Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Try It: Y-Kettle Bell Interval Circuit at the YMCA

Those of you who follow me on Daily Mile, know that lately, I've been all about playing with kettle bells. So naturally, one of my new favorite classes at the YMCA is Y-Kettle Bell Interval Circuit!

Since joining the YMCA in January, I've liked every class I've tried but this one has proven to be the perfect complement to my running. I'm not the strongest girl but I can tell I'm improving since taking this class.

Here's a description of the class, taken from the YMCA website: A faster paced kettle bell basics class that includes cardio intervals to maximize the class time. 

Translation: You will work your tail off and be surrounded by a pool of sweat by the end of the 30 minutes! 

In all seriousness, the class goes by extremely fast. Participants set up before class begins, usually taking a lighter kettlebell and a heavier kettlebell. The warmup lasts just a few minutes and then it's right into the workout, which may include kettle bell swings, clean & presses, pushups on the kettle bell, burpees, various plyo, etc. There is a ton of variety and that's what keeps it interesting - you never know what you're going to do next! 

Instructors can make or break the class and at the Downtown YMCA location, the instructors, Lonnie and Mike, are great!  I love their enthusiasm, plus, they will push you to  get to the next level. For example, there have been times when I've tried to get away with using lighter kettle bells but those have been taken away and replaced with heavier ones. I might struggle during the workout, but I'm always glad I ended up using heavier weights when its over. 

Also, being a somewhat uncoordinated girl, it's great having instructors who can help me with my form. I've been corrected plenty of times, which is great because I definitely would not want to keep doing the various exercises incorrectly. 

I definitely recommend this class to anyone looking to improve their fitness - both endurance and strength. If you live in the MKE area, a new session is starting soon so make sure you sign up for Y-Kettle Bell Interval Circuit. Great results in just 30 minutes a week!

Tell me: Do you use kettle bells in your weekly workout? If so, what is your favorite way to use the equipment?

- ST


  1. I am in the same uncoordinated boat as you, which is why I would definitely need an instructor if I were to use kettle bells. Good thing we're runners, not that that's to say I haven't had my share of spills while running...:)

    1. Yeah, the most uncoordinated of us are able to take a spill or fall even when doing a sport like running :) Fingers crossed we are both able to stay on our feet this year!