Joyce is a regular at my Body Pump Class. She’s 82 and uses heavier weights than me! There are many other regulars who are over 55 too as well as the usual fit and lythe youngsters but it is an exercise class that seems to suit anyone at any age and at any level of fitness. Last night there was a man well over 60 strutting his stuff and he had suffered a hairline fracture in his pelvis a week ago!
So, why Body Pump?
Well, it’s a resistance exercise using weights which work each of the main muscle groups, turning you into, hopefully, a lean, mean, fighting machine but not bulking up like Arnie. Resistance training builds muscle so you keep burning calories long after the class.
But far more important for us over 55s is that any weight bearing exercise, such as Body Pump, slows bone density loss; helping to prevent osteoporosis, improves balance and lessens your chances of slipping and breaking brittle bones.
It’s also great fun, with loud pumping music, and, if you’re lucky, you get to enjoy working out with people your own age rather than doing boring gym work on your own.
So that’s what keeps me going to Body Pump as well as other classes like Pilates and Zumba. And just look at my arms after just five months of going a couple of times a week, at most!
If you can’t find a class near you, don’t worry, power walking outside, preferably up and down hill, with hand weights, will have much the same effect and keep you living longer and healthier.