This past January I ended up having to switch gyms. While I loved the gym I was at, they raised their prices, acted a bit shady, and basically, it was time to bounce. After an exhaustive Google search (guys, I went to page two), I found a new gym that was closer to home and still in my price range. The best part? My new place offers a huge variety of classes, including two of my new favorites – Pound and Werq.
Werq is a cardio dance workout that’s choreographed around current pop and hip-hop songs. While you might do more toning exercises in a regular cardio dance class (squats, lunges, burpees, etc) this one is definitely more dance and choreography focused. But trust me, get ready to sweat because there’s a ton of cardio packed into every class. One of my biggest fears was that I wouldn’t be getting as good of a workout. But seeing how sore my arms and legs were in the following days, I knew I didn’t have to worry.
This workout also focuses on heart rate intervals. Similar to a HIIT class, the instructor alternates between songs that will get your heart pumping and others that will give your heart rate a recovery period.
Pound, on the other hand, is on its own level. Each participant gets their own specially made drumsticks and you essentially spend the class drumming. Combining cardio, conditioning, and strength training, this class is really fun but no joke. Your base pose is a squat position, if that should tell you anything.
Since this is a unique class, I thought maybe it would be better to show you guys so I found this YouTube video that goes through a routine. As you can see there’s a ton of legwork involved. And get ready to work that booty.
They break up the class with toning sections as well. So they’ll do a couple of high cardio songs followed by an ab section, back to cardio, and then end with a lower body workout.
One of my favorite parts of both classes is that they’re just a lot of fun. Every single time there’s always a lot of laughing and singing along. This excitement adds an energy that keeps you pushing throughout the entire 60 minutes. As an added bonus, it’s always nice knowing that you’re not going through this alone. If you have a Pound or Werq class near you, I highly recommend. They’re both some of my favorite workouts and I feel like I can take on the world when finished.
What’s your favorite form of exercise? Have your tried Pound or Werq before?