A ‘kettlebell’ is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. Using these weights, class participants are taken through a variety of movements all designed to develop strength, mobility, internal energy, work capacity and vitality. This is the ultimate class for extreme all-round fitness.

Find a Class

Discounted for Members

  • Age 15+
  • Level: Beginner
  • Registration required
  • Limit 6 participants per class
  • Cost for members: $12 per 30-minute class, $16 per 45-minute class, $20 per 60-minute class
  • Cost for non-members: $18 per 30-minute class, $22 per 45-minute class, $26 per 60-minute class

A Typical Class

Beginner classes include these exercises:

  • Double arm swings (leg variations optional – based on advancement of participants)
  • Squats
  • Orbits (around waist and head)
  • Dead lifts/rows/upright rows
  • Rack position/single arm presses
  • Russian Twists
  • Lunges (front, back, side, curtsy)
  • Figure Eights
  • Windmill (no load)
  • Pushups
  • Lying Arm work (chest press, etc.)
  • Ab work


  • Full-body conditioning
  • Increased resistance to injury
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased endurance
  • Improved range of motion
  • Increased strength
  • Major calorie burning
  • Reduced body fat

Tips + Preparation

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

  • Keep a firm grip on your kettlebell
  • Whenever possible, do not let kettlebells touch your body
  • Always use proper form
  • Check out our Kettlebells Intro Video for more specific advice

Equipment Needed

  • Kettlebells
  • The Y provides all equipment for this class

Attire and What to Bring

  • Come to class dressed and ready to move your body
  • Comfortable, functional clothing made of breathable material to allow air flow
  • Proper gym shoes, comfortable fit. We recommend cross-trainers over running shoes, because they’ll give you better foot support for the types of movement you’ll be doing in class.
  • Water, towel