For the very few of you who have found your way to my little blog and somehow don't know about this amazing workout that I teach called POUND, thank you for making it here!
Cristina and I danced together in good ol' Tucson, AZ, performing with our hip hop group, Cat Crew, dancing all over campus at a variety of events and games. I've had the privilege of watching her and Kirsten's POUND baby grow into the amazing empire that it is today. When the girls introduced the workout to the NYC market, I knew I wanted to be on board, but I hadn't taught a class in almost ten years and I was nervous about getting back into it, both because it had been so long and also because I wasn't sure if teaching was the path I wanted to drift back onto. During my last year in Arizona, I had the incredible privilege of teaching at Canyon Ranch, a health and fitness resort in Tucson. Then, I moved here to pursue my dream of acting and ended up falling into the restaurant business where I've been ever since.
When I took my first POUND class as part of the training, it was love at first hit. It was an immense cathartic release to get to smack these bright green Ripstix™ in the air, on the ground, and all over the place along to superb music. The next day, I was sooohh-my-god sore. I thought there was no way I was going to get through the next day of training! That's when I knew. I had so much fun, loved every minute of it, and I was so sore. That is exactly what a good class or workout should be. Something you enjoy so much that you have no idea how hard you're working and how toned you're getting. (FYI, teaching POUND once a week plus a yoga class here and there were all I needed to get in shape for my wedding, just saying'.)
That training was three years ago, almost to the date. It's been an incredible journey from that moment to today, one that I will have to share another day. Throughout that time, POUND has been my constant, creating an environment for me to connect with others, to give them that great cathartic workout that I felt that first time and still feel every time, and to become a confident and empowering teacher. That moment when you see a new student "get it", going from single taps, to doubles, to double time, and their eyes light up and brighten is something that I will never get enough of. Not only have Cristina and Kirsten created the POUND workout itself, they also: a) continue to create for us POUND Pros so our material is fresh and fun, b) made a community and platform for us instructors around the world to connect to each other, c) have a lifestyle blog with tips and tricks for tweaking your favorite recipes, awesome playlists, and tons of other delights. Speaking of their blog, ahem, they've done a feature on me as a POUND Pro. I squealed with delight when I saw this, which was a surprise for me as well, and to feel the love from my student and fellow instructors was just...incredible, heart-warming, and precisely what I needed. THANK YOU for the LOVE and for all the marvelous times we've had together thus far! Until we meet again!