As much as we might like to, we can’t buy or try them all. If Les Mills Pump is one you’ve been considering, hopefully, this review will help you decide whether or not it would be a good purchase.
*NB Due to Reebok’s acquisition of the Les Mills brand, Les Mills Pump Workout DVD is not currently available on Amazon.
Why I decided to Write a Les Mills Pump Review
I recently caught up with my friend Jenny, whom I hadn’t seen for a few months. As usual, we arranged to meet at the mall. I was running a bit late, and Jenny is always early, so when I arrived and couldn’t see her, I was relieved to think I hadn’t kept her waiting. The reality was I hadn’t recognized her from behind, and I’d walked straight past her.
Jenny called out to me, and when I turned around, I was taken aback at her transformation. The first words out of my mouth were something like, “Oh my gosh – – – what have you been doing? – – – you look amazing!”, and she did. Don’t get me wrong, she’s always been pretty fit, but I’d never seen her as trim and toned before.
Jenny’s Les Mills Body Pump Results
Jenny told me she’d been doing BeachBody’s Les Mills Pump Workout for six weeks. In that time, she’d reduced her body fat level by around 3%, without dieting. Jenny said that the workouts are challenging and that it had taken her three or four weeks to get used to the pace and intensity. Now she enjoys them, and it goes without saying that she loves what the program has done for her body and confidence level.
I’d heard of Les Mills of course and, coincidentally, I’d come across some Les Mills Pump reviews online a few weeks earlier. All were positive, so after seeing Jenny’s fantastic results, I decided to take a closer look at the program and write my own Les Mills Pump review, which you can read below.
Les Mills Pump Workout Video Review
My Les Mills Body Pump Review
If you’re in the market for a workout that will enable you to strip fat quickly as you build strong, lean, sculpted muscles, take a look at the Les Mills Body Pump Workout from BeachBody. This very effective workout has been popular worldwide for some years now. And when I say popular, I mean really popular! More than 3 million people attend BeachBody Pump workout classes each week in 14,000 plus gyms across 80 countries. The classes are fantastic, but not everyone wants to go to a gym or lives near one that offers BeachBody classes. With this Body Pump DVD system now readily available for the home exerciser, that won’t be an issue.
The most flexible of the BeachBody programs, the Body Pump workout is ideal for people who prefer a less rigid exercise routine. The Les Mills Body Pump schedule consists of tri-weekly workouts, with an additional two to three sessions of cardio training recommended. This could be anything from running, spinning, swimming, using a treadmill or elliptical trainer, or doing any other form of aerobic exercise you enjoy.
The program is flexible, and your results will be evident within 6 to 8 weeks of starting. This makes it quite easy to stay motivated. Another thing that helps to keep motivation high throughout the workouts is the countdown clock which shows the remaining number of minutes for each session. It might not sound like a big deal, but if you feel like stopping, knowing you have only a couple of minutes to go will encourage you to finish your session.
Unlike some weight training workouts which rely upon heavy weights and a low number of repetitions to get results, the Les Mills Pump workout incorporates the use of comparatively light weights and a high number of repetitions. Going by the name of the Rep Effect, this style of exercise eliminates the risk of creating too much bulk. It also makes Les Mills Pump the ideal weight lifting workout for women, as well as men, who don’t want to develop over-sized muscles.
Being able to go at your own pace and progress to the next DVD as your strength and endurance improve, Les Mills Pump can be used by people of all ages and fitness levels.
What’s in the Box?
Included in the Body Pump Workout package is 1 introductory DVD, and 7 workout DVDs. There’s a workout guide detailing your fitness schedule. You will receive a nutrition recommendation guide that, when followed, will speed up your results.
Also included, is a measuring tape for tracking how many inches you’ve lost. A free online support forum gives you access to expert guidance from fitness trainers and dieticians. It also enables you to connect with others who are undertaking the program.
You will also receive a padded barbell, 2 x 5lb weights, 2 x 10lb weights, and 2 safety clips. If required, you can dismantle the barbell to store.
* If you already have a barbell, you can buy just the DVDs.
Body Pump DVD Overview
The Body Pump DVD comprises the following 8 disks:
- Disk 1 – (Part 1) Basics
Disk 1, Basics, is a ten-minute DVD which introduces you to the first three of your trainers. The trainers take turns relating their workout philosophy and explaining why the program works so well. On disk 1, you will also find directions for assembling the barbell, and instructions for achieving correct form.
- Disk 1 – (Part 2) Pump Challenge
Approximately 20 minutes long and based on simple resistance exercises, the setting for Pump is a plush workout studio. Five new trainers will take you through your paces and teach you the moves and timing to get the most from this session.
This DVD also introduces you to the Body Pump music featured throughout the DVDs. This consists primarily of updated versions of some popular 80s classic hits.
- Disk 2 – Pump & Burn
With a 30-minute run time, this second workout takes place in front of a live audience. An excellent calorie burning workout, Pump & Burn focuses on exercising the legs, upper body, back, and abs, providing an all over body workout.
A different trainer conducts each of the segments.
- Disk 3 – Pump & Shred
Say hello to the Rep Effect in this 45-minute workout which is led by 7 trainers. Designed to increase strength and endurance, it uses heavier weights than the previous exercises. It also involves longer sessions with more repetitions.
- Disk 4 – Pump Revolution
Combining upbeat music and strongly defined movements, this 55-minute workout uses light weights and a higher number of repetitions for maximum calorie burning. This makes it the perfect workout for sculpting long, lean muscles.
- Disk 5 – Pump Extreme
58 minutes long, Pump Extreme is a total body workout that will challenge muscles you didn’t even know you had.
- Disk 6 – Flow
This 20-minute quick moving session incorporates lots of stretching to elongate the muscles and increase flexibility.
- Disk 7 – Hardcore Abs
14 minutes in duration, this slow workout targets the muscles in the abdominal region. While the session is brief, you will really feel the burn.
Les Mills Pump Workout Summary
Les Mills Pump Workout is a strength training based exercise program designed to quickly trim excess body fat and create sleek, sculpted muscles. The combination of light weights and a high number of repetitions is known as the Rep Effect.
The Rep Effect increases the heart rate so that more calories are burned throughout each session. As a result, you will lose pounds and inches, lower your body fat percentage, and increase your muscle definition faster than you would with the average exercise program.
Because the weights used are light, the targeted muscles won’t bulk up as they can with traditional weight building workouts. This makes Les Mills Pump Workout ideal for women or men who want toned muscles without the bulk.
Les Mills Body Pump has a high buyer approval rating. However, some purchasers who left feedback complained about the quality of the barbell. If this is an issue for you, you can use another make of barbell with your Les Mills Pump Workout kit.