It’s been a few weeks now that I’ve taught BODYPUMP™ Release 93 and I’m ready to share my thoughts about it!
If you haven’t taken a Les Mills’ BODYPUMP™ class, what are you waiting for?! 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 93 now (I trained on 75 for those of you who wanted to know that), and each release just gets better and better! I’ve been in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy while teaching this release and am feeling fabulous!
BODYPUMP™ Release 93 Review
Track 1 – Warmup. Song: “Break Free” I like this warmup-the song has a good chorus, the tone is uplifting & fun, and the actual warmup exercises are perfect for getting the body ready for the workout ahead. I always like the addition of light plates to hit the rotators at the beginning, so this one is a keeper. My weight selection: 20 lbs.
Track 2 – Squats. Song: “Booyah (Lucky Date Remix)” This squat track is a good one, but not a great one. I want to love it because I really like the combination (1 full rep & then down & hold, 1 full rep & up & hold etc.), but it just isn’t a very challenging squat track in my opinion. I like the song, and it’s a fun one to involve the class with (get them to say “hey!”), but it just feels like something is missing (I think it needs bottom halves!). I even tried increasing my weight a few times but it still wasn’t burning like it usually does. My weight selection: 55 lbs.
Track 3 – Chest. Song: “Kings and Queens” This chest track is very unique and I’ve decided I like the change. The song is more mellow & definitely has a slower beat, but I like it! The whole track is designed to be done with plates only for a chest fly exercise but the cool part is the tempo/timing and the combination. It makes the whole track sting so good in the pecs! My weight selection: 20 lbs
Track 4 – Back. Song: “Here Tonight (Carita La Nina Radio Edit)” This track goes by so fast because it’s pretty simplistic (a few rows, a few deadlifts & lots of clean & presses and a few power presses), so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing? I love back tracks that have a lot of power combos in them with minimal rest, so this one is a good one in my book! I highly suggest going up from your normal back weight though, as I found it to feel a bit too easy with my normal back weight. My weight selection: 45 lbs.
Track 5 – Triceps. Song: “Bang Bang” This is a track that has a lot going on, makes you feel the burn during and definitely after the fact, and has a fun beat/tune. It is a tough track but it’s definitely only in the super tough category when you do the triceps pushups on your toes! I have done a few on my toes and oh myyyyy does it change things. 😉 I like triceps tracks that use mainly the plates and this track has a great bottom half combo during the triceps extentions that pushes the heat into the triceps in a fabulouuuuus way. My weight selection: 10 lbs plate; 5 lb. plate
Track 6 – Biceps. Song: “Centuries” It’s been a loooong while since I’ve really LOVED the biceps track in its entirety (music, feel, challenge, tempo, combos, etc.) and this is one of those rarities! I love, love this biceps track. We use the plates, no bar (what the track was designed for), and there are plenty of opportunities to feel the burn in the biceps, especially at the mid-range. So many pulses, so much fatigue in the muscles, so much burrrrrrn. Love! My weight selection: 20 lbs.
Track 7 – Lunges. Song: “1941” This is a fun track music wise and a challenging one fitness wise—a great combo to train those glutes! This track sandwiches lots of lunges between a few squats which means the majority of the 5+ minutes are spent in lunges….ouch. When lunges are done right & well the whole butt burns, and boy, oh boy can I feel it the next day too. This is a track that makes you grateful songs eventually end. 😉 As a tip, it is a challenging track, so the first few times you might want to work with less than your normal lunge weight. After 2 times of teaching it though, I felt ready to go back to my normal lunge weight (40 lbs). My weight selection: 40 lbs.
Track 8 – Shoulders. Song: “Twisted (Eptic Remix)” This is a really, really tough shoulder track! I like shoulder tracks that are challenging though, as I feel it’s a great way to go out with a bang during the barbell-working phase. This track uses short sets, minimal breaks, and a lot of overhead press work that make your shoulders burn. Pushups begin & end the track, which is always a fun time. My weight selection: 20 lbs.-barbell, 5 lbs.-plates
Track 9 – Core. Song: “All About That Bass” I like this core track because the song is fun, but it’s not very challenging fitness-wise overall. I miss hovers & hover variations when they’re not included in the core track for BP. This track does work a lot of the posterior chain muscles (which are key in maintaining & building a strong core), so it’s a good one for the core muscles, but I just wish they’d have included my beloved hovers. My weight selection: none needed
Track 10 – Cooldown. Song: “What Are You Waiting For” Not much to say here other than it feels good to reach this point & stretch with my peeps. It’s an okay song, but nothing to write home about. No weight selection.
Overall I really like the workout of this release! The release is really strong musically (in my opinion) as there wasn’t a single song that I was just not liking at all. That is a rarity for me, so I automatically like this release! As mentioned above, I think the core & squat tracks could’ve been more challenging. Finally, I think that with such an emphasis on timing & tempo in this release, it is key as a participant to follow it and as an instructor to cue the timing really well. BODYPUMP™ is a great workout, but even more so when done with precision.
Happy PUMPing, friends!
Alright, I’m off to teach the newest BODYATTACK™ release!
Have a GREAT day, everyone! <3
If YOU’ve tried BP 93, what are YOUR favorite tracks??! What song would YOU love to see in a BP release??!