POUND Fitness is just a bunch of people clicking drumsticks together to music, right?
Wrong! It's so much more than people realize.
I became a licensed POUND Fit Pro last November and began teaching my first POUND class in March. In the past six months, POUND has transformed my body.
* My hip and lateral torso flexibility and muscular endurance have increased: I can squat, lunge and lean much deeper than when I began and I can perform those deep moves throughout an entire 45 minute class. I can easily POUND my ripstix on the floor from flexing at my hips due to my deep squats, lunges and leans.
* My hip flexors, hip extensors and core have all gotten stronger: before POUND, I had trouble lifting my left leg without pain due to a full hip replacement. 6 months into POUND I can lift and lower that leg repeatedly pain free and my foot is lifting quite high on seated Bass Kicks with minimal effort. This is a significant change considering that the range of motion in my left hip flexors has been compromised for ten years post-op and none of my other activities have strengthened it. I can perform all of the seated core work fully without having to modify any of it. And I can extend my legs (rear hip extension) much higher now.
* My legs and arms are more defined: It's one thing when you notice more definition in your body, but when other people notice, you KNOW your body has changed for the better. When people ask me what I've done to get my legs nicely defined, I tell them: POUND Fitness.
* My brain is stronger: YES, you read that right. My BRAIN is stronger. When I started POUND, I found the choreography alien and challenging. It wasn't like any movement I'd ever done before. Now I pick it up pretty easily. And that's from my brain building new neural pathways from having to learn a new movement language.
* My balance has greatly improved: I teach water fitness on the pool deck which involves having to balance. Before POUND I would hop around or have to hold onto something to keep my balance. Now I don't due to having stronger legs and core muscles.
* My posture has improved: I catch myself using good posture more often nowadays. It reminds me of when I took ballet as a child. Because my back is now stronger from POUND, standing and sitting upright is easy and natural.
So if you've been thinking about joining a POUND Fitness class, but weren't sure if it would be beneficial beyond the fun factor, try it for at least 6 months to give your body time to adapt. I think you'll like the changes.
Lover of dance, dance-fitness and aquatic fitness.