From kickboxing to cardio stations and special classes for "Silver Sneakers" Kami Ballard in Haviland is working hard to stay fit and help others in the process.
Kami Ballard is known in her community for many things. She’s a mom, a nurse, a farmer’s wife, and a fitness coach, among other things. Ballard started her fitness journey after having her first child, and since then she has been able to bless others through her knowledge.
After becoming a mom, Ballard knew that she had to do something for herself, both physically and mentally. Her desired method of self care became fitness.
“It started small and the more and more I progressed with it, the more I could accomplish,” she said. “I kept setting small fitness goals and was able to accomplish them and felt good about myself.”
In early 2016, Ballard started teaching HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes at 54 Fitness in Pratt.
She currently teaches three classes through the Haviland Recreation, geared towards different age groups. The first is called Mix Fitness, and it includes various types of workouts and equipment including body weight exercises, dumbbells, kettle bells, HIIT, and kickboxing. It is more cardio focused and is both high and low impact. It is Monday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:15 p.m. at the Haviland Fitness Center.
The second class Ballard teaches is called Stations. The goal of this class is to educate clients on the proper ways to use fitness equipment properly, and how to use them in a variety of ways. Stations include the treadmill, bike, elliptical, resistance bands, kettle bells, and a row machine. This class is lower impact, but as clients make progress, they can increase difficulty by increasing weights, band tightness, or incline. This class takes place Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 5:45-6:30 a.m. at the Fitness Center in Haviland.
The final class Ballard teaches is called Silver Sneakers. This class is designed to help people of all ages, but especially senior citizens stay mobile and flexible as well as maintaining balance and strength. This is a no impact class, with most exercises done sitting with the option to stand. Some resistance bands are used, as well as weights from 1-5 pounds. Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Friday mornings 10-11 a.m. clients are welcomed for this class.
Ballard enjoys fitness for many reasons, but this is her answer to what her favorite part of it is.
“My favorite part of being a fitness coach is helping other people see their potential and gain confidence,” she said. “I love being able to help clients feel physically and mentally better about themselves. Fitness is such a great outlet for people to use and I think it can be intimidating for some people in the beginning and trying to maintain fitness goals. I love keeping people accountable and celebrating their successes!”
*All classes are open to all ages and both men and women and free to Haviland Residents.*