Hollywood's Next Fitness Craze: Drum Your Way to Tight Abs

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Fitness is always evolving, from step aerobics to Tae-Bo to Zumba - the next big thing seems to be Drumstick-Smashing that's having celebs go goo-goo ga-ga.

What is it?  A high-volume fitness class called Pound, created by Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Potenza.  The class involves weighted drumsticks that are used to smack the ground repeatedly to fast-pace music like hip-hop and rock songs.  

The two fitness gals came up with the idea at a rock royalty party in Hollywood Hills, where Matt Sorum, the former drummer for Guns N' Roses, had just finished playing his drum set.  

"We were drumming without a drum stool to accompany the kit and we were squatting over it and realized that the movement of the arms was acting to throw the entire body off and in order to counteract that, we were having to squeeze ... our core muscles," Peerenboom said.

The class is a combination of standing and sitting positions that work everything from your upper body and core to lower body. 

American College of Sports Medicine spokesman Mike Bracko applauded the Pound fitness model, saying,

"Anytime you add music, especially if it's up-tempo music, people just have a
tendency to go with the beat of the music, and work harder than they might without it. Bilateral movements like drumming, with left hand up while right hand is down, in a boat or a lunge position, would certainly challenge the core muscles," he added.

The class is slated to roll out to nine Equinox gyms across Southern California this summer and to New York and other locations nationwide in the next year. Ooo, I'm an Equinox instructor in
New York and can't wait for this!!

After holding classes at a few private studios in January, Pound classes started up at Crunch
Fitness in West Hollywood in March.

And if you're worried about doing the exercise right, you may not necessarily need the instructor to tell you:

"You're literally hearing if you're doing the workout correctly," said Potenza. But no musical skill is required to break a sweat with drum rolls and fills. "Something we worried about in the beginning was 'are people who don't have any musical ability going to be able to do this?' But I think if you can clap your hands, you can do Pound," said Potenza.