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Body Pump 62 Review
When we think of BodyPump 62, three words come to mind: Dance, Trance, Techno. To be sure, not every track fully fits that classification, but if you're a fan of those styles then you're gonna love this release. Does it get the job done? Let's take a look:
Warm Up - Instructors that find themselves intimidated by hard-to-memorize warm up routines be glad to know the formula for this track is about as basic as it gets. Halfway through the masterclass video Emma Barry asks a nearly silent crowd "Is there anybody out there?" It's yet another love song warm-up. 'Nuff said.

Squats - We've yet to see a squat song run less than five minutes, and this release is no exception. Clocking in at a looong 5:52, you've got to turn the dial way back to release #45 to find a longer squat sequence. That means there's plenty of time to grind out the over 100 squats in this track, nearly half of which are singles!

Chest - Three working sets punctuated by single+half combo sequences populate this monster track from multi-talented French artist Bob Sinclar. Instructors better bring their A-game to the launch: The post-break "party" sequence is tough to execute, and even harder to cue. As a side note, C+C Music Factory fans will immediately recognize riffs sampled straight off Gonna Make You Sweat, which also happens to feature "Everybody Dance Now" as its song subtitle.

Back & Hamstrings - If you happen to be a fan of deadlifts, this is the track for you. With two breaks and limited overhead work we'll give this workout a two on a scale of five for difficulty. Looking to go up on your weights? Consider this your personal invitation...

Triceps - Up to this point - and even to halfway through this track - release 62 threatened to leave us wanting for something new. Not that Tricep Pullovers are anything new, but we haven't had 'em in awhile - and after four tracks of "same ol', same ol'" we'll take it. A nice standing extension combo sequence finished off with tricep pushups completes a quirky, yet effective, Gwen Stefani track. Instructors, take extra care with this one - these quick transitions might be tough for newbies and older participants. Video note: Elbows, please (y'all know who you are!)

Biceps - Lights out, folks. It's Evanescence time, and it's got an angry sound. At 3:32 it's also the shortest track in the biceps arsenal, so grab an extra plate. And don't forget to crank the volume up a bit before you hit 'play'...

Lunges - When Paul Davis crooned out the original vocals for this Barry Manilow ballad back in 1977, little did he know that nearly thirty years later Belgian duo Danger Hardcore Team (aka "Dance. House. Trance." or "D.H.T.") would transform it into a dance tune that would then become the musical framework for an exercise class. But sure enough, here it is: The BodyPump 62 lunge track, complete with backward-stepping lunges right off the bench. Leave the bar on the floor, folks - it's plenty hard without it.

Shoulders - When the BodyPump 62 Sizzler hinted at the return of a move named after a certain California governor - a move, we might add, that hasn't been seen since the early BodyPump 40's series - it was with obvious anticipation that we spun up this track. The fact that it's a remake of one of our favorite bicep tracks (BodyPump 43, to be exact), only sweetened the deal. To be honest though, we're totally clueless as to who in the world "Motivo" is or why the song is named The Power of Bhangra 2003. But it doesn't matter. The routine works, and in the end that's what matters most.

Abs - Justin. As in, Justin case you didn't get enough on the last release... here he is again. To be sure, this really was/is a big worldwide hit. We're just not big JT fans. That said, we do like the side plank maneuver as a core workout, and this routine serves up plenty of that. Not to mention some nifty leg extensions and a healthy dose of crunches.

Cool Down Stretch - When was the last time track #10 was the highlight of your workout? Eh, wait - let us rephrase that... When was the last time track #10 was the musical highlight of your workout? Believe it or not, Hinder's Lips Of An Angel rocks us more than all other nine tracks combined. Maybe it's the classic rock sound, or just the fact that we've had enough dance music for one session. Whatever the case, this is one track we can sink our teeth into. Pity it comes at the end.
We've been reviewing releases for the last couple years now, and if there's any one thing we don't do is pull punches. Here's our bottom line:
Music - Like we pointed out on the 61 review, a "playable" release to us is one that sounds just as good on the iPod as it does in class. Like most instructors, we spend a lot of time listening to our music, so playability matters. The problem we see with release 62 is that it has less musical variety than those of the recent past, so unless you like the dance-type genres that dominate this release you just might find yourself mixing in some older tracks to keep it interesting. And that's why we've got to lower the boom on this one with a C- for the playlist. Sorry, guys.

Workout Routine - Sooner or later it had to happen. We all know the bar got raised pretty high these last several releases. It's not all bad here - we got our tricep pullovers back, along with our beloved Arnold press and the side plank. Innovative? Not really. It's nice though, and certainly worth at least a C+.

Instructor Video - Instructors who skip right to the masterclass as soon as they pop in the DVD miss an exceptionally well-done introductory sequence by Glen Ostargaard and Susan Tolj. There's a reason this video appears before the masterclass - it's important. If you're an instructor who prides yourself on high-quality technical execution - rather than simply shouting out reams of chorey at your class - then you'll want to set aside an extra 15 minutes or so to take in this virtual goldmine of information. It's easy to watch, too; shot against a white background with minimal props and clear lettering, these instructional videos are light years beyond those of the 40's (and even 50's) series. Excellent work, and well worth a solid A both for content and technical execution (lighting and camera work). As a side note, we particularly like the clothing selections by the presenters this time around - they're more representative of what real-world instructors use than the speedo-type outfits of the past few videos.
And there it is, our review of BodyPump 62. Were we too tough on them, or right on the money? Click the Comments link below and let us know what you think!
9 Comment(s):
On 22 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello and welcome back. We have really missed your posts and especially your reviews of the new BP releases. You are not alone in detesting the love-song warm-ups. They are not engaging and, quite frankly, boring. They leave many of us cold. I truly wonder if the choreographers are listening to this feedback. If they were, why have we gotten so many of these slushy warm-up tracks?
Also, the transitions in recent warm-ups have been annoying. Several participants have asked why we have so many "stops" in the music. After all, how many times can you re-set and roll your shoulders?
Keep up the good work!

 
On 22 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You're right on the money." Excellent review, as usually. These Glen's warmups truly stink, every single one of them. Backward stepping lunges of the bench: NO, thank you (safety issue - watch out your ankles). Abs: no more hovers, please! (And no more Justin as well...)

 
On 23 June, 2007, Blogger Tim said...

nah a bit tough! i like the warmup, nice song.

the chest and tricep track music didn't do it for me, but made up for it with the intensity. those two are not easy tracks.

all the other tracks were fine I thought.

i give it a B :)

 
On 23 June, 2007, Blogger Susan said...

Bhangra is Punjabi dance music. Very popular in Europe and with some Hip Hop artists for sampling. Check out Missy Elliot's Get YR Freak On.

 
On 26 June, 2007, Anonymous Smuddpie said...

Interesting review, Craig. I don't mind the music on this one, though I am certainly not among JT's fans, either. It's nothing I would choose to listen to if not teaching Pump, but I guess it's what I have come to expect. The cooldown is OK, but is so retro that it takes me back to high school more than I'd like. As far as the techno, at least it's somewhat familiar (lunges.) I'm just relieved not to have a song that I find too offensive to use.

On the workout side, I actually think this is one of the toughest releases we've had for a long time, with the notable exception of track 4. Love the addition of the pullovers. The only thing I really find objectionable is the fast backward stepping lunges off the bench. Too fast to keep the form, IMHO. After those have hammered my hip flexors, I find the abs very tough, too. Perhaps its just differences in cross-training, etc., but I'm no lazy Pumper, and I had to work up to this one. I'm using those baby plates for the should track. :(

 
On 26 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

c- is generous I have done the release five times as an instructor and every time I have had differculty getting into it, music is slack and class members have been quite anti it saying bring back the old ones - So I'm doing just that 62 sucks
ps. shoulders to Bhangari I don't think so!

 
On 27 June, 2007, Blogger Blogger said...

I don't think the music is that bad, but agree No More Justin Timberlake!!! I also think the workout is a good one. My shoulders are screaming by the time I am done. I also like the tricep pullovers and the long side planks. Too many times the side planks are way too short to be effective but not this time. My classes are split 50/50, either loving it or hating it. Overall, I would give it a "B"

 
On 30 July, 2007, Anonymous Laura Owens said...

Hi

I loved the squat track on 62-thought was quite a nice summary energetic type tune.Kicked the class off in a nice style.

Now i confess it took a little time for me to getto like the triceps track-mainly down to
the timing on the tricep track and the whole starting at the forehead thing did not help too much....but this tune has seriously grown on me.I would like to know what other release tricep pullovers have been on though (ive only got 50-62 so dont know the forties).And the lunges-completely glad everyone else seems to think this is a tough release lunge wise.....

Thanks
Laura

 
On 17 August, 2007, Anonymous C from Washington DC said...

I know I'm late to this discussion but if anyone is listening please please please put to rest the warmup love songs. Let's be frank - the last thing I want to be reminded of when I start a workout is how good or bad my love life is and the sappy frankly wimpy songs should be retired. The warmup song in 61 was simply depressing. I know it was supposed to be inspirational -the whole you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your Prince/Princess but is that really the warmup mood that Les Mills is trying to achieve? (and BP61 focused mainly on the toads not the Prince!)

 

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