By: Krystle Crossman
There are many different types of fitness options out there for all different tastes. Some people love running, some love swimming, others love dancing. Zumba has become a huge trend in the country as it mixes Latin dancing and hip hop with some great music and a massive caloric burn. Now there is a new class that is starting to become popular called Pound Fitness. It combines high tempo music, intense movements, and drumsticks.
The creators of Pound, Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Potenza, had been drummers earlier in life. They realized what a great workout it was and how much fun it is to listen to music and drum to the beat that they decided to amp it up a bit. During a routine you will do lunges, squats, crunches, sit up, and pilates all mixed together. The drumsticks that you hold are called RipStix. They are special sticks that have weights added in them so that you get a more intense workout and burn more calories.
Potenza and Peerenboom wanted to think of a way that they could get people into fitness who may not normally like exercising. They wanted something that was fun and something that would distract from the fact that you are getting a great workout and burning a lot of calories. Many people who have taken the class said that they don’t realized how much work they really are doing because they are so focus on keeping with the beat. There are routines for beginners and for those who are a little more seasoned. There are basic positions and moves that they use for many of the routines and all of them can be modified in case someone has an injury or is not as flexible as others. This allows for anyone to join in on the fun.
It may sound like you are just banging drumsticks together but when you start to think about how you are moving you will see how much is going on. While you are in the middle of doing lunges and such you are banging the drumsticks together which throws you off balance. Your core muscles must make up for this lack of balance to keep you upright. This workout strengthens your core, your arms, and your legs. It is strength training, cardio, and conditioning all in one fun package.