A few weeks ago, I was invited to come check out the Reston Town Center and the Reston Fit Club. The Town Center has partnered with Athleta and they are offering a variety of free fitness classes every Sunday morning from 11:00AM-12:00PM under an outdoor pavilion through the end of October. I was pretty excited because I love to try new fun classes and this seemed like a great opportunity. Reston is about 45 minutes from my house on Capitol Hill in DC, so I decided to just make a morning of it. I invited my friend Mar to join me for a class, some lunch and some shopping. I’d never been to the Reston Town Center before and the words “free parking” made this DC gal smile (there is pretty much no free parking in DC).
There was a POUND class on tap for Sunday and so after I arrived, I was hooked up with a yoga mat and got set up. I loved the open pavilion – what a great space for workouts. I learned that the pavilion turns into an ice skating rink in the winter – that’s so fun! A lot of you are probably wondering what the heck a POUND class is – I know I was. Here’s the scoop:
POUND is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 400 and 900+ calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your favorite music!
Through continual upper body motion using our lightly weighted drumsticks, called Ripstix®, you’ll turn into a calorie-torching drummer, POUNDing off pounds as each song flies by. Rock, rap, dubstep, pop and old school music fuse to create the POUNDtrack series, which is hand-selected by music enthusiasts, drummers and POUND founders Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom.
Okay, then. This wasn’t exactly yoga! It was up beat fun and I loved it.
Our instructor was super energetic and it was just a lot of fun. Part of the fun was all the passerby shoppers who kept snapping pics of the crazy ladies dancing with green sticks. Such fun!
After that major sweat fest, Mar and I decided to explore the Town Center. We grabbed lunch (side note: there are TONS of great restaurants here! I will be back for Mon Ami Gabi for sure!) and then wandered in and out of stores. Best thing about the suburbs: the shopping! Williams & Sonoma, Athleta, Paper Source and more! We actually ended up spending quite a bit of time wandering from store to store. I hadn’t been shopping in awhile (and didn’t buy much) so the window shopping was really fun!
All in all, I had such a fun day out in Reston. While it’s a bit of a hike for this DC gal, I will definitely be back. If you are local, I encourage you to check out both the Town Center and the Fit Club. Here’s the September/ October schedule of classes:
September 6 – Jumping Fitness with StudioPinkFit
September 13 – POUND with StudioPinkFit
October 4 – Yoga with Beloved Yoga
October 18 – Pink Party Zumbathon with Sport and Health
October 25 – Self Defense for kids
I would recommend you make an afternoon of it! Head to a free Fit Club class and then grab lunch and do some shopping. That’s what we did and it was a really nice day!
Have you ever tried a POUND class? Did you love it as much as I did?
note: I was given a free yoga mat, and a couple of gift cards to the Town Center in exchange for trying the Fit Club but did not receive any other compensation. All thoughts and opinions are mine!