Hi! I’m Katie and I blog at Running4Cupcakes. My blog follows my life and my quest for balance and healthy living. I blog about everything, but my favorite topics are running, teaching BODYPUMP and aerobics, being a new Mom, daily life, my latte addiction, crafts, new recipes, baking, and lots of pictures of Luke (my 1 year old) and Abby (my 8 year old collie mix). And I am super excited to be guest posting on The Trendy Trainer for Caroline today!! We met just recently at the Healthy Living Summit. She was one of my awesome roommates, and she is just as sweet in person as she is on her blog!!
I teach bodypump at my local YMCA. I have been teaching since January but I have been a bodypump enthusiast for years. If you know me, you know that I don’t get up early for anything. . . well bodypump (and Luke) is the exception. I used to take the 5:30am class regularly when I first started taking bodypump back in college.
But, let me back up for a second.
What is BODYPUMP?
For those of you who don’t know or have never been to a class. . .bodypump is basically an aerobics class with a weighted barbell.
You work one body part per song and after 60 minutes you have completed a full body strength workout.
A class will include:
1. warm up
10. Cool down
Bodypump also has awesome music. The moves are fairly easy to do and learn. And your instructor will cue you through all the movements.
when I practice bodypump in the basement at home, Abby likes to be in the action. . .
For your first class:
1. Get there early so you can set up your bar, weights, step (not used for a step but for a bench to lay on), mat, and sometimes hand weights. That’s a lot of stuff, right? So, make sure you get there extra early (10-15 min) for your 1st class and then future classes get there a few extra minutes (5 or so) ahead of time so you can be ready to start on time.
2. Tell your instructor that you are new. I know, I know. No one likes to admit this is their first time. But trust me on this one, they can help you set up your space and give you the correct cues for weight selection. I will teach and cue a class very differently depending on if I have any new people in the class. . . yes, I say a lot of the same things, but some cues are really important if this is your first few classes. . .
3. Don’t worry about your weight selection for at least the first class and don’t be afraid to adjust your weight during the class, if you realize halfway through a track that you have too much or too little weight on your bar, take a quick break and adjust it. Especially important if you have too much weight – form is always better than strength.
4. If something doesn’t feel right, make sure to follow up with your instructor after class. They can often help make sure that you are doing the move correctly and help with form.
5. Remember that the first class is always the worst. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have fun and get a good workout. . .but it is hard to put everything together: the weight selection, moves, timing, and that bodypump feeling. The next class will be better, and the next class after that will be better still.
6. Don’t forget to smile. You are supposed to be having fun. And yes, it is supposed to be hard, and you will have sweat dripping off body parts that you didn’t know possible.
What do you think? Are you ready to check it out?
And if you need more reasons to check out bodypump, click over to this post about how being a bodypump instructor has changed my life.