While the song “YMCA” pumped through the aerobics room at the Solon Community Center last week, a group of senior citizens had drum sticks in hand tapping to the beat.
Cardio drumming, a new offering that burns calories and improves coordination, has drawn more than 20 participants each week since beginning last month.
“Participants report that one of the best parts is that it is just plain fun,” Senior Center Director Jill Frankel said.
That is the case for Solon senior Gloria Kormos, 72, who first saw a similar class while visiting Florida with husband Ray.
“I saw this Cardio drumming class was offered, and I wanted to know what it was all about,” she recalled. She observed the class and “it was amazing.”
All that is needed is a bucket, an exercise ball and a pair of sticks.
“It is really cool,” Mrs. Kormos said of the class, adding that she wanted to bring it back to Solon.
“It’s one of the best cardio workouts I have ever done.”
Each Wednesday, a group of about 25 gather at 11 a.m. in the aerobics room of the community center.
Last week, the group moved to a variety of songs while in a standing position, with the ball at tummy level.
“It’s like Jazzercise, but instead you beat on a ball and move to the music,” Ms. Kormos said.
Participants stand during the class, but those with any issues with their back can sit.
“I think it is so good to keep your heart healthy and the blood flowing,” Ms. Kormos said. “The exercise is basically waist up.
“It’s fun and it’s good for you,” she added. “It’s such a good work out.”
Ms. Frankel said cardio drumming has been shown to raise heart rate and the ability to focus as well as strengthen muscle groups, including core.
The “fun factor” adds to the benefit, she noted.
“This is important because studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy, they’re more likely to stick with their routine.”
“The response has been so positive,” Activity Coordinator Adeline A. Minadeo added.
Cardio drumming combines dance, rhythm for fun and a high-energy work out, she added.
It’s a mix of drumline and modern dance, she said.
“This is really something that is going to catch on,” Ms. Kormos added.