Getting Fit with BODYPUMP

March 10, 2024


Are you looking to mix up your workout routine with a program that will push you to your limits? Look no further than BODYPUMP! This barbell group fitness class has broken onto the fitness scene by combining the perfect blend of strength training, energizing music, and expertly designed routines to help you achieve your fitness goals while having fun at the same time.

In this article, we’ll go over what BODYPUMP is and how folks from all different fitness levels can take advantage of BODYPUMP to gain muscle, burn calories, and build community!


BODYPUMP was developed in the 1980s by Phillip Mills of Le Mills International, a New Zealand-based fitness franchise that specializes in group exercise courses. 

BODYPUMP is a full-body workout fitness class where participants use a barbell with adjustable weights to complete a series of high-rep, low-weight exercises while being led by an instructor. Each workout targets a different set of muscle groups and is choreographed to motivating music so that you’re pushing yourself to your limit every time you pick up the weights!

BODYPUMP at City Fitness Philly


Does Les Mills BODYPUMP Build Muscle?

While some people may have heard that high-rep, low-weight style exercises are mainly used for endurance, doing more while lifting less is actually a great way to build muscle. If you’re trying to bulk up, you want to be doing more high-weight, low-rep style movements, but if you’re more interested in toning or overall strength gains, BODYPUMP might be what you’re looking for. 

Since it’s a whole-body workout that challenges a variety of muscle groups, BODYPUMP can be a great addition to your weekly workout schedule. If you find yourself feeling a little bored with weights or machines, throwing a session or two of BODYPUMP in the mix every week may energize and refresh your psyche. Variety is the spice of life, after all! 


How Many Calories Does BODYPUMP Burn?

Many people are taking advantage of BODYPUMP for its strengthening benefits and because it’s a great way to burn calories. Studies show that BODYPUMP can burn anywhere from 400 – 600 calories a class. With classes only taking as long as 55 minutes, that’s a massive amount of calories burned for such a small time investment. If you combine BODYPUMP with regular, sustained cardio and a healthy diet, you’ll be torching those calories in no time.


4 Benefits of BODYBUMP

Weightlifting is for everyone. You don’t have to put up massive numbers to get strong and reap all the benefits you’ll get from lifting a few times a week. BODYPUMP is a great introduction to weightlifting if you’re just starting out and are interested in seeing how it can change your body and life. The following are just a few ways that people of all ages and abilities can reap the benefits of BODYPUMP:

  • Adaptability: BODYPUMP is designed to be accessible to folks of all fitness levels. Since the weights on the barbell are adjustable, you can easily find what’s comfortable for you and go from there! 
  • Joint-Friendly: BODYPUMP’s controlled, specially designed movements are low-impact, making it a joint-friendly exercise option with a lower risk of injury. Older adults with concerns about their joints will find that BODYPUMP classes are an excellent choice for building strength later in life.  
  • Community Engagement: Solo workouts are great, and sometimes you need to get into the zone by yourself to dig deep. But group exercise classes are a great way to energize your routine and build community. You’ll feel encouraged by your instructor and fellow classmates, and you’ll find yourself pushing, and being pushed, to go all in.
  • Time Efficiency: As stated earlier, the longest BODYPUMP workout only takes 55 minutes. For busy people who only have a limited amount of time during the week to hit the gym, BODYPUMP is a great way to avoid falling behind when life gets too hectic to follow your normal routine. 

BODYPUMP at City Fitness Philly


Join a BODYPUMP Class at City Fitness 

If you’re interested in checking out BODYPUMP, head over to City Fitness! Whether you’re just getting started on your fitness journey or looking to change things up a bit, BODYPUMP is a great choice for anyone who wants to get strong while having a blast!

Review our class schedule to find a BODYPUMP class to attend at one of our City Fitness locations. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the closest City Fitness to you.

City Fitness is also delighted to offer all newcomers a Complimentary Experience. This allows them to check out any of our locations at no cost to them. Come take a class and hit up the sauna when you’re done!