As we enter the third decade of the new Millenium, our idea of ‘the perfect body’ has certainly evolved. It’s no longer about every person having the picture-perfect slim and toned physique; it’s about finding the body that feels right and healthy for you and your lifestyle. Often this is easier said than done, which is why the team at X Shadyside - Pittsburgh leading gym and fitness community - is here to share with you the six major benefits of Body Pump classes that can help you find the strong, healthy body that fits you.
The problem that many people have with working out at a gym is that it can sometimes feel monotonous. They’re not wrong; doing the same workout day in and day out not only will flatline your results, but can make you feel burnt out quickly.
Body Pump is the group fitness class designed for maximizing results and minimizing burnout. This 60-minute class is the original full-body barbell workout that utilized weight room classics like squats, presses, lifts, and curls to engage every muscle in your body. You and your gym cohorts tackle every workout to great music and with the help of encouragement from a high-energy instructor.
The key focus of Body Pump is to enhance strength and endurance which, in turn, burns nearly 600 calories per workout. You’ll begin with a warm-up using light weights to get your muscles ready to move. From there, your instructor guides you through the main workout, focusing on major muscle groups, including:
Each exercise helps you burn calories and tone muscle and is sure to make you feel the burn by the end of the workout. Body Pump class also includes a built-in cool-down session set to slower music. This will help reduce achiness and keep you ready to move in time for your next class.
Muscle is built with a combination of a healthy diet and repetitive motion under strain. Your muscles grow because this strain causes painless micro-tears in your muscle that your body naturally repairs. As your muscle fibers repair, they get stronger - kind of like a callous - and create stronger muscle groups over time. Body Pump utilizes weights with fun motions to add just the right amount of strain and target specific muscle groups.
When done in a caloric deficit, all workouts begin to burn fat on your body. Your body converts this fat into energy used to fuel your body from start to finish. Body Pump keeps you moving, grooving, and burning for an hour at a time, making it easy to burn plenty of fat, get your heart rate up, and enjoy your exercise from start to finish.
Body Pump classes are designed specifically to target important muscles in your body. These targeted workouts, when done with the right number of reps and proper resistance, can help tone the muscles in the areas of your body you’re looking to target. These tones muscles help keep you looking lean in all the right places and add muscle volume where desired, helping you shape the perfect body for you.
Poor posture affects people who work desk jobs, work with their hands, and spend time bending over to work. This arching back and shoulders can lead to aches and pains over time, which is why it’s a great idea to use Body Pump to improve your posture. By strengthening your back, shoulder, and abdominals, you’ll have the muscular strength capable of supporting your body properly. Additionally, when guided to work out with a proper form, that inspiration can rub off into your daily life practice -- meaning no more office hunchback look for you!
One of the best things about Body Pump class is that it removes the monotony of working out. This isn’t just because the workout is different every time, but because you’re surrounded by other people to encourage you to push your limits. Group workouts are proven to be more motivating and more likely to be completed than individual workouts, making Body Pump a great choice for anyone needing a little extra push in the right direction.
While it may seem counter-intuitive to complete a tough workout while sore, Body Pump classes can help provide relief for pain! Pain can come from several sources, including stiffness, muscle fatigue, and more. The more you move, the more blood pumps to different parts of your body to relieve and repair your aches and pains.
THink it’s time to try Body Pump for yourself? Try out X Shadyside today for access to unlimited group classes and top of the line fitness equipment.