BODYPUMP builds muscle
Posted April 10, 2011on:
I’ve written about this before but I felt the need to write a quick post about it again as there still seems to be some confusion about whether BODYPUMP is a “muscle building” workout or not.
Recently there was yet another post on the Les Mills forum about BODYPUMP and building muscle – though this time even worse the concern was that Pump would actually “make me lose my muscle mass due to the high reps”! Now of course the correct answer should be “don’t be ridiculous” yet an experienced poster actually replied with “Pump shouldn’t make you lose too much mass”.
Wait what? You shouldn’t lose “too much mass”?!! WTF?!
There is absolutely zero doubt BODYPUMP builds muscle. As I said in my previous post on this subject – for the past 2 years the ONLY weight training I’ve done is BODYPUMP – outside a Pump class I don’t lift weights at all – ever. And if you doubt its effectiveness at building muscle take a look at the two pics below. Both were taken at BODYCOMBAT launches, one in 2009 and one in 2010 – one before I started Pump – and one after:
There’s a 7 kilo difference in bodyweight between the two pictures and it’s all because of BODYPUMP! In fact, it’s been a few months since that second pic and Pump is still working and if anything I’m actually leaner and stronger!
There’s definitely some confusion about this out there as in the latest BODYPUMP release Les Mills actually included some new research showing that the type of training we do in BODYPUMP achieves the same results as heavy weight training! One group lifted 90% of their max weight – the other 30%, to quote Les Mills;
The researchers observed changes in the muscles of both groups and these changes were sustained for longer after the workout in the low-weight group!
Yes you read that correctly. As LM point out – the key is fatigue – in short BUST YOUR ASS in every pump class and you will transform your body! This doesn’t mean ladies will bulk up like bodybuilders – but you will tone muscle, lean strong muscle that will boost your metabolism and change your physique.
This may sound like an informercial but to be honest I’m a little frustrated by the myths and rumours out there. The key is to make sure you push yourself and the results will come. I’m absolutely convinced it’s one of, if not the most effective ways to get in shape. It’s 60 minutes smashing every muscle, then getting out. No mucking around, and best of all it’s fun!
So to be crystal clear about this – BODYPUMP works. Trust me I’m living proof – It’s the ONLY weight training I do and I’m in the absolute best shape of my life …and I’m 36!