• Putting Body Pump to the Test

    January 27, 2012

    Many, many, many thanks for your kind and supportive comments on my morning post. I really appreciate each and everyone of them. I honestly wasn’t sure whether I wanted to share that part of my life on CNC, but now I’m so glad that I did. Thanks, again, guys. You’re awesome.

    Breakfast

    Mal and I are blowing through jars of nut butter like it’s our job around here! This is the third one in two weeks! We often have more than one jar open at a time, so it just happened to work out that we finished three different ones in a short amount of time. (Although, Mal and I could easily plow through a whole jar in one week.) I also tend to decide that a jar is ready for Oats in a Jar well before it’s really empty. I mean, check out how much peanut butter is at the bottom of this morning’s breakfast!

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    Ha! The whole bottom of the jar is peanut butter!

    In the jar: “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats.

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    Workout

    In addition to feeling lazy last night, I also skipped CrossFit because I wanted to save my muscles for Body Pump this morning. I haven’t take a Body Pump class in almost two months, so I wanted to see whether CrossFit has improved my strength and endurance.

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    I planned to use the same weight on all of the tracks that I had been using before I stopped regularly going to Body Pump, so I could see just how much my body has changed based on how challenging (or not) each track was for me to complete.

    On the warm-up track, I sort of laughed to myself because it was soooo easy. But, I didn’t increase my weight on the squat track because I wanted to see if it was challenging or not. Well, I’m glad that I didn’t up my weight because the squat track was a totally different animal. It was really hard!! My legs were burning by the end, so I was worried that maybe CrossFit wasn’t improving my endurance or making me that much stronger. But, when the chest track came along, I found it challenging, but I was able to do every single rep with good form. I didn’t miss a single one, which I probably would have in the past.

    When we got to the dead lift track, the weight was much too light for me. I actually felt sort of dumb doing the moves because it was obvious that I didn’t put on enough weight. I was flinging the bar up in the air on the overhead presses! Apparently, all of those deadlifts and push presses in CrossFit are making me quite a bit stronger!

    The tricep, bicep, lunge, shoulder, and abs tracks were also challenging, but, like the chest track, I was able to do every single rep with good form, which, in the past, I would have missed a few to rest. I wouldn’t say these tracks were necessarily “easier,” but my muscle endurance seemed to improve, and I was better able to power-through and stay strong until the end. That means something, right?

    It seems that CrossFit is making me stronger, but today’s Body Pump workout made me realize that I need to mix up the type of exercise I do. (Hello, SAID Principle!) CrossFit definitely varies our workouts, but the type of training is still quite a bit different than Body Pump, so I’m going to try to keep Body Pump in my regular exercise rotation.

    Snack

    I’m eating a late lunch today, so I snacked on some leftover roasted Brussels sprouts after Body Pump to hold off my hunger until then.

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    Reminder: Fitness Reimbursement

    Did you know, depending on your health insurance plan, you might be eligible to receive a fitness reimbursement to cover the cost of your gym membership or other qualified fitness services and products? Awesome, right? My health insurance is the biggest piece of crap, but it still reimburses me $150 per year! Be sure to check out your health insurance plan to see if you’re eligible! You like money in your pocket, right?

    I’m off to pick up my special visitor from the airport! Woohoo!

    P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a BOSU Ballast Ball Giveaway!

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    Mallory @ Have Your Cake and Eat It January 28, 2012 at 7:36 am

    i work for a small non profit health research organization and they reimburse 200! its awesome!

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    Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza January 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I wouldn’t compare cross fit and body pump to see strength increases. They are completely different. Body pump is almost cardio, as it’s so many reps. Cross fit, from what I’ve read on your blog, is more explosive, powerful and fewer reps.

    I”m not at all surprised you didn’t feel a lot stronger in body pump – you’re working your muscles completely different in both classes. Plus you are not doing high rep training much now, so your muscle endurance wouldn’t increase, but your max strength should from cross fit.

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    Tina January 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    @Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza: CrossFit does A TON of high rep training mixed with max strength, which is why I think I was better able to power-through the reps in Body Pump.

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    Katie January 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Body Pump is a really poor indicator of strength, it’s much more about muscular endurance.

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    sara marsh January 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I miss body pump! There’s only one gym in PVD that offers it, nowhere near my house.. :(

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