Rockout with Pound Rockout at VIDA Verizon!
Calling all Zumba and music-based cardio fans: we’ve got a new class at Verizon you’re going to love! Pound Rockout is a musically-driven jam session that combines light resistance with constant simulated drumming for a total body cardio workout.
That’s right; it’s the class where you’re using Ripstix – lightweight, neon green, plastic drumsticks to rock out to your favorite chart topping music while performing moves that strengthen your core and torch calories.
The 45 minute class is broken up into sections including a warm-up, seated ab work, targeted quad/hamstring exercises, glute work and a cool down, all performed while continuously drumming the Ripstix on the ground to the beat of the loud, invigorating music being blasted through the studio.
The core and glute work consists of Pilates-based movements, only made more challenging by having to keep your arms drumming while focusing on holding an isometric movement and keeping your core engaged. The standing portion requires constant torso twisting to bang your sticks on the ground while squatting, jumping, and doing other plyometric moves that get your heart pumping and body sweating.
Definitely not the class for a calming wind-down after work; this is instead an awesome way to relieve stress, get out aggression and totally immerse yourself in the music for a workout that’s so much fun you won’t even realize you’re burning between 400-900 calories per hour. You’ll realize it after the cool down, though, when you’re drenched in sweat and feel like you just left a rock concert.
Pound-certified instructor and Verizon Group Fitness Manager Tami DeVitis says she immediately fell in love with the class two and half years ago because of its musically-driven nature.
“I love anything music based and got into Pound because it was a new and exciting way to get my cardio in. It’s kind of like Zumba in that sense, but a better option for those who aren’t really into Zumba,” she says.
Pound is definitely easier to follow than Zumba – the movements are uncomplicated and easy to jump right into without feeling like you’re lost in the choreography. Each move matches a beat, and the sound of the sticks snapping against the ground provides a clear rhythm and speed for your body to synchronize with. You can expect all types of music in Pound – rap, dubstep, pop and old school included – that are handpicked by music and drumming enthusiasts to be powerful and energizing.
Another great thing about Pound is that you can tailor the workout to meet your own fitness needs by drumming harder and faster and increasing your range of motion on exercises. Pound Rockout is for everyone, especially those seeking a more fun alternative to the treadmill or elliptical for their cardio.
Pound is currently offered at Verizon only – Mondays at 6:30pm with Krystina, Thursdays at 6:15pm with Tami and Sundays at noon with Tami. If you’re ready to get your Rockout Workout on – join us for a class this week!