to remind ourselves of how hard we worked, and to take some time to breathe & stretch! I like this time as it helps us release the tired muscles and I get a chance to congratulate the members-they always work so so hard.  Plus, doing it to a Pink song is a plus! My weight selection: none.

Such a strong release fitness-wise and music-wise! I reeeeaaallly like this release. As I said, I don’t care for the core track, but because I don’t do much (just show it & then sit up), I don’t mind it too bad. I think I’d be bored as a participant though.

bodypump release 86 review

{my co-presenter & me}

bodypump release 86 review

{how much I burned the day we launched BP 86}

The people at the gyms I teach at are loving BP 86 too, so that’s always a plus! :)


Alright folks, I am off to work & then, yes, teaching BP 86 tonight!

Have a GREAT day ya all! <3

If YOU’ve tried BP 86–what do YOU think?!? for anyone: What do YOU like to train better–lower body or upper body?! Are YOU a toppings person or a fro yo person??!

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  1. Woohoo for birthing classes! I’m going to a breastfeeding class tonight that they recommend to bring your spouses along to, but I am not going to subject him to that. It’s 3 hours and he’s a busy guy right now!

    • Haha. I bet he’s okay with that 😉

      I’m not asking jared to come to the breastfeeding class either. I think he’s cool with it. haha

  2. I’ve never done bodypump, but one of my good friends does it and loves it! I prefer to train lower body because legs are fun and not as hard to me. Lifting weights/training upper body is always way harder to me!

  3. haha everyone loves their fro yo!! can ya blame them??!

  4. There are no BP classes around here and it makes me sad because everyone I’ve talked to LOVES them…Maybe soon :)

  5. I enjoy a similar style class that Body Training Systems puts out called Group Power. I love this style of class. Anything set to music gets me going. As for upper or lower body, I love to work both. I love seeing the definition in my shoulders and arms and feeling strong. I also love my squats, lunges, and hip thrusters to keep the lower body strong to support my ever growing baby bump.

    As for your ab track, have you considered elevating your step platform (3 risers on one side, 1 riser on the other) or using a stability ball? I’m still completing ab work in my third trimester. My Dr. and I laugh about my “mohawk” at every appointment (I had one just yesterday) because my TVA refuses to give in/rip. Obviously, do what feels good for you and your body.

    As for fro-yo, it’s my favorite treat. Last week I treated myself to raspberry truffle (raspberry pomegranate sorbet and chocolate custard swirl). I’m a minimalist on toppings. It’s all about the fro-yo for me.

    • Yep, I do core work for 30 minutes when I teach CXWORX-and can do most of it fine. I just found this core track to be boring, and am okay with not doing it all. 😉

      Way to go on keeping up in the 3rd tri!!

      Mmmmm fro yo!

  6. Instagram loves the fro yo!! I haven’t tried latest release but I’m excited to see a lot of the songs that I love on there. :)

  7. Haha I laughed at #1 because that is totally me! Sitting still is not something I do well, especially when pregnant! And Cody went to our childbirth class purely because he loves me… 😉

  8. Fun! I wish I could take your class. Actually, I wish my gym offered ANY bodypump classes!

  9. Launching next weekend! In choreo mode AGAIN. I have half of step down …none of pump. MUST LEARN! Yayy froyo and yayy for your site suddenly working for me again

  10. I am LOVING BP86 – the music and the moves! Faves: Chest (flies! and definitely agree about the bar weight), Back (hang clean!), and Triceps (so.many.dips! and singing as a participant ;))… but I really love the whole thing.

    I’ve only done the lunges once (I’ve been ducking out recently because my hip flexors get angry), but I liked it. I’ve heard similar things regarding weights for that one. Maybe it’s because our gyms just have 10s and the largest plate and LM is using the SmartBar, so they have a higher weight option? The core track is a little awkward, but I appreciate that they’re changing things up a bit. I spend most of Try doing choreo in my head since it’s on the new BodyFlow release as well (Standing Strength).

    I can go either way with fro yo – usually if I get chocolate or pb, I’m all about the toppings. If they’re more fruity flavors (like the pink lemonade I had last weekend), then I want to just savor the froyo.

    • I agree with your thoughts on the lunge track & plate weight–without the smart bar plates we can’t get high enough after 10 lb. Maybe try using 2 plates on it? But then there’s the risk of 1 slipping? And I don’t want that risk right now 😉

      That’s fab that you do choreo while stretching–makes total sense to me!!

      • Yeah, definitely no risks for you right now. :) Maybe dumbbells instead of plates? I think most of them go up to 15? For the overhead it could be awkward to hold though. :\

        Baby Girl is probably doing choreo while she stretches (and jabs and kicks and…) too 😉

  11. I SO wish there was a gym near me that had a bodyPump class on a regular basis. I think the YMCA near me does, but only once every week or so. :-( On a much happier note…your yogurt is calling to me. I think I have to go get one now. I’m definitely more of a yogurt over toppings person. I like toppings, but not when they outweigh the yogurt.
    And…ummm…3 hour classes= no thank you. As an education major in college, the last year all of our classes only met once a week, for 3 hours, so we could spend the other days in the schools interning. THey were the death of me. I CANNOT sit still that long, much less pay attention too! Good luck!

  12. Jennyb says:

    I had fallen out of love with pump, but not any more :) Although i feel a litt;e frustrated when i put my weights up more than i ever have on chest and triceps but felt nothing much the next day :( 5kg flys the a total of 15 kg on the bar at the end for chest track. Then triceps i used a 5kg plate and 2.5kg for the over head presses. tried to push it in shoulders to. but still no ache today. however the 24kg kettlebell my Personal trainer had me moving…..yeh that might hurt tomorrow. As they say – No pain, No Gain :)

    • I’m glad you’ve fallen back in love! yes–the chest track is a bit tricky, gotta load more than usual on that bar, I’ve noticed.


      • Jennyb says:

        i like a challenge 😉 and yes my lower back does ache today but in a strong feeling way if you know what i mean – might have to ask her to give me the safe feeling in the muffin top area :)

  13. I have got to try body pump! Can I come hang out with you??? 😉

  14. Release 86 looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it out soon! Not so sure about the 48 pushups though 😉 Definitely prefer training lower body but should probably start working the upper body more.

  15. Phoebe says:

    Annette, I’m wondering – how do you put such a heavy barbell (e.g. 50lbs) behind your neck?

    I wana up my weights for squats, but I struggle to drag more than 30lbs to my back/behind my neck. Ouch!

    • hey girl–I simply clean the bar up and over. It is never on the neck, it’s on the ‘meaty’ part of the upper back. the back muscles create a sort of ‘shelf’ where the bar sits. It would def hurt if it were on the neck-ouch! That would be dangerous.

      hope that helps! :)

  16. I just came back from the release at my gym, and I’ve gotta say, it’s one of my favorite releases overall! I love all the bottom-half/single combos, and I like that they are mixing things up and not just using the bar for every single song (maybe other releases don’t, but when my instructors get to choose the songs, it’s always just bar all the time). I really loved the chest and back tracks especially :)


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