Today’s workout title is interesting. “Throwback YMCA” based on the fact that I haven’t worked out at a Charlotte YMCA in months and “Lunch” because I did my workout in the middle of the work day. Let me first say that the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will forever hold a place in my heart. If you didn’t know, my husband and I met while he was teaching an athletic conditioning class at the Dowd Y. The Dowd Y was also the first gym that I ever belonged to in Charlotte (so it is also the place that I met some of my best girlfriends). As far as Y’s go, the Charlotte area YMCA’s are top of the line. However, with the introduction of boutique studios all over the metro area, the Y has had to find a way to revamp its equipment.
They took their first big step to refurbishing their look, by doing an extensive remodel of the Childress Klein YMCA located in uptown Charlotte. Since this is within walking distance to my office, and my membership allows me to visit any Y in the Greater Charlotte area, I thought this would be the best place for me to try a quick lunch workout. Within minutes of being in the facility I saw a familiar face – Janis Smith. Janis is now the group exercise coordinator of the Childress Klein Y. After minutes of catching up, she was ready to show me the new facility and even gave me a workout to try that she promised wouldn’t take more than 25-30 minutes. PERFECT!
The renovation opened up a significant amount of space (making it look more appealing), but through the remodel an old area of offices was made into a core training room. The main equipment available for anyone to use is listed below:
- Kettle bells
- Wall Balls
- Plyo Boxes
- Pull Up Bars
- Training Ropes
- Monkey Rigs (being installed the day that I worked out)
So how did I use this equipment to do a quick workout during my lunch break? Janis gave me a mock CrossFit workout that did not include any complex moves.
Warm up – Four laps around the track (approximately 800 meters) at a warm up pace.
Workout – Complete the following four exercises as fast as you can four times:
- Run two laps around the track (400 meters)
- 15 Kettle bell swings
- 15 AbMat Sit-ups
- 15 Ball Slams