Okay, this might be less in depth than I planned but I want to get it down. I’m loving Les Mills Pump. I’m almost finished with the calendar (though I messed up in the first month and somehow skipped a week). I get a really good workout and I have added a little more weight to my bar since starting…I’m getting to a point of experimenting with more on some tracks. It really has been perfect for me…when I feel like I’m spent, it’s just about time to switch tracks (and body parts). They use the music really well…I notice it most on the clean and presses and biceps. And I love how the workouts are a few different lengths. I am currently trying to do the program as written, but as I move on from that schedule and start working it in with other things, I think that will be helpful. I can choose how long I can do on a day.
I also love that you can do your own cardio. I like the flexibility that it gives. I started with mostly running and TurboFire/TurboKick, but it has been walking instead of running now with my leg bothering me. When I do other programs, I have a tough time because there are other workouts I enjoy so much. This lets me do it all!
The workouts use high repetitions and lighter weights for what they call “The Rep Effect”. Basically, you are doing 70-100 reps per body part. I definitely feel it! I’m sore the day after most workouts, even though I used to lift heavy at the gym. It is different…light weight/high reps vs heavy weight/low reps. I think they are both good for you and can give results. But with the light weight, you still need to challenge yourself! I decided early on to buy extra weights than what comes in the box. The weights it came with (10 and 5 lb plates) were perfect to start, but I didn’t want to not up my weights just because I didn’t have the extra plates. So I purchased an extra set of 5s and a set of 2.5s.
Pump uses body part tracks…squats, chest, legs/back, biceps, triceps, lunges, shoulders, abs. Some of the shorter workouts do not contain all tracks, but I still think they are great workouts. Just like if you had to do a short workout, you’d hit the big muscles with some moves that also engage smaller ones. The two long workouts (Pump Revolution and Pump Extreme, both almost an hour) include them all. There are also 20, 30 and 45 minute weight workouts. In the pack as well is Hardcore Abs, which lives up to its name! Also is Flow, a stretching workout that is about 20 minutes. If you order from a coach (like me!) you also get Les Mills Core, another ab workout.
Now, one of my favorite things…the instructors! I love the accents and their interactions are amusing. They are very personable and motivating. I definitely recommend the program to anyone looking for a weight workout to do at home.