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Description: POUND is a 45 minute group fitness class that combines cardio, strength training and Pilates with drumming to achieve a full-body workout. Using lightly weighted drumsticks, Ripstix™, participants can expect to burn between 500-900 calories per class and will be performing over 15,000 reps per session!
Why it’s effective: The upper body is constantly moving and drumming, producing continual instability throughout the entire body. This activates and engages infrequently used stabilizer muscles. These smaller muscle groups are rarely active during generic group fitness classes, and create long, lean muscles and prime the body for safe movement during other forms of exercise. Adding the core-engaging element of drumming to dynamic, full-body movements increases caloric burn, improves precision and thoroughly targets all the large and supporting muscle groups in the body.
Why it’s unique: POUND allows participants to see, feel and now, HEAR, their body’s movements. This auditory component is rewarding, motivating, and most of all, allows the student to adjust for symmetry, exertion and accuracy. Hearing the body work gives students another modality of feedback and makes improvements, progress and coordination occur much more quickly.
What it works: POUND is predominantly a core, leg and glute workout, zooming in on the delicate balance of lower back and abdominal strength. The entire body is integrated during the workout, with an emphasis on the muscles that “narrow” the body as opposed to ones that add bulk. Cardio is a huge component of every single Track, making POUND a perfect HIIT and fat-burning routine.
Who it attracts: The great thing about POUND is that ALL different types of people love it. People who are intimidated by dance classes enjoy that it is not a dance class and that it does not integrate highly-choreographed moves. Group fitness novices love it because it is completely scalable and modifiable- and even those who modify get the gratification of “making noise.” Conditioned athletes love POUND because it is an exceptionally challenging interval workout that targets the muscles that improve speed, agility, coordination, endurance and jump height. People who feel like group fitness isn’t “cool” love POUND because of it’s alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy. And finally, men love POUND because it is unisex, aggressive and doesn’t incorporate any “sexy” moves that are embarrassing.
What it achieves: POUND successfully creates a like-minded community within each gym. It effectively relieves stress, breaks boundaries and transforms bodies. POUND creates a healthy gym-based regimen and shifts the focus to the beat, rather than the calories.