30 January 2013 ~ 1 Comment

How Does Les Mills Pump Compare to ChaLEAN Extreme and P90X?

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Les Mills P umpSome people like to lift weights to pump up their bodies. Not me! I think definition is appealing, but bulkiness is not. I personally think most women prefer long, lean muscles. During my Les Mills Pump review I learned that this is a strength training program designed to increase your lean muscle mass. I know that strength training provides a number of health benefits. How does this system compare to other workouts that provide similar results? In my full review I am going to do a comparison of Les Mills Pump vs P90x and Les Mills Pump vs ChaLEAN Extreme.

To read more about p90x go here and for ChaLEAN Extreme you can read our full review here.

Comparison at a Glance

Features Les Mills Pump ChaLEAN Extreme P90X
Trainer Various Trainers Chalene Johnson Tony Horton
Fitness Approach Strength Training/The Rep Effect Cardio/Resistance Training Muscle Confusion
# of Workouts 7 15 12
Duration 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days
Workout Calendar Yes Yes Yes
Equipment Barbells Resistance/Thigh Toning Band/Dumbbells Dumbbells or Resistance Bands/Chin Up Bar
Nutrition Plan Yes Yes Yes
Cost $194.80 (free s/h) $89.95 plus s/h $119.85 plus s/h
Money Back Guarantee 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days

Visit the official Team BeachBody Les Mills Pump page here.


Les Mills Pump Basics

Generally when I research information about a workout product, the name associated with the product is the name of the trainer. This is not the case with Les Mills. Who is Les Mills and why is his name associated with this product? I was curious to know, so I thought I’d give you a tidbit of history.

Who is Les Mills?

He was born on November 1, 1934 in Auckland. He represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games for over twenty years during which time he earned a gold medal in discus. He became a gym owner in 1968. He approved for his name to be used for his son’s business, Les Mills International. This is where it all began…..Gyms all around the world provide classes called Les Mills Body Pump. The most recent home workout systems, Les Mills Combat and Les Mills Pump, have become highly successful. I do hope you take the time to read our Les Mills Combat review also.

The Home Workout System

There are seven core workouts to this intense 90-day exercise system. These workouts are designed with a special concept called The Rep Effect. This unique technique sculpts your entire body by increasing the amount of reps you perform and decreasing the amount of weight you lift. I love the fact that you can burn up to 1,000 calories with each workout! This alone can help to keep you motivated to continue moving forward.

Here is a good Video About Les Mills Pump and check out their official product page here.


There are tons of fun and energetic songs designed to keep you moving. Here are some of the songs you will be pumping up to:

  • “Telephone” by Lady Gaga
  • “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
  • “Flaunt It” by Voodoo
  • “Car Wash” by Rose Royce
  • “Pump Up the Jam” by Techtronic

These are just a few of over 40 songs you will come across on the different workouts!

Diet Plan

The 3-phase nutrition plan consists of foods that fire up your metabolism. I know that the diet plan is an important factor when it comes to making a decision on whether to purchase a workout program or not. The plan starts with a 7-day Jump Start plan. After these seven days, the phases begin. The diet consists of lean protein, veggies, fruits, and snacks. You will not be simply eating leafy greens on this diet. You actually get to eat real food!

Pump vs. Chalean Extreme and P90X

All of these programs are designed for lean muscle building. They all have some form of strength training; however, Pump is based mainly on strength training. I think Chalean Extreme has the most cardio. P90X consists more of a series of different exercises. Both Chalean Extreme and Pump have a variety of music, while P90X does not focus on music for motivation. This is because it is recommended that you push the pause button to allow for you to perfect your form.
They all have 3-phase schedules designed to gradually increase in intensity. P90X has a classic and lean version. The lean version is actually easier than the classic version; however, they are both pretty intense. All three programs have detailed food plans complete with meals and recipes.

In Conclusion

I do believe that all three of these workouts are extremely effective. Strength training has many benefits, which include:

  • Protecting bone health
  • Increasing lean muscle mass
  • Increasing strength
  • Improving coordination and balance
  • Preventing disease
  • Boosting energy levels

If strength training is what you are looking for in a workout, I believe Les Mills Pump would be your best choice. Good luck on your fitness journey to ultimate health.

Click here to visit the official Team Beachbody Les Mills Product page.


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