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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