Exercise is drummed into YMCA fitness enthusiasts

Exercise classes often employ music as an assist in the workout.

How about drums?

None of the women or men had previous experience, particularly when they pound drum sticks on an exercise ball at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

Instructor Kathy Kurtz leads an enthusiastic class at 9 a.m. each Friday in the YMCA gym.

Ages run from 30 to 75 and they drum for an hour, non-stop... and everyone looks younger than their age.

Linda Hughes, 62, said, “When people talked about drum exercise I couldn’t imagine what they did. I decided to try it and you have no idea how much fun it is. It is a good workout and plain fun.

Her daughter from North Carolina came to visit and attended a class.

“She told me she was going back home and seeing if she can get a class started. Drum class appeals to all ages.”

Lisa Hammond, moved like she was 45, instead of 68.

“You really get exercise, every part of your body,” she said. “It is really fun and you can take out your aggressions on the (exercise) ball.

Hammond said she takes aerobics and works out in the fitness center three times a week. It can get a little boring at times, but drum class is so different and Kathy is a whirlwind of energy.”

Sue Holewinski, 63, has attended eight drum classes.

“I was curious the fist time because I knew it was continual for a whole hour, non stop,” she said. “I love it and the time goes fast. The teacher is full of energy. I work to keep the beat half as well as she does.”

Ragnhild Gabrielsen also praised the instructor.

“She is just the greatest. I has to take a break for bible study, but as soon as it was over I went back. I like her enthusiasm. She is very able, I can’t say enough good things about her.”

Gabrielsen compares the class to aerobics as far as getting her heart rate up from exercise.

“This is especially good for a lady about to be 75,” she said. “I also do strength training. I like the (drumming) exercise for my arms. It is also like a team workout that I like as well.”

Kurtz had seen a drum class done a couple of year ago and liked the premise. The Naples YMCA provided the class as a special event and it did well. When it tried to make it a regular class it didn’t do well, Kurtz said.

The Marco YMCA also offered it as a special event and it went well. Kurtz thought the time was right for it to become a class.

“With Zumba so popular, with people rocking out and having a good time, we decided to give Drums a try.” Kurtz said.

It got popular enough that the Y was running out of drums sticks and exercise balls.

“We’ve had great feedback,” she said. “It is the people that keep the class going.”

For YMCA members the class is free. For the community it is a $10 Day Pass, which also allows full use to the Y facilities.

Get in the swing by calling the YMCA, 394-3144, ext .228.

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