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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Body Pump = Pain

I cannot walks down the stairs, I don't think I'll be able to tie my shoes laces so I plan on wearing ballet pumps for the next week. The reason - body pump.

I've never been one for classes for the following reasons:

1. I used to be fat, I didn't want to be the fatty in the class bounding about like a pale space hopper in Lycra. In my mind exercise classes were generally filled with fake tanned goddesses and I couldn't think of a more intimidating environment.

2. I lack coordination, I am probably dyspraxic, if I ever let my boss get me tested by an educational psychologist then I am sure this would be confirmed. She keeps asking me of I want a test, if an experienced head of a disability service repeatedly asks you if you want a test then it's a pretty sure sign you've got a specific learning disability. Anyway lack of coordination - this is problematic for classes, I once did a aerobics class at uni - stood on about 4 people's feet and was hated by many for the remainder of the class.

3. Going to a class involves a level of organisation and planning that I lack, see point 2 - I probably have a specific learning difficulty.

4. Embarrassing gym attire, until recently I never spent any money on sports clothes as I saw it as a waste of time. I would much rather spend my money on many, many seventies style floppy hats that I will never wear. Wearing cotton joggers to an exercise class is only going to cause the following - a sweaty wit woo area, overheating danger and most probably some kind of sweat induced infection around creaky and crack type areas.

So back to Body Pump - I am actually writing half of this post after another class. It gets easier but it did take me 2 days to be able to walk down the stairs efficiently without sliding on my bum or making painful huffing noises. I can only now lower myself onto a toilet seat without screaming and no longer have reduced movement in my limbs.

It basically shags your muscles out, it must be good because 'no pain no gain' right?

Here's Wiki's explanation of Body pump -

"BodyPump is a weight-based group-fitness program, created and distributed globally by Les Mills International. Created in 1991 by Phillip Mills, it is now found in over 70 countries and 10,000 health-clubs and gyms worldwide.

BodyPump classes are 60 minutes long and contain eight separate muscle-group specific songs or "tracks" along with an opening warm up track and closing cooldown track. There is also a 45 minute class format, which omits two muscle groups /tracks (biceps and triceps) and is used in timeslots where participants generally don't have a full hour to spare."

I am going to keep going at this bad boy - I hope to see some results soon. I will let you know the results - maybe even show you a picture, woo what a treat.

Sam out x


  1. Lack of coordination? But your eye liner is always so straight.

  2. Seriously, this will improve your running no end, been doing this class since December and it seems to have made a massive difference. Keep going, it does get easier............. and then you can and add higher weights on !!!!

  3. Anonymous 1 - this is my fav comment ever. I have long aspired to master eye liner and this is the best compliment ever. Even though it's not quite true. Merci!

    Anonymous 2 - I salute you, running and body pump and increasing weights?!? You hero. I am going to stick at it, I can feel muscles on my muscles. I do feel pretty amzing afterwards despite the long recovery time. As for increasing the weights, whoa nelly. The first class I went to, I ended the last section with no weights at all - just the bar. What a wimp. I can proudly say I used weights throughout the 2nd class I went to. Teeny tiny weights but weights never the less. Keep on running friend!

  4. OMG I laughed so hard I almost spit my diet tea out my nose. I went to my first Body Pump class last week. The lady next to me questioned my weight for my first class, said she couldn't walk after her first class at that weight. I blew her off with a "Whatever".

    Well, after class I couldn't seem to keep my knees under my body, my legs kept threatening to give out, particularly on stepping off a curb. The next day I couldn't walk up or down an inclined plane without making those same little noises you mentioned, and on day three I had to take a percoset before bed. It wasn't until day four that I found myself saying, "hey, I feel stronger!"

    Today I went back for more... a little smarter this time, used lighter weights. Apologized to the nice lady that I blew off last week and told her she was right. Not feeling quite so bad this time. Only feels like I've been beaten around the thighs by a wiffle ball bat instead of a real one - and that is a huge improvement. I will continue to go back, because I believe it is working, even if I *DO* feel like Aunt Bea in a group of Barbie Dolls.



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