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Pound Fitness

Pound Fitness:
"Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising POUND transforms drumming into an incedibly effective way of working out."
I have spent an incredible amount of time feeling lonely and excluded. My weight ostracized me. I felt isolated and alone then I joined WW and I found people who understood me; now I work for WW and I have found a family. Because of WW I have a newfound confidence. I am brave enough to try new things and get wayyyy out of my comfort zone cause I know no matter what, I’ve got people who are going to catch me if I fall when I take a leap of faith. 

Pound Fitness is a physical manifestation of what WW is to me. It is connection, literally and figuratively. When I slam my Ripstix against the floor I’m getting low enough in my stance to make contact and that’s rewarding because it's something I couldn't do when I was over 250 pounds. When the burning in my legs becomes overwhelming and I can’t get low enough I slam my stix together passionately making noise and feeling powerful every time they hit! I feel the muscles in my back and my arms as they flex and contract so even when I’m modifying I’m still rocking!! I am allowing my physical self to get in touch with my energetic self and connecting with those around me as we become the music! 

In a Pound class I’m surrounded by people of all ages and sizes who are moving joyfully and passionately and the cadence of the drumming drowns out the inner dialogue that tells me I don’t belong. I’m not fit enough. I don’t have the right body to be in the gym. In a Pound class all bodies are the right bodies and the more bodies the bigger the beat. The bigger the beat the more powerful the experience! When we’re drumming in unison the energy is so strong and powerful that it vibrates through your entire body and ignites your spirit! 

I would've loved Pound years ago if I had known about it! 
I am as excited about Pound as I am about WW and it's because literally ANYONE can participate.  Any age, any fitness level. You can even participate sitting in a chair so NO ONE is excluded from this empowering, incredible and soulful experience.

I spent a long time feeling disjointed. I was one person inside and someone else entirely on the outside. I was trapped in my body desperate to change but afraid to take the first steps because every time I'd try it physically hurt. I was embarrassed that I couldn't do things that other people made look effortless and I didn't want to do the things I was capable of doing, like walking, because it was lonely and boring. I craved community and FUN but I limited myself to protect myself and then hated myself for not doing something to try to change my circumstance. It was a viscous cycle!

I wanted to be fit enough to have fun exercising but I couldn't get fit enough to participate in the fun classes if I didn't start where I was. I didn't want to start where I was because it wasn't fun...

Working out puts me in my body but sometimes when I’m doing something slow and intentional like lifting weights I get out of my body and into my head. It’s easy for me to be swept up in my thoughts when I’m working out alone and sometimes that’s ok but sometimes it’s discouraging and it sends me back to the days where I felt isolated and insecure. I spent far too long in that dark space and I don't want to hang out there anymore! In a Pound class you can’t help but feel like a total badass and feeling like a badass is the absolute and total opposite of feeling consumed with loneliness and despair! I'm sure that's why I love it SO much.

Things I've learned through Pound so far:
Appreciation for my body for all it does! 
Body acceptance and a shift in perspective. 
Anyone can be a badass.
The only thing that limits me is my willingness to try.
Even the most uncoordinated people (looking at myself!) can ROCK!
Creating music makes me feel alive.
Sweat cleanses my soul
My legs are ridiculously strong.
I'm far more capable that I ever could've believed.
My power doesn't come from the way I look.
If I'm willing to modify, I can do anything!
I have a purpose.
My body is capable of creating something magical!
I'm a part of something bigger.
I belong.


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