Wednesday, June 24, 2015

POUND: The Most Exciting (and Thorough) Workout You've Probably Never Heard Of

There’s a new fitness regime popping up in fitness centers around the country, and while it is difficult to describe, once you see it you get it. 

Pound is sometimes described as a combination of aerobics, yoga, and Pilates, with a set of weighted drumsticks thrown in for good measure. Keeping rhythm with a set of weighted drumsticks, students are lead through a series of poses, twists, and crunches without really realizing they are exercising. It feels more like dancing or like being the drummer for the band.

Pioneering Nashville area Pound instructor Kathy Moore was drawn to the workout the first time she saw a video of a class on television and almost immediately knew she wanted to pursue certification in this new fitness format. A fitness instructor for more than 25 years, Moore recognized what she terms the “fun factor” with Pound as being the thing that set it apart from other formats she’d been teaching – including Zumba, bootcamp, bose, Turbo Kick, Kickboxing, and TRX. “I’ve never had so much fund as I do when teaching Pound,” she asserts. “The fact that  you are making music, beating to the rhythm with a room full of people to top hits and rockin’ tracks… and at the same time getting a killer workout” are the reasons why Pound is gaining in popularity.

Boost FitClub was the first area gym to offer Pound in April 2014. Since then, Pound classes have popped up on the schedules at Sevier Park, Centennial Sportsplex, and Vanderbilt Wellness and Recreation Center.

In addition to the physical benefits a Pound workout provides, Moore appreciates the neuroscience side of the format, too. Pound involves proprioception – “the ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium.”[1] Pound creates the opportunity to “shorten the distance between the time it takes to mentally react and to physically respond to accomplish a task,” according to Moore. She contends “Pound is on the leading wake of neuroscienctific innovation in the field of exercise and music” incorporating proprioception training movements with sound, motor, and auditory systems. From a whole-body standpoint, benefits are experienced in the area of balance, speed, strength, and coordination.

Curious about attending a Pound class? Check out Moore’s class schedule and events at Nashville Pound Pro’s Facebook page or visit on-line schedules for Sevier Park Regional Community Center (Classes just $3) and Centennial Sportsplex where day passes cost just $7.

[1] Definition of Proprioception from MedicineNet. The ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium. Even if a person is blindfolded, he or she knows through proprioception if an arm is above the head or hanging by the side of the body. The sense of proprioception is disturbed in many neurological disorders. It can sometimes be improved through the use of sensory integration therapy, a type of specialized occupational therapy. Web. 23 June 2015.

Elly Haddad is a healthy life-style coordinator, combining her certifications as an Integrative Nutrition Coach and yoga instructor. She's the owner of Elemental Fit and founder of The NashWell Group, both based in Nashville, TN. She helps individuals and groups understand the important influence that diet & lifestyle have on health, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Elly is also a freelance writer and public speaker, conducting workshops and seminars throughout the midwest and southeastern US. She can be contacted directly via email here

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