Group fitness classes have evolved from the basic step aerobics or cycle workout. NC Group fitness classes at O2 Fitness are not only fun and exciting, but they are a great way to burn calories and change up your workout routine, which is the best way to prevent a plateau. This week, we’ll highlight some of the benefits about one of our most popular classes, Les Mills’ BODYPUMP.
Did you know that BODYPUMP burns approximately 473 calories per class?! But that’s not all! Regular strength training, such as BODYPUMP, helps to build your body’s lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass, even at rest, requires energy to keep going, so the more you have, the more calories you are burning, even when you’re not even working out! So basically, when you regularly take BODYPUMP classes, you are burning calories while you’re taking the class, and you’re still burning when you leave.
What about bulking up? Many participants worry that they will “bulk up” by taking weekly BODYPUMP classes. However, the BODYPUMP program is designed around high repetitions with slightly lower weights, for endurance training. Endurance type training utilizes smaller muscle twitch fibers, and will decrease the overall “bulk” that you would see with heavier weight and fewer repetitions.
So, BODYPUMP not only helps to increase muscular and cardiovascular endurance, but can also improve bone density and posture. Regular strength training helps place a load, or “good stress” on the bones, helping to stimulate the growth of new bone. Also, BODYPUMP can help posture by strengthening opposing muscle groups and by developing core strength.
For best results, Les Mills International recommends participants take two to three BODYPUMP classes per week, with at least one rest day in between classes for muscle recovery.
Have fun and we’ll see you in class!