Drumming catches on as a new workout

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Drumming catches on as a new workout

There are times when many of us dread exercising. We look at it as a chore rather than a fun approach to staying healthy.

That’s why more people are looking for unique ways to get the heart pumping and muscles toned. Drumming, both traditional and modern, is catching on as a workout for the mind, body and soul.

CCTV America’s May Lee tried out some classes where you can literally pound away the pounds.

Drumming catches on as a new workout

Drumming catches on as a new workout

There are times when many of us dread exercising. We look at it as a chore rather than a fun approach to staying healthy. That’s why more people are looking for unique ways to get the heart pumping and muscles toned. Drumming, both traditional and modern, is catching on as a workout for the mind, body and soul. CCTV America’s May Lee tried out some classes where you can literally pound away the pounds.

The centuries-old musical art form Taiko, first introduced to Japan through Korean and Chinese influence, takes years to master.

But the class at the Taiko Institute in Torrance, California is full of newbies, including yours truly, who are looking for an off-beat way to work out – and Taiko does not disappoint.

But if you’re more of a music-loving, heart-pumping, rock star want to be, and then POUND is right up your alley.

Pound is an intense workout using weighted drumsticks called Ripstix. And, as the name suggests, there’s a lot of pounding throughout the 45-minute class.

Kirsten Potenza created Pound with her friend and fellow drummer Christina Peerenboom after one of them had to squat while playing the drums.

And so far POUND is taught in 35 countries. Plans are in the works to tap the market in Asia – or Pound the market.


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Drumming workouts with Kirsten Potenza


Taiko drum class at the Taiko Institute in Torrance