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The city of Marysville regularly offers intensive exercise opportunities through their kettlebell classes. Kettlebells are cast-iron or steel weights that resemble a cannonball with a handle. People using them to workout will swing them into the air through various "lifts." "It's a fitness system that originated in Russia," said instructor Cassandra Sykes. The weights were used by Russian farmers in the 1700s, and although no one is sure how far back they began to be used for exercise. Sykes said the practice goes back into the 1800s at least. Kettlebells began being integrated into official sports in the 1950s she said. The fitness system is about swinging around the weighted bell and "keeping them in the air for as long as possible," said Sykes. The workout uses multiple parts of the body and helps define multiple areas at the same time. "I have more definition in my arms than I ever have," from teaching kettlebell, said Sykes, even though she's been a fitness instructor for more than a decade. Using kettlebells to exercise is helpful because the workout incorporates many different types of exercise as well. "It's really unique in that it builds strength and endurance at the same time," said Sykes. "You're doing the lifting and cardio all at once, so it saves a lot of time." Workouts with that kind of cross-appeal are rare, she said. "There are some exercises like that, but generally it's either one or the other," she said. Because so much of the body is worked out at once, kettlebells can be an intensive exercise, which is why the classes are only 30 minutes, said Sykes. Light kettlebell workouts are also possible even while going through injury. Some of Sykes' students have knee injures or other injuries and are able to participate, she said. "There is not a lot of impact so you can do kettlebell to some degree even if you are injured," she said. Sykes recommends starting kettlebell training with someone who knows what they're doing. "It's a highly effective workout, but good form is essential," she said. "You have to workout with someone trained, because you can seriously injure yourself if you have bad form," she said. The city of Marysville's classes go through the specific "lifts," or swinging motions, to work out with kettlebells effectively. Beginner classes go through the basics while intermediate and advanced courses mix up the lifts more, and may go through other strength and conditioning exercises, said Sykes. She said she likes attending the classes to get that social workout. "I'm a social workout person so I love to come and workout with other people," she said. "I love the people." More information about the local kettlebell classes along with other fitness classes from the city are available at marysvillewa.gov under the "Sign Up For Classes" button. Kettlebell classes from the city are held every Tuesday and Thursday.

The City of Marysville regularly offers intensive exercise opportunities through their kettlebell classes.

Kettlebells are cast-iron or steel weights that resemble a cannonball with a handle. People using them to workout will swing them into the air through various "lifts."

"It's a fitness system that originated in Russia," said instructor Cassandra Sykes. The weights were used by Russian farmers in the 1700s, and although no one is sure how far back they began to be used for exercise. Sykes said the practice goes back into the 1800s at least.

Kettlebells began being integrated into official sports in the 1950s she said.

The fitness system is about swinging around the weighted bell and "keeping them in the air for as long as possible," said Sykes.

The workout uses multiple parts of the body and helps define multiple areas at the same time.

"I have more definition in my arms than I ever have," from teaching kettlebell, said Sykes, even though she's been a fitness instructor for more than a decade.

Using kettlebells to exercise is helpful because the workout incorporates many different types of exercise as well.

"It's really unique in that it builds strength and endurance at the same time," said Sykes. "You're doing the lifting and cardio all at once, so it saves a lot of time."

Workouts with that kind of cross-appeal are rare, she said.

"There are some exercises like that, but generally it's either one or the other," she said.

Because so much of the body is worked out at once, kettlebells can be an intensive exercise, which is why the classes are only 30 minutes, said Sykes.

Light kettlebell workouts are also possible even while going through injury. Some of Sykes' students have knee injures or other injuries and are able to participate, she said.

"There is not a lot of impact so you can do kettlebell to some degree even if you are injured," she said.

Sykes recommends starting kettlebell training with someone who knows what they're doing.

"It's a highly effective workout, but good form is essential," she said. "You have to workout with someone trained, because you can seriously injure yourself if you have bad form," she said.

The City of Marysville's classes go through the specific "lifts," or swinging motions, to work out with kettlebells effectively.

Beginner classes go through the basics while intermediate and advanced courses mix up the lifts more, and may go through other strength and conditioning exercises, said Sykes.

She said she likes attending the classes to get that social workout. "I'm a social workout person so I love to come and workout with other people," she said. "I love the people."

More information about the local kettlebell classes along with other fitness classes from the city are available at marysvillewa.gov under the "Sign Up For Classes" button.

Kettlebell classes from the city are held every Tuesday and Thursday.

 

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