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Pound workout gets your inner rock star moving

Pound participants use Ripstix-- negreen modified drumsticks -- take their minds off lunges. | Provided photo

Pound participants use Ripstix-- neon green modified drumsticks -- to take their minds off the lunges. | Provided photo

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Updated: February 24, 2014 1:17PM



Distraction seems to be a trend among the latest wave of fitness fads. You’re dancing, so you won’t think about the calories you’re burning. You’re a lion, roaring on the plains of Africa, so you’re not really working out.

But with Pound, a 30-minute workout that has you play the part of a rock star, there’s a tangible tool of distraction that I would say really works: your drumsticks.

The neon green sticks are called “Ripstix,” and they’re a quarter pound each — so obviously their purpose has nothing to do with their weight. It is tiring to be banging out a rhythm on the ground with the sticks, but the real work comes from the position you hold your body in as you create that rhythm.

A set lasts as long as a pop song the instructor plays, and typically features about five different moves. Dozens of Russian twists, lunges, isometric holds and squats are part of the workout, but as long as you are following the rhythm and moving the way the teacher instructs , you’ll be getting the benefits of the reps without really thinking about them. Your attention is on the rhythm of the sticks instead.

With music blasting and drumsticks banging on the floor — often against the beat of the song playing — this is not a quiet class. If you’ve been to enough loud concerts that your hearing has, ahem, adjusted itself, you’ll be fine. But if you, like many rock stars, have a hangover, think about a less jarring workout.

Most Pound classes last 30 minutes, which is a good indication of how hard you’ll be working. But if you are in decent shape, the diversion of the drumming works amazingly well. You may not be playing in a stadium packed with fans anytime soon, but at least you’re on your way.

Visit poundfit.com/illinois to find a gym — or “venue” — with the class near you.

Email: dnovak@suntimes.com

Twitter: @dhnovak



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