When I switched gym from 24 Hour Fitness to ClubSport Fremont, I had to change over from the Les Mills classes I knew and loved to a different one. My favorite barbell class was Les Mills BodyPump but ClubSport does not use Les Mills. They had a class called Group Power instead.
What is the difference? Apparently BTS was part of Les Mills until an they broke off in 2005. It was a bad break up: Instructors and clubs had to decide whether to stay with Les Mills or go with the maverick BTS. Instructors were forbidden to teach both programs, even for separate clubs. Les Mills kept its group of classes, including BodyPump, BodyFlow and BodyStep. BTS introduced its own line-up, featuring GroupPower, GroupStep and GroupCentergy.
Group Power tends to have a more of mix in different type of music. Nostalgia can play into your Group Power workout more often because Mossa will remix old songs from way back when. You will find yourself doing those barbells to a fast mix of Pink Floyd! There were quite a few times I found myself enjoying songs that I didn’t think I would enjoy pushing weights to, and sometimes I might even feel old because I find myself thinking “I remember when that original came out!”
Take a look at this playlist example from October 2015:
|1||WARM-UP||This Is The Moment / Max & Simon|
|2||LEGS||Today / Scooter feat. Vassy|
|3||CHEST||Dude (Looks Like A Lady) / Aerosmith|
|4||BACK & LEGS||Outside / Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding|
|5||TRICEPS||Celebrate / Pitbull|
|6||BICEPS||Heaven Knows / The Pretty Reckless|
|7||MORE LEGS||Cold As Ice / Foreigner|
|8||SHOULDERS||Jump Around / Farlan|
|9||CORE||Oh Cecilia / The Vamps feat. Shawn Mendes|
|10||STRETCH||Thinking Out Loud / Ed Sheeran|
|11||BONUS WARM-UP||The Days / Avicii|
|12||BONUS SHOULDERS||Rock The Drum / Omar J|
The bonus tracks are sometimes used by the instructors to change things up.
Les Mills BodyPump sessions often feels like I am at a night club. They use a lot more newer music and keep the beat going very well. Like Group Power, there are 10 tracks, starting with warm up, but Les Mills Body Pump often treats their leg workouts differently. Where you will often find lunges mixed in with squats in the legs track for Group Power, it is often separated out in BodyPump in a separate track, allowing you to use lighter weights for the lunges. In Group Power, they are just Legs, Back & Legs, then More Legs.
Here’s an example of their recent Track 95 Playlist:
|1 – Warm- up||Outside||Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding|
|2 – Squats||Bukem||Autoerotique & 4B|
|3- Chest||Uptown Funk||Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars|
|4 – Back||Beautiful World (Radio Edit)||Blasterjaxx & DBSTF feat. Ryder|
|5- Triceps||Irresistible||Fall Out Boy|
|6 – Biceps||GDFR||Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini & Lookas|
|7 – Lunges||Burnin||Calvin Harris & R3Hab|
|8 – Shoulder||I Am Machine||Three Days Grace|
|9 – Core||Sugar||Maroon 5|
|10- Cooldown||Brother||NEEDTOBREATHE feat. Gavin DeGraw|