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Why I Love Les Mills BODYPUMP Original Barbell Weight Class

I am super excited today to give the floor to my girl Joi! She is a pharmacist, a fitness instructor, a Georgia native and one of the hottest, most fabulous bloggers around! Her posts are extremely informative and helpful, and I look forward to her blog each day. Be sure to visit her at RX Fitness Lady, you won’t regret it!

Why I Love Les Mills BODYPUMP Original Barbell Weight Class


Hello there fans of Brooklyn Active Mama!   I am thrilled to be a guest over here today for the first blogger that whole-heartedly welcomed me to blog land.  I love reading this blog and hope that you all will enjoy this post today.

My name is Joi and I’m the blogger behind Rx Fitness Lady where the theme is “Live Healthy and Active. Be Prosperous.”  I’m a pharmacist by profession and through my history as a collegiate athlete and passion for fitness I’ve become an Independent Fitness Professional as well.  I like to serve as a role model for women and young girls, thus Rx Fitness Lady!


Nellie and I share a love for group fitness.  One thing that women often neglect in their workouts is weight-bearing exercises.  I chose to share with you how I get my weight bearing activities in for the week and why I love it.

Are images of insanely muscular body building women holding you back from lifting weights or doing a weight class?

I mean them no disrespect, but I, like most of you are not aiming to look like a heavy weight lifting champion.

I am by nature blessed with a fit physique.  Without any training, I still look rather fit but not as toned as in the picture above.

Note the arms!  This is why I frequently get compared to Angela Bassett.   My main celebrity lookalikes however, are Serena Williams and Terri Vaughn (Lavita Alize Jenkins from the Steve Harvey Show).



What do you think?

What I most definitely have in common with all these fabulous ladies is I take care of my body and like to look good.

One of my favorite ways to do that is by teaching BODYPUMP classes twice a week and sometimes taking or teaching 1 additional class.




BODYPUMP is the original barbell workout that strengthens and tones your entire body by doing almost 800 reps across all the major muscle groups of the body.




  • I’ve learned to appreciate DIVERSE SELECTION OF MUSIC.  When I was growing up, I only listened to gospel, rap, and R&B.  Now I bob my head to everything in just about every store I go in because I recognize music for the masses.
  • The Pharmacist in me has to share the health benefit for ladies and their future.  It decreases the risk of OSTEOPOROSIS (condition in which a decrease in the density of bones weakens the bones and can lead to fractures)!  Sorry a little bit of medical gibberish here 😉
    • Laymen’s terms: – You have STRONG BONES!
  • You get more TONED not Bulky.
  • You get STRONGER.
  • You get cardio benefits as well as the class is a full hour  = BETTER ENDURANCE.

  • INCREASED METABOLISM a major positive seeing as how women’s metabolism begins to decrease at age 20 by 2% each decade.
  • Better POSTURE!

  • ANYONE can do it at his or her own pace and weight selection.
  • My favorite; It’s a GROUP EFFORT!  Weights can be challenging and it’s motivating to do them with others while having an instructor guide you in safety and effective target ranges.  Besides, who wants to finagle with the machines out on the floor?


Now that you know it’s important and some benefits.  You can visit the Les Mills website to find a BODYPUMP class near you.  You can find other barbell weight classes by asking the gyms in your area for just that (a barbell weight class).

As a BODYPUMP instructor, I’m a “warrior in the battle against sedentary lifestyle.”  Please join me in the fight!


Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…

  • What do you do for weight bearing exercise & how often?

  • What are some reasons you don’t do weight bearing exercise?



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Friday 19th of December 2014

[…] to be a 2 mile easy run turned into 3.56 miles and that was pretty awesome considering I did bodypump the same day. However, things got a bit crazy during the week–and I didn’t get to train […]

ebba ohlin

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

May be a crazey question but I´,m searching for a Les Mills gym in Brooklyn. Do they have it and where? I live in Park slope, and has just moved in here. So please Contact me and tell me where I can find it! Thanks /Ebba


Wednesday 11th of September 2013

this isn't crazy at all! I've been looking and it looks like they all require gym memberships :( If I find one I will let you know (and visa versa!!) :)


Monday 15th of April 2013

You looked fab Nellie. The BODYPUMP seems like a good class.

The Dose of Reality

Wednesday 10th of April 2013

First off, I have to say that you freaked me out! It's late and I missed the box at the top and I was about to start reading when all of the sudden...WAIT A MINUTE...that's Joi! Didn't I click on Nellie's post in my RSS feed? Then I saw it definitely said Brooklyn Active Mama at the top and I was so momentarily confused. I I losing it? I had one kid with the stomach bug who FINALLY went back to school today...and my other one now has a confirmed case of the flu. I'm thinking this week has me off my game.

But back to the post!! That workout sounds great...intimidating, but great. Your arms are magnificent. --Lisa


Thursday 11th of April 2013

Thank you Lisa! Sorry we added to your turmoil :)

Yum Yucky

Wednesday 10th of April 2013

I can't ever make it to the gym, but I have the Les Mills PUMP dvds. Yes, they're awesome. And so are your arms, woman!


Wednesday 10th of April 2013

Thanks Josie! I'm glad I finally came across someone who has the DVDs, I'm so glad you like them. Les Mills programs are THE BEST! I'm so glad they are offered from home now.