A rule of drum

Popularity of cardio drumming is booming in Grand Blanc Township


Students get a full-body workout in the cardio drumming class through the Grand Blanc Township Parks and Recreation program at Bicentennial Park. Photo by Lania Rocha

Students get a full-body workout in the cardio drumming class through the Grand Blanc Township Parks and Recreation program at Bicentennial Park. Photo by Lania Rocha

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Cardio drumming is a fitness regimen that’s been sweeping the nation and, in Grand Blanc Township, it has become the most popular program in the Parks and Recreation lineup this year.

“It’s a total stress reliever,” said instructor Kylie Gates – Barrett. “And, it’s a lot of fun. We do a lot of marching, walking, running, jumping jacks, we mix up the different songs and movements each week.”

Cardio drumming combines dance, drumming and fitness, using drumsticks and exercise balls stabilized in large plastic bins.

Gates – Barrett began offering classes through parks and rec in October, and they’ve been filled up ever since.

“There was nothing offered in this area, so I decided to start my own,” she said. “It’s just another format, it’s been going on for years and years; it just wasn’t super popular yet.”

Gates – Barrett, a fitness instructor, choreographs all of the routines.

For students like Sue Reynolds of Linden, the program has been beneficial in pushing her toward her goal of better health and toning through her weight loss journey. Reynolds has lost 122 pounds since August 2019.

“Cardio drumming kept me on my path,” Reynolds said. “When I first started, I could hardly breathe. I could hardly move my legs.”

Cardio drumming should not be a “comparison thing,” Gates – Barrett said. She urges her students not to pay attention to what the others are doing and, instead, focus on their own progress.

For Reynolds, it is the highlight of her week.

“It keeps me going, it really does,” she said. “I go right after work and it gets rid of the frustration. The stress melts away. Not to mention, it sounds really cool.”

Gates – Barrett’s fall classes filled up quickly, but cardio drumming is catching on fast in the area, so a quick Google search is likely to turn up additional opportunities.

For those wishing to follow Gates – Barrett’s program, there is a Facebook page, Cardio Drumming with Kylie.