So, you already know how much I LOVE bodypump, right?
Well, the love-fest continues with the latest release – 88.
I’ll be honest, it took me a bit to love it. When I first listened to the music, I actually thought it was horrible. I only recognized 2 of the songs and they just sounded not quite right for a bodypump release. I complained to Chris about it. .. and she said she felt the same way, but once she started putting the choreography to it and did it a few times, it got way better. And she was totally right.
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 and now 88. I also have learned 82 and 83, since some other instructors at the YMCA had those training DVDs.
I guess what my rambling is supposed to tell you is that if you go to a bodypump class and don’t love it, give it a few more classes before you make up your mind!
So, now onto my review of the latest BP release – 88. . .
#1: Warmup –“Tonight”
This track gets you warmed up and ready for the rest of the class. You spend a few moves on each part of the body. Lightest weight of the class. I don’t love the quick transitions too much, but it is a nice variation for this release.
#2: Squats – “Killer (Crush Remix)”
At first I really hated this song, but once you start squatting to it, that changes. It is a great squat song (I guess those BODYPUMP guys know what they are doing?!). It does get a bit repetitive at the end, with 3 sets of work that are all the same. So, by the time we get to the end, I am done. I like that there is a squat combo that we do 2 singles and then 1 x 1/1/2. . . and we see that repeated in the chest track and shoulder track.
# 3: Chest – “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Go)”
Great track, good moves, awesome music!! You start with the bar for the 1st half (go heavy!) and then you switch to hand weights (or plates) for an A-press. Super good isolation for the chest!
# 4: Back – “Somebody (Cc. K Remix)”
Nice combo of hang cleans, clean & press and power press. This track makes me feel strong with some great combos. I like the little bit of active recovery with the wide deadlifts at the end of each set.
# 5: Triceps – “Can’t Hold Us”
LOVE this track!! It is face paced and the burn keeps going right from the beginning. I really do love that it is basically a song of overhead extensions with killer triceps pushups – 16 in a row!! Good song for this track too.
# 6: Biceps – “Up In The Air”
Good variation with this one – you start with the barbell and then finish with hand weights (or plates). Good match of moves to the beat of the song too.
# 7: Lunges – “Play Hard”
Love this song! It’s a challenging track, not quite as challenging as 87 but the burn is still there. Still back to basics with wide squat to start and standard lunges to finish. I love the work hard/play hard words in the song. I say work hard, and then I have the class say play hard. Always nice to get the class involved in the song, definitely makes us all work harder during the track.
# 8: Shoulders – “Raving (G! Remix)”
Ok, so this track is INSANE!!! But I LOVE it. It is a super challenging track and they mix it up from the standard shoulder moves. I think my favorite is the very end when it finishes with standing overhead presses (instead of the normal push presses), this forces you to continue to isolate the shoulders (and make them BURN!) to the end of the track!
# 9: Core – “Only You”
I think overall, this is a bit easier than other core tracks, however, the pulse crunches – especially 32 in a row, really bring on the burn!
# 10: Cooldown – “Give Me Love”
Ahhhh cool down. Per usual, always a good full body stretch that is much needed at the end of class. A good time to reflect on how your body feels after going through another awesome BP class.
Overall, I really love this release. I think it is challenging in all the right ways. I feel totally worked out after I finish teaching this release. . . and that’s the goal, right?
Interested in reading another review? Check out Annette’s post about BP88.
Have you done the latest release? What did you think??