The popular group fitness class Pound feels less like a fitness class and more like a group air-drumming concert (if there were such a thing). And yet, by the end of my first class, my shirt was soaked through with sweat, and I realized I had probably done about 100 squats, 100 lunges, and 50-some crunches without realizing it.
Pound is a choreographed rhythm-focused class that is similar to a dance-inspired workout like Zumba, but with drumming. You use special drumsticks, called Ripstix, to rhythmically bang in time to rap, pop, and rock hits blaring through the sound system.
Pound’s founders, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, say they’re “drummers first, fitness enthusiasts second.” When they created the workout a few years ago, they wanted something that didn’t feel like exercise and that anyone could do. “We were the ones going left in class when everybody was going right,” Peerenboom tells Yahoo Health. “We knew it never felt good when you’re the token modifier in class. And we said, ‘How do we create something that literally anybody who walks in there feels comfortable [doing]?’”
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