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Body Pump: Tips for Beginners

Posted Oct 06 2010 5:21am

Good morning! :mrgreen:

Thanks for your feedback on yesterday’s post about changing the format of my blog. After thinking about what everyone said, I’m going to continue to post my meals and snacks, BUT I’m not going to be as “strict” about documenting everything that goes into my mouth. It can be repetitive for me and I’m sure that my endless photos of oatmeal and iced coffee get pretty boring, so I will likely nix those from time-to-time as well as ugly/unappetizing meals. I hope this makes sense and you will still continue to visit CNC. I know you don’t want to miss the photos of Murphy! ;-)

I’m not going to lie, not taking photos of my breakfast this morning was quite liberating– and it saved me a couple of minutes! ;-) But, because I ate the exact same breakfast on September 15 (same ingredients, same Teddie jar, even the same drinking glass), I used a photo from that morning for today’s breakfast. The same placemats are still on my dining room table!

Oats in a Jar + iced coffee is one of my favorite breakfasts ever! :mrgreen:


I didn’t snap a photo of my actual breakfast this morning, but I took one of Murphy’s post-breakfast treat: a  Greenie !! He gets them about once a week and he loves them!


I receive quite a few questions about Body Pump, including tips for first-timers. Usually, I just reply in an email with my ideas, but I thought the topic would make a great blog post. So here’s what I tell people who want to attend their first Body Pump class:

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class: Show up to class a little early to tell the instructor that you are new to Body Pump. Most of the time, they’ll give you a brief overview of the class and explain how to set up your equipment. They also keep an eye on you during class to make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly.
  • Set up your equipment where you have a good view of the instructor: You don’t have to set up directly in front of the instructor, but make sure that you can see what she/he is doing, so you can emulate their moves.
  • Don’t go too heavy on the weights: Body Pump is all about the burn!!! Keep in mind that you want to do continuous reps until the end of each track (song), which means you’ll be lifting the weight for 4-6 minutes with very few rests (if any). You can always increase your weight on the second class that you attend.
  • Don’t judge Body Pump based off your first class: Mal wasn’t a fan of Body Pump after his first class, but he gave it a second chance because I was so obsessed with it. By his third class, he was totally hooked! For most people, their first Body Pump class is a little confusing. There’s a lot going on and there’s a lot to learn, so try at least 2-3 classes before you give up on it.
  • Try different classes with different instructors: This was another big one for Mal. A Body Pump instructor can totally make or break the class, so try out a few different classes to find your favorite.

Body Pump is an amazing workout, and it’s easily my favorite way to strength train. If your gym offers it, definitely give it a try. It will change your body!!

I’ve actually missed Body Pump quite a bit since I started marathon training. Instead of going 2-3 times a week like I normally do, I only go once a week now. But, I’m thinking about going back to my usual routine. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of my upper body strength, and I don’t like it. I liked looking scary! ;-)


What was the last new workout/group exercise class/DVD that you tried? Did you like it?

P.S Rebecca’s is hosting a Blog Bake Sale to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Be sure to check it out and get your bid on!!!

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