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While many fitness fads have come and gone, a relatively new fitness craze has reached worldwide proportions, and there is no indication it’s going to die down any time soon.

BodyPump is a class that combines weight training and aerobic exercise that works every muscle group in the body.

BodyPump made its Port Orchard debut last September at Olympic Fitness Club and continues to grow in popularity

Jennifer Wiebusch, a certified personal trainer and exercise instructor at OFC, said she is thrilled with the program and hopes to make more believers out of people.

“The benefit is that it’s high repetition using moderate weight,” Wiebusch said.

The only equipment used in BodyPump is a barbell, which is offered at various weights.

Andrea Regal, also a certified personal trainer and exercise instructor at OFC, said one of the nice attributes to the barbell is that no one can tell how much weight a participant is using.

A big part of what makes BodyPump successful is the motivation music. The music is strategically selected based on its tempo.

The repetitions go at the tempo of the music.

Unlike aerobics, which is continuously fast paced, BodyPump uses mixes in beats that are fast, medium and slow.

Wiebusch said aerobics is slowly being phased out of OFC, with more BodyPump classes being offered.

“We’re phasing out the dumbness and lameness of aerobics,” Wiebusch said. “BodyPump is a lot more motivating. People can come in and they will immediately notice weight loss.”

Wiebusch said it is recommended for beginners to do BodyPump two times a week.

While BodyPump breaks down the body’s muscles, it’s what happens on the non-workout days that’s important, Wiebusch said.

It’s in the rest period that the body repairs its muscles.

By using BodyPump, a participant will speed up his or her metabolism, which in turn burns fat quicker.

“You still have to eat properly and drink a lot of water,” she said. “You also need to drop the stress out of your life. We’re concerned about the health of the person as a whole.”

Regal said BodyPump is also an alternative for those who get bored with lifting weights.

“It’s something people can do well in, and you can see the results quickly,” Regal said. “The goal is to increase your muscle mass so you can burn calories at rest.”

Wiebusch said studies on BodyPump have shown the average participant burns between 500 and 700 calories in one session.

While it’s a weight training class, the calorie burn proves there’s aerobic exercise as well, Wiebusch said.

One of the attractive features to BodyPump is it’s suitable for teens and senior citizens, Wiebusch said.

OFC has gone from 20 barbells to the maximum of 26. It also has added class times to better convenience its members.

“We’re offering classes during lunch, after work, in the evening, or early in the morning,” Wiebusch said.

While the class has grown in size, Wiebusch said the word on the street about BodyPump is slowly being discovered.

“I’ve run into people in town and they’ve said they want to do (some sort of exercise) but they don’t know what BodyPump is,” she said.

With a session running between 45 minutes and an hour, Wiebusch said its feasible to block out two to three hours of a week.

“You’ll get quick results, it’s fun, and you’ll feel really good about yourself,” she said.

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