I am an avid runner and have always enjoyed using that time to not only work on my fitness but for me to have my quiet "me" time. After running three long distance races last winter (1/2 marathon, Ragnar Relay, 1/2 marathon), I was pretty burnt out and ready for a change. I was really afraid of falling off the fitness train and was looking for something that not only would give me the change I was seeking but also motivate me to stay focused. After contacting my Beachbody coach, she helped me select Les Mills Pump for a number of reasons:
- It would only consist of three days a week of videos
- It would allow me to insert my own cardio (let me keep running even though I wasn't training)
- The strength training would build my core and leg muscles to help me strengthen my running form and abilities.
So, I took the leap and started Les Mills Pump!
The challenge pack comes with a 30 day supply of Shakeology (AMAZING!), an easy to follow nutrition guide, 7 DVDs, and the bar bell with 2 5 pound & 2 10 pound weights. The program is broken into 3 phases. The first phase focuses on shorter workouts and a nutrition plan that focuses on shedding pounds and building your metabolism. The second phase focuses on adding more protein to your diet and adding longer workout sessions to start sculpting your muscles. The third phase allows you to either go back to the shedding pounds nutrition plan or maintain your weight while continuing to build your muscle strength.
Each workout allowed me to follow a modifier if I didn't feel comfortable with the moves yet or to go the other extreme and follow a more challenging trainer to push myself. The workouts are full body, breaking the sessions into 3 - 5 minute tracks focusing on one part of the body. Les Mills Pump's philosophy revolves around the idea of using a light weight for a longer stretch of time and changing the moves to facilitate muscle confusion, building muscles faster.
Here are my results!
Weight: 172.2 Weight: 162.6
Waist: 29 inches 27.5 inches
Hips: 39.5 inches 37 inches
Chest: 35 inches 34.8 inches
Arms: 11.5 inches 11.5 inches
Thighs: 23.2 inches 22.2 inches
Body Fat 25.6% 23.2%
Overall, I felt leaner and tighter all over. I have so much energy and my running has improved significantly. It takes my legs much longer to fatigue and are able to carry a much faster pace.