It’s hard to believe that some people pay hundreds of dollars each year for gym memberships and personal trainer sessions. For me, the cost of a gym membership is not enough to motivation to get off the couch. I tried that, but because I had so little direction of how and what to exercise, my commitment was short-lived. Personal training sessions are incredibly overpriced, especially if you hire through a gym.
Beachbody programs were my solution. They are amazingly inexpensive in comparison to other options, and they simplify the process because all I have to do is tell myself to “press play every day.” I have completed a number of their exercise systems, including P90x and Insanity, but Les Mills PUMP is by far my favorite because it fulfills my particular requirements for a workout program and is not very time-consuming.
A Little About Les Mills PUMP
Les Mills PUMP promises rapid weight loss and effective strength training with the trademarked Rep Effect. The idea is to use light weights at a higher repetition rate to tone muscles, burn calories and develop a lean physique.
One downside to Les Mills PUMP is the cost. I paid $245 for the program, which is a little more than most Beachbody exercise systems. However, when you consider the cost of a gym membership and the high rate of people who follow through with Beachbody workout programs, this is an unbeatable value.
Les Mills PUMP incorporates seven workout routines:
- PUMP Challenge (20 minutes): resistance exercises that provide effective strength training
- PUMP and Burn (30 minutes): engages several muscle groups and burns a high level of calories
- PUMP and Shred (45 minutes): high-repetition exercises that burn an immense number of calories
- PUMP Revolution (55 minutes): intense cardio and power training that incorporates presses and lunges
- PUMP Extreme (55 minutes): target major muscle groups with this intense weight-training routine
- Flow (20 minutes): focused on flexibility and stability training to compensate for the intense workouts involved in the other DVDs
- Hardcore Abs: intense core moves that work the abs and back muscles
I liked the fact that these routines were substantially shorter than those involved in P90x. However, that does not take away from their effectiveness. Overall, I found the organization of the program to be organized in such a way that produced quick results without risking injuries.
The equipment I received with the package included:
- Two 5-pound and two 10-pound, vinyl-coated weight plates
- Padded-grip barbell
- Two safety clips to maintain stability and balance
- Lean, Strong and Unstoppable Fitness Guide.
- Get Lean Nutrition Guide
- Tape measure to monitor results
- Beachbody online support
The first few weeks of Les Mills PUMP
I was attracted to Les Mills PUMP because it focuses on two of the most important elements of physical fitness: cardio and strength training. I also liked the shorter length of the workouts.
I started noticing results after week one. My entire body was sore and I was sweating buckets, even though I wasn’t exactly out-of-shape before I started the program. I particularly enjoyed the Flow video because it was a welcomed break from the other highly intense workout routines.
My Les Mills PUMP Results
As I said, I started noticing results after week one. But after week four, I was back to the 8 percent body fat percentage that I had reached after completing Insanity. Even though my friends and family know I’m sort of a health nut, they noticed my results, and a few of them even starting using the program.
I would recommend Les Mills PUMP to anyone who has a lot of time-consuming responsibilities, but wants to shed weight in a short period of time. You may also like the clever combination of cardio, strength and flexibility exercises. I believe that compared to other Beachbody programs, Les Mills PUMP is a good match for a wide audience.