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July 07, 2011 12:10 ET

Empower Yourself With BODYPUMP® From Les Mills

Summer Tips for Maintaining and Enjoying a Healthy Lifestyle

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 7, 2011) - Empower yourself this summer with tips from Steven Renata, CEO of Les Mills West Coast and international master trainer. Les Mills' most famous class, BODYPUMP®, is the original barbell class designed and proven to strengthen and sculpt the entire body. This is a challenging workout, but one of the fastest ways to get your body bikini ready for the summer.

Hit the gym and follow these tips from Steve:

  • Think of your fitness routines as a form of recreation. BODYPUMP® works because it is a hard but fun workout. Highly trained instructors will keep you motivated and the music and choreography, which changes every three months, will rock your fitness routine into shape.
  • In BODYPUMP® you average 800 reps! That's more than four times what the average person can do in a gym workout and it pushes your body to shed fat while focusing on all major muscle groups by using the best weight exercises: squats, presses, lifts, and curls.
  • The unique formula of weight repetitions and fun cardio choreography creates an exciting, muscle-toning workout that is scientifically proven to build long and lean bodies, and to sculpt and shape without the bulk.

After a BODYPUMP® class, you will have:

  • Performed around 800 repetitions of basic free weight exercises.
  • Burned an average of 560 calories.
  • Spent an average of 37.4 minutes for males and 40.2 minutes for females in the aerobic training zone -- over 70% of the maximum heart rate.

Always remember to:

  • Along with training, it is important to maintain healthy eating habits. Eat fresh foods that are low in sodium. This will help reduce bloating after meals so you can look your leanest in your bikini. Fresh berries, leafy greens (the darker the better), and colorful veggies are super-nutritious.
  • Stay cool by staying hydrated. Clinical research shows that drinking water can increase your fat-burning metabolism, while making you look and feel great.
  • Invite some friends, colleagues or your partner to join you. It turns exercise into a social experience and you can catch up on life at the same time!

About Les Mills
Les Mills International creates some of the world's most popular group fitness programs including BODYPUMP® (weights), BODYCOMBAT® (martial arts) and RPM® (indoor cycling). Millions of people build their fitness in a LES MILLS® class every week, in 14,000 licensed clubs around the world, taught by one of Les Mills 90,000 certified instructors. Les Mills classes are available in 2500 US clubs and gyms. To find one near you: http://www.lesmills.com

About Steven Renata
Steven Renata is a partner, board member and international master trainer with Les Mills International (www.lesmills.com), one of the world's leading creators and distributors of group fitness programs for health clubs. He now leads Les Mills' US West Coast operation across nine states and more than 500 licensee clubs. A former rugby player and ironman triathlete, in 1999 Steven set the Guinness World Record for indoor stationary cycling!

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