Today I did my first Body Pump class in ages!
Part of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to incorporate strength training into my workout. I have to be honest, I’m not a fan of strength training, preferring cardio and combat classes. But I knew that if I wanted to really get that lean, toned body I wanted, I was going to need to strength train. So I resolved to start taking more CXWorx classes (half-hour resistance band training) and finally get around to doing Body Pump!
I’ve shirked Body Pump for ages! I’ve only ever taken two classes about a year or so ago. I know if I took more classes, I’d get better at it but I just couldn’t be bothered. So I decided that this Sunday would be the day I started taking Body Pump seriously.
Actually, I meant to go on Thursday. But it was raining and cold and I had been working out from Monday to Wednesday…
So Sunday rolled around. I’d been out for a delicious dinner with a friend the night before at a restaurant I’d been meaning to try for ages! We had the whole works – appetizers, a main and creme brulee for dessert plus a bottle of wine. My friend was driving so I ended up having most of the wine! By the time I got home, I was feeling awfully full. And tired. And it was raining outside. In fact, it feels like winter has finally chosen this weekend to show its face. Great timing!
I was sooo tempted not to head into Body Pump. I pointed out to myself that I’ve already done two Body Combat classes this week, a Body Attack class, a 10km run and a quick 20 minute circuit workout. It’s Sunday – it’s supposed to be a day of rest! I’ve worked out five days of the week – surely I could take a break! I could always do Body Pump next week…
But then I remembered this article I just read on Coping with Jane, which asks a really interesting question: Should you aim for a happy life or an interesting life? The article quoted Eleanor Roosevelt saying, ‘Happiness is not a goal; it’s a byproduct’ and made the thought-provoking observation that rather than aiming for happiness, we should aim instead to be interesting and do interesting things. And one of the suggestions the article had for leading an interesting life was to do something that scares you every day.
Body Pump scares me. That’s why I’ve been putting it off week after week!
So with time ticking as I lay in my bed hitting the snooze button and peering under sleep-heavy eyelids at the cold, grey morning outside (the BF wasn’t helping either by telling me to skip the class!), I decided, “I’m going to do it. I’m going to do something that scares me today. And I’m going to do Body Pump. It’ll give me a sense of achievement this Sunday!”
So I rolled out of bed, gave the teeth a quick brush, pulled on my gym clothes and my sneakers, kissed the snoozing BF who had by now hogged the entire bed, and ran out to my car.
I have to admit feeling a sense of trepidation when I got to the gym. Luckily, I’ve been to at least two other classes so I had an idea of what to expect and how to set up the my station. (I used to just keep an eye on what other people were doing and one time, a really helpful fellow Body Pumper helped me figure out what to do). I think that’s one of the biggest things which keeps me shy of Body Pump – that there seems to be so much equipment involved!
I’d also done some prep work at home by looking up the videos on the Les Mills Body Pump website where their program directors demonstrate the basic moves so I had an idea of what to expect. And I made sure to put my hand up when the instructor asked if anyone was new to the class – I was the only one! (I had done two classes before but they were so long ago, it still felt like I was new). A little embarrassing but it was also good because it meant the instructor could keep an eye on me and make sure I had my technique right. She was a really lovely, nice instructor whose bubbly demeanor made the class a really fun workout – big hats off to her! And though I was officially the new girl and stumbled through a few of the moves in class, she didn’t single me out in a big way in front of the class so I was really grateful for that!
We did the latest Body Pump release, which is Body Pump 85. It was a lot harder than I expected, but it got me working really hard which was great! I love that the weights added extra resistance to my usual squats and lunges. We also did dead rows and the clean-and-press, which are two of my favourite Body Pump moves. What I was glad we didn’t do were the press pullover combo because my bar always tends to go every which way in that move! I already found the chest presses hard enough! Still, I’m glad because this time around I spoke with the instructor after the class and she helped show me how to adjust my grip far enough along the bar to retain a more controlled, correct maneuver.
The class went by really quickly and while I didn’t work up as much of a sweat as I usually do in Body Combat and Body Attack, I was pretty happy knowing I’ve definitely challenged my body with the extra weight resistance and being able to work out those muscles I don’t pay as much attention to like my biceps and triceps. And I’m proud that I’ve finally managed to get my butt to this class!
I’m really looking forward to doing more Body Pump classes – and can’t wait to see how much of a change it’s going to make to my physique! Watch this space ; )