So, as you all know, I am a Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor and I teach a few times a week at different fitness clubs in Eau Claire.
Every quarter, Les Mills puts together new moves and music for the latest release.I think that it almost always takes me a few times of doing a new release before I really love it. Now, there is usually a song or two that just aren’t my favorite for whatever reason. . . but overall, I really have enjoyed all the releases so far.
I took my training on BODYPUMP 84. Since then, I have learned the releases since then – 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 and now 94. (Other reviews here) I also have learned 80, 82 and 83, since some other instructors at the YMCA had those training DVDs.
So, after teaching it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts on the very latest release. . .
#1: Warm up – “Heros (We Could Be)”
I like this song and I like the mix up of adding some different moves – the power press and top half upright rows. This release has over 1,000 reps and you can tell this release is going to be fast paced and lots of reps right from the beginning.
#2: Squats – “Everybody Go!”
I’ll be honest. It’s not my favorite. It’s a little repetitive. And IMHO you need bottom halves to really get that burn/quads on fire feeling.
#3: Chest – “Burnin’ Up”
Yes! And yes! Love this song. And love the track. It’s a mix of the bar with the standard chest press and pushups. The quick pulses in the bottom are killer and awesome.
#4: Back – “Today (Scooter Remix)”
Back to basics with this back track. Standard deadlift, deadrow, and power presses. The song is decent. Nothing to write home about. . . But I do like adding weights with each set – makes it progressively harder and that last set is killer!
#5: Triceps – “Lips Are Movin”
I like this song and I like this track but it just doesn’t do it for my triceps. It’s missing something to make my triceps burn and feel like my arms are going to fall off… I’ve tried to increase my weights, but that doesn’t seem to do it either. Needs some pushups or more dips.
#6: Biceps – “Get ‘Em Up”
While this song is repetitive – 4 sets of the same thing.. . I still love it. This song makes me want to rock out and the pulses gets the guns burning.
#7: Lunges – “We Make It Bounce”
Yes! My favorite of the entire release. You want your legs shaking and burning? Do this song. It’s also a fun song and the lyrics go great with the movements. Make it bounce!!
#8: Shoulders – “This Is How It Goes”
Pushups + bar work. Now, it would be super hard to beat how challenging 93 was – man that was tough. This is a good shoulder track but I miss using the plates a little bit. Hoping they bring back the plates for BP95.
#9: Core – “Baby Don’t Lie”
Super fun song. Not super challenging. I like working the posterior chain with hip bridge but I think hovers are much more challenging. <—ironically, the exact same thing I said for BP93.
#10: Cool down – “Only Love Can Hurt Like This ”
Good ending for this release. But every time I hear the lyrics, I think to myself that whoever wrote this song must have never done BODYPUMP, because BP obviously can hurt more than love. . .
Overall I thought this was a really strong release. 1,000 reps is no joke. And even though I thought some of the songs were a little on the “easy” side, putting the entire release together is awesome and kicks my butt every time. I guess those Les Mills people must know what they are doing, huh?
And if you want another 94 review, check out Annette’s.
Have you done BP94??? What did you think?
Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday – because if you’ve ever done bodypump, you know it is an amazing treat for your body.