WOW: Pound Fitness

You heard me right.  I said POUND.

If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about… you’re not alone.

The last day of FitSocial kicked off with a Pound Fitness class.  When I first saw the name, I instantly assumed it was like boot camp or something and didn’t give it a second thought… UNTIL several of my new blogger gal pals insisted I join them.

WOW:  Pound Fitness | No Thanks to Cake

What is Pound Fitness?

The ladies were all excited to take it because it was a BRAND-NEW type of fitness class that they had never experienced.  And, it was taught with weighted drumsticks.

Pound Fitness | No Thanks to Cake

From the Pound website, here’s a description of the class:

“Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 600 and 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!”

Source:  Fitsugar.com

Source: Fitsugar.com

The class was at 7:30am, which is always a stretch for me.  Nonetheless, the tweets started early… reminding everyone not to miss the class.  I had committed to going, so I was in.  That doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous about it…

When I arrived at the Anschutz Wellness Center, I was excited to have a chance to take a class here.  The facility is just GORGEOUS and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it.

Anschutz Wellness Center | No Thanks to Cake

When I walked into class, I was greeted by a barefoot Melissa Towey (instructor extraordinaire) who handed me my own set of neon green Ripstix and encouraged me to pick up a mat.  And then there was cheering… cheering from new from my new friends Jill and Melissa, who were excited that I made it to class.

True Story:  I confessed to both of them the day before that I “didn’t really like working out but I know that I have to do it in order to maintain my weight, so I power through it…”  One of those confessions that you don’t hear much at a conference like this… But is my reality.  While I love my yoga, getting to the gym for cardio can be a struggle sometimes, even three years later.

I found my spot in class near the back and set up my station.

Pound Drumsticks | No Thanks to Cake

The fact that I had a mat was a little comforting to me.  Yoga being my dearest of fitness loves, it gave me hope that there would be some yoga-like activity.  Oh, how wrong I was… The mats were primarily used as a sound buffer when we were beating our sticks on the ground.  Interesting…

Pound Fitness | No Thanks to Cake

As Melissa set up the class, she ran us through a few of the general principles and set our expectations.  There would be lunges, there would be squats, and there would be ab work.  She also warned us that the 1/4 lb. drumsticks would be more impacting that we anticipated… she was right!

Pound Fitness | No Thanks to Cake

These pictures don’t do the class justice by any means, but I wanted to catch a few pics of what was happening during this 45-minute class.

Pound Fitness | No Thanks to Cake

Here’s a video of the Pound basics that you might be interested in.  It gives a better idea of what we were doing.  INTENSE!

Did I enjoy the class?  Hmmm… I’m definitely glad I went!

Pound Fitness | No Thanks to Cake

I always love trying something new.  The squats did leave me quite sore afterwards though (OUCH!) and my lower back took a beating during the class which I didn’t anticipate.  Also, my drumming abilities are a little rough… but gave me a good laugh as I was tapping my sticks offbeat to the music.  Overall, it was a great workout and helped me get my sweat on during a weekend of mostly sitting.

And… what’s more fun than working out with this group of fabulous people?

Pound Fitness FitSocial | No Thanks to Cake

Have you ever taken a Pound Fitness class?  To find a class near you, click here.

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Comments

  1. I’m sorry your back didn’t feel great but in so glad you came to class. It was great getting to know you and your story Kelly!

    Great recap of the class. My lazy butt still needs to blog about the conference.

  2. Melissa Towey says:

    Kelly,
    Thank you so much for the incredible review of your experience with POUND! I am so glad that you made the decision to come to class because you rocked it! Way to step out of your comfort zone, girl! I look forward to meeting you again sometime soon. For now, I will be happy and honored to be your social media friend!
    Melissa

  3. Lexi says:

    Pound sounds really interesting. I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for sharing a good review and the information. I’m going to give it a try!

  4. Tom says:

    Pound Fitness sounds very interesting. It’s a good mix to anyone’s regular routine and looks to use beat rhythm to drive the momentum. Props for getting there in the morning!

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