Answers to your questions about the Les Mills Pump workout
This article answers these questions (see below)…
- How come Beachbody is offering the popular in-the-gym workout as a home workout?
- What is the Les Mills Pump workout like?
- How can the same workout results in men getting ripped and muscular and women looking lean and feminine
- Is the Les Mills Pump home workout the right workout for someone that is new to barbell workouts?
- Is the Les Mills Pump workout the right workout for someone that is already fit (like a P90X or Insanity Graduate)?
- What comes when you order the Les Mills home workout Program?
Is it true that the same workout results in men getting ripped and muscular and women looking lean and feminine? And if so, how is that possible?
Keep reading for the answer to that and so many more questions you may have about the Les Mills Pump workout.
How come Beachbody is offering the popular in-the-gym workout as a home workout?
Les Mills Pump is internationally loved and has an amazing reputation for getting results. Until now, the only way to do Les Mills Pump was by taking a class in a gym. (The workout is called BodyPump in the gym in case you are looking for it.)
Going to a gym works for a lot of people, but not for everyone. This at-home version of Les Mill BodyPump gives so many people (including me!) access to this great workout. Even for the folks that do love taking BodyPump classes, having an at-home version means that if you can’t make it to a class one week, you can still get your workout in!
What is the Les Mills Pump workout like?
It’s surprisingly fun. When I say surprisingly—I know I shouldn’t be so surprised, the workout is a global fitness phenomenon found in 14,000 clubs in 80 countries worldwide.
First I’ll tell you a little more about the workout, and then dive into what makes it “fun”.
The Les Mills Pump workout is a resistance-training workout that uses a barbell for the resistance as well as integrated functional movements. The barbell is really light, and when you first pick it up, you may even wonder if you’ll get enough of a workout. But by your 800th repetition, you’ll KNOW your body is working hard.
What makes Les Mills Pump so much fun?
The trainers, the music, and the confidence that comes from getting super-clear instructions.
- The trainers are full of positive motivation and encouragement.
From my perspective, if you are going to be inviting people into your house, even if it’s via a DVD and a screen, invite people whose company you enjoy!
- The music seems to make your body crank out extra reps.
The music is varied and lively, plus, you can lose yourself in the tempo and even when you think you can’t lift one more rep, your body wants to move to the beat and just makes it happen!
- The confidence that comes from great instruction
The instructions are so clear that I don’t expend any mental energy wondering what I should be doing. The instructors describe in detail what we need to be doing and when and how we need to be doing it. They manage to provide all that clear instruction in a really helpful way – no tone of condescension, no bossiness—just friendly support. And, they magically do it without talking over the tempo of the music!!
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Can women lift weights without bulking up?
This was my biggest question before I began the workout…
For the longest time I was skeptical about weights even though I read over and over again how important it is for women to incorporate resistance into our workouts. And even thought the research says that low weights and high repetitions combined with the fact that women do not produce enough testosterone means no bulking up. And even though the research says that resistance training is important for our bone density. It’s important for fat burning and for metabolism.
The main reason I love to workout is because I feel great and love having the abundant energy I get from treating my body well, but I must admit that I enjoy the side-benefit of the way my clothing fits me….which is why I was worried that doing a barbell workout would make me bulky.
So what did I do? I waited and let my friends try it first. And they look terrific– lean and athletic, not bulky. I have 2 friends who kindly tested the Les Mills Pump workout before me and they look GREAT! I should have known not to worry! Every Beachbody workout I have ever tried has been fantastic! Not sure why I resisted trying this one!?! It’s interesting to notice when our pre-conceived notions create unfounded fear that gets in our own way.
So the answer to the question “can women lift weights without bulking up” is: Yes, women can lift weights, and specifically women can do Les Mills Pump (which is low weights and high reps) without bulking up.
How can the same workout results in men building a strong, athletic, muscular look and women looking lean, sculpted, and feminine?
First, let’s take a look at the international Les Mills trainers for a visual of what the men and women look like…
Here’s Rachael Newsham
And here’s Dan Cohen
Why does this workout get different results for men and women?
Men and women have different levels of the hormones that are responsible for muscle growth.
We both get results because the basics of weight training – like squats, lunges, clean & press, and dead lifts – are some of the best exercises for everyone.*
*Keep in mind that Les Mills Pump is a physically demanding home fitness program, so please consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program.
What’s it like to get started with Les Mills Pump?
The program is divided into three phases, so you’ll gradually increase the length of your workouts as well as the intensity. When you are getting started with Les Mills Pump, you take the first workout to learn the basic moves they will be using, and then ease in with a 20 minute workout.
For more details about the 1st week of doing the Les Mills Pump workout, check out: Les Mills Pump: Week 1 review
Is the Les Mills Pump home workout the right workout for someone that is new to barbell workouts?
New to barbell workouts? You have found the right workout! The team of Les Mills trainers break down the moves so clearly. They make this workout so incredibly accessible. They are so fantastic at breaking down the moves into easy-to-follow instructions.
And for those of you that are not new to barbell workouts, consider how often the Les Mills Pump instructors do this workout, and they are all in great shape. If you find something you enjoy, often it’s worth doing over and over again. Mastery of something you enjoy is a reward even beyond the fitness and wellbeing.
If the Les Mills Pump workout the right workout for someone that is already fit (like a P90X or Insanity Graduate)?
Yes, yes, yes. This workout is the real deal. You burn, shred, sculpt. It works out as hard as you can. The more in shape you are, the harder you can push yourself.
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What comes when you order the Les Mills home workout Program?
Your Les Mills Pump workout comes with everything you need to do the workout- including the barbell and weights.
The barbell that is included with the kit has a padded bar grip to maximize comfort, and it’s light, which is perfect for this low weight- high rep workout. It also comes with the weight plates and safety clips for the barbell. Plus the full workout program- 7 DVDs and a comprehensive fitness guide.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.