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New fitness trends to try on Long Island

Susan Rupp, 42, of Merrick, leaps into the

Susan Rupp, 42, of Merrick, leaps into the air during a Pound class at Goshinkan Dojo in Merrick. The trendy workout routine is an aerobic exercise centered on beating brightly colored Ripstix to the beat of music. (Oct. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

You can beat an imaginary drum, box-and-stretch your way into shape -- or just jump around. These are some of the newest national fitness trends hitting Long Island gyms and centers.

"We go, go, go and we leave in a pool of sweat," says fitness instructor Shannon Palagiano, one of the few local trainers certified in Pound, in which participants use drumsticks during an aerobic exercise routine.

Then there's Piloxing, an offbeat combination of moves familiar to many from boxing and Pilates.

And at least two places on Long Island offer trampoline aerobics classes. "You can literally jump off walls," says Tyrome Wilkins, an instructor at Air Trampoline in Ronkonkoma.


Forget what you know about Pilates, or boxing for that matter. Piloxing is a highly aerobic, 45-minute workout designed to build the core.

Last week's class at Retro Fitness in Carle Place was set to blaring pop tunes by artists ranging from Maroon 5 to Alicia Keys. The workout calls for coordinated punches in the air timed with standing leg lifts, and, later, Pilates on the mat.

"We really focus on alignment," says instructor Karen Baglio. "It's a mind-body thing."

It was a first for Marika Delikanlis, 35, of Williston Park, who gave birth two months ago. "It was very energetic," says Delikanlis. "It was a nice mix of stretch but at the same time cardio."

INFO $5 a class at Retro Fitness, 375 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-493-9885. Other locations and more details at


It's quite a racket when a dozen people beat the floor with drumsticks. That's the scene at a recent Pound class taught by trainer Palagiano, of Merrick.

The workout centers on the use of weighted Ripstix that you drum to the beat of the music. For that reason, songs are specifically chosen for their beats -- making for some eclectic selections. Students drum high and low in genres of music from heavy metal (Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name") to light pop (Lorde's "Royals").

Super-high energy is needed to keep those sticks in the air before slamming them down on the ground. Interval training -- slow to fast and back to slow -- is all timed to the music.

"It's such an all-body workout," says Maria Ponzio, 44, of Merrick. "It's the rhythm."

INFO $10 a class, 516-851-2292, More info and other locations at


The low-impact thrill of bouncing on a trampoline belies the calories it burns, which instructors say can be up to 1,000 an hour. Even if it's fewer, there is no doubt your pounding heart will help you burn off some fat. And it's fun.

Two newly opened trampoline centers offer not just open jumping, but bona fide classes that include jumping jacks, push-ups (on the trampoline!), and jumps into foam pits where you have to "swim" your way out.

"I've been training for 15 years, and it is so different from a regular workout," says trainer Wilkins, who leads classes of 16 to 60 people at Air Trampoline Sports. "Your muscle groups engage more."

The lesser impact makes it easier on the body than other workout routines, he says. That was Joanne O'Brien's experience at a recent class.

"I will definitely go back," says the 55-year-old from Ronkonkoma. She hasn't exercised regularly, she says, because of back and neck problems, but found it more comfortable to jump on the trampoline. "It's like being a kid again," O'Brien says.

INFO $12 a class at Air Trampoline Sports, 850 Lakeland Ave., Ronkonkoma,, 631-619-6000; or $15 at Bounce, 310 Michael Dr., Syosset,, 516-762-1300

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