Power Cut or BodyPump?

November 22, 2010 · 2 comments

Happy Monday!

These words are typically not so happy, but what makes for a better Monday than a two day week (I head to my family’s North Myrtle Beach condo directly after work tomorrow for Thanksgiving), a Tuesday with a predicted high of 72 in NOVEMBER, and an upcoming holiday?


I neglected to report on my new workout experience last Thursday night, so I’ll jump back a few days.

I have been a YMCA member since last January.  My parents gave me a Y membership for Christmas last year, so I spent my final semester of college experimenting with the group exercise classes at the YMCA in North Carolina.

There, I fell in LOVE with Body Pump.

I am very motivated to jump on the treadmill and complete a quick 8 miles, but when it comes to lifting weights, I’m not so jazzed.  I get bored quickly, and I tend to skip the muscle building altogether.  Body Pump, the most fun exercise class I’ve ever experienced, gives you a great workout using dumbbells, aerobic steps, barbells, and assorted plate weights.  With low weight and high reps, it’s a great way to burn some calories while building muscle.

I loved the burn I’d get after a good Body Pump class, and I no longer had to get creative with my normal weight routine.  The fun pop music tracks would make me look forward to every Tuesday and Thursday Body Pump class.  My roommate, Jordan-Leigh, would go with me, which made the class even better.

Who doesn’t like giggling with a friend over goofy exercise instructors? 😉

Later, when I moved to Virginia Beach, I was so disappointed to learn there is NO Body Pump in any South Hampton Roads YMCA.  I’ve been completing James’ little weight routines he has given me, but I missed feelin’ the burn of BodyPump!

Skip to Thursday.  I walked in the Y, saw that a “Power Cut” class was about to begin, and asked the nice receptionist about the class.  No one had heard of Body Pump, but the lady recommended Power Cut if I wanted a harder weight workout.

Sign me up!  Let’s build those guns! 😉

(I try…)

Power Cut conditions the muscles of the entire body with repetitions set to music using plate- loaded bars, and may also include use of dumbbells, resistance tubing, bands and stability balls.”

And — SURPRISE! — Power Cut is almost exactly like Body Pump.  In my opinion, it’s even better, because it’s less organized, different every week, and a little more A.D.D. than the controlled Body Pump routine.  It seems as if the instructor chooses weekly which music tracks to use, which workout equipment to utilize, and how to budget the hour of time.

I have been incredibly sore since Thursday. Gimme that Power Cut!
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1 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

>Very interesting! We don't have Power Cut at my gym, but I'll look out for it in future! And killer muscles girl! 🙂


2 Michelle September 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

My BodyPump instructors mix up the songs they do, from different releases. We still do the whole body workout, but they vary the music each class, except right after the new releases come out, we get to practice those a couple times in a row, but then they mix it up. I would hate to move and leave BodyPump! I love love love it! But I would do a class like this if they didn’t have BodyPump.


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