Wow, the past two days have been SO busy! Celebrating Lily’s 2nd birthday was so so fun–I’ll be sure to share details & pics soon!
I taught BP release 95 now for three weeks, so I want to review it here.
p.s. If you haven’t taken a Les Mills’ BODYPUMP™ class, I highly recommend this class. 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 tons of fun!
BODYPUMP™ Release 95 Review
Track 1 – Warmup. Song: “Outside” I like this warmup a lot-the song is a popular one, the exercises are straight forward & prep you well for the class, and it’s on the shorter side. My weight selection: 20 lbs.
Track 2 – Squats. Song: “Bukem” I like the workout of this track–there are no breaks and the tempos include a bunch of singles & bottom halves (my fave!) & 4/4’s, making it a challenging track. Your legs & glutes are guaranteed a fabulous workout! The song doesn’t really have any lyrics though, so musically wise it’s not my fave. My weight selection: 50 lbs.
Track 3 – Chest. Song: “Uptown Funk” The song already makes people ready to have a little fun, and in my opinion, this is a fantastic chest track! I love how we do heavier weight for the chest presses, lighter weight for the A-presses, & body weight for the pushups. My chest was on fire every single time I taught this track! My weight selection: 35 lbs & 20 lbs
Track 4 – Back. Song: “Beautiful World (Radio Edit)” This track is my favorite track of the release! I really really like the song–for some reason it just speaks to me, and if you don’t talk over it, it’s really powerful/magical for the whole fitness experience in the room. The track incorporates deadlifts with power presses & clean & presses/row combos to build strength & power. There are options to add weight as well, and that is always fabulous to take on! There are two mini sets of work with the plate–squats & squat presses–that are a nice way to mix things up and spike the HR. My weight selection: 35 lbs-1st set, 40 lbs-2nd set, 45 lbs-3rd set // 10 lb-plate
Track 5 – Triceps. Song: “Irresistible” I don’t love this song for some reason, and kickback rows are my least favorite triceps move, so this track is just okay to me. I like the triceps dips & pulses (hello burn!), and I definitely enjoy triceps extensions, but the track feels a bit boring. Although I do like the 7 & 8 isolated kickbacks, I think the track needed a few triceps pushups or somethin’ to add a bit more spice. My weight selection: 10 lbs plate; 5 lb. plate
Track 6 – Biceps. Song: “GDFR” Finally a Biceps track that isn’t heavy metal or hard rock! I don’t really listen to the lyrics of this song (it’s naughty, I think), but the song works perfect with the biceps plate curls & pulses, and with the biceps rows. I like the simplicity of this track because it allows us instructors to work on our coaching while also letting the music land too. This is a track that had my biceps screaming, that’s for sure! My weight selection: 20 lbs.
Track 7 – Lunges. Song: “Burnin’” The title of the song is veryyyy appropriate for this lunge track because boy, does this one burn! I love that the focus is to work on ROM & technique & not so much weight; it has really allowed the lunge & squat work to really make a difference in my body, I can tell! There are a ton of bottom half pulses (so tough!) in both squat stance & in lunges, as well as plenty of slower lunges & squat work. This track delivers quite the punch; love it! My weight selection: 35 lbs.
Track 8 – Shoulders. Song: “I am Machine” At first I was so not a fan of the song, but it totally grew on me as I practiced & then taught this track. It’s a tough track that works perfectly with the song! This is a shoulder track that doesn’t have any pushups, so that feels kinda funny, but I like all the bar work; it is really tough! We also use plates to do side & rotator raises that nail the smaller shoulder/stabilizing muscles. My shoulders are toast after this track! My weight selection: 20 lbs.
Track 9 – Core. Song: “Sugar” A simple & straight-forward core track rounds out this release with some leg extensions, crunches, & (my beloved!) hovers. I really like that all three exercises target the core in such a 3-D way, ending the release on a high note. My weight selection: none
Track 10 – Cooldown. Song: “Brother” Not much to say here other than it feels good to reach this point & stretch out. No weight selection.
Despite a few song choices that aren’t the best, there are a few that are pretty fun. Not my favorite release musically-wise though.
Overall I really like the workout of this release; there are a few tracks that really stand out to me (chest, back, lunges) and are immediate faves, but the release is really strong in building strength in all muscle groups which is a major win!
Have a GREAT day! <3
What is your favorite part about release 95??! What would you like to see in a BP class??