If you've dreamed of channeling your inner rock star into a fitness plan, it's time to POUND.
Created by two female drummers, the POUND workout fuses cardio interval training with drumming to provide a challenging, heart-pumping workout. After taking classes at my local Crunch gym, I'm hooked. Anyone who thrives off the group fitness environment or needs loud music to stay motivated needs try this class ASAP.
It moves fast: From start to finish, lively, heart-pumping movements and upbeat tunes keep the workout feeling fresh. There's no holding an uncomfortable pose for an extended period of time; the class is always moving, always changing, and always pushing the body to its limits. Plus, the time flies by! It moves from warmup to cooldown in just 45 minutes.
It's a full-body workout: While certain group fitness classes tend to target particular areas of the body, POUND offers a full-body workout and targets common trouble spots. A huge part of the class is performed in a squat position. The constant up-and-down drumming targets your inner and outer thighs, butt, and core. And those drumsticks aren't just for show; at one-fourth pound per stick and a little shorter than the standard length, they're perfectly designed to maximize your arm workout.
You'll blow off steam: After a long day, there are few things more exhilarating than grabbing a pair of drumsticks and being able to POUND out your stress. Whether you're sitting down doing mat work or up on your feet jumping to a new track, everything seems more tolerable — and more fun! — when you're banging on the floor a pair of neon green drumsticks.
If you're ready to try out POUND for yourself, find a class in your area. For those who don't live in one of the 11 states where it's offered, you can try the POUND workout at home. Online classes (aka a Backstage Pass) are now available for the first time.