BODYPUMP™ Release 92 Review

Hi everyone, happy Tuesday!

I’ve taught BODYPUMP™ Release 92 now for a few weeks, so I have a good feel for it and am ready to review it (see below)!

If you haven’t taken a Les Mills’ BODYPUMP™ class, what are you waiting for?! :) No but really, go find one, and then go! It changed my life, and it can change yours too. If you want to know more about BODYPUMP™, you can read about what the program is here.

Basically though, each 1 hour class uses a barbell & plates, begins with a warm-up, goes through each major muscle group, and ends with a core track and cool-down.

Every three months (i.e. every quarter), Les Mills, the leading global fitness class brand, releases new music, choreography, and education for instructors all over the world. I love, love this! That means that each time we get new stuff, or “a release,” we get to learn it, practice it, and then launch it to our members. It’s just whole heaps of fun!

We’re on release 92 now (I trained on 75 for those of you who wanted to know that), and each release just gets better and better!

 

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BODYPUMP™ Release 92 Review

Track 1 – Warmup. Song: “All You Need Is Love” I like this warmup a lot-the song has a great chorus, the tone is uplifting & fun, and the actual warmup exercises are perfect for getting the body ready for the brutal workout ahead. I love the focus on making the clean & press more precise as well, it’s such a good way to help members build strength in that area with the light bar. My weight selection: 20 lbs.

Track 2 – Squats. Song: “Go!” This squat track highlights a feature of 92, the combo of 3 singles and a hold, and brings in the feel of continuous tension training right off the bat! Not to mention we stay in the same stance the whole time & there are very limited/short recoveries. Hello ouch legs! It’s a tough track, for sure and I love it for that. The song is okay and works with the moves, but it’s not my favorite squat song ever. My weight selection: 55 lbs.

Track 3 – Chest. Song: “The Phoenix”  I love everything about this track: the song, the workout, the toughness, the sore pecs afterward. It’s just all around awesome. Easily in my top 3 tracks for the release. This track features the same squat combo but with the chest press, and boy does it buuuuurn. Add the top half pulses on top of that, and your pecs are golden on fire. Love! My weight selection: 40 lbs

Track 4 – Back. Song: “Letting Go”  This is probably the track I’ve heard the most about from other instructors and participants–they either hate it or love it. I love it-for the workout. The song is totally just “meh,” but the workout? Simply awesomeness, especially if done right. The focus is to help members feel/find explosive power in the clean & press, and there are pleeeeenty of opportunities to do so because we do that power move so many times. Not to mention the opportunity to add more weight to the bar, which I always take, of course. :) It’s a total struggle, and that is exactly why this track is perfect.  My weight selection: 45-50 lbs. (I end with an amount between those two)

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{sneaking selfies like a boss}

Track 5 – Triceps. Song: “Problem”  Easily my favorite track of the entire release! I love the song, I absolutely love the workout, the sting in the triceps is unreal, and the soreness the next day is the best. With this track, the tempo changes and the direction changes (i.e. triceps press and triceps pull-over<–my fave exercise for the triceps!) create a dynamic duo that keep the muscles under pressure. One of my favorite tempos in this one? The bottom half triceps press pulses. Ahhhhh yeah. My weight selection: 30 lbs barbell; 10 lb. plate

Track 6 – Biceps. Song: “Come With Me Now I really like the workout, it’s a solid track for the biceps and does a nice job of killin’ the biceps, but it’s just not my favorite song. It’s catchy yes, but for some reason, I just can’t get into it as much as some of the other songs this release. My arms get into it real well, though! The combo at the mid-range with a pause tempo makes your muscles burn; gotta appreciate that. My weight selection: 20 lbs.

Track 7 – Lunges. Song: “NRG” This track makes your legs, and especially your glutes, buuuuurn! I love that feeling (if you couldn’t tell yet, hah). I would say though, the song is not my favorite and the track gets a bit repetitive and boring. It gives a great chance for solid coaching & cues since there isn’t a ton going on (you basically switch from front-loaded squats to plate-loaded lunges the entire track), so that is a plus. My weight selection: 12.5 lbs (10 lb + 2.5 lb plates held together)

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{Reebok/LM shorts}

Track 8 – Shoulders. Song: “Ping Pong” This is a really tough shoulder track, which is fantastic to end the weighted work with. The shoulders get quite a killing during this track because there are so many different exercises to pound the shoulders from, and in all different directions (upright rows, kneeling side raises, rotator raises, pushups, overhead press, push press, oh my!). The pushup combo (same as the chest & squat combo of 3 singles & a hold) is absolutely a highlight and oh so fantastic for the upper body. The song works for the track for sure, and has a good beat, but it’s not a highlight song-wise for the release, IMO. My weight selection: 20 lbs.-barbell, 5 lbs.-plates

Track 9 – Core. Song: “Fancy”  I really like this core track! The song is fun, the moves are challenging for the core, and there are hovers (my favorite!). My weight selection: none

Track 10 – Cooldown. Song: “Chandelier”  By far my most favorite cool-down song ever. I’ve been using this song for my Zumba cool-down, so I know when to belt it out just riiiiight. 😉 Just kidding (sort of). It’s just a good time to relax & stretch & be proud of the work. No weight selection.

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Overall I totally love the workout of this release! Les Mills has done a killer job with the 92 workout, and oh how the members love it! They could truly feel the fitness experience during this release because it was so well crafted to deliver a good beating in every track. It’s a pleasure as an LM instructor, to be the one that gets to share such a great release with members & see their reaction of “I love it and hate it!” in their eyes. 😉

See all my other Les Mills’ posts here!

{linking up with Becky today because BODYPUMP™ is a treat everyone should indulge in a few times each week!}

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Have a GREAT day everyone!! <3

If YOU have tried BODYPUMP™ Release 92 already, what are YOUR thoughts?! What is YOUR favorite track no matter the release?! <—squats track for me!

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  1. like i say on EVERY bp post, i wish you were back in stl teaching so i could attend!!!!
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  2. Fiona MacDonald says:

    I’m so excited to try it! They just released it here but I got put on exercise rest for a month so I’m afraid I might miss the whole release :( Hoping to catch the tail end of it if an instructor isn’t tired of it yet :)

    • I try and teach it for at least 3 weeks–as it helps the participants get a feel for it, and then really challenge themselves on it, so hopefully instructors around you feel the same?! I hope you get to try it out! You could always ask nicely in a couple of weeks too, if they’d bring it back for you 😉 xo
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  3. Thanks for the review. My gym launches BP92 this weekend, but I have running (Every Saturday Morning!), so I’ll do the release entirely on Monday. I’ve heard lots of good things and a few people who didn’t like certain tracks, but it’ll be neat to change it up as it always is with BP. The singles/hold combo will be an interesting one!
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  4. Chest and bis are my favorite! I’m totally driven by music and these two songs are on point! I could really do without the ping pong song…..but it is a jammin shoulders track (in terms of work). Love reading your reviews :)

  5. I alwayyyyssss love the bicep tracks! I think the songs are always catchy and it makes it fun. I’m still not down with the back track for 92 sadly. My classes can never get it no matter how many different ways I (or any of the other instructors) coach it! We always get confused looks, LOL. There are just odd pauses/shoulder rolls that someone get people on different timing. Oh well, even if they’re off, it is still a great workout! :)
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  6. I was so excited to see you posted your review. BodyPump reviews are always some of my favorite posts to read. :)

    I’m totally with you – I LOVE the chest and tricep tracks – they’re easily my top two favorite tracks of the release both song-wise and workout-wise. I’ll go into more details in my own review next week! 😉

    And dude – you’re a beast in that back track! I am sadly just not a fan of it. I do love clean & presses, and it’s definitely a doozy of a track in the workout sense, but I really don’t like the song and I almost feel like the amount of clean & presses is a little much. And it’s probably just our equipment, but I cannot add weight to my bar fast enough throughout the track, so that’s kind of a bummer.

    Great review!! xo
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    • I can’t wait to read your review next week then! :)

      The workout for the back track is totally legit–I did have to really learn to move quick to change my weights like lightning though b/c the break is totally not that long. :/ But I can totally see how equipment can hamper that quickness-that happened once when my stupid clip would not slide off! hah
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  7. Every time you post these reviews it reminds me that I want to try bodypump!
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  8. Laura says:

    I was waiting for your review of the new Body Pump 92 release. Overall I love the new release minus the back track! I feel like they could have done so much more with it instead of just multiple clean and press (i.e. 2 round of clean and press followed by 2 rounds of push press or another variation)! I’ll be glad to file that one away for a few months! All of the other tracks were fun but challenging. I was able to increase my weight after the 2nd week in squats, chest, and shoulders so that was great! Thanks for the BP Review! I always look forward to them!

  9. Nicole says:

    I like the workout of BP92. You’re so right with the Back track….it’s totally hit or miss with the participants. Some are like “WHEW!! Awesome!!” Others are like, “Meh.” It’s a good workout, but the song doesn’t pump me up (though, I like the song…..just not for working out.)

    The bicep track really doesn’t do it for me – I really liked “Ms. Jackson” from BP90 or the song from The Killers in BP88.

    I’m with you, Annette! Squats are the best track! They totally set the mood for the rest of the workout. :) Thanks for your great review (per usual 😉 )!

  10. Love the 92 release! The workout is great, and the songs I love (chest, triceps) make up for some of the other kinda weird songs. The 3 singles and hold combo is tough!

    One question I have for you-did you do clean and pressed while pregnant? The instructors at my gym told me (I’m 31 weeks) to just do dead rows instead, but I get so rowed out on this back track! I change some at the end to dead lifts, but it’s just kind of boring. I’ll keep doing it, though, if it’s not good to go overhead while pregnant
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    • Yes, I did clean & presses up until the day (or so) before I delivered Lily at 42 weeks….BUT every woman’s pregnancy is different, every woman carries differently, and everyone’s fitness level is different. I DID go down in weight as the bump got bigger, and the bar obviously went slightly around the bump when it got biggest. However, for me, I never got really big (in comparison to shorter girls), and carried closer to my body. It also wasn’t as awkward or weird as I thought it might’ve been, and I enjoyed feeling strong–as I loooove the c&p. I hope that helps?! :)
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  11. Breanne says:

    I love 92 as a whole, but tend to agree with most of your assessments. LOVE chest and triceps for the songs and the workouts! (Plus my brain does a little Combat or Sh’bam action ;)) LOVE the back track – all those clean and presses and adding weight, SO GOOD! Plus it reminds me of GRIT with all that power. Haha.

    I love the core track, but not WITH this release though. Especially after that shoulder track (and really the shoulder work you get in other tracks), I feel so weak in the shoulders and the rolling hovers kinda scare me. I’ve been dropping to my knees because I worry that I’ll dislocate something due to fatigue.

  12. Okay, Annette. So we basically have the exact same feelings on this release! Great minds DO think alike. I’m ready to switch back to some older releases, but have felt myself get stronger with the challenge of the back track and the shoulders track. Ohhh I love Les Mills!! Great review:)
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    • I too have felt myself get stronger! I’m still teaching 92 at some of the other gyms that launched later, so it’s been fun to keep going with it. I basically teach two different classes during those weeks when the launches are off, so I’m sure you can relate with having sooooo much choreo in your head!
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  13. Annette you are a rock star!!! Can I live vicariously through your awesomeness!!!!

  14. I agree with you on all this! PS.. Doesn’t NRG make you want to put on some fancy 70’s workout gear and kick around? LOL it totally reminds me of those old aerobic competitions! I can’t even teach that track seriously..
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  15. I did this release for the first time last week (after not doing Bodypump at all for 6 mos, usually head to the weight room for heavy weights, but wanted to switch it up) and had a lot of fun! It was challenging and now that I know what weights work best for me, I can work even harder next time. The lunge track always kills me. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the review!
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