Arapahoe Y, 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303-664-5455

Instructor: Wendy Hood started teaching group exercise in 1989. She joined the Y eleven years ago and has been teaching Bodypump for 10 years.

What is the workout? Bodypump is a high energy, fast paced workout that pumps up the jams. The focus is on muscular endurance, using light to moderate weights and increasing the number of repetitions.

"Bodypump says that with a lighter weight and more reps you create more protein synthesis, which is more muscle definition," Hood said.

Every class first tackles the large muscle groups with squats, followed by chest and back exercises. Small muscle groups in the arms are targeted next, then back to big muscle groups with lunges. The class ends with shoulder exercises and a core workout.

The movements are quick and timed to the music. The goal of each class is to get in over a thousand reps.

What's different? The Bodypump program is structured at the highest level. Every three months Bodypump headquarters releases new choreography and accompanying music tracks. The classes are consistent across locations with little variation. You can walk into any Bodypump class and know that you are getting a very similar workout, no matter the studio.


The copious amounts of repetitions is a major difference with other workouts. At the end of each set, I had to really push through to complete all the reps. "This class really focuses on muscular endurance, so it's a lot of reps with a lighter weight," Hood said.

Music plays a central role. It sets the pace and each set is designed with the music in mind.

"I love the music, I think it's fun. When we play songs the class recognizes they really spark up and respond," Hood said.

Kris White participates in the Bodypump workout at the Arapahoe YMCA.
Kris White participates in the Bodypump workout at the Arapahoe YMCA. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Cost: The drop in rate is $12. The monthly cost for an adult is $65 with a $50 joining fee.

Level: "Anyone can come, but you start with a really light weight," Hood said. She also suggests only going half way down in the squats and lunges.

Everyone picks their own weights and the moves are simple, leaving little room for injury. Newcomers to weight lifting or anyone looking to cross train would benefit from this class.

When: Bodypump is offered at all three YMCA of Boulder Valley locations. At the Arapahoe facility the classes are at 7:40 p.m. on Mondays, 5:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays, and 7:25 a.m. on Fridays.

What to prepare: You will certainly want to bring water to class. Wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes.

Muscles worked: This was a full body workout. I struggled to finish all the reps but I wasn't overly sore the next day. Though not a cardio workout per se, it did get my heart rate up.

What I loved: I would never do so many reps under my own steam. This really pushed me further then I'd push myself. The music was a great motivator and made it easy to know how fast to do the reps.

What I didn't like: The exercises happen so quickly that it's easy to get a little lost and to lag behind. For new students, there are a lot of different weights and movements that will take some time to learn.

How I felt after the class: My whole body was warm and energized. My muscles protested going out into the cold.

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