BODYPUMP 97 {review}

So, as you all know, I am a Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor and I teach a few times a week at  the YMCA in Mankato!


Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this release yet! I’ve been teaching it for the past month.


And if I had to use one word to describe it – challenging!


I thought that it was tough at the beginning and would get easier over the past month and OMG, it hasn’t. Not. at. all. That shoulder track – just about kills me every time. The chest track – whoa burning pecs!!

The theme for this release. . . “But did you DIE though?!”


Anyway, here’s the whole review

#1: Warm up – “Scars”

meh. it’s not my favorite warm up song ever. I really really don’t like how the music just doesn’t seem to match up with the single rows and single clean and presses. But, it gets the job done. 

#2: Squats – “Derp”

6 minutes and 17 seconds of legs. And it’s awesome. I love that it is a mix of all counts and not just a ton of bottom halves. While bottom halves are awesome, I feel like the other counts, especially the 1/1/2 is really where it’s at for quad isolation. And while I wish they would bring back squat tracks with lyrics, I do really like this song and the beat. 

#3: Chest – “Generation Day”


OMG. This track is TOUGH. Bottom 8’s? Craziness. Those fast bottom 4 pulses are killer too. My pecs are toast every time I teach this one. I love that it is so challenging because I use it to remind my class to focus on form and utilizing their whole body to be successful – shoulders down and next to the spine, core engaged, low back flat to the bench, feet flat on the floor in set position stance. 

#4: Back – “Dark Skies”

So, I like the challenge of 8 clean and presses but this one just isn’t my favorite. I get bored. I do like the challenge of adding weight after the second set to really up the intensity of the last set. 

#5: Triceps – “Waiting for Love”

Love this one. Love the song, love the track. I think the combo of extension/press/push ups and overheads is perfection. You hit the triceps at every angle and keep it going until the end. The song is really fun to sing along to! 

#6: Biceps – “We Don’t Run

Another winner. This song is perfect to build that fitness magic. And I love the combo of 1/3 and 3 pulses.


#7:  Lunges – “How Deep is your Love”

While I like this song, and I think the 8 pulses are a great challenge, this one is just meh for me. I will be coming back to teach it at times because it is a good leg burner. 

#8: Shoulders – “Bumble Bee”

I die. Every time. The combo of 4 overheads with 4 push presses. Whew. That second set is always super tough. And then my deltoids feel like I got a tetanus shot. holy soreness. But if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. right? So, ever though it is super tough and I am slightly concerned that my arms might fall off, I still love it. However, the song isn’t my favorite. . . 

#9: Core – “Young & Stupid”

Yes. Good, fun song. Good mix of core moves. Love working the obliques + pulse crunches. 

#10: Cool down – “Purple”

No. Just nope. I hate this song. I will probably not teach it again. Just isn’t for me. But after a tough class like this one, I’d probably be happy cooling down to nails on a chalkboard because that means we are done. #truth 

Overall, I thought this was a really solid release. Challenging! I liked the 8 bottom halves in the chest track and the 8 clean and presses in the back track. New challenges with the same moves.  

But, I’m not going to lie, I am already looking forward to getting the music for 98 in a few weeks (after doing it at the SuperQ, I am extra excited!)


and I can’t believe that BP100 is coming soon!! 

Have you done BP97??? What did you think?

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!


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2 Responses to BODYPUMP 97 {review}

  1. Chris

    I can’t even imagine what release 100 will be…I can’t wait!

  2. I only did 97 once, and it was 2 days before Charlotte was born, so my review is probably a bit biased, but I didn’t like this one at all. I didn’t love the music and it was really hard! I had to take a lot of extra breaks. I wasn’t sad that I’d miss most of this release.
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