“Look, ma! I’m PUMP’in!”
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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE LES MILLS PUMP KIT?
1. The Workouts: 8 workouts on 7 DVDs, plus a bonus 9th workout for your core. The videos range from the basics on how to assemble the bar, handle it safely as you try some practice moves with good form, and four shorter workouts (20-30 minutes) to acclimate beginners and serve advanced exercisers (when more weight is loaded onto the bar) who are short on time. Then it’s onto three 45-55 minute workouts that really get the heart pumping and challenge your muscles to build strength and endurance. You WILL burn that fat off while sculpting your booty, thighs, hamstrings, abs, biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest and back. Oh yes you will.
2. Fitness Guide: This thing is jam packed with a ton of info that reads like an entertaining, picturesque magazine. I keep it on my coffee table within coach-azzing distance and browse its pages often. It’s your guide to pumping effectively for maximum results. Key sections in the guide include: “Myth vs. Fact” on training with weights, details on “the rep effect” and the workout calendars (phases 1, 2 and 3).
3. Padded Barbell Design: Quick assembly. Comfortable grip. Easy storage. Please use for exercising purposes only. So long as you don’t use it as a weapon, everything will be alright. duh.
4. Two 5-lb. and two 10-lb vinyl-coated plates: The “rep effect” will indeed be in effect when you couple these weight selections with mucho grande high reps (over 800 reps in the longer workouts). It’s a festival of booty-burning, fat–blasting, body-sculpting splendor, thanks to those weighted plates and the rep effect.
5. Two Safety clips: One clip for each end of the bar holds the weighted plates tight and securely in place. It’s a simple on & off of the clips in between sets to adjust your bar load.
6. Eating Guide: Tasty images of delicious foodstuffs designed to get you lean, with the recipes to match it. Oooo-la-laaaa!
7. Tape Measure and Measurement Tracker Sheet: Because your bawwdy is gonna get lean and tight, and you gotta have the proper tools to track and document your progress, right?
PROS AND CONS OF THE SYSTEM
Pros: PUMP is a one-stop shop for sculpting your entire body. It really takes the guesswork out of training effectively, including how much weight to use, how long to train for and when to expect results. The instructors are AWESOME with spirited attitudes delivered to you with a mix of high energy music that really gets you psyched and pushing for the changes you want to see in your body. These workouts are a ton of fun and the time goes by really fast. You’ll look forward to your PUMPing days for sure.
Cons: If you’re a brand new exerciser there may be a learning curve to using food form and getting used to supporting the weight of the bar on your upper back/shoulder area during squats and lunges. I’m not a fan of the Les Mills Flow Yoga DVD (I don’t like high energy music while doing Yoga or the lack of “slowness” through each move during the first 10-minutes of Yoga), but since it’s not a main component of PUMP system, I didn’t get my panties in a bunch about it. It’s easy enough to opt for a better Yoga workout. On another note, you may find that the weighted plates get a bit sticky as you load them onto the bar. This minor issue slightly diminishes with regular use of the bar. Also, while loading and unloading your bar, you may need to pause the DVD, as the instructors sometimes get their bars adjusted faster than you might. Last, the workout calendars call for you to walk on your “off” days of PUMPing. Walking isn’t enough for me and (maybe?) not for you, so I ditch the walking and opt for higher intensity cross training, like running and plyometrics (burpees!) on non-PUMP days.
So are you ready to PUMP it up? If you have questions, please post them in the comments or email me. I’ll respond asap.
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