Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My First Kettlebell Class

Back in the fall, I started talking to Amanda from Sistas of Strength.  She was a local FitFluential girl, new mom, and she and her husband were getting ready to open a kettlebell studio.  Amanda grew up in the town next to where I now live and was opening her studio about 15 minutes away from my house.  I was excited to hear about the studio because I really wanted to learn more about kettlebell and what better way than from someone I was already familiar with.

Skill of Strength opened up last month and I have been staring at the classes online.  I wanted to take one, but I was really anxious about trying it out and looking stupid.  I find myself a good runner, but I am far from an all-around athlete.  I have so much I can learn and have put it off for so long.

While speaking with the new managers of the Burlington, Massachusetts Athleta store, they mentioned they were taking local fitness classes to learn more about what the area had to offer.  I told them about Skill of Strength and we set up a class with Amanda.

Going into the class, I had no idea what to expect.  I had read about the training that Amanda had done to get certified, but honestly, until yesterday, I had no idea what I was in for.

The studio is BEAUTIFUL!  It is in an old mill converted to retail space.  I was of course intimidated by all the awesome equipment but was ready to take my first class with some new friends.

I really can't describe the things we did as it was a lot to take in, but I will say that it was a lot of lower body work.  My butt and thighs are SO sore today.  When I picked up the kettlebell for the first time, I was a little scared.  That thing was heavy!  But Amanda really spent a lot of time with us.  She made sure we had proper form and that we were using the correct muscles when dead lifting the kettlebell and then swinging it.  When you swing up with the kettlebell, you snap your hips forward.  I could really feel my hips working and think that my weak hips could really benefit from these workouts.

I finished the class sweating like crazy and so out of energy that I could barely lift the kettlebell anymore. I somehow got in my 9 miles of speed work done in the afternoon and today I am feeling every bit of yesterday.  I woke up with burning thighs.   I am hobbling around as if I had run a very hilly long run.  Today I will somehow get a recovery run in and stretch these achy legs.

If you have ever thought about taking a kettlebell class, I highly recommend it!  If you are in Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire, I would definitely check out Skill of Strength.  I plan on taking more classes from them in the future, but I am thinking I may have to wait until after Vermont as my body is not ready for the toning that I see happening.

And if you are nervous about taking a class, find a friend!  I was so happy to have met the Athleta team and take the class with them.  We had a good time laughing and suffering together as Amanda kicked our butts!


Jolene said...

That sounds awesome!! I will definitely have to check it out!!! So cool! Glad you get to try some new workouts and hope to see ya back soon too!

Jess said...

I love it!! Sounds like it was a total blast -- and a real ass kicker. I dig it! Now I think I may need to mosey on down to visit Amanda myself to see what this thing is all about :)

Krysten Siba Bishop said...

Sounds super fun! YAY for Fitfluential Fun!

Laura said...

Good for you for pushing yourself to try something new! I tend to stay away from the hard weight workouts when training too, but I agree that they can really make us much more well-rounded as athletes. I'm only used kettlebells a few times, and never done a whole class. Sounds killer- in a good way!

Liana said...

I'm always drooling over the athleta catalog. Can't wait for the store to open!

Suzanne Westenhofer said...

Sounds like a great workout! I have a kettlebell and really enjoy working out with it.