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About Pound Fitness

Do you find your typical exercise class boring? Well, if that is the case the newest trend in exercise could be right up your street. Pound fitness is the newest exercise trend taking the world by storm. In this article I am going to tell you all about it as well as what makes it so popular.

# What is a Pound Class?

Have you ever pretended to be a rockstar? Maybe banging out some rhythms on imaginary drums with a pair of bread sticks? Okay, so imagine you can do that as a form of exercise! If that sounds like the best idea ever created for you, then it is time to hit a POUND class!

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

The workout will leave you feeling the burn throughout your whole body. Combining cardio, strength training and conditioning it is engineered to give you a high intensity workout. But as the premise of the class is to focus on rhythm and music and not think about counting exercise reps or workout time.

Because 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 people 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 30 minute session flies by super quick and the constant intensive moments leave you no time to get bored. There is no holding poses or slow and steady movements everything is fun and fast.

You will experience a complete body workout. With your ripstix working your upper body and maximising each arm movement and performing most of the session in a squatted position will leave your lower body seriously pushed to its limits.

The best part is, even though it will work your entire body, you will not feel overly tired at any point. If anything, the loud pumping beats will leave you energised. Even better focusing on drumming will help ease the worries and woes for a short time helping to reduce your stress levels.

Classes last usually 30-45 minutes and will go through a warm up, workout and cool down. Sessions are available for all ability levels and good instructors will offer alternatives on their movements 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 combined it 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 35 countries and has built up a team of over 7000 instructors.

# What are Ripstix?

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

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

# What are the Benefits of Pound Fitness?

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 difficult to stay motivated and stick to exercise classes, so having so much fun is definitely a good thing.

Also pound will leave you feeling a serious burn. With a class burning over 900 calories per session it will leave you sweating!

There are a number of other benefits pound has to offer including improvements of:

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