By Alicia Dziak

One of the hottest new fitness trends is coming to Ellicottville when Core Performance hosts an all-new Pound class.

If you’re one of the millions of people who caught the first season of This is Us, you probably caught a glimpse of what it is when Kate went away to a retreat and pounded her way to an emotional breakthrough. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s OK too—just read on.

Pound is a cardio workout using weighted drum sticks, where you sit on, stand by and move around a yoga mat, pounding the sticks on the floor, over your head and at every point in between to the rhythm of a variety of music. The workout entails different movements using mostly your arms and legs.

Instructor April Woolley, a teacher in the Pioneer school district, has been offering the class in Colden, and is now bringing the high-energy and just plain fun workouts to Ellicottville. Speaking from experience, the workout can be tailored to all levels. I’m definitely a beginner, and I’ve been attending April’s classes with my 12-year-old daughter. From the get-go, both of us felt at ease. So we miss a beat or two or 100 with our sticks—no one cares. Participants are encouraged to just do the best they can. No judgment.

While the first class offered on March 3 filled up quickly, a second class will be offered on Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 and space is limited so don’t wait to sign up. Call or text Kim at (716) 698-1198 to reserve your spot.

Core Performance owner Kim Duke said, “We want this to be a regularly scheduled class but we also wanted to present it first to see if it would be something folks were interested in.” Stay tuned to the Core Performance Facebook page as more dates become available and get ready to rock this fitness thing!