What Are Kettlebells and the RKC Russian Kettlebell Challenge?

Russian KettlebellKettlebells originated in Russia back in the 1700’s. A Russian kettlebell is basically a cast iron cannonball with a flat bottom, and a handle on the top.

Kettlebells vary in weight from 9 to 106 pounds. Russian kettlebells remained the exclusive domain of Russian special ops, until former Spetsnaz instructor Pavel Tsatsouline immigrated to the U.S. The elite of the U.S. military and law enforcement instantly recognized the power of the Russian kettlebell. The FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Secret Service Counter Assault Teams, Firefighters, UFC fighters, and even the Spartans from the movie 300 train with Russian kettlebells.


Russian Kettlebell

What Can Kettlebell Training Do For Me?

Kettlebell training will help you achieve your fitness goals faster than free-weights, nautilus-type machines, or endless cardio. Kettlebell exercises require you to use many muscle groups at one time, strengthening your legs, arms, and core muscles including your back and abdominals. The cardiovascular benefits of kettlebell training are also unprecidented.  Just 20 minutes of kettlebell training can burn up to 600 calories.  Many clients have experienced dramatic changes to their body composition within the first 4 to 6 weeks of kettlebell training. Kettlebells build strong, lean and toned bodies.  No other form of exercise can offer such dramatic changes in body composition in such a short period of time.

Why Choose a Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Instructor?

The originator of the Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) says it best:

Choose a poorly-trained kettlebell instructor—and you risk not only the chance of severe injury, but risk failing to achieve the results you are looking for. As the company that launched the modern kettlebell movement in 2001 and introduced the world’s first-ever kettlebell instructor certification course,  Dragon Door insists on the highest standards for our certified instructors. Only an average of 70% of our candidates pass Dragon Door’s highly challenging certification standards and all instructors are required to recertify every two years.


You can read more about the Russian Kettlebell Challenge from Dragon Door and search the RKC Certified Instructor index here.

Free Introductory Class

Are you ready to see what all the fuss is about?  Come in for a free, one-on-one introductory lesson. Be prepared to get sweaty as you will be taught to use the kettlebell and perform your first workout.  Wear comfortable clothes and flat soled shoes such as Converse All Stars.  The introductory class typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Call for an appointment, or just drop in!  Introductory classes are given Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 10 AM or 4 PM and 6 PM.