Do you like jamming out to music during your daily sweat sesh? Do you secretly wish you were the drummer in a band? Are you coordinated (or shameless) enough to be one of the first on the dance floor at your friend’s weddings when “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo comes on? Then POUND may be the workout you never knew you needed in your life.
And Mer and I were real lucky to get the chance to give POUND a shot when we were visiting DC for our friend Maggie’s wedding. Kiersten and Kristina –two badass collegiate athletes turned drummers–are the founders of this amazing movement. One day they didn’t have a chair, so they had to squat down to drum and thought, “man, this would be a good workout!” and they were right.
We Ubered to the charming Foggy Bottom neighborhood where the local Balance Gym offers Chandra’s class. Chandra was a dancer, now fitness instructor. Each student is given a pair of plastic drum sticks, called RipStix, and the instructor guided us through rhythm based moves– pounding the ground with the sticks, reaching up high to clap them together, all to the beat of the well-curated playlist. The class is a full-body workout, focusing on glutes and quads (so. many. squats.), abs, obliques and arms. It combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.
Even though it took coordination, the class atmosphere made it perfectly acceptable to miss a beat. As our instructor said: “there are no mistakes, there are just drum solos.”
If you come across a POUND class, do check it out and enjoy channeling your inner drummer while maybeee having a humbling experience about how coordinated you really are 😉
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