Rock out at POUND classes in Antrim on Wednesdays

  • POUND instructor Lisa Dawes guides her class through a workout.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Sonya Leavitt crosses her Ripstix during a recent POUND workout in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Danielle Laporte works out during a recent POUND class in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Claudette Morency lifts her leg during a recent POUND workout in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • POUND instructor Lisa Dawes guides her class through a workout during a recent class in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Claudette Morency works out during a recent POUND class in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • POUND instructor Lisa Dawes guides Leah Belanger through one of the POUND workouts during a recent class in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Liz Brett, front, and Heather Anderson follow along during a recent POUND workout in Antrim.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Almost 20 people attended a recent POUND workout class at the Antrim town gym. The full-body workout utilizes special drumsticks and combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/4/2019 3:51:04 PM

Every Wednesday night, a group of over a dozen women gather in the Antrim town gym to unleash their inner rockstars.

Drumsticks may be a vital part of this mid-week gathering, but there are no drum kits: instead the sticks are used for a special workout known as POUND. 

“It’s a complete release, a stress relief. Women come and they feel safe and they just let all of their aggressions go – it’s just a fun experience,” said instructor Lisa Dawes, who has been offering POUND in Antrim and Hillsborough since November. 

POUND is a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements to burn fat, relieve stress, strengthen and sculpt muscles, and more. 

Participants drum along to popular songs from a wide range of music genres to set routines using special weighted plastic drumsticks known as Ripstix.

“The beauty of POUND is you can’t really mess it up, you have your Ripstix and you are going all over the place,” Dawes said.

Dawes said POUND classes are designed for people of all ages, genders, and ability levels, as each workout is easily modifiable. 

“I like POUND a little bit more than Zumba because you can choose music everyone relates to – everyone knows who AC/DC is, everyone knows who No Doubt is,” said Dawes, who also teaches Zumba in Antrim and Hillsborough. “The music is a little more relatable with my students and with POUND, it feels like a little rock concert.”

Fran Wozniak of Lyndeborough has been taking Dawes’ classes for about two years now and immediately jumped at the chance to try POUND.

“I had never heard of it before and it seemed kind of strange,” Wozniak said. “ I love working out and Lisa’s classes are very inspiring and enthusiastic. She’s really good at what she does. I’ll go out of my way to try something if I like the instructor.”

Wozniak said she gets a lot of leg exercise from the POUND workout, because there are a lot of moments when you pound one of the Ripstix on the ground. 

“You feel exhilarated,” Wozniak said. “I really enjoy it. It’s a different way to exercise. It’s not like going to a gym and working out. On top of exercise, it’s fun. The music and the girls are great.”

Shannon Kelley of Hillsborough said she was very nervous when she started taking Dawes’ POUND class, but quickly fell in love.

“You definitely feel like a rockstar, you get lost” Kelley said. “It’s a nice way to step away from you regular life. It makes you feel good and gets you motivated.”

Kelley said she was sore for a few days after taking her first class, but she continues to come back due to Dawes’ tutelage and the welcoming nature of the class.

“You don’t ever feel pressured to go as high as the girl next to you,” Kelley said. “You can take it slow, or take it up a few notches. I never leave with low self-esteem. It’s definitely good for morale.”

The Antrim class runs every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Antrim town gym. Classes are $5 each. For more information email lisakaydawes@gmail.com.


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