Originally, the kettlebell was used as a counterweight for scaling produce in Russian farmers markets. Today it is an integral part of one of the most effective, high-intensity workouts around the world. Essentially a cannonball fitted with a tea kettle-like handle, kettlebells are available in weights that range from 10 to 100 pounds. The kettlebell workout is gaining widespread popularity because it works the entire body as opposed to targeting individual muscle groups. This fact makes the workout relatively short, about 20 to 30 minutes, and amazingly effective. The results are visible almost immediately, and to progress in your workout, you need only to increase the weight of your kettlebell. Here are some of the best kettlebell workouts in Pittsburgh for anyone looking to get a jump start on physical fitness in the coming year.
331 Station St.
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Justin Thomas is the owner and head trainer at Instinct Fitness in Bridgeville. After years of both military and law enforcement service, he decided to follow his true passion and open a training facility. Thomas, along with trainer Pamela Wood Kaplan, whose specialty is introducing kettlebell workouts to women, have designed a workout that is appealing to both men and women, and its gets results.
Movement Studios Pittsburgh
271 Main St.
Imperial, PA 15126
Price: $99 unlimited monthly
Walt Nesbit is the owner of Movement Studios Pittsburgh. He is also a kettlebell trainer, second degree black belt, kickboxing instructor and certified nutritionist. Expect every aspect of improving your overall physical wellness to be a priority at Movement Studios. It offers a two-week free pass in a variety of workout programs for all new students. To view schedule information, or to find out more about claiming your free, two-week pass click here.
1524 Mount Nebo Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
Price: $99 unlimited monthly
Kerry Swick, Russell Demczak and Ursula Campell are the three trainers that made Pittsburgh Kettlebells a success. Specializing in not just kettlebells but yoga and Pilates, each workout at this facility is catered to the individual trainees’ needs and designed to get results. Proper technique and attention to detail are a major part of working out at Pittsburgh Kettlebells, and new students undergo a Functional Movement Screen to ensure every workout is done correctly.
Pittsburgh Kettlebell and Performance
1002 Greentree Road, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Price: $150 10-class package
Chiropractor Tony Chappie is both the science and inspiration behind Pittsburgh Kettlebell and Performance. Along with his staff trainers Kindle Barnes, David Sachs and Sean Cerqua, all aspects of your introduction to the world of kettlebell training are in good hands. There is a $50 kettlebell introductory assessment that is mandatory but also vital to ensuring the proper program is implemented for each new student.
You Rock Fitness
11171 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
Price: $60 for a 10-class package
Kettlebell training is only one of a long list of workout programs available at You Rock Fitness. Staff here offers an extensive list of experience and knowledge in everything from Zumba and Pilates to kickboxing and, of course, kettlebell training. Every workout program at You Rock Fitness is designed to be both fun and effective. To learn more about pricing and packages at You Rock click here.
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Marcel Tourdot is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.