Strength, Cardio & Core Training Adult Classes
The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo offers a variety of ways to encourage personal fitness for every member of the family.
Active Together - NEW
Active Together gives you all the fitness training you need - cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility - all in just one hour. Get stronger, fitter, and healthier with inspiring music, dumbbells, weight plates, body weight and simple athletic movements.
For a fact sheet about this class, click ACTIVE TOGETHER.
Barre is a fusion of yoga, Pilates, strength training, and ballet. Barre classes incorporate specific sequencing patterns and isometric movements that target specific muscle groups. This pattern of exercise helps to improve strength, balance, flexibility and posture.
Best Body Countdown®
- Postponed -
Join this 52-day Countdown to reach Your Best Body regardless of starting fitness level or weight. This program will help you build a foundation to maintain the new you forever by incorporating nutrition and exercise. During these 52 days, you will be provided with daily strategies, resources, and accountability, so that you can feel and see results along the way. Now offered at both Portage and Maple branches. Register soon to secure your spot and materials.
Increase your strength, add muscle definition, and challenge your cardiovascular system with this high-repetition, weight/resistance training class that uses barbells and interchangeable weight plates. The class is adaptable to all fitness levels.
A fun, multi-level intensity class where members move in the direction of letters, numbers, and symbols - all to pop hits! There's no choreography to learn, no twisting or turning, and the class is hearing impaired friendly.
Punch and kick your way into fitness! Put your body through high- and low-intensity martial arts influenced techniques to feel even more empowered.
PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of flowing yoga movements. You'll use your body weight to perform a series of continuous, targeted moves to define every single muscle - big and small.
Group cycling is an awesome workout on a stationary bike - it is designed to simulate a road bike experience. Stimulating music and coaching are included for motivation. Whether you're an experienced cyclist or a beginning rider, this is a great class to get you in shape and/or maintain your cardiorespiratory endurance.
A class for those who like to move and dance on the floor - no step. The instructor demonstrates low- and high-impact options so all fitness levels can participate. Abdominal work and stretching included.
A revolutionary cardio-based total body conditioning program based on the principles of MAX Interval Training. By using MAX Interval Training, INSANITY will push you to new training heights, resulting in more calories burned, faster results, and a more efficient metabolism.
Curious about kettlebell? Are you thinking about trying it? First steps first! Come learn the basics to get you ready for the next level.
This is a 30-minute, high-intensity class, and previous KB experience and/or weight training experience is recommended. It's designed to improve core strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and joint stability.
Kettlebell Level I
You'll learn basic kettlebell exercises (swings) along with additional compound exercises (squats, lunges, presses) for a total-body workout. Your cardiorespiratory and muscle strength will improve along with core strength and joint stability. Participants should have a basic understanding of resistance training exercises. An introductory session is preferred before taking this class. (This is not a traditional kettlebell class.)
Kettlebell Level II
A more intense, traditional kettlebell workout that utilizes challenging, compound exercises such as the clean & press, high-row and snatch. Your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and joint stability will be consistently tested. Introduction to Kettlebell or Kettlebell Level I session is preferred before taking this class.
Lift your own body and get stronger! Traditional bodyweight exercises will increase your muscle strength and endurance. Let's see what you can do!
This basic Step class is an overall workout designed to increase cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. Core strengthening exercises are included.
Step Aerobics and Basic Step & Sculpt
These low-impact step classes are designed to burn fat, strengthen muscles, and improve your cardiovascular endurance, with or without using an adjustable step.
Step/Sculpt offers the benefits of Step Aerobics, with additional resistance training to help strengthen and tone muscles.
Strength in Motion
Maximize your muscle strength through functionally challenging movements and exercises. You'll incorporate plyometric and agility training with strength and corework - you'll become strong, fast! An intermediate level of fitness is suggested.
Moving For Better Balance®
This 12-week program teaches participants balance skills and proper body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. The course is designed for older adults who can walk easily with or without assistive devices. We'll help you develop greater flexibility and more confidence.
Peak Fit Boot Camp
Peak Fit Boot Camp is a challenging workout with specific exercises lasting 10 - 30 seconds each, taking participants to a high anaerobic level, followed by a brief recovery period. High intensity class.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced participant, Pilates helps you strengthen every part of your body. This popular form of exercise focuses on stabilization, concentration, control, flow, breath and precision. Our Pilates mat classes review the following movement techniques: neutral spine, core engagement, C-curve, spinal articulation and more. All exercises can be modified so you can work at your own level.
Self Defense for Women
Women need to be prepared to physically defend themselves in potentially dangerous situations. This class increases situational self-awareness and teaches defensive techniques. Self-esteem increases by learning these techniques.
TRX Suspension Training
TRX is a workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform exercises. You're in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. Suspension training develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.
Perfect for everybody and every body! We take the "work" out of workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.