Ep. 158: How to BECOME the music for a rock star full-body workout; with Kirsten Potenza

Photo courtesy of POUND

Photo courtesy of POUND

Unleash your inner rockstar and transform your fitness routine with POUND! Join us as Kirsten Potenza, the visionary CEO behind this explosive workout, reveals how drumming and movement can ignite your passion for fitness. Get ready to experience the rhythm, release stress, and discover the empowering world of POUND.


My guest today is Kirsten Potenza. Kirsten is the CEO and a founder of POUND, a workout that fuses movement and making music. Kirsten has appeared on shows including Live with Kelly, The View, and The Steve Harvey Show; and has been featured in an Adidas campaign and NIKE’s list of LA influencers.


We discuss:

  • This paragraph from the POUND website (About section) caught my attention: “Channel your inner rockstar with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.”
  • How Kirsten realized that drumming and exercise could be one and the same.
  • Kirsten’s history of playing team sports, and how her relationship with exercise changed after college when she was no longer playing team sports.
  • What makes POUND a unique fitness experience?
  • POUND’s holistic approach to wellness.
  • POUND is designed for all fitness levels, ages, and abilities.
  • POUND is currently taught by over 25,000 instructors in 100+ countries to hundreds of thousands of participants a week.
  • The benefits of “channeling your inner rockstar” and “becoming the music” through a POUND workout.
  • How does drumming affect stress, the brain, energy, physiological health, and mental health?
  • The relation of rhythm and literacy/dyslexia
  • Kirsten’s podcast, The Big Green Couch.

Connect/Other Resources

Other episodes we mentioned or that you may enjoy:

In-Episode Promo

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Kirsten shares about the friend whose idea sparked POUND, as well as how parenthood has impacted her perspective on music’s relationship to the human experience.

Closing Words

Thank you so much to Kirsten for joining us today and for all she does to enhance lives holistically through music, rhythm, and movement! You can find a POUND class in your area at poundfit.com. There’s a link in in the show notes, as well as a link to Kirsten’s podcast, The Big Green Couch podcast.

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Thank you so much for joining me today. Until next time, may your life be enhanced with music.

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