So I tried Pound yesterday!
(Really wish they could have picked another name for it…there are just waaay too many horrible joke opportunities there.)
(Go ahead, have a good giggle about it. I’ll wait.)
Imagine squatting down far enough to drum on the floor in front of you, then shooting up onto your tip-toes and smacking the sticks together way over your head. Then doing that on repeat as fast as you possibly can. That’s Pound.
Next, imagine sitting on the floor in a Pilates C-curve (like the girl on the left in the picture above—stomach pulled in to form a C) and drumming with both sticks on one side of your body, then the other, as fast as you can go. Then, adding your legs.
I’ll tell you more in a sec, but first, here are a few pics from the weekend!
Saturday was my friend Allison’s baby shower. The hostess, Claire, is super creative and did an amazing job on everything!
It was fun to have a shower around the holidays, with Christmas lights and hot apple cider and cozy sweaters.
And possibly the best part of all: THREE kinds of quiche. So. Good.
I need to make some quiche now.
In other news, we got dumped on by snow yesterday, which inspired me to go to the yoga studio looking like this:
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if someone’s just really confident in their skin or they’ve completely given up on their appearance. I’m going with option B on this one.
Also, those 5 inches of bare skin HATED me.
Anyway, once I got to the studio and started Pounding (pause for immature laughter, from me), I warmed up fast.
One of the things I liked most about Pound was that it’s (naturally) very beat-based, which means lots of high-tempo music with great beats. (Think pop/rap/hip-hop.) This makes for an awesome party atmosphere that, unlike similar party-esque classes, doesn’t involve any kind of dance.
You’re the band now, after all—on the stage, not the dance floor.
Here are your tools (called “Ripstix”):
In case you’re wondering “how can a stupid little pair of drumsticks give you a good workout?” (I was!) here’s the key to Pound: the primary job of the sticks is distraction.
The movements themselves are pretty traditional—lots of squats and lunges and crazy hard Pilates abs moves—but you don’t realize your muscles are screaming “Red alert! Desist! Desist! OW!” like you normally would, because your brain’s too busy trying to keep up with the drumming sequence you’re doing on the floor at the same time. The inventors of Pound call it strategic distraction.
Basically, it’s genius.
The other trick of the drumsticks is that they force you to go much lower in your squats than you otherwise would. Think about how low you have to be to touch the floor with a stick—and not just to touch it, but to drum on it in a semi-controlled way. And again, you’re not really thinking about the fact that you’re squatting really deep—you’re just thinking about getting those sticks where they need to be when they need to be there.
And then there’s the ab work, which looks a lot like this:
You can really tell how the drumming cranks things up a notch, since your abs have to work much harder to stabilize while you’re flinging sticks around.
I came away from class surprisingly pleased with the workout. I would have liked it to be even more intense, and I think it had all the right ingredients to get there, but everyone in the class was new to the workout (including the instructor), so there was a lot of downtime to learn routines, which (understandably) brought the intensity level down. Once you get the workout style down, though, this can be KILLER!
One other small critique: I wished the drumsticks were heavier. They’re 1/4 lb. each, which is heavier than standard drumsticks, but it would be cool if you were able to pick from a few different weights for your sticks, like you can with dumbbells.
The arm track was great, but would have been 10x better (in my opinion) with heavier weights. Plus, I expected my arms to be dead after all that drumming, but they ended up feeling fine, maybe even under-worked. (My thighs and butt? Totally different story).
In summary: I highly recommend this workout. It’s a LOT of fun (I was literally giggling at some points during the workout, it was that fun…or maybe I was just thinking about inappropriate Pound jokes) and it’s a great way to get your body working harder that it otherwise would.
Plus, of course: drumming is bada$$. Just like my alter-ego and yours.
If you want to see Pound in action, here’s a pretty good video of a workout:
(In case the video doesn’t work for you, check it out on YouTube here.)
Oh, and I don’t know if it’s part of the actual workout, but we wrapped up each set by chucking our sticks on the floor, rockstar-style. Boom.
So what do you think? Would you try Pound?
Have a great week!