This POUND Fitness Class Will Have You Drumming to the Beat

Sweating has never been this fun.

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For many people, a fun new fitness class is what keeps them coming back to the gym every week. Not everyone gets a high from increasing their weights on the bench press or upping their speed on the treadmill. Luckily for these people, new fitness classes seem to emerge every month, each more unique than the last.

One of the latest fitness classes to take flight is POUND class. In this episode of Tryout Workout, Desi Sanchez goes to Crunch in New York City to test out this exhilarating class.

In POUND class, each participant gets a set of drumsticks. (They’re specially made for the workout and called “rip sticks.”) This high-intensity interval workout incorporates rhythmic movements to get the class literally pounding the floor as they sweat. The genius of POUND class is that the music and high-energy drumming make the time fly past.

If you think it sounds easy, think again. While drumming, POUND class participants will be squatting, jumping, lunging, and using Pilates—and don’t underestimate the arm strength needed for the drumming itself.

POUND class is a full-body workout. While you’ll have a blast during the actual class, you’ll definitely feel the burn in your arms, core, and glutes afterwards.

Want to try to replicate a POUND class at home? Check out this video to learn the moves you’ll need to get your POUND on in your living room. If your area does have a POUND class and you’re signing up for your first class at the gym, here’s a beginner’s guide to navigating the gym like a pro.