Ever wanted to play the drums or be a rock star? What if you could combine drumming and exercise and have fun in the process? You can. It’s called Cardio Drumming and there are two branded group fitness programs out there that provide it: Drums Alive! and Pound Fitness.
Drums Alive! combines traditional aerobics with the rhythmic movements of drumming. Drums are made by placing stability balls (think Hippity Hop ® without the handle) on upside down step risers. The entire workout is performing standing up although some of the stretches at the end are performed sitting on the stability ball. Most of the aerobic moves are low impact. Athletic shoes are recommended.
Pound combines low impact aerobics with Pilates and uses weighted drum sticks to drum on the floor and bang your sticks together to the beat of good ole rock and roll. It does involve a good bit of unsupported forward flexion (bending over and reaching down the the floor) and getting down on the floor and then up on your feet again throughout a class so it may not be the best option for beginners, older participants with joints issues,or those who have difficulty transitioning from standing to floor work. However, if you already have a moderate to high fitness level, Pound is a fun way to workout and tone up and is done barefoot.
The health benefits of cardio drumming include coordination, intellectual stimulation, cardiovascular conditioning and muscle toning, not to mention the stress relief from drumming to pulsating music. It’s better than primal screaming and so much more fun. A forty minute class can burn anywhere from 300-700 calories.
According to Rhythm for Life, drumming can boost the immune system, reduce stress, and enhance spirituality. Many ancient cultures practiced the art of drumming, believing the music to be a conduit to the Divine.
So, if you’re looking for a fun way to get fit or just want to bang on a drum or beat a pair of drum sticks together, check out Pound Fitness or Drums Alive! And feel the beat.
Lover of dance, dance-fitness and aquatic fitness.