Fitness craze 'Drums Alive' soon to hit PH

Posted at 09/12/11 5:26 PM

Drums Alive combines aerobics, exercise balls and drumsticks.

MANILA, Philippines - A new fitness program that involves the use of balls and drumsticks is set to be available in the country next month.

"Drums Alive," developed by Carrie Ekins of Germany in 2002, promises to create a "holistic workout experience" by keeping both the body and mind active. Here, participants beat a "drum" (which is actually an exercise ball placed on a riser) with a pair of drumsticks to the tune of lively music.

The program has developed a following in several parts of the world. Jacqueline Wong, Asia's master trainer for Drums Alive, said the activity is "perfect for Filipinos" because "it does not feel like a workout at all."

"Participants do not get tired easily because they're enjoying being mentally, physically and emotionally engaged. They can even bring their families and friends to join them in the fun, making it a social experience, too," she said.

Wong recently visited the Philippines to train the country's fitness experts on the new workout. Drums Alive will be available in all Fitness First clubs nationwide starting next month.

"We hope this workout wins over more Filipinos toward adapting healthy lifestyles," said Fitness First country manager Mark Ellis.

Citing research, Fitness First said the synchronization of the brain's right and left hemispheres through drumming helps ease stress, improve concentration and enhance sensory and motor coordination.