It’s been a busy week of Body Pump. I launched Body Pump 87 at my two gyms and I just have to say how much I like launch season, everything about it, the hype, the energy, the enthusiasm and the costumes! Here we are teamed up with Body Step decked out in our Halloween costumes.
This launch was especially special since one of our instructors reached a big milestone, her 25th Body Pump Launch! That means she’s been instructing Pump for 6.5 years!Wow, quite the accomplishment. Our team wanted to celebrate so we decorated with a banner and Georgetown minis with numbers representing each of her releases. How cute was that? CONGRATULATIONS!
Body Pump 87 Review
It is an awesome release throughout. The music is groovy and the moves are killer. Here is how I see it and what is unique to this release:
- My Favorite track – Triceps
- My Toughest track – Lunges
- My Favorite song – Bom Bom for Biceps
- My Favorite move – Alt. Leg Extension with Plate Crunch for Abs
Wider Squat Stance – We’ve all heard of mid & wide stance before but now there is “wider squat stance”. As the name suggest, you step out one-heel-toe out wider from your wide stance. This allows you to really target your glutes so concentrate on getting your butt down low (top of knee line), pushing your knees out, and squeezing those glues to maximize the effect of this exercise.
Hang Clean - The hang clean is back but looks a bit different than in the prior release. This time we catch the bar, STAND, and then release back down to set position. It is a great move to work on your form for the normal clean & press so focus on keeping that bar close to your body and exploding the bar up to your chest.
Hammer Curls – We ditch the bar for the bicep track and use hand weights for hammer curls & the traditional bicep curl. The hammer curl allows us to focus on a different part of the arm, the forearm and elbow flexors.
Lunges – Nothing new in the movement other than we are lunging in isolation longer. Watch out, it stings!
Standing T-Raise – A new shoulder workout used to not only target your rear deltoids but also your upper back. Focus on expanding your chest & squeezing between the shoulder blades as those plates come to either side.
Alt. Leg Extension with Plate Crunch – I finally found an ab track that burns so good. By extending your upper body and lower body and then crunching in, this movement really targets those core muscles, top to bottom.
Have you tried Body Pump 87? What do you think?