I Love BODYPUMP, but It’s Just Not Enough

In case you haven’t noticed, the theme this month is LOVE! Not necessarily spot on with relationships, just some things I love and some entertaining posts dealing with love.

So, you already know I LOOOVVVEEE Les Mills BODYPUMP program. I have written about it a number of times! Today’s post is addressing an issue I’ve noticed along with my head trainer.

I Love BODYPUMP, but It's Just Not Enough  - Rx Fitness Lady

BODYPUMP is by far the flagship program in the Les Mills Company.  It’s THE most popular Les Mills class in the world and for good reason.


It is the original barbell weight class that strengthens and tones the body! BOOM, that’s a mouthful.  In addition, you get a bit of cardio in when you take a BODYPUMP class.


BODYPUMP is offered so many different time slots in the week, that we’ve noticed people are trying to take BODYPUMP a few times a week and call it a wrap.


Excuse me, that just won’t do. The trainer and I noticed when members who were die hard BODYPUMPers attempted other workouts, often times they were NO GOOD.  That’s not reflective of the awesome BODYPUMP experience.


Les Mills is a diverse company and if one desires to only do group fitness, they have several programs to make your weekly routine a nice healthy balanced workout.  We as members AND INSTRUCTORS just have to take advantage of them.





Well it depends on your schedule, when it’s offered, and what other workouts you are doing.

I normally recommend 2 – 3 times a week.

At our gym, we have some different lengths of classes so you can do the express 30-minute format one day, the 45-minute format one day, or stick with the full hour.


The absolute best would be 3 times a week, but everyone does not have that much time to devote to strength workouts & still include their other cardio.


CARDIO – You need to work in 3 – 4 cardio sessions in your routine.


FLEXIBILITY– Ideally you would have 2 of these, but 1 is at least diversifying your workouts and giving your body what it needs.


I have just committed to my weekly flexibility class. For some reason, people’s toes in the class tickle me!


BODYBALANCE - Rx Fitness Lady


If you have Les Mills classes at your gym, here’s a glance at what all could be offered.


Les Mills Classes - Rx Fitness Lady

You can visit the site for more detailed information on each class.


Everyone has different levels of physical fitness and thusly require different types of workouts.


There are low impact cardio classes, then most others have enough options previewed throughout the class, that you can make it moderate or high impact.


I have some great news for you coming up soon!!! WHOOP!  As a result of that news, this is what my ideal Group Fitness Weekly Routine will look like.


Monday – BODYPUMP (1 hour)  & BODYFLOW (1 hour)


Tuesday – BODYCOMAT (55 min) & BODYPUMP (30 min)


Wednesday – BODYATTACK (55 min)


Thursday – RPM (45 min) & BODYFLOW (1 hour) *probably not both but 1 or the other BODYFLOW classes*

RPM - Rx Fitness Lady


Friday – BODYCOMBAT (45 min) and BODYPUMP (45 min)


Sat/Sun – OFF! You already know I don’t workout after I get my hair done.

Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

SN – Today is the day to get this bad boy totally redone, which means I’ll be at the salon from 8:30 until……  So, I’ll be catching up with all my commenting!


Hope this helps those trying to figure out a schedule.  This is truly one of THE MOST asked questions I get from beginners. What all should I be doing?  Feel free to email me if you have more questions.




Yours in Healthy, Active, & Prosperous Lifestyles,


Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…

  • What do you do for flexibility?
  • Do you take care of your feet in the wintertime 🙂 ?
  • How many times a week do you do weights, how about cardio?
  • How long do you spend at the hair salon?

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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.

21 thoughts on “I Love BODYPUMP, but It’s Just Not Enough

  1. I haven’t tried the bodypump before! I love your schedule though. Your hair looks so lovely. I love how your schedule compliments when you get your hair done. I wouldn’t want to mess my hair up right after getting it done either. I actually do my own hair mostly. I haven’t been to a salon in probably a few years 🙂
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  2. Flexibility is the area that I tend to neglect! Cardio and strength – I get plenty most weeks because I love them!!!
    My hair doesn’t take as long because it’s short – usually about 1.5 hours start to finish (color, cut, style – every 4 weeks).
    My toes are bad – but I’m getting a pedi a week from tomorrow since we have a formal event next weekend!
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  3. Recently, Hubby and I got a short term membership to a local gym. They offer LesMills classes. I take the Bodypump class once/week. The rest of the week I do mostly cardio: spinning and running. I also work in more resistance training with my Jillian Michaels’ dvds at home.
    I need to work in some of the other classes before our membership is up. Just to see what I’ll be missing when we no longer belong to the gym!
    I only go to the salon once every 4-6 months. When I go, I’m there no more than 2 hours.

  4. I hate spending more than 2 hours at the hair salon… now + when my hair touched my bra strap. My favorite salon works on a strict schedule, and I absolutely love it.

    I saw a flexibility class at a gym, and I think I may try it. Back in the day when I used to be a 6-pack-having cheerleader, I used to sit and watch TV in splits…now a days, I foam roll and do a little light stretching when I get up in the am.

  5. My flexibility is SO BAD. I think I need to write about how bad it is. At the very least, challenge myself! I really saw this at pole a few weeks ago. It was mortifying!!

    SN: I love sissy’s spin kicks!!!!!

    You are so right about not only doing one thing–I so wish my gym had all the boodypumps…the one they DO have is not good for my schedule (I gotta pick up the kiddos) boooooo. Hopefully it will take off and they will add more.
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  6. haha! I love that you comment while at the salon. No doubt! My haircuts are usually 30-60 minutes or so? I think. Not really a lot of time to do much commenting.
    I do foot soaks all winter long and I need them! Such dry air everywhere!
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  7. I’ve been doing body pump twice a week, but not one time since Ragnar…smh. Our gym has had BP express for some time now followed directly by CXWORX. I’ve done the pair a few times, but prefer the full hour of BP.
    BodyAttack and BodyFlow are the only two I’ve never tried, but I really need to get back into RPM sometimes. I love the sweat. It’s like running. Love the pic of you and your sis. Ya’ll are Vi-ing all day 🙂
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  8. Finding a good balance between weight training, cardio and flexibility is almost like the holy grail of fitness. I like seeing your schedule…but can’t imagine working out that much in one week! I’ve been trying to get 3 short (30-35 min) workouts and 2 long workouts (1-1.5 hrs) each week for the last several weeks, and have found that the long workouts have been taking a toll on my family life. If I ever find the right balance, I’ll be sure to let you know!
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  9. This is why I love overseas pros who come down to my Gym, as we do not have bodypump…I workout with a trainer four to five times per week, it is three of us in his class. We do interval and circuit training, running, weight training (once to twice per week), boxing and kickboxing and usually a step – all of this a mix of which equates for me about 5 times weekly, sometimes six if I take a morning class on Sat! Then after that, off to the hairdresser for a lovely “style” for the rest of the weekend, to which I do NOT workout again until Monday evening!!

    I have noticed a change in my fitness level and body since cross training and mixing it all up in the past six months especially.
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  10. Salon….they got 3 hours and I hate that dryer in the summer. I try to do my appointments on non busy days like Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Bodypump looks fun I saw a youtube video of someone doing it and it looked like work…I ain’t ready.
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  11. LOL – Okay I needed the questions ’cause I can’t relate to a workout schedule. LOL! So anyhow – just the other day I said my toenails are finally white. I don’t polish them back to back once sandal season is over and for many months they look ugly from being stained with polished. I do try to keep them “feeling” good my keeping my heels soft and stuff even though they don’t look pretty with polish. I do my own hair which isn’t saying much if you could see it. I’m letting it grow out and it’s doing it’s in between thing. I feel like I have old lady hair. But when it was short I’d boast about cutting it myself ’cause it looked GOOD.
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  12. I do yoga once a week for flexibility, and weights 2-3 times per week. Then twice a week I do cardio.

    I most definitely take care of my tootsies in winter. A good girlfriend gave my a concoction she made at home with beeswax, and it is the bomb on my feet. I use it daily and sometimes use shea butter at night along with my sleep socks.

    With this TWA, I am salon free! Yippee! I absolutely do not miss sitting in a salon for hours, nor the money that I invested in that respect.
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  13. I have been doing my hair myself since….late 2007. After Deuce was born, going to the hair salon for 2-3 hours was too much. Once I figured out how to give myself a relaxer without burning my face off, and administering color without burning my scalp, it has been ON! Me, me, all day. I have probably been to the salon 2 or 3 times in the last 7 years. Not so much necessity as practicality. Once I bought a Chi Straightening Iron, figured out I could do it half way decent myself, I stopped seeking out someone else. But I do miss the days of having someone else pamper me.
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