Abigail Ryskey1, John P. Porcari1, Kimberley Radtke1, Susan Bramwell1, Teresa E. Lee2, Carl Foster1. The Energy Expenditure and Relative Exercise Intensity of Pound®. 1Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA. 2 Winona State University, Winona, MN, USA.


Introduction: Recently, drumming-based workouts have become increasing popular. These workouts combine traditional drumming movements with a variety of other exercises to create a total body workout. To date, there is limited research evaluating the exercise intensity of these types of programs. Purpose: To determine the relative exercise intensity and energy expenditure of Pound®, a commercially available drumming-based exercise program. Methods: Six male (age 22.8+1.72 years) and 16 female (age 20.8+2.17 years) subjects performed a graded exercise test on a treadmill. After habituation, subjects also performed a 38-minute Pound® cardio-jam session. Heart rate and VO2 were monitored every minute throughout the workout and perceived exertion was recorded approximately every 4 minutes throughout the session using the Borg 6-20 RPE scale. Results: It was found that subjects exercised at an average of 72+6.6% of HRmax, 41+6.2% of VO2max, and an RPE of 12.7+1.9 during the Pound workout. Average energy expenditure was 238+44.4 kcal/session (males = 281±41.4; females = 222±34.4). Conclusion: Overall the Pound® cardio-jam session resulted in a moderate-intensity workout that can provide a feasible option for individuals looking for alternatives to traditional aerobic training programs.