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Friday Fitness Check-in: Dear BodyPump, Where Have You Been All My Life?

by Nellie


You may have noticed that I have been doing fewer Friday Fitness Check-ins over the past few months. I have decided to start transitioning this blog into being less about me and more about you the reader. I will still be doing these at least once a month because I am still on this never ending journey of health and wellness, however Fridays are no longer solely dedicated to my personal fitness journey.

spinning and upper body on tuesday

With all of that said… I had a really great workout week this week!

Monday: My First Body pump class!
Tuesday: Spin & upper body strength training
Wednesday: Rest (I was so sore!)
Thursday: Zumba
Friday: Bodypump
Saturday: Teaching Zumba

My First Bodypump class


I have wanted to take a Bodypump class since forever. My girl Joi is an instructor and she is always posting about how amazing this class is and I used to just pout sadly and pray that one day I could visit her in Macon and take her class. You may remember her guest post on Why I Love Les Mills Original BodyPump Barbell Class.

My gym finally smartened up! In the beginning of the year they started offering Bodypump classes very late in the evening and they were an instant hit! So now they have added a couple lunch classes, I am so there!

Fortunately since I was so familiar with the classes thanks to Joi, I knew exactly what to expect. I knew I’d be lifting a lot, with different weights and mostly with a barbell. We hit every single part of the body including the hamstrings (hello dead lifts!).

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What I didn’t expect was the soreness afterwards! My body hurt everywhere so you know I will be back (I just love that kind of torture! :)). The actual class was fantastic the music was great and my instructor was so helpful and awesome. I have officially joined the Bodypump tribe!


I have been better than normal on the eating front, I have been looking to eat things with better nutritional value as opposed to just watching the calories. I will admit however, that I had a grilled cheese sandwich from Bryant Park when I was on a photo walk practicing my photography and it was pretty good. That had no nutritional value whatsoever. 🙂


I haven’t been weighing as obsessively as I have in the past few months. Since fitting into my dresses without dropping a pound, my eyes have been opened. If I keep eating  properly, and busting my tail at the gym (hello twice weekly Bodypump!) then I should eventually be exactly where I want to be–regardless of what the scale says.

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I do have one pair of jeans that I try on every other day to track my progress. It is so much less stressful than seeing an awful number on the scale to send me into hysterics! I’ve also been seeing multiple (inspiring!) testimonies like mine of women that are dropping dress sizes but no pounds. Although weight is a fantastic way to keep things in check I am all about being strong now…how much more can I lift? How much  more resistance can I put on my spin bike? Can I run that 10k without stopping? This is so important to me now and it’s easier than being consumed with a number.

My weight has stayed steady at my lowest weight since I started lifting more for bamageddon. I am more than okay with that.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the A Healthy U Conference this May in NYC! We are working hard behind the scenes and it’s turning out to be a really amazing (and fun) event!

Have you ever tried a bodypump class? Do you focus on the number on the scale? Since the check-ins are going to be reduced, did you have any Fitness topics in mind that you want me to tackle?

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Kristina Walters April 4, 2014 - 5:31 am

It sounds like you’re doing awesome! I have never tried a Bodypump class but would be interested to do one. I love comfort food and grilled cheese & mac and cheese tops my list but I avoid them like the plague. I get what you’re talking about with the scale. I notice that too. When I “feel” thinner I hop on to look only to be disappointed. My cloths fit better so I am happy with that!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Yes I definitely put ALL of my stock in those pants!

Allie April 4, 2014 - 6:29 am

So great! I used to teach BodyPump and it was a fun and really challenging class. They offer it at one of the gyms I teach at so, one of these days, I may start taking it again.
You look great and are in the best place mentally. I love that you’ve ditched the scale and gone with REALITY – how you feel and fit into your clothes. Awesome.

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:18 pm

thanks Allie! you should take it one day–just clear it with CRS first!!

Janine Huldie April 4, 2014 - 7:39 am

I am with you on trying not to obsess about the number on the scale and will say that I too use my smallest pair of jeans to access the good, bad and the ugly around here, too!! 🙂

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Those jeans are definitely the way to go Janine!

Tamara April 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

I was hoping you were saying you took a Bodypump class WITH Joi as the instructor. Wouldn’t that be amazing? I’m sure it would kick my butt.
The grilled cheese description is making me so hungry! I like the photo walk!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Yes!! to bodypump with Joi is DEFINITELY on my bucket list!

Kim April 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

I have the Body Pump DVD series and love it!!! I think it would be awesome to go to an actual class – especially Joi’s!!
I don’t really use the scale often – I just base it on how my clothes look and feel!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:15 pm

I still want to get to Joi’s class, maybe one day!

FitBritt April 4, 2014 - 2:14 pm

I LOVE Bodypump! Love Love Love! I used to do it all the time when I lived in Sydney. Now I can’t really get to class since I don’t pay for one gym membership. I do have the DVDs at home though and they are great!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:15 pm

I need to invest in some DVDs because I am hooked!

Joi April 4, 2014 - 3:36 pm

WHOO HOO! One tribe!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:14 pm

I am SO happy that I learned about this class through you–otherwise I may not have tried it!

LaShawn April 4, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I’m obsessed with the scale. I get on it every morning. It can send me into a tailspin or make me feel fabulous all day. I know this is a problem, but for now, i’m it’s slave. Let me loose about 10 more pounds then I’ll let it go and just focus on how the clothes fit.
But for now, i’m on a mission for July and Blogher/San Fransico/The beach.
No body pump class over here. And since I quit my gym….
But i saw another one of your readers had a DVD! Maybe I’ll check that out!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:14 pm

girl like Adele Danzeem says——let it goooooooooooooooooo lol trust me, it will drive you nuts.

Reese April 6, 2014 - 8:45 am

I never tried a Body Pump class, but it sounds fun. I’m more of a zumba chick, but I need to switch it up a bit!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm

I love my zumba too, but mixing it up is definitely great! 🙂

Mrs. Pancakes April 6, 2014 - 3:38 pm

I haven’t tried bodypump but I’ve heard of it…maybe need to try it! I so agree that health and wellness is a life long journey!! Good luck on transitioning the blog!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Thanks Mrs. P!

Nellie April 7, 2014 - 9:17 pm

definitely, those jeans are mean and sometimes they are nice, but they never lie.

Leslie April 7, 2014 - 9:42 pm

What a week of workouts! I’ve been wanting to try the BodyPump classes ever since Joi mentioned them, but my gym doesn’t offer any of them at all. Keep up the good work, it really isn’t all about the scale!

Nellie April 8, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Maybe they will come soon!! They are really popular!

Carly April 9, 2014 - 9:10 am

BodyPump sounds so fun!! Right up my alley. 🙂 You look great, too, I’m glad you’re not worried about the scale. 🙂

Nellie April 10, 2014 - 7:25 am

Thanks so much Carly! Slow and steady!!


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