BodyPUMP Release 87 Review

Hey friends!

A few things:

1. Quick rant: Yes I am still here. Things not to say to a very pregnant lady….. “why are you still here?” or “oh, you’re still here.” Emphasis on STILL…..Just a few pet peeves of mine lately when I see people. 😉 Way to state the obvious, yo. And guess what? I’m not even to my due date yet! I can’t imagine how next week will go if she’s not here. Already looking forward to that prospect….. :/

I PROMISE I will let you know, when I get a chance to, that she’s arrived.

K so this isn’t directed toward any of you, actually. I just am having a rant for a second about things I’ve encountered lately in ‘real’ life!

K. Rant over.

2. I am on a sweet potato kick lately! I could eat ’em for daysssssss. But they must be accompanied with ketchup.


3. If you haven’t watched Drop Dead Diva yet, do it! I totally love that show–it’s a fun, entertaining, pretty clean TV show. And the characters are pretty awesome.

4. Here is what the car-seat canopy looks like (my sis-in-law made it, I picked out the fabric….to match the colors of her room, and the nursing cover I have):

car seat canopy

car seat canopy


Les Mills’ BodyPUMP

As most of you know, I am a Les Mills Instructor, and really enjoy teaching fitness. BodyPUMP is the first Les Mills format I got trained in, so I definitely have a special place for that class in my heart!

Lately it’s been fun to teach fitness & be a pregnant role model in that aspect & way. I always admired other pregnant instructors & am grateful for their example! I hope this fitness awesomeness will help me in the birth. 😉

So even though I am pregnant, I am still a part of that tribe and proud of it! I love how the Les Mills 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).

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

BodyPUMP Release 87 Review


{note: Our gym did a full-week launch this time, instead of the usual 1 day launch. It was fun to do a ‘fall-colors’ theme in each of my classes that week, but I must admit, I was sad we didn’t do the huge 1 day launch thing. Hopefully next time! 2nd note: My weight is lighter on most tracks because of pregnancy.}

bodypump release 87 review

Track 1 – Warmup. Song: “Let There Be Love” 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 has a fun upbeat, and I totally love it!! I actually love the quick transitions & changes in this warmup. As an instructor though, you have to know where those are, because they can be tricky! My weight selection: 20 lbs. <—weight listed does not include weight of the bar (1-2 lbs.)

Track 2 – Squats. Song: “Black Betty” We direct the class to 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 4 sets, with 3 different stances. OUCH. We use a wider stance in the final set that really takes the lower body on quite the ride! The song is fun, but it gets repetitive & by the end, I am kinda done with it. But I do love the bottom-half squats mixed with full-range squats combination. My weight selection: 45 lbs.

Track 3 – Chest. Song: “Don’t Stop The Party” A fun song! It has a ‘party’ beat to it, so you can’t help but sing along a bit. 😉 We start with the barbell for chest press & then move to chest flys. I totally love using both moves. My chest has been sore after each class I’ve taught! Instructors need to be careful about the number of reps though–they’re all pretty much odd (11, 9, 5, etc.) which is irregular from the usual 4,8,12’s! My weight selection: 35 lbs/barbell, 20 lbs/chest fly

Track 4 – Back. Song: “Again & Again (Club Mix)”  This is a pretty good back track. It has a lot of power moves, which I love (hello HR up & lots of muscle groups worked at once!) It is fast paced, so not a lot of ‘breathing’ time, which keeps the class on its toes. The power moves are the hang clean & the clean & press–two of my faves!  There are 3 big sets of work that combine power with strength-and so it feels really great! I love feeling strong and unstoppable, and I can tell the class does too. The wide deadlifts at the very end of 2 of the sets 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 (10 lbs heavier) with this one!  I don’t love the song though–once again, just kind of repetitive & nothing special IMO. My weight selection: 35 lbs.

Track 5 – Triceps. Song: “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” This track doesn’t let up from the start. I love combining isolated moves with compound moves to sculpt the arms! We go from weighted dips to a kick-back row combo twice, and then to triceps pushups (major OUCH!), to standing overhead triceps extensions. I love any track with triceps pushups because they’re so freaking hard. The music is pretty fun, actually-when I first heard it I didn’t love it, but it’s growing on me! My weight selection: 10 lbs & 5 lbs.

Track 6 – Biceps. Song: “Bom Bom” OH yes. This track is way harder than it looks or seems! The funky beat & lyrics make you feel like you’re just having a good ‘ole time, but the combination of bicep plate curls & hammer curls with almost no break is really something else. I’ve done this track with the plates only, but you can use the barbell & simply do biceps curls.  I love changing up the training stimulus however, and so have my classes. Our arms are sore for days! My weight selection: 20 lbs.

Track 7 – Lunges. Song: “Sweet Nothing” This track is definitely challenging, and so I love it! We combine barbell back squats (in a wide stance), with barbell lunges. (Options: 1 plate or no weight). I sometimes love a good lunge track that goes back to the basics–squats with a bunch of lunges. It just feels legit & totally rocks the lower body. Not gonna lie, I totally enjoy seeing the class squirm on this one–it’s hard! The song is a great choice for the track, IMO, because of the different tempos & drawn out lyrics. My weight selection: 30 lbs.

Track 8 – Shoulders. Song: “Crush On You” This track is just okay. I like the new T-Raise move, but I wish we could have some more rotator work and pushup work in the track as well.  The song has fun lyrics though, and I like that there are 2 sets only-with the 2nd set challenging you to push a little harder & pick up more weight. I do the upright raises with a heavier weight & then switch back to the lower weight for the rotator work–and that has helped me feel the challenge a bit more. I also enjoy the barbell work of overhead & push presses! My weight selection: 25 lbs. on the bar/ 5 lbs. & 10 lb. (for upright row only) plates

Track 9 – Core. Song: “Troublemaker” I think this is a fun song & has some good moves–plated crunch, crunch with leg extension, and weighted hip bridge. I wish there were some hovers or planks though-I just feel it gets a bit repetitive lying on the back the whole time & feel we can integrate the core a bit more in a hover or plank. My personal opinion though! It also might have to do with the fact that right about now I’m not doing many crunches. 😉 My weight selection: 5 lbs.

Track 10 – Cooldown. Song: “Here Without You” 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. My weight selection: none.

Such a good release fitness-wise (dang I am sore!) and semi-okay music-wise (IMO). It’s been fun to take this release to my classes & see their reactions to the new tracks. Yay BodyPUMP!


Today I work, and then teach BP–yep, this release that I just reviewed! And maybe go on a 4-hour walk to get things moving….. we shall see. 😉

Well, you all have a GREAT day! <3

What has been a favorite song of YOURS lately, to work out to??! If YOU’ve tried BP lately, what do YOU think of 87??! Any really great comebacks I can say to someone who says “oh you’re still here!”??? 😉

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  1. that carseat cover is so cute!! totally loving the pink and orange colors together!
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  2. I like the fast transitions in the warmup too…I’d like to dump the bi track right away. Its really …repetitive and not in a good way. Otherwise, I think its an amazing release!!

    • That’s funny that you say that-b/c I think the bicep track is kinda fun, but do not enjoy the back or squats track much b/c they’re so repetitive. Hah!

  3. Tracy says:

    Question on your workout clothes… are those just regular or maternity styles? I’m starting to have a problem with tops being too short with a growing belly. Maternity workout clothes can be expensive… so wondering what other options I have. Husbands clothes…

    • Most of them are just regular workout clothes. I have 2 maternity tops & 1 pair of maternity workout bottoms. The outfit above is ‘regular’ clothes. The top has a flowy bottom part (it’s from Old Navy), but the flowy part obv isn’t so flowy on me 😉

      My hips/butt haven’t changed a ton in this pregnancy–not sure why? So I haven’t needed to buy really any bottoms. But I already had pretty good sized wider hips & butt beforehand 😉

  4. Ahhh I love this! I can’t wait to come home so I can try the new release. It looks great! :)
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  5. That car seat canopy is adorable!! I love the bright colors.
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  6. I haven’t tried out 87 yet, but I loved reading your review! I teach a class called “Pump ‘N’ Sculpt”, which is super similar to Body Pump (without the official music/moves and without the trademark). It’s fun to get new ideas!

    I think it’s awesome that you’re still rockin’ the bump. You’re gonna have one healthy baby girl.
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  7. Hang in thete, at least uou have work to distract you. Ps your looking better than ever!
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  8. I love the cover! Especially awesome that it’s double sided :) I think it’s awesome that you’re teaching at 39+ weeks!!! Like hello inspiration!
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  9. I have been on a sweet potato kick too! With ketchup like you said. I also watch Drop Dead Diva and love it. It is a way for my mom and I to connect while I’m at school – we watch it together virtually. I always feel silly telling people that I watch a show called Drop Dead Diva because the name hardly explains what the show is actually about so I have to justify it. But it’s so good! Especially now with the drama that I’m sure will come between Jane and Stacy.
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  10. I did 87 for the first time Monday. I think 86 was my all-time favorite release, because I loved ALL the music and thought the tracks were challenging enough but not too bad. To me, 87 was one of the hardest releases I have done! That lunge track is killer because you don’t get a break so I went to my warmup weight for it (only 10 lbs plus bar, I am definitely a runner with zero strength, lol). I was glad I did too!

    To me all the tracks were challenging, I guess the tricep track was a little blah, but it’s not good to work all your muscles like crazy in a release. I definitely felt the DOMS the next day bc I took 2 weeks off pump to run/recover from a marathon. Yikes! Can’t do that again!
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    • 86 was one of my all-time faves too!! Amen on this lunge track though, so tough. I can’t wait to do it with my real weight 😉

      Glad you enjoyed some of the challenges of 87 too!

  11. BP 87 took me a couple times to like it. .. I agree about squats, I get sorta bored teaching it too. I think the chest track is awesome. Tricep pushups are killer. Shoulders aren’t the best. Lunges are hard!! And I LOVE Drop Dead Diva – such a cute show. :)
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  12. The carseat canopy is so pretty!
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  13. Nicole says:

    I agree with Katie from Running w/Cupcakes….I needed a few weeks to “get into” teaching this. The best squat track (in my mind!) will always be 85, so it’s tough to love anything else. Ha! I’m liking the chest track now that I’ve got the counting down (I TOTALLY brain-farted on release day….EMBARASSING!!).
    I am LOVING the lunge track. I totally feel strong getting through TWO MINUTES of lunges on each leg. I also love the groans of relief I get from my classes when we’re done with it. 😀

    Comebacks for ya:

    • yah that chest track is a tough one to learn with the counts! I agree!

      And amen to the lunges. Such a fun challenge –and to watch the class do it—and squirm. priceless. 😉

  14. Oh my gosh I would want to punch someone if I were that far along and people said “you’re still here?”
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  15. I love the carseat canopy – adorable!!

    Hang in there girl! xoxo
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  16. Hahaha, girrrrrrl, I SO hear ya on #1. When I was still at work (and past my due date, mind you!) it was allll I would hear from people. “Why are you still HERE?” Oh man, I wanted to smack them all in the nose. Good luck to ya on that one! 😉

    On a different note, I LOVE that carseat canopy! I need to get me one of those :)
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  17. I like 87 – triceps is probably my favorite (song and moves). I think some of the music will “wear out” someone quick though. We just launched Flow 62 this morning at my club, my brain is in choreo haze. :)

    As for “still here” – I don’t have any comebacks for you. Maybe if you just joke with them “don’t worry, I promise my water won’t break in class”? Haha. No, but really, one of my favorite BP instructors – her water broke on her step (I think she was teaching step, not BP though). I can’t even imagine.
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  18. I’m sad to say I’ve never tried BP! :( But I really would love to! I’ll have to check to see where it’s available by me!
    I LOVE Drop Dead Diva and I want to be friends with Jane/Deb in real life lol
    And in regard to what people say, people OFTEN do not think before they speak…plain and simple! Take it from who it’s coming from…and just brush it off! Easier than getting yourself upset :)
    You look great!!! and that your walk gets things moving!
    -Sammy @
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  19. Yes!! Troublemaker made the list. I love that song, it’s perfect for core work! I cannot wait for the post when we hear the BIG news!! I bet it was hit IG first!
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  20. I LOVE Drop Dead Diva! I am anxiously waiting season 4 on Netflix. I recently discovered your blog, congrats on your pregnancy, and thanks for sharing! I love that you are still teaching BodyPump at 39 weeks. Inspiring.

  21. Funny you should say squats & back were pretty repetitive – they were the tracks I preferred lol! I didn’t like chest so much but I think it’ll just take some getting used to. Love the lunges song but ouch! I had to do normal lunges without weight in the end as I am rubbish with lunges which I find frustrating as my other weights are pretty high. I’ve never been able to do lunges correctly!

  22. What?! You’re STILL teaching??!!? Ha- just kidding. But seriously- that is great that you’ve been SO healthy and strong through your pregnancy and able to do so!
    My favorite track is probably the back track… but it pretty much always is. I like the squat track a lot and the shoulders (mostly because there’s not push-ups) and triceps.
    The lunge track is SO HARD!! It took me forever just being able to do all of the lunges- my soleus cramps up like crazy during those last 16!
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  23. Ashley says:

    I love 87! My instructor usually will combine tracks from the last 3 or 4 releases to mix it up a bit . . . Today we went back to 45! I’m not so big on this squat track (86 is harder!!) Believe me, I sing to almost every track! That lunge track . . . Even after weeks of doing it, it still kills me every time. Overall, it’s a dynamic mix of tracks and I like it. What’s your favorite release to teach?

  24. Just wondering if you continued to do clean and press and overhead work while pregnant and how did this go for you.
    I admire you continuing to teach BP while pregnant, I hope to continue teaching my classes (BP and RPM while pregnant too). I want to stay fit and strong and be a role model for my participants.


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