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Les Mills PUMP will Pump You Up and Slim You Down

strong women lifting weights

Lift weights. Get strong and lean! Credit: greg westfall.

Les Mills Pump Review

Program Overview

The secret of BODYPUMP and the PUMP program is called the REP effect. The REP effect employs lighter weights at very high repetitions, different from more traditional weight-training programs. According to Les Mills, “Unlike traditional resistance workouts that use heavy weights and can bulk you up, THE REP EFFECT means you build long, lean muscle.” While I disagree that lifting weights will “bulk” you up and it’s language like that makes many women shy away from weights and infuriates me to no end, if you are a woman scared of putting on mass, PUMP is a great way to introduce how weight training can change your shape for the better.

The Les Mills PUMP program recommends you complete three DVDs, plus two to three other workouts per week, for a total of six days of exercise. There are no strict program guidelines of what to do what day, so you can just enjoy the DVDs as individual workouts.

There is, however, a 90-day program if you are looking for something rigid and structured to get you into shape as quickly as possible. This program is split into three phases, and the workout calendar is included in the Fitness Guide. The phases are each 30 days long and will have you working out six days a week using the PUMP DVDs and some supplemental walking or other cardio of your choice. Phase 1: The Challenge will focus on shorter but effective workouts to pump up your metabolism. Phase 2: The Change will focus on building strength and leaning out. Phase 3: Be Strong is the icing on the cake, designed to get you more definition than you ever thought possible.

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  1. Renae says:

    I love Body Pump!! I saw an infomercial for this and was very tempted since I can’t get to the gym often during the summer (b/c of the kids) but the $199.00 price tag scared me off.

  2. This looks really exciting. I’ve taken a few body pump classes and I love the crap out of it, but its not easy for me to get there. So this would be a really good alternative.

  3. Tracy says:

    I’ve been told that a BodyPUMP class would be perfect for me, but it personally terrifies the bejesus out of me! Weights! At a fast pace?! Excuse me while I flee for my Spinfit.

    And, to be honest, I’d love to get this and give it a shot, but the $200 price tag (if they even ship[ped]) to the UK is enough to put me off trying it at home.

    Alas, I’ll need to wait until I’m a wee bit more fit to try it out in class.

  4. I would love to do this but I don’t even have a dollar ninety nine. There’s nowhere to BodyPump around here and I want to do it so bad!!

  5. Debbie says:

    OK so now I have to go check this out at my gym. It scares me a little too and also about a 30 minute drive to the gym that has weekend classes, but all my online fitness friends are talking about it. I may hate it, but at least tried, right? Too expensive to “try” at home, so motivated to catch a class soon. Thanks for the review!

    I think you can get this without the barbell and it may be less expensive. I already have a barbell I would use. Maybe I’ll sub Jari Love DVDs!!!

  6. DIstanceRunner says:

    I was just on their website http://www.lesmillspump.com. You’re right, it is a bit of money, but I see that you could try it out for $14.95 and they give you free shipping. Yeah, I know, you still have to pay for it, but at least this way I get to try it before I commit. This article intrigued me and I’ve seen the infomercial several times. I’m inclined to try it. I work more than full time and I have a small child too. Who has time for the gym? I’m going to suspend my gym membership if I like it. That way I can justify the purchase.

  7. Samantha says:

    I was hesitant to spend the money at first, but after 1 week, I noticed a huge improvement in my upper body and even have been complimented on my legs recently. I attribute that to all the lunges and squats I do in my LM pump workouts. Great music and great that they start with the 20 minute DVD and slowly build up to 55 minutes. The Lean Eating Guide has some great ideas for fueling your body too.

  8. Bianca says:

    Do they ship to Australia??

  9. I took body pump classes at the gym I loved what these excercises did for my body. I have looked on line can not find this set anywhere help

  10. Patti Elliott says:

    Ihave been doing body pump at my gym for over 14 years. My gym just went under new management and canceled my membership. I no longer will be going to that gym. I need to purchase this set. How/where can I order this???

  11. Jessica says:

    what is the name of this woman standing in front?

  12. Donna Forget says:

    They don’t sell to the public anymore. I am very disappointed. I didn’t have the money when they were now I have it and can’t get it.

  13. faith says:

    As some have indicated, LM is no longer offering this at home DVD collection, BUT they do now offer Body Pump (along with so many of their other programs, like Flow, Combat, CX, etc.) on demand. While it doesn’t come with the barbell, you could improvise with what you have at home (plates, dumbbells, your own body weight) for Pump. You can sign up on their website for a free trial, and then I believe the monthly subscription is around $15. Not bad for folks who don’t have access to Les Mills at their local gyms. The link to their site is http://www.lesmills.com/ondemand/

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