pump it up!

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A few things that I’m sure you know about Les Mills International:

  • it’s a fitness company who pioneered classes like Body Pump, Body Attack, Body Combat, RPM, Body Balance
  • it’s a Kiwi brand hailing from Auckland NZ
  • the classes are a fun way to exercise and burn calories

A few things I bet you didn’t know about Les Mills International…

  • Leslie “Les” Mills was an Olympic Athlete (gold medal in discus in 1966)
  • Les Mills was the Mayor of Auckland from 1990-1998
  • Les Mills is the figure head of the company
  • his son Phillip Mills actually dreamed, created and developed Les Mills International and all the classes that it’s famous for
  • I am a huge fan of Combat and Pump!
Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre exterior

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Our gym (Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo) recently had an equipment upgrade and we’ve got kickarse, super cool pink Pump equipment (including pink weights and rises)!!!

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upgraded RPM room

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Pump is high repetition/low-ish weights set to music so that it acts as a cardio workout in addition to toning.  I say “low-ish” weights because you can always load up your bar if you love to feel the burn! 

The music is usually covers or specially licensed songs. A typical set list for music goes something like this:

BODYPUMP 79 tracklist

Warmup: Higher – Logan S. feat. Mandy Brewer
Squats: Closer To The Edge – Mekon Garden
Chest: Party All Night (Sleep All Day) – Sean Kingston
Back: Written In The Stars (Sunny Dee Remix) – Jason Born
Triceps: Born This Way – Southern Light
Biceps: Livin’ On A Prayer – Altiyan Childs
Lunges: Grenade (Damn-R Mix) – Jason Born
Shoulders: J’Adore Hardcore (Extended Mix) – Scooter
Abdominals: We’ll Be Alright – Travie McCoy
Cooldown: The Crow & The Butterfly – Shinedown
Alternative 5 – Triceps: If We Ever Meet Again (Hans-O-Matik Bigroom Radio Cut) – Pandora BX

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As much as I love it, lately I’ve been feeling I’m outgrowing Pump. Jay says Pump is a graduate program for the weights floor (where all the big boys work out)! So Ive decided to only do Pump once a week (instead of 2-3 times) and work out on the gym floor 1-2 times. 

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Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

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