Barbell Strategy Strength and Conditioning, 2576 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-857-5732, barbellstrategy.com.

Instructor: Jeremy Layport holds a master's degree in exercise physiology from San Jose State University. He worked at the University of Colorado's football department before moving to Barbell Strategy earlier this year. Layport is a senior instructor for StrongFirst, a school of strength that offers training and certification in kettlebell, barbell and body weight exercises.

What is the workout? The class name says it all — tons of kettlebell work. The class was broken up into a warm-up, three kettlebell exercises in circuit format followed by Turkish getups.

For the circuit exercise, we lifted a heavy kettlebell straight from the ground for five seconds, called a static stomp deadlift. Next came three dead stop swings using a lighter weight. With these, we'd swing the kettlebell a single time, resting in between swings. The last exercise was 10 full kettlebell swings with the lightest weight.

Layport taught kettlebell techniques through a series, where each exercise built on the previous one. "It got everybody a little bit tighter, learning how to push through the floor and link through the body so they can transfer force better," said Layport.

Last came Turkish getups that combined strength, stability and coordination. We lifted the kettlebell overhead while flat on our backs and then came to a standing position.


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What's different? Most weight training classes throw different exercises at students to keep it interesting, focusing on one workout at a time. The goal of this class, however, is to teach students how to exercise using kettlebells over a series of classes. Layport teaches in blocks. For eight weeks he focuses on specific techniques to build strength and skill.

Instructor Jeremy Layport demonstrates a Turkish Get Up at Barbell Strategy in Boulder.
Instructor Jeremy Layport demonstrates a Turkish Get Up at Barbell Strategy in Boulder. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

"We are a school of strength, we teach a lot of strength principles. With this class, I am trying to get those strength principles out and really teach people how to move a little better, as well as go through some of this methodology," said Layport.

For anyone looking to dig deeper in to the techniques of weight training and conditioning, this is an excellent class. Layport spent time with every student, correcting form and giving tips. He gave special attention to students with no experience of Turkish getups.

"I'm trying to teach a lot more. I want people to understand what they are doing and why. We are not just counting reps and sets. There is usually an underlying purpose to everything," said Layport.

Cost: The studio offers monthly memberships. One-month membership is $180. If you sign up for at least three months the price goes down to $165 a month.

Level: Beginners to advanced students can easily jump into this class. Layport breaks down all the moves, focusing on good form. He picks out the weights he thinks are most appropriate for each person's skill level, taking all the uncertainty out of choosing the correct kettlebells.

Hypertension and heart problems are a concern when lifting. Layport recommends lower level conditioning to start. He offers alternatives and scaling for most skill levels and health issues.

When: The class is offered from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The studio may add more classes to its schedule. You can find the most up to date information on their website.

What to prepare: Regular workout clothes and water. Shoes are optional for this class.

Muscles worked: My core, shoulders and legs took the brunt of this workout. I was sore for a day or two afterwards. I cursed stairs and hobbled down halls.

What I loved: I appreciated the attention to detail and safety. Good technique is key to strength training to avoid injury and reaching long-term strength goals. Layport is attentive and thorough, and as a result I never felt lost, confused or out of my depth.

What I didn't like: There wasn't any time at the end for stretching or cooling down. Stretching exercises to reduce soreness later would be a great addition.

How I felt after the class: My upper body was tired and I felt like I accomplished a considerable amount in just an hour. My lunch break was far more productive than usual, and that felt great.

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