Do you remember the sensation of dancing to your favorite song, swinging your hair, twisting your body, doing all kind of crazy moves when nobody is watching? You are so into the music that you let yourself loose and just rock it… That is what new trendy POUND workout does to you!
Having worked in fitness for quite some time I developed a certain scepticism towards new workouts. I assess them from a professional perspective, I analyze and I break it down into small pieces which takes some fun away. However POUND has made me forget it to some extent and during the workout, I was focus on one thing – to hit my ripstix at the right moment. I was so caught up in the moment that I didn’t feel how the time passed!
How did it start?
POUND is a workout that two American female drummers came up with using ripstix – specially made plastic drumsticks. When you hold them you have to think about them as extension of your arms. This extra added length throws your body slightly out of balance which makes the muscles of your mid section work a little harder.
What is POUND?
This is how POUND is described on the official website: “Full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.” I didn’t see much of Pilates and yoga but what I did see functional conditioning and cardio and very high level of coordination. At some points, you have to move your upper and lower body simultaneously in different direction yet to keep up with the beat, which I found to be quite challenging at times
These are some benefits that are stated on POUND official website and my personal opinion.
Burn up to 900+ calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your favorite music!
900? Really? Honestly, although I wasn’t wearing a fitness bracelet I think 900 is a little over exaggerated and far-fetched. My estimate would be somewhere between 400 to 600 depending on one’s fitness level.
Drastically improve your rhythm, timing, coordination, speed, agility, endurance, and musicality.
Definitely yes. All these components are there for sure.
Cinch the waistline, slim the thighs, and strengthen connective tissue and infrastructural muscles with the combination of stability and cardio.
Muscle strengthening is there but only in you are not used to advanced workouts that involve lifting weights. However, if your fitness level is quite high the workout would not be that challenging.
I do recommend all fitness lovers and enthusiasts to go and try the workout. It’s great music, lots of movement but most importantly it is fun. You won’t feel the time passing. You will only feel the soreness of your muscles the next day.