FAMILIES can train together as a fitness instructor launches his first parent and child classes.
Ant Clennan, owner of South Tyneside Kettlebells, now holds weekly sessions for the whole family.
The idea came after he was approached by those who regularly attend classes looking for something to get their kids into.
After carrying out research into the exercise, which sees people work-out with kettlebells, he went on to trial his first family class during the summer months.
He launched the class two months ago, with those who signed up still taking part in sessions to date.
Mr Clennan said: “With kettlebells, if you have weight to lose, you will lose it; if you don’t, it will tone you up.
“And the children get the same results.
“The families who come along to the sessions really enjoy it, as they are both getting something out of it.
“It’s also something parents and children can bond over.
“The feedback we have to date has been really good, with parents who attend the adult classes asking if they can bring their children along.”
The sessions, led by instructor Claire Richardson, are held at Boldon Community Centre in New Road on Wednesday nights from 4.30pm.
During the sessions, both adults and children take part in exercises using the kettlebells as well as playing games using other equipment, such as bean bags.
Kettlebells were developed in Russia in the 1700s. They are a cast-iron weight used to perform exercises which combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.
Variants of the kettlebell include bags filled with sand, and there are different weights.
Diane Craig, from Hebburn, who attends the sessions with her 10-year-old daughter Willow Ball, said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea.
“It’s a good way for Willow to get exercise and she’s loving it. It’s also great that we are able to train together.”
For more details, visit the website www.southtynesidekettlebells.co.uk