For a full-body workout, drumming is the novelty to beat

Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:05am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drumsticks, pounded on gym floors, clinked overhead and bounced on exercise balls, are among the latest workout tools to tap into the group fitness scene, according to fitness experts.

Drumming classes do more than conjure dreams of rock glory. They provide effective workouts for all sorts of different drummers, from grandmothers to fitness fanatics.

Marc Santa Maria of Crunch, the national chain of fitness centers, admits to living out his own rock fantasy as he instructs a drumming Crunch fitness class called Pound.

The sticks, he said, are the means to an end.

"You're using the sticks as a mechanism to keep moving, and there's constant movement," said Santa Maria, who is Crunch's New York regional director. "Your core has to be used for all the basic movements."

Pound is the brainchild of Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, California-based former drummers who set out to fuse conditioning moves and cardio interval training with the distracting fun of drumming.

"You'd never think two drummers will come up with a workout," said Santa Maria. "They're also inspired by Pilates."

The Pound workout is featured on Potenza and Peerenboom's website There is a network of instructors and classes in the United States and they plan to have an at-home version of Pound available on DVD next year.   Continued...