BODYPUMP 89 Review

So, as you all know, I am a Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor and I teach at least twice per week at the local Mankato YMCA. If you aren’t familiar with BODYPUMP, check out my “what is bodypump? post.” 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 and now 89. (Review for BP88 here.) I also have learned 80, 82 and 83, since some other instructors at the YMCA had those training DVDs.


So, here are my thoughts on the latest release. . .

#1: Warmup – “Not Alone”

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. It has a great combo of a double dead-row and slow deadlift, which matches the beat of the song and is a nice change.

#2:  Squats – “Raise Those Hands

Pretty standard squat track. 3 sets with 3 stances, so you get to really work the entire lower half. At first I didn’t love the song – totally techno..  .but like all BP music, it’s totally grown on me and I like it and think it helps pump you up for the squat track.

#3: Chest – “Where Did the Party Go”

I love the combo of using the bar and hand weights for the A-press. Tip: Go super HEAVY on the bar because you only use it for a short time before you pick up the hand weights and you can increase your chest strength!

#4: Back – “Me & You”

Whoa. Way different than anything I’ve done before. Tip – go heavy again in the bar for deadrows. There are no hang cleans or clean and presses! You use a big plate for plate front squat and presses, which really gets the heart rate up and increases the intensity!

#5: Triceps – “Applause”

I LOVE this track. It kills the triceps. And includes all the good stuff – extensions, pushups and dips. And the song is perfect. And I started using the big @** plate = awesome. Smile


#6: Biceps – “When You Were Young

Good mix of barbell and plates (or hand weights). I don’t love the top half curls. After being repeated 7 times, it’s a little boring at the end. BUT, I do love going heavy on the bar because you only use it for half of the song!

#7: Lunges – “Burn”

This track matches the name of the song – BURN! It does. It changes up the timing and changes the training stimulus = perfect lunge challenge.

#8: Shoulders – “True Hardstyler”

Another awesome track. Probably my second favorite of this release. Love the top half upright rows. And the entire mix of moves –>upright row, overhead presses, rotator raise. And it starts with pushups, which always gets the shoulders ready to go!

#9: Core – “La La La”

Fun song. Good mix of moves – crunches, leg extensions, pulse crunches, and rotating hovers (awesome!)

#10: Cool down – “Radioactive”

Good cool down song. I love that the stretches are a bit longer so you can really deepen the stretch. Always a great time to think about how amazing you feel after completing a bodypump workout.


Overall, I’ll give this release a thumbs up. Some great new innovations with new moves that adds the challenge you expect with a new bodypump release!

Looking for another BP89 review? Check out Annette’s!

And super excited for BP90 –  it’s supposed to come this week!

Have you done BP89? What did you think??


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5 Responses to BODYPUMP 89 Review

  1. Jackie

    Ah I love pump can’t wait for the new release!

  2. Sounds like a great new release!!
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  3. That sounds like a great class! I’ve only taken body pump once and I don’t think they offer it at my gym, but I really liked the class I did take!
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  4. Great review! I love 89! It’s such a good one 🙂 Triceps & shoulders are def my fave too!
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  5. I haven’t tried body pump, but I’ve heard so many great things about it- it’s on my list! I love your workout outfit by the way 🙂

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