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!
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
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!
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!
- 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.
- I am grateful for my water bottle-it forces me to drink up & hydrate my tired muscles.
- I am thankful for fun TV shows to watch while holding baby Lily when she doesn’t want to keep sleeping…. :/
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??!