Want to burn 900 calories? Try this fitness class in Atlanta

Whether sitting at a red light or unloading the dishwasher, we've all been guilty of mimicking an intense drum solo at our imaginary concert. But what if you could put all of that energy into a killer workout? With POUND, one the hottest fitness classes around, you can. 

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The full-body workout is just as it sounds. Participants of all ages exercise to driving music beats while pounding on the floors with weighted, plastic drumsticks a.k.a. Ripstix. It's loud, it's fun and anything but dull. And best of all, you can choose whatever level of intensity you can handle. Incredibly, it's possible to burn a whopping 900 calories in a one-hour class.

It combines pilates, yoga and plyometrics, working "everything from your shoulders all the way down," Kirsten Rickers, group fitness manager at Women's Premier Fitness in Marietta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Better yet, you'll be so distracted by your drumming, you won't even notice completing up to 15,000 reps and 70 techniques.

As if the physical results weren't enough, POUND workouts offer mental benefits as well. According to the official website, numerous studies have proven that the rhythm of drumming permeates the brain, improving focus, increasing higher-level thinking and decision-making skills and lowering anxiety and fatigue.

Ready to become a rockstar? Release the budding drummer hiding inside of you with these POUND classes offered right here in metro Atlanta:

Women's Premier Fitness

4961 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-565-5450. www.womenspremierfitness.com

Mondays @ 10:45 a.m., Tuesdays @ 5:30 p.m. and Fridays @ 10:45 a.m.

Get Fit and Dance

145 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee. 770-598-0520. www.getfitanddance.com/fitness

Saturdays @ 1 p.m.

Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio

4800 Briar Cliff Road NE, Atlanta. 770-797-5356. www.cosmicenergyfitness.com

Thursdays @ 6 p.m.

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