Video: The new exercise crazes hitting Cork

Banging drumsticks and bopping about in springy shoes like a kid on a trampoline are just two of the new fitness crazes in Cork, EMMA CONNOLLY finds out more
Video: The new exercise crazes hitting Cork
IN ACTION: Primary school teachers/ fitness instructors; Chloe Sheehan and Aine Maye, who are behind 'Cork Rebel Ripstix' and Pound.

BEATING the drum for a new and exhilarating cardio work-out are two Cork primary school teachers.

Aine Maye and Chloe Sheehan are the powerhouses behind ‘Pound’, which is a cardio-based drumming workout running in Kinsale, Fermoy, Ballincollig and Mitchelstown.

Class-goers get to enjoy the physical benefits of the work-out as well as the novelty factor and endorphin high of banging drumsticks for 45 minutes!

A CLASS ACT: Primary school teachers/ fitness instructors Chloe Sheehan and Aine Maye run ‘Cork Rebel Ripstix’ and Pound in Kinsale, Fermoy, Ballincollig and Mitchelstown.
A CLASS ACT: Primary school teachers/ fitness instructors Chloe Sheehan and Aine Maye run ‘Cork Rebel Ripstix’ and Pound in Kinsale, Fermoy, Ballincollig and Mitchelstown.

Aine is from Fermoy and teaches in Scoil Muire, Ballyhooly, and Chloe is from Kinsale and teaches in Rochestown Educate Together.

The pair became friends while in college, and say that “instead of listening to music, you become the music in a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Class goers use Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising,” they explain.

“Designed for all fitness levels, Pound provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energised, toning up and rockin’ out! The worko-ut is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.”

Primary school teachers/ fitness instructors; Chloe Sheehan and Aine Maye are the power house behind 'Cork Rebel Ripstix' and Pound, pictured at the Ballincollig studio. Pic; Larry Cummins
Primary school teachers/ fitness instructors; Chloe Sheehan and Aine Maye are the power house behind 'Cork Rebel Ripstix' and Pound, pictured at the Ballincollig studio. Pic; Larry Cummins

They brought Pound to Cork last April, the first time the class was available outside Dublin.

“We heard about Poundfit (that is the brand name of the excercise class) first at Wellfest in Dublin in May 2017.

The Poundfit demonstration was given by Carla Roberts of Dublin, who was the first and only Poundfit instructor in Ireland at the time. We both absolutely loved the work-out at Wellfest and were keen fitness, health and well-being enthusiasts anyway, and so we decided to train as Pound Pros (instructors) in Newcastle, England, last February.

“We both had an interest in working out/gymming/going to fitness classes and yoga but had both also done dance at a young age, and Pound seemed like the perfect fitness class to combine all the things we love, to absolutely awesome music!

LOVING POUND: Chloe and Aine teaching the class at Ballincollig. Picture: Larry Cummins
LOVING POUND: Chloe and Aine teaching the class at Ballincollig. Picture: Larry Cummins

“The endorphin high, the feelgood effect and sweaty heads post-pound class were too amazing for the people of Cork to miss out on, and that’s why we wanted to be the first to bring it to the Rebel County,” they said.

To anyone who is thinking of trying a Pound class, the girls say to ‘give it a go’.

“Classes cater for all abilities and everyone leaves with a massive smile and a booking made for the following week.

“It is a fantastic, fun way to get back into fitness or to step up your cardio, coordination and rhythm for regular fitness fanatics.

“We love having new people join our class, all inhibitions are left at the door and the 45 minutes of loud music and banging Ripstix flies by!”

Classes are:

Monday 8pm - Fermoy Community Centre Tuesday 7pm - St Multose Hall, Kinsale Wednesday 8pm - FITz Fitness, Ballincollig Thursday 6.30pm - B2A Mitchelstown

Find them on social media: Facebook and Instagram @corkrebelripstix

Email corkrebelripstix@gmail.com

FULL BODY WORK-OUT: Katrina Makarova with the Kangoo exercise shoes. She delivers classes in Mahon Point Shopping Centre.
FULL BODY WORK-OUT: Katrina Makarova with the Kangoo exercise shoes. She delivers classes in Mahon Point Shopping Centre.

KANGOO JUMP CLASSES

EXPERTS agree that fun is crucial when it comes to sticking with any form of exercise.

And what could be more fun than wearing springy runners and bopping about the place like a kid on a trampoline?

That pretty much summarises Kangoo jump classes, which take place every Tuesday evening in MahonPoint shopping centre, and which, due to popularity, look set to expand to other venues in Cork.

Kangoo Jumps, are essentially rebound shoes and, Katrina Makarova, who gives the classes, says they are designed to provide all the requirements for a full body work-out.

The jumps are a Swiss-designed product which she says are easy to use for anybody, any age (from six upwards), anywhere, anytime and for any fitness level.

Based in Waterford, she started the introductory classes (for teens upwards) last October in MahonPoint and said they’ve attracted a diverse range of people.

They might look a little tricky, but she says you’ll feel comfortable and safe after only a few minutes wearing them.

“They are very stable and can be used for running, aerobics, dancercise — for all types of exercise.”

JUMPING TO IT: Kangoo Exercise classes, which are currently running in Mahon Point every Tuesday, but there are plans to expand.
JUMPING TO IT: Kangoo Exercise classes, which are currently running in Mahon Point every Tuesday, but there are plans to expand.

Her classes are a full body work-out (resistance and weight training), designed to increase in intensity each time; and she says the Jumps alleviate two major issues people have with physical training — boredom and safety.

The health benefits are extensive, she says, from working out in the Jumps.

“You burn 25 to 50% more calories than cardio in regular sneakers because you’re fighting gravity and using your core to stabilise as you rebound off the ground,” Katrina explains.

“The shoes also absorb 80% of the shock, making it a perfect activity for those overcoming an injury or want to give their joints a break from the usual wear and tear of the sport.

“Plus, it’s a great way to improve your endurance.”

She said they are also effective for people who want to exercise after an injury or surgery, as they protect against over training.

A pair of Kangoo Jumps Boots usually start around €199 to purchase, but they are included in the price of a class, which is €10 and pay-as-you-go.

Katrina, who is originally from Latvia and has been in Ireland for 13 years, has a dance and fitness background.

She shortly hopes to have classes in Midleton and then elsewhere as she trains up more instructors.

“It’s just a great, fun and safe alternative to the gym to get fit,” she said.

Kangoo Jump classes take place at Mahon Point Shopping Centre every Tuesday from 7.30pm-8.30pm and 8.30pm-9.30pm.

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