Bodystep is an exhilarating and fun full-body workout that leaves you feeling strong, lean and inspired. Judson MacDonald, CPTHe specializes in learning and development Lee Mills International, as well as a Bodystep teacher. “Using a combination of body weight, functional bench, and optional weight plate exercises, you’ll challenge your muscles, develop coordination, and improve your cardio.”
Not sure what to expect, honestly, when I signed up for Bodystep’s class Not Mills Live In New Orleans, coaches and digital subscribers gather at Les Mills +, a new multi-channel fitness platform, launched the 50-year-old group fitness brand last year. You can also take the class remotely online or via Find a neighborhood class near you (Because, FYI, Bodystep is taught in gyms across the country.) However, at Les Mills Live, the class was filled with ecstasy with the ecstasy of a walker. The lights were low, the music was loud, and the lasers stretched in every direction.
Entering the step
Knowing that I wanted to observe the scenario in front of me, I found myself in the back of space. As the music grew louder and the rhythm thumped so powerfully, I was astonished by the speed and smoothness with which all the people in front of me moved. I wasn’t surprised (nor surprised), however, at how extensively I was experiencing.
The approximately hour-long class includes research-based job movement patterns that change each month. Think: uphill walks, reverse lunges, lateral squats, lateral and forward raises, and more. However, most basic exercises have been paired with bouncing in your stride and coordinated arm movements to make it more of a dance, not just a functional exercise. In short, it was Much.
Although the weights were not heavy and the reps was not high, the sheer speed with which the exercise was performed is enough to make you sweat. For me Whoop fitness trackerThe exercise was recorded in 12.5 dynastywhich is at the top of the moderate intensity range – and I didn’t use even the heaviest weights nor the highest steps for the duration of my workout.
“The height-adjustable steps and options with your coach make this workout ideal for all fitness levels, and the fine music will inspire you to push your personal limits,” MacDonald says, I can attest. Thanks to the fan trainers, and the diverse array of mods available, the class was doable—even for someone like me who is an aerobics novice. (Although I wish I had seen some of the step by step lessons on Les Mills+ before joining the lesson, so I would have known what to expect.)
MacDonald tells me that it usually takes five or six classes to really begin to understand the movements. Fortunately, Bodystep trainers pump out several workouts each week, so there’s plenty of material to move with. And since Bodystep can be done with or without Les Mills equipment, this means that no matter where I am, I now have a choice of fun and fitness. Do I feel less embarrassed after exercise? No, but I have high hopes that I can improve the formatting, step by step.