What’s a kettlebell you ask? It is a large cast-iron ball-shaped weight with a single handle introduced by the Russians many, many decades ago. You’ve probably seen it appear at group fitness classes at your gym or at a boutique studio offering high-intensity training. Studies have shown that by incorporating kettlebells into your strength training, one could increase aerobic capacity, improve balance and increase core strength.
Dasha Libin, creator of Kettlebell Kickboxing, states the proper form for kettlebells involves hinging at the hip and planting your heels deep into the ground. “The goal is to generate power with your hips, by pushing your hips back (towards the wall behind you) not by squatting to the floor, then snapping your hips forward. The kettlebell should drop the second your glutes squeeze shut and it reaches shoulder level,” states Dasha. To avoid injury, take advantage of learning the proper technique by trying a class at one of the note-worthy studios on our list. You’ll definitely break a sweat!
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Pressed for time but have access to kettlebells? Try this 20 minute HIT routine from Fhitting Room instructor, Eric Salvador, and Fitness Magazine.
High intensity training is part of the Fhitting Room’s name. They offer the Signature FHIX, Advanced Kettlebell FHIX or the FHIXtreme classes. All of these classes incorporate kettlebell training. To note, the advanced kettlebell class is one of the most popular on the schedule. As a recommendation, start with consistent attendance at the Signature FHIX classes and when you’ve achieved proper form and technique, try the advanced class. Kari Saitowitz, owner of Fhitting Room, advises to bring gloves and/or wrist bands. Let’s get busy!
The studio is located in the UES and boasts top of the line equipment. Details here.
Exceed Physical Culture
Exceed’s offerings are constantly on top of the fitness trends. The schedule of fitness classes includes elements of TRX, Kettlebells, Medicine Balls, Bosu Balls, Jump Ropes, Concept2 Rowers, Tabata Method, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and Bodyweight Training. Get to it!
Dasha Libin teaches this unique workout located at Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy. The class is unique because of its Martial HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) principles. You will learn Kettlebell techniques and proper form interspersed with cardio kickboxing moves. Classes are 60 minutes long.
KettleX with Lorna Kleidman
Lorna teaches KettleX at two Equinox locations: Mondays at 50th and Broadway OR Thursdays at 54th and 2nd Avenue. Both classes at 7:30pm. Lorna’s KettleX classes are total body workouts and will challenge you. She also instructs privately at Velocity Sports Performance. All details can be found at lornafit.com.
Fitness Cell Collective
This is an UES studio stocked with top of the line cardio and strength equipment. Classes are on the pricier end and focus on super small group training. The Cellfit class consists of a series of challenges involving Kettlebell and other resistance training. Check it out!