If you remember from my last post, I wanted to try a new type of fitness class...the kettlebell. Did you know that you can burn up to 20 calories per minute using kettlebells? There is a new organization called Bell's Kettlebells that came to my area in November but that I haven't had the chance to try.
As I'm still nursing bad shin splints, I decided not to run but to try a class instead. I arrived a bit early and watched the Kettlebell Sport practice. Kettlebell Sport is the competitive group of kettlebell users. It's a fairly new sport with 5 in NS, 13 in NB, and 2 in PEI. These same folks stayed for the Kettlebell Fitness class as well. The instructor (Tim) set up 12 stations, 6 of which were kettlebell related!
After a quick warm up (static stretching = not good) we began. We had: Windmills, Figure 8, 2 Handed Swing, Snatch, Clean & Press, and Single Leg Deadlift.
|I used the pink KB...measuring 8kg.|
The next 3 stations involved the TRX. We had alternating pistol squats, alternating reverse lunge, and rip trainer lat pull.
The final 3 stations consisted of the heavy battle ropes alternating slams, lebert bars tricep dips, and finally, 2 feet run in the octagon shaped ladders.
|You did a tricep dip in each one, then turned around|
and came back through.
We did 30 seconds at each station, 4 rounds with NO breaks. Yes...you read that right. No breaks! As with my bootcamps, you worked at your own pace, if you needed a break, you stepped away, grabbed you breath...took a drink...and then jumped back in.
I'll be completely honest...I was ready to be done after the first 2 rounds. LOL. Swings, then snatches, then clean and presses use a lot of energy. Then I'd grab a bit of my breath on the TRX, but use it on the ropes and ladder.
Tim was great at making sure I was doing the kettlebell exercises properly...he was giving me pointers continuously. We chatted about what the class was like on Tuesday nights....he said it was more kettlebell heavy. A couple of ladies took me under their wing as well and I really appreciate them welcoming me to the class. At the end, Tim left us to stretch on our own. We grabbed a stick and did all these shoulder stretches with it...I won't lie...some took a moment or two to coordinate. LOL
You know what I loved the most? Looking down at my hands and seeing these....
|My gymnast friends will understand.|
So there you have it....I've checked one of my goals off my August to-do list!!!
Any one else have experience with kettlebells??