Exceeding Expectations

When I first started doing body pump many years ago, I had no idea that my body pump journey would be anything like it is today. When I first started doing body pump, I was getting in shape for my upcoming wedding. I would go to the 5:30am class at the local YMCA (what up Woodbury YMCA!!). And for those of you who know me. . . know that it is very unusual for me to get up that early for anything!  Laura would come with me sometimes too. And I loved it! Except for lunges – we would always make faces and complain horribly during the lunge track!


Now, about 5 years later, I am a certified body pump instructor and teaching my own classes 2-3 times per week. And as an instructor, part of my job is to lift inspiring weights. .. so even on days where I am tired or insert 20 different excuses here, I lift heavier than I really want to! And the results have been amazing.  .. not just in muscles but I have noticed a lot of different perks of being an instructor. ..

1. Better running times – getting stronger and doing regular weight lifting, has made me a faster and stronger runner. As Chris likes to say “Body Pump Strong!”


2. That I would love it as much as I do – I love teaching aerobics but I really love teaching body pump. The music, the energy, them moves.  I just love it all.


3. That I much prefer to teach it than take it – being an instructor in front of the class changes how you do the class, your form is better, you lift heavier, and your in control! While I like to take other people’s classes to see how they teach and cue, I really enjoy teaching my own class. Smile 

4. Good running music – Body pump music is awesome. I serisouly listen to it all the. time. Running, in the car, during breakfast, etc. And it is a really good beat and pace to use during a run.

5. That I would spend as much time doing/thinking about it – I knew I would have to spend time working on memorizing the moves and choreography every 3 months, but I think about my upcoming class, what release and/or tracks I want to do, what weight selection I should use and what I should challenge my class to use, etc. . .


6. That my husband would comment so frequently about how ripped I am – I think he is scared that my bicep is going to be bigger than his! Winking smile 


7. That it would improve my aerobics class and teaching – learning and teaching body pump has made me a better aerobics instructor. I have more moves to add to my class and better cueing.


8. That I would enjoy doing it in my basement – I have bought lots of exercise videos before, only to do them for a month or two and then get bored. I love doing my body pump instructor videos. Watching the experts teach and cue, as well as their energy is awesome and inspiring. After I get done doing one at home, I can’t wait to teach again to share my love and excitement for body pump with my class.

9. That my love for body pump continues to grow every class and every release!

Do you do body pump?? Any perks you have noticed? How about any other perks from other classes?

And .. . the winner of the Chick’d giveaway is:
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Ari!! –-> please email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com so I can get you your awesome new Chick’d capris. Smile


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23 Responses to Exceeding Expectations

  1. Awesome that you’re noticing so many benefits from Body Pump. It’s fun to read your post because your excitement is so obvious! Good for you! 🙂 I haven’t tried Body Pump… it sounds like it would be up my alley, though.
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  2. I won?? Woohoo!!

    And that’s great that you’re loving BodyPump! I really like it too, although I struggled with the new release last week. It just felt harder at times and I couldn’t get a handle on what weights to use. Ah well, guess I’ll improve! 🙂
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    • KT

      Congrats!! The new release is super tough and weight selection is a bit of a challenge, give it a couple of classes and you’ll love it!!

  3. Love your post! I’m a Zumba instructor and taking the AFAA certification this Saturday. I love pump classes and would love to teach them, so I loved your perspetive. The idea of teaching strength classes totally intimidates me, but I’m excited about the possibility. Thanks! (I blog at writedreamsweat.com.)

  4. I don’t like taking too many group fitness classes, but I do loooove Bodypump! I go to the Woodbury YMCA when we go and visit Scotts parents sometimes–they live in Lake Elmo!
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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE Bodypump!! I wish I could take your class! 🙂
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  6. Aww I am feeling the same way! I just got a few old releases and it is SO MUCH FUN creating my own PUMP mix for classes! I am just team-teaching and subbing for the summer, but I hope to get my own class in the Fall. I LOVE that I burn 200+ more calories teaching than just taking a class!! I have been in love with it for a long time, but I am also seeing so much change in my body from lifting the “inspirational weights” in front of a class. I am still getting used to waking up to sore muscles almost everyday. I’ve also been taking CXWORX, COMBAT and ATTACK and they are all killer!
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    • KT

      Yes!! I am going back now too and learning old releases. It is so awesome. And love to mix it up for classes.

  7. I have never done body pump but would love to try it if my gym were to offer it. I have recently starte doig crossfit and in the past month am already surprised how my body is adapting to the weights. I love feeling stronger!
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  8. I’ve yet to try body pump! It’s on my list of things to do 🙂
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  9. Love this! I really need to figure out how to incorporate regular strength sessions into my week. I’ve been ramping up my running in preparation for marathon training, but I know it would be beneficial to do some strength training too. Might have to switch out one of my swimming days…
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    • KT

      I did so much better on my first marathon when I was doing BP regularly vs. my second when I wasn’t!!

  10. Kim

    That’s awesome that you found a workout that you love so much. And what a perfect complement for running!
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  11. Oh, man, I haven’t done BodyPump in soooo long, but I used to love it. I really need to get back on that horse. 🙂 You do look ripped!! Good for you!
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    • KT

      Awww thanks Kim. Getting started again can be tough – but it is totally worth it. And BODYPUMP is awesome. 🙂

  12. Winner Winner!! 🙂
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