Intensive barbell workouts like BodyPump are a great way to build confidence as well as strength.

BodyPump: The Perfect Group Workout for Busy People

Keeping up a fitness routine is a challenge for all of us, and it’s easy to slack off when there are so many other demands on your time. A few things that can help:

  • Making Appointments to Exercise: I have two young children and a dog in addition to my medical practice, and I’ve found that if I don’t schedule exercise into my calendar, it’s not going to happen. I treat my exercise classes like any other appointment. My husband does Crossfit and I do BodyPump and we put our classes in the family calendar.
  • Buddying Up: Having a workout buddy can help you keep up your commitment to exercise. When I know my workout friend Sarah is expecting me at class, it keeps me from canceling even when I’m tempted to skip.
  • Keeping it Fun: Some people like going on the treadmill or working out with weights, but sometimesI get bored doing the same thing over and over. For me, the social energy of workout classes is very motivating and I leave feeling great.

Why BodyPump?

I love BodyPump for the combination of cardio and weight lifting; it’s like a double workout. Created by Les Mills and launched in New Zealand, BodyPump is an hour-long endurance-building barbell routine. You work each major muscle group set to its own music track. Everyone’s in there lifting weights together and listening to great music and it’s easy to stay energized.

Also, it’s friendly. Gyms can be a very intimidating place for ladies; I used to be that woman only brave enough to try the elliptical. The big weight lifting machines and people in a lot better shape than me were scary. But at BodyPump you’re all together lifting these barbells and you just feel so empowered. I’m lifting some major weights like that big dude over there, and I feel like a badass at the end of class!

On days that I do BodyPump I notice I’m less stressed and that my day keeps moving along because I have so much energy. BodyPump classes are held at many gyms and recreation centers including 24 Hour Fitness and the YMCA.

Kristine Lee, MD, is Assistant Chief of Medicine, Population Care and Chief of Chronic Conditions Management at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. Her special interests are health maintenance and disease prevention. A mother of two, Dr. Lee prioritizes the health and fitness of her family by making sure they do plenty of outdoors activities together. Her fitness activity of choice is Les Mills BodyPump workout classes. Born and raised in Honolulu, Dr. Lee attended medical school at the University of Hawaii and trained part-time at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu before joining the staff of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center.