The Findlay Family YMCA is hard to beat when it comes to offering a variety of group fitness classes. From chair yoga to TRX and cycling, you are bound to find a class that you enjoy. New classes are often added to the mix and I was excited to grab a friend and try out R.I.P.P.E.D. – The One Stop Body Shock class.
What is R.I.P.P.E.D.?
R.I.P.P.E.D. stands for Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet. The first five components are worked into a 50-minute class while diet advice can be found online. Abbie Acord teaches the YMCA R.I.P.P.E.D. classes on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. For each exercise, the participant chooses their level of intensity and Abbie designs several modifications.
After a brief warm-up, we went through each letter of the acronym, starting with Resistance. We did shoulder raises and bicep curls until my arms felt like Jell-O. We moved on to Intervals, which were high-intensity cardio bursts including jumping jacks and “fast feet” shuffling. Power involved a TON of push-ups and Plyometrics would appeal to athletes with sports-drill type movements.
Endurance was the biggest challenge for me as it involved kickboxing choreography that tested my memory. Was it kick-kick-punch-jab or kick-punch-kick-jab? But Abbie pointed out that a workout for the mind and body equals aging prevention, so no complaints here!
The Verdict: Sign Me Up!
I really liked this class. I love that the YMCA is a non-intimidating place to work out and this class was both fun and challenging. My workout buddy and fellow Findlay mom, Julie, enjoyed the class as well. “It was easy to follow, had great music and the instructor brought a contagious enthusiasm to the class, “ raved Julie. “It felt like several different workout classes in one with weights, cardio, plyometrics and kickboxing…and it targeted all body parts.”
I agree with Julie and I definitely plan on attending again. YMCA members can drop-in and try a class for $3 while non-members can do so for $10. If you like it, sign up for a five-week session at a discounted price. Your muscles and your mind will benefit.
YMCA’s R.I.P.P.E.D. classes are located at the
Downtown Branch at 300 East Lincoln Street.
For group fitness schedules and prices, go to
findlayymca.org and download the programming