A Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 86

T.G.I.F. PFL!  It’s Act-Fit Friday and I’m here with another review of Les Mills BODYPUMP Program with release 86.

I have taught this release 7 times at the time of this review!

BODYPUMP is the original barbell weight class that strengthens and tones the body! Here is the official sizzler!

This review will look a little different from usual.

For this one I will highlight what I liked specifically and some discoveries! You know I was a super fan of Les Mills BODYPUMP 85 and my feelings are very similar for this release!


I will start with the discoveries.  I’m not sure if you noticed in the sizzler, but the ladies in the video had a very challenging squat weight compared to what most individuals use in our gym.

I’ve been playing around with the same squat weight for a little longer than I’d like to mention.  Some days I would go up but then some days I wouldn’t want to compromise my form while teaching and would not stick with the increases.

When I was learning BODYPUMP 86, I was inspired by the closeups of the 2 ladies teaching on the DVD.  I have heard rumors that the U.S. is often cracked on for our lack of increasing weights so from the beginning, I always wanted to aim to represent the full essence of the program.

This release had the longest squat track ever 6 minutes and 30 seconds! However, I’m happy to report that I managed to increase my weight and keep good form while providing initial, safety, and motivational cues through the entire track!

I also went up on my chest and back weight successfully.


The music was so LIVE!!!  My favorite was the lunge track “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin and the Shoulder track; “We’ll Be Coming Back” by Upon Havoc.


These were the wins!


Triceps!!!  This tricep track had so many dips in it I thought the choreographers had lost it, lol!  It was a major challenge. It is by far the most challenging tricep track I have had to teach since being trained in the program.  WATCH OUT for this one people and please take the option if you need it.

I often get asked, how can I get my arms to look like yours?  Well, challenging tracks like the tricep track and taking BODYPUMP is the key to staying toned and looking great!

A Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 86

SN – Yes, I have this image I want you to pin way down here at the bottom of the post 😉

The new chest fly move was funny for me.  The key for this move is to keep your elbows slightly bent throughout the movement.  The first few times, it was uncomfortable.  If you can’t find your groove with this innovation, then please feel free to use the bar as usual and do chess presses.

My fails were really not fails, just challenges and adaptations that needed to made.  This is all a part of successful workouts and continuously challenging your body!

Overall, BODYPUMP 86 is like a 9! I loved it! I will keep this one heavily in the rotation!

PFL, I hoped you like this review a little better.  I tried to review it in a way that it would be beneficial to all readers.  Let me know what you think!

If you liked this post, you might also like;

A Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 85 

Rx Fitness Lady wants to know….

  • What physical wins or fails did you have this week?
  • Have you taken BODYPUMP 86 and if so, do you like it and the new moves?
  • When is the last time you increased your weights?

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Greetings, I'm Joi, a Pharmacist with a passion for fitness & a community leader. I teach BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, Tabata Boot Camp, & serve as a mentor to young girls. My goal is to inspire people to live healthy, active, & prosperous lifestyles through practical blog posts deliveries. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. You can view more post and subscribe to stay tuned to latest updates at Rx Fitness Lady.

32 thoughts on “A Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 86

    • Not sure who’s at the 34 mark, but Susan is the American and the other lady is Mid! They are both rockstars! I love them equally!

    • Well just so you know, the class is designed for everyone. Beginners can start with just the bar and only 4 tracks. You can increase the weight over time add an additional track to your workout each week over 6 weeks until completing the full hour.

    • Weights can be challenging but it is recommended for us girls ya know 😉 You should give a BODYPUMP class a try one day Kim!

    • Thanks for the feedback Kim. I am trying to make it a good fit for readers outside of the Les Mills family.

  1. One of my running buddies swears by body pump. It’s definitely on my schedule for next week. I like that it focuses on strength. I had to abandon the body combat although I absolutely LOVED it. Every time I took a class, I’d feel knee twinges the next day on my run. I like that body pump seems less jarring. I can’t wait to try it. Great review from a student perspective. Not too technical. Love the pic. I like how you’re rolling out these amazing pics one by one 🙂
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    • Oh no, I hate that it interfered with your running. I don’t run so I don’t really have a comparison….shucks! Well better luck with BODYPUMP! It is THE program for Les Mills. I am sure you will enjoy it. You might be sore, but just go back and it gets easier. I’m looking forward to hearing about it.

      Thanks for the feedback as well Hope!

    • Whoa now…you can have those millions of tricep dips! I felt like my life was ending at the end of the second round, lol! We have to keep it together in front of the class though!

  2. What physical wins or fails did you have this week?

    I had a cardio challenge this week. I think that my food intake had a lot to do with it.

    Have you taken BODYPUMP 86 and if so, do you like it and the new moves?

    I have and the new moves rock. I could do with out the tricep track. I have that bad elbow and it kills me every time. I rate it a 9 too. I’m glad to know it’s going to stick around your classes for a while.

    When is the last time you increased your weights?

    I increased last week for the first time in months. Needless to say that I had trouble getting up the steps last weekend. It’s all worth it.

    • Hum, I don’t have a reason to do without the tricep track…I found today one super challenging. Next release I teach, I’m attempting to go up on my weights with triceps, that shouldn’t have been that hard for me.

  3. Hi Joi, what a great idea to do reviews on the various Les Mill releases for your network. It looks like an enjoyable and intense routine. I’ve not taught Body Pump but I teach Power Pump similar but free style and I love the burn. Loving the triceps 🙂

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    • Yeah, I’ve heard of BTS and looked at their youtube channel before to compare. Everything seems quite similar and if I understand it correctly, they were one company and split.

  4. I started running 2 weeks ago and gave up bread. I lost 10 pounds so far and drink water like crazy. Joined a gym a while back, but my hair was a mess and I was not trying to work out looking like someone that just got out of bed.

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