BODYPUMP Release 93 Review

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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??!

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  1. i would love to see YOU in st louis! oh was that not the question? :-O
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  2. Erica says:

    So I love the whole release…except the chest track. I’m changing it out pretty much stat. I love the fly, but its just really odd in timing and the song isn’t exactly uplifting. But honestly, other than that- an AMAZING release!

    • I’ve heard that from a lot of people— it seems it’s another track where you either like it or not. The flys, I agree, are so awesome! I can totally see what you mean about the music, but for some odd reason I like it. I usually don’t like those ‘type’ of songs, so I’m baffled too, haha!
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      • the slow tempo of the chest track can be frustrating at first but the fly combo (“we are the KINGS! [pulse] and QUEENS! [pulse] of promise [hollldd] …”) is amazing. Gotta stick with plates with this one.

        I think it’s worth not changing out so quickly.

    • Julie says:

      The alternative chest track is really fun and challenging-4 sets, no breaks.

  3. Sarah says:

    BP75 had my favorite squat track EVERRRR. I need to tell my instructors to throw it back to that one day 😉 the warm up track for BP 93 is my favorite….great song to get you going! (I’m all about the music…give me a good track and I’ll keep pumping!)

    • that is such a fun track! I know that track (and the whole 75 release) like the back of my hand (thanks to 3-day training back in ’10), so I’ll pull it out for you anytime! 😉

      that’s awesome you love the 93 warmup!
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  4. Yay for BODYPUMP 93! This was definitely a great release in my opinion too. I agree – squats and core could’ve been a little more challenging, but at least lunges kinda make up for the lack of challenge in the squats (at least that’s how I look at it – ha!). I still don’t love the music for the chest track to be honest, but the workout is a good change and really challenges me in a new way, so I suppose that makes up for it. I’ll post more of my thoughts next week! Great review! xo
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  5. Yes I totally agree about squats – there needs to be bottom halves! Shoulders still get me every time. SO tough. :)
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  6. My gym is releasing 93 this week – now I’m excited to try it out! Although I hate lunges, so you have me dreading that track a little bit :-p
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  7. Love hearing your thoughts on the releases! they just released 93 this week so I tried it Monday. I found the first half (okay squats and chest) not so challenging and the second half..ooyyye oyyee…so tough especially since most of the tracks are with free weights instead of the bar. Right now though that is just what I need with the growing belly, since I’ve had to greatly reduce my weights on the bar! I’m excited to try it for the next few weeks , usually each release grows on me so here’s hoping!

    • That is a good point about the first versus second half! I think that upping my weights helped balance it out, but I know that with a growing bump in the third tri for you-right? (yay!) isn’t as plausible. I just wish they’d designed the squat track to be a tiny bit more challenging within the actual choreo. Next time let’s pump together, mmmkay?!?!? 😉
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      • Fiona says:

        Yah! 27 weeks , one more week to go in the 2nd trimester !!! Thanks for remembering ! Yes I totally agree about upping the weights for squats and chest! I told my friends who aren’t fully pregnant to increase and make it more challenging ! I’d pump with you any time !!! Then we could complain about the tracks that killed us afterwards !!

  8. Breanne says:

    I really love this release and mostly agree with you on all points. I actually love that I realized I had the opportunity to increase weight in squats and back after the first time and loved them even more after. It made me feel extra strong! :) I love the chest track and find that I’m usually SHAKING by the end, but I wish that I had bigger hands to grip the 10lb plate. Haha. The 5lb is still okay workout-wise because of the tempo, but I’ve tried holding the 2.5 & 5 and definitely feel more work (and that’s a tough grip too!). I have the same complain about biceps. It’s too easy with the 5s (which given that it’s designed with Smart plates makes sense because 5lbs isn’t ever an option), but my hands are big enough to hold bigger. I may have to cheat and switch to dumbbells.

    Overall though, I really love this release. We had a different version of Booyah a couple Sh’Bams ago and we have Bang Bang and All About that Bass in the new one so I let my mind purposefully wander from the pain of triceps to Sh’Bam choreo 😉

    • I agree-those plates can be so hard to hold when you’re wanting to increase your weight! I find I have to switch where the thumb is half way through and then I can get through it. I too am a stickler for not using dumbbells (kinda silly, I know, haha), so I haven’t ever switched to them, but I can totally see why someone would!

      Way to shift your thinking into a more positive place during those tougher tracks 😉 #smartwoman
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  9. Deb D says:

    I so agree with you on all of the tracks! I LOVE the music for the whole release and I think my favorite track is the chest track – Different and challenging! I haven’t maxed out on legs yet because I’ve been training for my race but I will be doing that on Monday. Either way, I always feel it in my butt the next day!

  10. Dev E says:

    I have not tried this release yet as the club I go to hasn’t released it just yet, but I do attend BP and really enjoy it. I am a little confused about picking my weights though, and how to know when I have too much. I can’t judge it by watching the instructor or other class members anymore because I am just bigger than all of them and I feel like I need more weight than they do. Maybe I am overdoing it though. What is a good indicator that I am using too much weight?

    • You don’t want to overdo it and be ridiculously sore after every class, but a little soreness (not PAIN) is good. Your joints should hurt or be in pain, and you should feel some muscle tension/heat while doing the exercises but not pain. Everyone is different, so keep trying out different weights to achieve the results you want but without pain (soreness & a bit of discomfort in the muscles while working out aren’t necessarily pain–where as true pain is when you’re working the wrong range of motion in your knee or something like that). Hope that helps!
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  11. Hi Annette! Of course, I agree with you on all these points. I loved the addition of bridges in core, but think maybe we need to add a weight plate or something to make it more challenging. Happy pumping to you! :)
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  12. Weight rec’s!! Been waiting for this!

    Also, to make the hip bridges more challenging, my instructor uses a ten pound plate, lightly pressing with a palm as it rests against the upper quad.

    My fav tracks are biceps and lunges (1941!!!).
    I use 25 lbs. on the barbell for biceps until I’m exhausted and then go to 10 lb. plates.

  13. Oh, and one minor complaint about the triceps track: you’re “uneven” in the middle because instead of switching to the other side immediately after the first set of kick backs, you go to overhead presses. So one side is stinging more than the other during the overheads and you don’t even out until later. I thought that was kind of cruel.

    Another instructor used “Animal” by Neon Trees as an alternate triceps track and that made the set go by so fast. Lots of fun.

  14. Sam J. says:

    “if you haven’t taken a Les Mills’ BODYPUMP™ class, WHAT ARE YOU WATING FOR?!”

    I see what you did there.

    “Are you waiting on a lightning strike?
    “Are you waiting for the perfect night… “

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