It is no secret that I am not a weights girl. For years my idea of strength training was to wield two empty water bottles while doing the ‘weights’ section of an exercise DVD. And my arms were actually sore the next day. Please don’t mock me.
Anyway, when I had a super expensive gym membership I tried out almost every class. Body Combat – loved it, Body Attack – too hardcore for my knees, Body Balance – amazing. But I always avoided Body Pump.
Why? Because I was scared. I was embarrassed I wouldn’t know what to do, that I would stand in the room and be so clueless I would be asked to leave. I know I’m an idiot.
But I recently picked up a free four-day pass to Fitness First and decided to give it a go, figuring if it was horribly embarrassing I could just leave and never return.
So on Saturday I dragged myself out of bed and made it to the early morning class with around 10 other seasoned Body Pumpers.
It felt odd to do a class with no cardio and not get insanely sweaty if I’m honest but I really enjoyed being taught how to correctly do each lift. The instructor could not have been more fantastic and gave lots of pointers.
The class was an hour of lifts with a little cool down and stretch off – all to music. Some of the lifts felt harder than others and you could go at your own ability by adding or removing weights. For example, most people added weights for the squats but took it off for the moves that worked the back.
I actually stuck with the same 5kg on each side of the bar which isn’t the lightest weight by far and I managed every move. Some really, really hurt though and I was a little sore the next day.
The class was good fun and not scary at all – if you’re thinking about trying it then give it a go! I’m not sure it is something I would pay for on a subscription basis but I can see myself taking a class if I was in the right place at the right time.
I was still pretty chuffed after the class though!