BodyPUMP Release 88 Review

Hiii friends!

Glad you all agree with me–being a mom can be tough! hah. Each day is different, but I must say, being a mama to baby Lily is one of the coolest, most wonderful things I have ever done. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world–I feel so lucky! It’s pretty neat that that job will never end too, don’t ya think? :) I was meant to be a mom, and it feels awesome!

bodyPUMP release 88 review


But being a mom doesn’t stop me from being unstoppable in the gym.

Catch my drift?

You can be an awesome mom AND kick butt in the gym. And help others kick butt in the gym too! Hence why I love being a Les Mills fitness instructor.

The new releases have just been launched at my gyms, and they are fabulous!

here is my review of the latest & greatest!

BodyPUMP Release 88 Review 

bodyPUMP release 88 review

Overall I LOVE this release. It is just awesome-the music, the moves, the education, the fitness, and the way it is put together. Major high five on this one!

bodyPUMP release 88 review

Track 1 – Warmup. Song: “Tonight” 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 chorus, and I totally love it! I actually like the quick transitions & changes in this warmup, because it keeps the class moving early on. 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: “Killer (Crush Remix)” We direct the regular attendees to put on 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 3 sets, with 3 different stances. OUCH. We use a wider stance in the final set that really takes the lower body on quite the fitness ride! The contrast of the combo (2 singles, and 1 down quick with a pause, up slow) really hammers the legs. The song has sweet lyrics to hook into (‘killer’!), but it gets repetitive & by the end, I am kinda done with it. I wish there were bottom-half squats in this track though, it would make it harder and more fun, I think. Not my favorite squats track. My weight selection: 50 lbs.

Track 3 – Chest. Song: “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Go)” A fun song to sing to-hah! We start with the barbell for chest press for 2 sets & then for the last 2 sets use a new-to-BodyPump move called the A Press. The A Press is done with plates, however the elbows bend straight down to the bench top, with the plates still facing in, instead of flying out to the sides. I totally love the combo of using both the bar & plates as it really puts an extra load & challenge on the chest. I was sore for days after teaching! My weight selection: 40 lbs/barbell, 20 lbs/A Press

Track 4 – Back. Song: “Somebody (Cc. K Remix)”  I love this back track! The song is awesome, the moves are powerful & challenging, and the track is just huge! It is fast paced, so not a lot of ‘down’ time, which keeps the class on its toes. The power moves are the hang clean, the clean & press, and the power press–three of my fave moves to do!  There are 3 big sets of work (+1 beginning warmup set) that combine power with strength-and so it feels almost like intervals! I love feeling strong and unstoppable, and I can tell the class does too. The power moves are combined with wide deadlifts to help engage the entire posterior chain (the muscles of the back, hamstrings, & glutes), making us better athletes, and giving us a lower-intensity interval so we can do the power moves again the next set.  My weight selection: 40 lbs.

Track 5 – Triceps. Song: “Can’t Hold Us” This track doesn’t let up from the start, and the transitions are super quick, so it’s fast paced & makes your arms burrrrrn. We go from standing triceps extensions to triceps pushups (back & forth 2 times), and then we add in triceps kickback rows & more triceps extensions. I love any track with triceps pushups because they’re so freaking hard, so this one is a good one to really strengthen the back of the arms. The music is pretty fun and has a great beat! My weight selection: 10 lbs & 5 lbs.

Track 6 – Biceps. Song: “Up In The Air I really like this Biceps track–it is hard, to the point, and combines both plate work & barbell work, which keeps it interesting! We begin with 2 sets of barbell biceps curls, and end with a final set of plate curls. That supination (turning the plate toward you) at the top of the curl is crazy tough on those biceps! The song is pretty good, and I love how the super slows match the slow beat of the chorus-win! My weight selection: 20 lbs.

Track 7 – Lunges. Song: “Play Hard”  This track is definitely challenging and super fun-I LOVE the song! We combine barbell back squats (in a wide stance), with barbell lunges. (Options: 2 plates or no weight). I love a good Lunge track that takes the basics–squats with a bunch of lunges-and really hammers your butt & legs home. It just feels legit & totally rocks the lower body! And oh this song, it is by far my favorite of the whole release! I just really love this track–makes ya want to work hard AND play hard. 😉 My weight selection: 35 lbs.

Track 8 – Shoulders. Song: “Raving (G! Remix)” This track is CRAZY. Holy smokes my shoulders were so done by the end! We start with barbell upright rows (targeting the larger shoulder muscles- delts & traps), move into 2 sets of targeting the smaller muscles of the shoulders (the stabilizers-rotator cuff and scapular muscles), and then go back to barbell work to target the larger muscle groups again. That contrast is really cool, and makes for one burnnniingg track. My goodness, those final strict overhead barbell presses are NUTS! My weight selection: 20 lbs. barbrll/ 5 lbs. plates

Track 9 – Core. Song: “Only You” I think this is a pretty fun song & has some good moves–crunches, pulse crunches, and leg extensions (and with a crunch), but it seems a bit boring. I think I feel like that because I teach CXWORX too…so the core track in BP seems not as hard? I think it’s because there are no hovers or planks, which are my favorite core moves! You still get a nice burn for the upper & lower abs though, so it does its job. My weight selection: none

Track 10 – Cooldown. Song: “Give Me Love” I really like this song; it’s a good ballad to serenade us as we take some some time to breathe & stretch. I enjoy these few minutes 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.

Like I said before, I really really like this release! The music selection overall was fantastic, my muscles feel tired by the end of each track every time, and I feel super pumped (and exhausted) by the end of the class. I feel like each release just gets better & better!

bodyPUMP release 88 review


Thankful Thursday

  1. I am thankful for a working oven-how much would that blow if your oven didn’t cook your food?!? Just a random thought, but I am def thankful.
  2. I am grateful for my water bottle-it forces me to drink up & hydrate my tired muscles.
  3. I am thankful for fun TV shows to watch while holding baby Lily when she doesn’t want to keep sleeping…. :/


Well, I am off to spend the day with my little lady, and then tonight I teach BodyPUMP & CXWORX (<—new release review coming at ya next week)!

Have a GREAT day!! <3

Have YOU tried out release 88 yet??! If so, what did YOU think??! What is YOUR favorite muscle group to work in YOUR workouts??! How often do YOU weight train??!

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  1. wooo – from my twitter you can tell I am digging track. I find a whole new challenge with the squat and triceps tracks. what a burn.
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  2. my favorite muscle group to train is LEGS because they’re my strongest! :) i say this on every bp review of yours, but i wish you were still teaching bp in st louis!! preferably at my gym…. haha
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  3. I couldn’t agree more! I’m SO over the squats track, I was never a fan. I changed up the first three tracks already. Those last presses? Gahhhhhhh. I have to put on my game face to finish that track and not look like I”m struggling 😉

  4. I have not been brave enough to try a class. I am usually found working out alone, unless it’s with a running group (because I feel confident as a runner). Must be brave one day to try a class…
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  5. Thanks for the review. My gym launches it this weekend, so I will do the new release next week. I love BodyPump and go at least once a week, it’s a great way for a runner to get strength training in and also the perfect type of strength training to develop running/muscular endurance. Those lunges definitely help on hills!
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  6. We don’t have LesMills BodyPump at my gym, but just the regular “Barbell”. The sad part is that instructors keep on changing, and there is a new one again. Monday’s workout didn’t really do anything for me, so I hope she will bring her “A” game next time, as this class was pretty slow and uneventful! :(
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  7. I always love your reviews! I’m loving 88 – definitely agree with most of your points (from the meh of the song by to end of squats, to the burn of triceps, and on). We have Only You as our standing strength song for Flow this release too – the full song on one leg and then the other. Ouch! I do agree that in Pump it’s a little boring, but my shoulders are so beat up by the end that I can’t imagine hovering. :)

    Will we get reviews for CX and Grit soon? :)
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    • yep review for CX coming at ya next week 😉 and GRIT will have to wait a bit until I am up to coaching it again-hopefully soon!

  8. I agree with you about 88!! Love it. Especially love the tricep track – those pushups are killer!! And I love how each release of bodypump is different and gets me excited again!
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  9. Sounds like a great release! I miss Les Mills!! One of these days, I’ll get back to a gym that has it, or maybe even teach it?! We’ll see. I love working my legs – especially hamstrings!
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  10. It wasn’t a bad release, but wasn’t my favorite by any means. Our gym completely killed it by the second week. I was so bored that I stopped going from before Christmas through last week when instructors finally switched things up. I lifted heavy on my own instead, which was a nice change….but I still <3 BodyPump. :) It is what got me into lifting weights to begin with. Pump is one of those things that even on days that I feel blah or don't feel like the gym/lifting, for whatever reason, I am always glad when I go. It plants a permanent smile on my face for the remainder of the day. :)

    • Glad to hear Pump is still your number one love! sad it got burnt off quickly by overkill, but I am sure mixing it up will help again to get that mojo back 😉

  11. Yup- I’m a big fan of Bodypump 88! I taught it for the first time on Tuesday and I’m STILL SORE from those lunges!! It’s a killer! I really like the music and most of the tracks. I think that it’s the hardest shoulder track to date! And I totally agree- the abs track is EASY. I am NOT a fan of the pulses either- especially 32 in a row (hello, neck support!). I love the back track too (but that’s almost always my favorite) – but really, I love the warm-up in this one! Or maybe I just really like the song- I sing it all the time!

  12. You’re right, this release rocks! The triceps track is TOUGH but awesome, and I actually love the squats and the chest track (though my instructor uses the bar the whole chest track…). Good stuff :)

    Side note: I’d LOVE to teach BodyPUMP…did you get a Personal Trainer cert first, or did you just do a group exercise cert?
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  13. I think I did this release on Monday! Many of the songs sound familiar! Oh the triceps….woowee! I felt that the next day. I wish I could do Pump for often! Such a great workout to target the entire body!
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  14. Melody says:

    Lol I look at ur weight selection and then mine.. 5 or 10 lbs :/ but I’ve only been doing this class for 2 weeks and LOVE the burn! Especially triceps and shoulders.. ouch


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