Pumping weights. The final challenge.

The ClassPass eight week challenge was coming to an end, so I decided to up the antics for this weeks’ strength challenge. I chose to attend Revolution Personal Training‘s Pure Strength class, in Port Melbourne. This 45 minute class did not involve any cardio or jumping around.

So for those of you out there who avoid burpees like the plague, this class is definitely worth a try!


Pumping weights - The final challenge


Before I go into detail about the class and how great it was, I’d like to first dispel two common myths about women and weight training.

Myth #1
‘You need to be big, strong or muscular to do a strength class or any form of weight training’.
All qualified and experienced Personal Trainers will ensure that you are lifting weights within your means. You do not need to be able to lift any crazy amount of weight to do such a class. Whatever you can lift right now, even if it’s only the 1 kg tin of coffee off the top shelf, is totally acceptable!

Myth #2
Lifting weights will make women ‘big and bulky’.
If this were true, my body would resemble the Hulk by now! Putting on pure muscle is hard and it’s not as easy as everyone thinks. Strength training causes muscle growth, but the bonus is that it also helps with fat loss.


After meeting with my ‘Pure Strength’ trainer, Jaimie-Lee and the other members of this small, intimate class, Lineker, Lisa and Caroline, we were instructed as to what three exercises we would be completing during the session.

The exercises were: dead lifts; for your lower body and back, chest press;  for upper body strengthening and weighted glute bridges; your ideal butt workout, were all on the cards. Jaimie asked if I had done strength training before and checked that I knew how to perform the proper technique of each movement. Although I had done these movements many times before, she still kept an eye on me and gave me some helpful feedback.

The great thing about any type of fitness is that there is always room for improvement!


Exercise Bikes


This class was small and we each got a lot of attention from our trainer. Jaimee definitely knew her stuff and was very knowledgeable when it came to performing each movement correctly. After completing our rounds of dead lifts and reaching our one rep max (which is the heaviest weight you can lift for one repetition), we moved onto doing chest press. I find this movement quite hard because I just don’t seem to have much strength in my chest!

After giving it my best shot and receiving some encouragement from Jaimee, we then moved to the floor. It was time to give our butt a good workout! We each laid on our backs with our knees bent, placing a kettle bell on our pelvis, we lifted our pelvis up off the floor a squeezed our butt cheeks together, then lowered our butts back to the floor, knowing we had to quickly lift it straight back up again! After doing this eight times, I could feel a whole lot of tension in my butt. With one set down, I only had four more sets to go…

Tomorrow is going to hurt.


The final challenge


If you’d like to challenge yourself and attend a Pure Strength class at Revolution Personal Training, or any of their other classes, please click here.


















Pia is a lover of burpees, chocolate and calling it a night before 10pm. She is also the Founder and Real Body Coach at Melbourne Fitness & Wellbeing. MFW is home to all-female bootcamps; where girls just want to have fun...and feel the burn, all at the same time! It is also home to the Melbourne Foodie guide; which recommends where to go and what to eat, without bursting your jean button. Pia spends a lot of her time touring the Melbourne health and fitness scene; from Barre to Sweatin' it with Kayla, Puma Runway shows to Tap dance, she believes that there is a love for fitness out there for everyone; you’ve just got to find it! Pia hopes that through her writing and own personal experiences, she can help people find their love of fitness, in this beautfiul city she calls home.


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