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You may have seen the video that’s sweeping the Internet with the newest workout craze that takes music driven cardio to the next level. No? here you go.
The workout POUND uses drumming movements, and glow in the dark Ripstix to bang through twists, stretches, squats and crunches. Pound is finally having its moment, but is no newbie in the fitness world. Huffington post picked up the Ripstix back in 2013 and were exactly on-point when describing it as a “deceptive cardio workout”.
The Ripstix are not your normal drumsticks, they add 1/4lb of weight to each movement amplifying the challenge for your core, coordination and agility. This workout is perfect for all levels, ages and awkward giraffes like me. Shoes are optional and sticks were provided.
Let me just preface my experience in POUND…
This is the closest I’ve gotten to playing an instrument since my junior high clarinet days.
(i.e. I’m not musically inclined by any stretch of the imagination)
I have never been a dancer of any sort, nor do I contain an ounce of coordination or swagger that would allow me to fake it until I make it (yes I suck at Zumba). Rhythm is just not my thing.
I have legs for days and did two morning workouts, so…the squats were my nemesis.
Why I chose to stand in the front is beyond me and that questioning clouded my thoughts during many a stumble, miss-step and regular surveys of the room. A. Checking for witnesses after a major movement miss & B. to observe the electricity that surrounded me.
The intervals were carefully crafted to the music, enveloping you into a time/space warp of cardio bliss. I loved seeing the enjoyment on the faces of people of various ages, shapes and fitness levels, all of whom were putting me to shame with their rhythm and agility. The squats were my biggest challenge, keeping pace while maintaining the proper form to protect my lower back. Yaya checked in on form frequently and fluidly between providing instructions and the rhythmic hits of her own Ripstix.
Time flew and before I knew it we were doing a few stretches. I couldn’t believe time had flown by so quickly and in my head, I was demanding an encore. I wanted more! To my pleasant surprise, two more songs were on the lineup and we rocked out with a renewed energy to finish the class. When I put down the stix, the endorphins immediately flooded my brain and I knew I found a new workout addiction.
Overall, I’m REALLY happy with the energy, music, challenge, fun, sweat level and next-day soreness. I’d love to see this grow and to hear about your experiences! Please utilize the class finder (there are class options in the South Bay), order your at-home kit and comment below!
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309 N Kings Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
BootcampFIT & CelluliteFIT (27min each)
Street Parking & Neighborhood Parking. It’s a busy area so plan for a few mins to find parking. Classes start on time.
Class Size: 7
Open Sweat Class Price: $16-17
Use code: SBSWEAT30 for an additional 30% off Open Sweat's reduced prices!
Class Options: 10 – 24 Classes offered daily. Full schedule here.
Amenities: Water (Bring Your Own Bottle), Towels, and Bathroom.
I’ve been curious about this class and am so happy to have finally tried it.
Rachael Blumberg, PLATEFIT creator and founder, is a master of her craft, which makes for a very effective 27 min workout.
Yes, only 27 mins…. 😊 You’ve got this and don’t be late.
That being said, budget a few mins for parking. It’s a popular area and the studio neighbor is Kings Road café. Post morning class coffee treats are a major plus but the popular businesses surrounding could make parking a little tricky. Literally so much awesomeness in this area. When I went there was no street cleaning so parking was quick (Friday 8:30am).
Classes I took: BootcampFIT followed by CelluliteFIT
The Bootcampfit class is great, you are moving the entire time and the plate is taking that work to the next level.
The Platform is “Engineered to activate the body's natural reflexive response to vibration, Power Plate's vibrating platform moves 25 to 50 times per second to engage muscles in a consistent, and controlled manner. (The vibrations move in three directions: up/down, forwards/backwards, and side-to-side.) As a result, Power Plate is able to accelerate training with high performance results, enabling anyone seeking greater fitness levels to achieve their maximum physical potential faster and more efficiently.”
Only odd moments were the seated and laying positions on the plate (doing ab work)… as you can imagine, you’re sitting on a vibrating platform… Rachael was so knowledgeable and explained everything so well, form and adjustments were explained easily, maximizing the effectiveness of each exercise.
I was winded after class 1 then immediately happy with the flow of CelluliteFIT. I caught my breath, stretched out and got my blood flowing on a deeper level. The positions laying down and resting only your legs on the Power Plate were the best. I was just one long blink away from restful sleep and dreams of cellulite free thighs.
I battle with circulation issues in my legs. Nothing horrible just legs so itchy I could claw through them if I haven’t run in a while. This kind of stimulation plus the stretching felt amazing and my legs felt lighter than they have in a while. I just really feel like this has to be good for legs with how much sitting we do everyday at working desk jobs, commuting…Netflix and chilling.
The Class Options: 10 – 24 Classes a Day! Those options can fit anyone’s schedule!
Efficient workout for the time spent!
Class Size is perfect for the instructors to make adjustments and assist as needed.
Soreness in all the right places: The following days I felt soreness in my calves, side-boob area, upper abs, arms and oblique areas. Literally all of the areas I aim to target and tone.
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