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Dayton Daily News (Ohio)
By Debbie Juniewicz

Music pulses through the room as the excitement builds. Drumsticks in hand, it's show time.

While it isn't a rock concert, you will be rock-in' out - it's POUND Rock-out Workout, a new fitness option offered at The Studio Fitness in Vandalia, Legacy Fitness in Fair-born and fitness centers and gyms nationwide. You can unleash your inner rock star and get a good workout at the same time.

The class is a perfect fit for former University of Dayton percussionist Amy Karnehm, of Clayton, who played in both the marching band and wind ensemble when she was in college.

"Not only is it fun, but it's an awesome workout, especially for the core," Karnehm said. "It's my absolute favorite class, it's going to be hard to top this one."

And even if the only drumstick you've ever picked up was at the Thanksgiving dinner table, POUND can get you rockin'.

POUND basics

POUND is a full-body workout - fusing cardio, Pilates, isometric and plyometric poses with drumming - that can burn between 400-900 calories per hour.

Essential to the workout are the drumsticks, called RIPSTIX because they are supposed to help you get ripped. They are twice the weight of normal drumsticks and are used to cause constant core activation and let you rock out at the same time. It won't be long before you are wailing on the ground and in the air with the neon green drumsticks.

"It's a really good stress reliever," POUND instructor Gina Patterson said.

Nancy Wilson, a middle school counselor couldn't agree more.

"I work with 750 teens, so by Saturday morning, I'm ready to start pounding," Wilson said with a smile. "I really do get out a lot of my aggression in this class."

POUND was born in California when two drummers and fitness enthusiasts, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, realized that drumming was a fun, effective and challenging full-body workout. The results come from the constant upper body motion and light resistance, which throws the entire body off balance throughout the workout, working deep muscles and slimming you from the inside out.

What if you don't have any rhythm? No problem.

POUND actually improves your rhythm and coordination by letting you hear your body's movements. If you can clap your hands, you can POUND.

POUND beginners

Whether you're a longtime fitness enthusiast looking for something new, an exercise rookie or just someone who has secretly longed to be in the spotlight jamming out a drum solo, POUND might be a good fit.

"Really anyone can do it because there are modifications," Patterson said.

If any move is too difficult or intense, there are ways to adapt it, which makes it an ideal workout for all ages and ability levels.

Wilson, who will be 60 this year, rarely misses an opportunity to POUND it. She has already noticed a difference in her abs, thighs and butt.

"Anybody, even people my age, can do this because they can modify it," she said. "It's so much fun, pretending you're drumming, but it's deceptive. You will feel it the next day."

Patterson, who has been a fitness instructor for more than a year, agrees.

"I get sore from this, it really kicks my butt," she said with a smile.

You will break a sweat and you will likely be sore but that is not a deterrent, just the opposite.

Tipp City resident Teresa Prouty is "not one to get up early," but she will for this class.

"I loved it from the very first class - the music, the drumming, the full body workout," Prouty said. "I look forward to coming."

POUND is effective because it disguises an intense workout behind great music.

"I can be so tired and a great song comes on and I'm right back in it," Karnehm said.

Getting started

Trying POUND requires little more than finding a class and getting to the gym. A listing of fitness centers that offer classes is available at

Most facilities have RIPSTIX you can use - although you can buy your own - so there is no major financial investment.

Standard comfortable workout wear and a good attitude are all you need to POUND off the pounds.

"Hands down, this is the biggest thing we've seen since Zumba," said Joan Jones, owner of The Studio Fitness. "Our classes have been full to capacity and we work in more of them whenever we can."

The reason why - it's fun.

"You really are rocking out to the music," Patterson said. "People just love it."

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May 9, 2014




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