Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday – Drum Away The Calories!
First Published: July 2, 2012 12:19 PM EDT Credit:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Are you ready to channel your inner rock star? Hollywood’s hottest new workout will have you beating away the pounds – literally. “Pound is a fun new way to workout using weight drumsticks, called Ripstix, to challenge the entire body. It is strength training, cardio, and a jam session all in one,” reveals Pound co-creators Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Portenza.
The two LA based ladies, who are also both drummers, created this high intensity workout after being frustrated with the ho-hum, day-to-day workout grind. “Since we are both drummers, we realized that the rapid arm motions drummers perform caused on cores to stabilize. We started experimenting with these arm movements in a variety of different poses and then, figured we’d add a challenge: light resistance using weighted sticks,” exclaims Cristina and Kirsten!
This full body workout can burn up to 800 calories. Now, that’s a sweat-fest. Pound goers will move between quickly from lunges, squats, twists – all while holding a drumstick that will be alternately beaten on the ground to the sides, out in front or even raised above the head. “We designed Pound to be a 3-dimensional workout. Simply put, we take a simple move or pose and work it out from every angle, on every plane, and to every beat. Your arms throw your body’s balance off, burning more calories and toning the core and lower back,” reveal Pound’s creators.
If you’re ready to give Pound a go, classes are being offered at Crunch Fitness or pick up your own Ripstix (or drumsticks) at do it at home. The Pound gals shared with Healthy Hollywood 3 moves to get you started on the newest fitness beat.
1. Deep Squat: Travel down to the floor, maintaining a flat back and engaged core in a deep squat. Hold this position for 8 seconds. While holding this position, drum as fast as you can on the ground in front of you using your Ripstix. Repeat 4 to 8 times.
2. Rainbows: Stand in a deep plié with the chest lifted. Bend laterally to the right, squeezing your butt and legs, and strike the ground near your right foot. Return to the center and strike overhead. Repeat to the left. Do 4 to 8 reps.
3. Kit Position Twists: Sitting on the floor, sink down into boat pose with the legs tightly squeezing together. This position is Pilates-inspired, so create as much instability in body by twisting to both sides, strikes the ground on either side of the body with both Ripstix. Repeat for 4 to 8 counts.
For more information on Pound, check out www.poundfit.com
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