Start with pilates, add a dash of zumba and two plastic drumsticks, and you’ve got Pound Fitness. Pound Fitness, or Pound, is the Elmen’s newest group fitness class that will begin in the fall.
“We always try to look for something that’s new and upcoming,” recreational coordinator Carmen Hecht said.
Pound is a full-body workout routine set to music in which participants hold drumsticks for light resistance. The moves combine cardio, pilates, isometric movements and plyometrics, according to instructor Becky Cornell.
“Pound has simple patterns that are fun and also give you great results,” Cornell said. “It’s also low-impact, so if you’re struggling with an injury, it’s a great way to keep in-shape while you’re healing.”
Cornell received her certification to teach Pound in December of 2013. She is currently the only person in South Dakota with this certification.
“My goal is to bring it to as many venues as possible,” Cornell said. “College students have a great energy and are always ready to rock out with me.”
So far, Cornell has taught three sample classes on campus, which were well received, according to Hecht.
For those who enjoy group fitness classes, “I don’t know how you can’t like it,” Hecht said.
Junior Jenny Friday, who teaches both the Step It Up and the Kickboxing group fitness classes, was one of the students who attended the Pound sample classes.
“[Cornell’s] energy makes you want to work harder,” Friday said. “The only challenging part is that you don’t have breaks. You go hard for 45 minutes, but you get good results from it.”
Sophomore Katie Connor said that, though getting the rhythm down could be tricky at first, she enjoyed the contemporary dance music and that the drumsticks go along with the beat.
“She [Cornell] does sort of the same workout each time you go, so you become accustomed to it, and it gets a little bit easier,” Conner said.
According to Hecht, the Elmen is frequently looking for new group fitness classes that will be exciting for students.
“We look for a class that’s going to be an interest but a challenge,” Hecht said. “A lot of it is what do people have interest in, and what do we have space for.”
Pound classes will start in the fall on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Back Alley.