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The famous Les Mills BODYPUMP has been a staple exercise at our YMCA for years. BODYPUMP is a choreographed class in which you use a barbell, weighted plates, and free weight to work every muscle group in your body. In class, you will have a warm up, then go on to squats, chest, back, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders, core, and then finally a cooldown. What is great is since it’s all choreographed, you will get to know what you’re doing from track to track. Instructors learn new music and choreography every 3 months. We do a ‘new release’ of music for about 3 weeks and then begin using songs from older releases. I first tried BODYPUMP several years ago and honestly was so scared I wouldn’t be able to walk the next day, that I tried it with no weights. That’s right! I only used the bar. And, that is okay to do. It’s also highly encouraged if you are new to BODYPUMP (or any class for that matter) to stay for about 20 minutes (in BODYPUMP it would be until the back track) and then call it a day. Next time, try for one more song and so on and so on.

This current release is BODYPUMP 103. That means there are 103 releases out there. Some of our YMCA instructors have been doing this since BODYPUMP 30 !!! With this release, there is a new option of BODYPUMP EXPRESS. We’ve always had BODYPUMP EXPRESS, but, in the past, they would skip biceps and lunges. However, in this latest one, they have combined triceps and biceps in one song and lunges and shoulders into another. It us such a unique and innovative way to make sure you hit every muscle group. I highly suggest going to both classes to experience both types of class. Make sure you go a little early to tell your instructor that you are new so she can show you the ropes. 

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My name is Jamie Hardt and I have been an exercise instructor for nearly 13 years at the YMCA-Pabst Farms. I absolutely love exercise and would probably do it for hours a day if I could. I began a challange at New Years with a goal of attending every class our YMCA has to offer. I have attended 30 different classes so far of the over 100 we offer. I welcome you to join me on this journey!.. Read More »

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