Happy-day-before-Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you, but I’m SO excited to spend some quality time with family and dig into my Thanksgiving meal tomorrow!
I got back to teaching my BODYPUMP® classes at the beginning of this month, just in time for our gym to launch BODYPUMP® 95! For those of you that are new to the Les Mills world, Les Mills launches a new release for each of their formats each quarter with new music and a new workout. It’s always exciting to see what songs and exercises are in the newest release!
You can read more about BODYPUMP® below:
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® 101
- How to Get the Best Results from BODYPUMP®
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® & RPM® in Pregnancy
Read my past reviews here:
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® 94 Review
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® 93 Review
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® 92 Review
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® 91 Review
- Les Mills BODYPUMP® 90 Review
Us instructors are required to teach the new release for two weeks before mixing it up and creating our own playlist using tracks from previous releases. I’ve officially taught BODYPUMP® 95 for two weeks, so I wanted to share my review with you!
BODYPUMP® 95 Review
Warmup – Outside by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
This is a catchy tune to get our bodies warmed up and prepared for the workout ahead. I loved the song and have no complaints about the workout. We start by warming up the back of the body, move onto legs, and finish with shoulders. I was a little surprised to see that we had power presses at the very beginning of the track, since that’s more of an intense move, but I suppose the fact that our weight on our barbell is light makes it safe.
Squats – Bukem by Autoerotique & 4B
We stay in the same wide stance throughout the duration of this track without any breaks to really challenge the muscles. There are lots of super slow repetitions to really make those muscles work. It’s crucial that we don’t rush them to get the most out the workout. This track was probably one of my least favorites of this release. The workout itself was strong, but got a little boring by the end. The music was honestly a little annoying to me… I felt like they kept saying “moo cow” over and over again. I guess they can’t all be my favorite though, right?
Chest – Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
The first half of this track is done with our barbell, and then we finish it out with a combination of A-presses and push ups to really fatigue those chest muscles quickly. I was a big fan of this track! I thought the workout was a good challenge. I liked the mix of compound exercises with the barbell and pushups combined with the isolation exercise of A-presses. I was a little surprised that they used this song since it seems to be so “last season”, but it’s still fun and catchy, and my members seemed to enjoy it.
Back – Beautiful World by Blasterjaxx & DBSTF feat. Ryder
We have a good mix of a little bit of everything in this track – deadlifts, dead rows, clean & presses, and power presses with some plate work in the second and third sets to help get that heart rate up. This is a progressive track, so we added a little weight to our barbell with every set to amp up the intensity a bit. The addition of weight at the beginning of each set definitely made this track killer (in the best way)! It took me awhile for this song to grow on me, but I ended up really enjoying it after teaching it a few times.
Triceps – Irresistable by Fall Out Boy
We don’t use the barbell for this track – just a large plate for overhead extensions and a medium/large plate for tricep kickback rows, and then we use our bodyweight when we hit the bench for dips. I would say I’m so-so on this track – I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I always love Fall Out Boy, but this song isn’t one of my top favorites. The workout wasn’t bad, but I felt like it needed a little something more.
Biceps – GDFR by Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini & Lookas
We use two medium/heavy plates for this track to really isolate those biceps. I was excited to see that the biceps track was different than the usual hard rock song. This tune was a catchy one that makes it fun for us instructors to add in a little “fitness magic” with the “lift it, drop it, shake it, POP it” part of the song. Those mid range pulses will hit your biceps hard if you’re doing them properly. Good workout, fun song = I’m a fan of this one!
Lunges – Burnin’ by Calvin Harris & R3hab
This track … it’s SO bittersweet! Man oh man, it’s a booty burner for sure. I would definitely throw this one up as one of the most difficult lunge tracks I’ve ever done in BODYPUMP®, which makes me love it and hate it all at the same time. We start with a basic squat, and then we go into lunges on each leg that involve lots and lots of pulses, which really amp up that burn in your muscles. The song is alright – I usually prefer songs with words, but it goes along well with the workout.
Shoulders – I Am Machine by Three Days Grace
This track involves almost all bar work doing upright rows, overhead presses, and push presses, with some plate work thrown in at the end of each set where we do side arm raises and rotator raises. This is a physically tough track for sure. My shoulders are always screaming by the end of it! I’m not a huge hard rock person, so initially I wasn’t a huge fan of this song, but it grew on me over time and it definitely fits the workout well.
Core – Sugar by Maroon 5
This track is pretty basic. We begin with some leg extensions and crunches, and then move into some plank work for the second half of the track. I personally found it challenging, but my core is also incredibly weak since I just had a baby. I would think that when my core is stronger and/or for regular BODYPUMP-ers, this track wouldn’t be all that challenging. I liked the song, but similar to Uptown Funk, it seemed a little outdated for a new release.
Cooldown – Brother by NEEDTOBREATHE feat. Gavin DeGraw
This is where we stretch and let our heart rate come down after working hard. I enjoyed this song!
As a whole, I wouldn’t say this was my favorite release ever, but there were a few tracks that I enjoyed and were pretty solid. As always, I got an awesome workout and had fun with it though, and that’s what it’s all about!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my U.S. friends! I will see you all next week!
Question of the day:
Have you tried BODYPUMP® 95? What are your favorite and least favorite tracks?