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, 89, and now 90. (Other reviews 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 very latest release. . .
#1: Warmup – “We Are One”
Warm up is the warm up. Hard to have a lot of innovation with this one because you need to warm up all muscle groups. They did a great job with mixing it up a bit so it doesn’t feel like the same thing. the combo move of deadlifts and upright rows gets a bit repetitive by the end, but I still like this warm up song. I also like the lyrics and think it ties in perfectly with the feeling of BP with “We are one.”
#2: Squats. Song – “What Now”
Totally standard squat track. Good song with a great beat. Perfect for squats. A bit repetitive towards the 3rd set but still a great leg workout.
# 3: Chest – “Conquistador”
Awesome track. Good song too. The timing with the staggered moves = really targets the chest. Reminder – keep increasing your weight from class to class as you get stronger. Continuing to challenge yourself is the key to bodypump!
#4: Back – “Promises”
Good song. Good mix of moves. The track starts out like a standard back track with deadlifts and clean and press. And then switches to squats with squat presses at the end –> lift the big @ss plate for a killer challenge.
#5: Triceps – “Walk of Shame”
My favorite song. I LOVE P!nk and this song is catchy. I love the combo of extensions to presses and then the killer dips at the end. If you go heavy on your barbell – you will really feel this one and have awesome triceps to show for it.
#6: Biceps – “Miss Jackson”
You HAVE to go heavy on this one = awesome bicep burn. LOVE the mid-range pulses. Feel the burn and watch your guns get bigger . . . do you have your tickets? to the gun show!
#7: Lunges – “Stay The Night”
A pretty standard lunge track. Squats, lunges on one leg and then on the other leg. A tip – go a bit heavier than normal to really feel it in the legs! I do love this song – a good beat and great to lunge to. The top halves build the pressure and the bottom halves drive it home.
#8: Shoulders – “Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll) Kill The Noise Remix”
This is a really tough track. And I didn’t hate the song but I thought it was SUPER strange, but after watching this video –> it is super cute. I am a huge fan of pushups so I love that the track starts and ends with them. Upright rows, overhead presses, and push presses using the barbell are a longer set than normal and it is awesome. Then some standard side raises and mac raises to really make the shoulders burn = awesome-ness.
#9: Core – “Something I Need”
Good song. Slightly boring track. Lots of pulse crunches. Good to really feel the burn in the core though. . .
#10: Cool down – “How You Remind Me”
Always love cool down to focus on how awesome my body feels after working every body part during the last hour. I really like taking the stretches deeper, so that you really feel stretched out at the end.
Overall I really like this release! It changes things up a bit but is still classic BODYPUMP. I think that it works each part of the body in a challenging way and it a great release from start to finish.
Have you done BP90? What did YOU think??
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