This class focuses on functional cardio movement and strength patterns designed to increase flexible strength for daily living activities. Functional Fitness was developed by Kris Wayne, the Generations Fitness Specialist for the Metropolitan Minneapolis YMCA. Functional Fitness concentrates on undoing what occurs during the aging process and daily life. Participants use weights, the stability ball, BOSU®, risers, step (optional), and bands.

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FREE for Members

  • Level: All
  • Kids ages 10 – 14 may attend with a parent or guardian
  • Teens age 15+ may attend unaccompanied by an adult

A Typical Class

Class begins with lightweight warm-ups then moves into working core muscles, upper body strength training and lower body exercises. Class ends with cool-down exercises and muscle stretches.


  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance
  • Improved strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved cardio endurance

Tips + Preparation

New to class? Arrive a little early so our instructor can give you some pointers

  • This class requires you to be physically active and have freedom of movement

Equipment Needed

The Y provides all equipment for this class

  • BOSU® balance trainer
  • Weights
  • Stability ball
  • Risers
  • Step

Attire and What to Bring

  • Come to class dressed and ready to move your body
  • Loose-fitting, functional clothing made of breathable material to allow air flow
  • Proper gym shoes, comfortable fit, good stability
  • Water, towel --Comfortable workout clothes