All About Pound Fitness

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Do you find your regular workout boring? Well, if this is the case, there’s an alternative which could be right up your alley. Pound fitness is drumming up interest within the fitness community.

In this article, I’m going to tell you all about it, as well as what makes it so popular.

What Is a Pound Class?


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Have you ever tried jamming along to those classic rock tunes with an air guitar, or are the drums more your style? Well, imagine that as a workout.

Pound is a fitness class inspired by drumming. It uses two lightly weighted drumsticks which are specifically designed for exercise—called Ripstix.

This workout will leave you feeling the burn throughout your whole body. Combining cardio, strength training and conditioning—it’s geared to give you a high-intensity workout. But the premise of Pound is to focus on pure rhythm and music—not to think about counting reps or workout time.

This session focuses on musicality, it makes you feel at one with the beat. Getting lost in the music and being able to rock out with your Ripstix is one of the things that make this class so addictive for many who try it.

From beginning to end, a Pound class is fast-paced and will easily make you lose track of time in the best way possible. You will find a 45-minute session flies by super quick and the constant intensive moments leave you no time to turn off. There is no holding poses or slow and steady movements—everything is fun and fast.

You will experience a complete body workout. Ripstix will work your upper body and maximize each arm movement. Performing most of the session in a squatted position will also leave your lower body seriously pushed to its limits.

The best part is, even though it will work your entire body, you won’t feel overly tired at any point. If anything, the loud pumping beats will leave you energized. On top of that, because you are totally focused on drumming, you forget about anything else for that short period of time—helping to reduce your stress levels.

Classes usually last 30-45 minutes and will go through a warm-up, workout and cool down. Sessions are available for all ability levels and instructors will offer alternative moves to make them easier or harder, to suit everyone in the class.

How Was Pound Created?

Pound fitness is the brainchild of two former drummers, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom. They took the fun of drumming and their love of fitness and wrapped them together to make this incredibly popular workout.

The two former athletes were always heavily into working out and used traditional forms of exercise to keep themselves in shape. However, after a drumming session without a stool, squatting over the kit gave them the idea on how to bring fun back to fitness.

This inspiration was all it took to create Pound fitness. What started as one small class is now practiced in over 70 countries and has built up a team of over 17,000 instructors.

What Are Ripstix?


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Ripstix are a piece of exercise equipment specifically engineered to assist you during a Pound session. Because these lightly weighted drumsticks add extra load to each movement, they knock your body off balance, making you work harder—particularly your core.

They also give a small amount of resistance, which is effective for the entire body, but notably for your arms and shoulders.

What Are the Benefits of Pound Fitness?


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The number one benefit of Pound is probably how much fun it is. This enjoyment factor is what will get you hooked and keep you going back to sessions, week in and week out. Often, people find it tough to stay motivated and stick to exercise classes, which is why the fun element has so much appeal.

What’s more, Pound will leave you feeling a serious burn—one class could blitz over 900 calories!

There are a number of other benefits Pound has to offer, including improvements in:

  • Rhythm
  • Musicality
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Endurance
  • Speed
  • Timing
  • Muscle tone
  • Stability
  • Strength

So if pounding out your stress with a pair of neon drumsticks sounds like the best possible way to work out, why not try a Pound session.

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