My husband was a big weightlifter in his youth and he tried to get me to do it, but BORRRRRRRRRRRRRRINGGGG. Then one day, while waiting for the fitness class room to empty so I could join my Zumba class, I took a peek. It was a group weightlifting class.
I'd seen the signs for the Les Mills programs hanging in my gym, but I never thought much about it. I grabbed the instructor as the classes were switching out and asked her if Body Pump was for someone like me, someone who'd never been serious about weightlifting. Absolutely, she said! So I started with a Saturday class.
Body Pump is an hour long class, starting with a warm up and ending with a cool down, that works legs, chest, back, triceps, biceps, legs, shoulders, and abs. It's not really about increasing muscle mass, but more toning and strength and endurance. The first time I did it I could barely walk the next day. My husband laughed (lovingly) as I gingerly made my way to the floor to stretch my quads. But I kept doing it. And I started seeing results.
Now I'm going three times a week (including a 6 am class!) and I miss it when I don't do it. Last Wednesday I upped my weights, and although some of the exercises are challenging (the lunge track on this latest release is a killer) I'm surprising myself at how much I enjoy it.
One stumble does not a failure make.
Everything in moderation.
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