Healing From the Pound Pain

Pound. Rockit. Workout. Drumming class, drumsticks

I didn’t use these after my workout, but I could have. Credit By: Chadh

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

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  1. Julie says:

    I’ve never quite worked out that hard where I couldn’t move, but I did overdo it on my calf muscles one time (newbie to working out, pushed myself to hard in front of the gym instructor) and I couldn’t walk normal for a couple of days…was nearly crawling.
    But recently I injured my back lifting a heavy tv. Like you, I felt fine afterwards and the next day my back was sore and uncomfortable at work. But the NEXT day I woke up and couldn’t move. It was scary. I had to go to emerge for pain killers and muscle relaxers and took about 5 days off work because I really couldn’t move. I also ended up getting registered massage and heat therapy and after that it was completely gone. My back was just a bit weak and I had to rebuild that strength. So I totally get where you are coming from…back injuries are pure hell!

  2. Cindy says:

    I can releate to this story. I once got stuck in the down position lifting furniture. It was a close call but luckily I was wearing loose clothes and I didn’t have to ask my brother to undress me.
    The next time I did it was when I tried squats and lunges a little too enthusiastically. Never over do on squats those muscles are need in the bathroom! Thats all I’m saying about it. The rest of the story I am taking to my grave!

  3. Renee says:

    Well you know how I felt the next day…or four. On the scale of pros and cons, that was really the only con. It’s very hard to pay so much attention to keep up with the moves the leaders are leading AND focus on form. I spent the whole hour figuring out how to mimic the leader, and just getting the motion in time for her to switch to a new motion. In doing so, I had no idea how much I was working out, or how fast time was going by – great! But also in doing so, I put no focus on form, bent over way too much, and was stiff and sore for days. I too would do it all again, but try my all to care less about getting all the drum moves correct, and more about keeping good form.

  4. Tish says:

    @Renee hallelujah sister!!!