Yesterday, I told you all about my Pound workout—the new drumming fitness class sweeping gyms across the nation, but what I didn’t get a chance to tell you about was what happened in the days after the Pound workout. Those are worth a story, too!
So here’s the deal: I’m tall and not that flexible. Combine those two traits with the dynamics of a class that focuses on being low enough to the ground to smack the sticks hard and make a thwacking sound, and you’ve got a painful cocktail.
I had no idea bending over so you can hit sticks can be so dangerous. Instead of keeping my core locked, my back straight and squatting lower to the ground, I’d just bend over and hit the floor…I hit the floor for a whole hour. I had no idea what was in store for me. At the end of the class I was fine. I was hopping around, bouncing off the walls, exclaiming how fun the class was. No pain in sight.
Then I woke up the next morning and couldn’t move at all. When I mean “at all,” I’m not exaggerating. The slightest movement would reduce me to tears. I swear I thought I had broken my back. I had never experienced hell quite like that before. It took five days for that pain to go away. I could barely get up my stairs, so all workouts were out of the question. I was a mess. Now I can empathize properly when someone has a back issue they’re working through. It takes real cojones to truck through something like that.
People ask me if I’d ever try a Pound workout again after being out of commission for that long. I say, “Hellz yeah!” It was totally my fault for the pain. Sometimes you can’t look (and sound) like the perfect Workout Wanda. Sometimes you have to just be kind to your body and air drum like you’ve never air drummed before. Next time, you better believe I’ll be modifying some moves and paying extra attention to my form.
Have you ever pushed it too hard too fast in a workout? Had back pain like this before? Tell me I’m not alone here! —Tish
What about you? Have you ever been so sore after a class you couldn’t get out of bed? Did you push through the pain or take a week (or two?) —Tish