The fact that the body pump works both the anaerobic and aerobic aspects of physical exercise makes it appear as a full sport and, therefore, with a wide variety of benefits.
The body pump classes last one hour, and during this time more than 500 kilocalories burned, although this amount depends on the weight that is lifted and, as always, other characteristics of the participant (sex, weight, physical condition, etc.).
Also, it works for many muscle groups, making it an excellent muscle toning exercise. In this sense, it is important to remember that muscle is an excellent consumer of calories, so a well-toned body will need more calories to develop daily activities and, therefore, it will be easier to maintain the ideal weight.
The aerobic part of the body pump makes the whole bodywork, which is an excellent exercise to keep the cardiovascular system in shape and prevent the onset of diseases such as diabetes or obesity.
Likewise, the body pump helps strengthen the muscles of the back and facilitates maintaining a correct posture, and also helps increase bone density and strengthen the joints.
Another benefit of the body pump is that it helps to release tension and control stress and, as it is a group activity, acts as an activator of social relationships and is an excellent way to have fun in company.
Contraindications of the body pump
The body pump is not an adequate exercise for everyone and presents some contraindications that you should know. In this sense, people who have suffered heart failure should make sure that they can practice it by consulting their doctor beforehand if they will be able to keep up with the rhythm of the classes and assess whether it is necessary to undergo an exercise test.
It is also not suitable for people suffering from back, cervical or knee problems. In these cases, and depending on the type of illness and the severity of it, it is possible to adapt the exercises, but it is necessary always to ask the doctor and inform the monitor, to find the most appropriate way to complete the class.
Likewise, women who are pregnant should refrain from joining a body pump session and should seek other physical activity to stay fit during the months of pregnancy.