Best Kettlebell Workouts In Baltimore

January 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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Developed in Russia in the 1700s, kettlebells were adopted by the military of the Soviet Union during the 20th century. During the 1940s, the use of kettlebells as exercise equipment spread to Europe, and by the 1960s, they’d been picked up by Americans for developing strength and stamina in the shoulders, lower back and legs. Kettlebell exercises utilize basic movements similar to those employed with barbells and dumbbells, such as the clean and jerk, the snatch and the swing. The key difference between kettlebell and dumbbell workouts is that kettlebell training often includes more repetitions and cardiovascular training than barbells.

Art & Strength

8019 Belair Road Suite 12
Baltimore, Md. 21236
(410) 657-2307

Offering group, semi-private and one-on-one kettlebell training, Art & Strength instructor Dan Cenidoza said he believes strength is an art form. Cenidoza is a scrolling sculptor who bends cold steel bars into coiled designs he calls bonsai. As a performer, he is known for his strongman act, performing feats of strength — breaking chains, bending horseshoes — combined with health and fitness motivational presentations. A former trainer with the Baltimore Ravens, Cenidoza has trained people from teens to senior citizens. Art & Strength is known for its knowledgeable and personable instructors. Instructor Alexander Ducker is a Dragon Door RKC-certified kettlebell instructor. Dragon Door designed the first kettlebell instructor certification program in the country in 2001. 

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Charm City Kettlebells

110 W. Timonium Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
(410) 967-1882

Sandy Sommer, RKC-certified instructor and owner of Charm City Kettlebells, also offers distance training and consulting services. Utilizing kettlebells and barbells, Sommer’s students range from stay-at-home moms to corporate executives, each possessing different fitness needs and abilities. The goal of her training is to achieve strength and maintain a healthy weight. Kettlebells deliver the same results of a traditional workout, but in half of the time. They’re also said to increase dexterity, balance and fluidity. The individual is the focus of the training whether that person is enrolled in group or private classes.

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy

6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, Md. 21228
(410) 465-7799

Well-known for its mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, aikido, karate, kung fu, tai chi and other eastern fighting forms, the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy also offers Russian kettlebell classes. The kettlebell classes are designed to accommodate anyone from beginners to advanced students. Customers may choose from 30-minute or one-hour sessions. The Fast Burn 30 class incorporates high-intensity interval training that may include gym equipment, kettlebells and aerobic exercises. The program also includes counseling on nutritional programs.

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Federal Hill Fitness

39 E. Cross Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 752-3004

Federal Hill Fitness is a full-service health club and gym. It offers fitness classes, small group training sessions, group training camps and personal training options. The studio features treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and spin and recumbent bikes. Group kettlebell classes are conducted by a certified trainer, designed to encourage weight loss, stamina, strength and stress-reduction goals. Instructors include Janet Roa, who is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a corrective exercise specialist. She boasts about 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist. Roa conducts movement assessment evaluations and then designs a personalized training program for individual members. Also on staff are Reese Ashe, the kickboxing instructor; Kim Resnik, who specializes in pre- and post-natal clients; Guy Cragwell, a certified nutritionist; and Michell Saltmarsh, an ACE-certified personal trainer and competitive swimmer who specializes in sports conditioning, cross training, strength training, weight loss and body toning.

Arenal Fitness

2638 Quarry Lake Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 653-7878

Voted as one of Baltimore’s Best in 2010, Arenal Fitness features a 4,800-square-foot facility. Known for its Crossfit group classes and personal training options, the studio also offers kettlebell training. Specializing in functional training, instructors start by teaching the basic movements that will act as a foundation for a progressive training regiment. Known for its friendly, helpful staff and comfortable environment, Arenal’s mission is to support and encourage a community training atmosphere. Its instructors include a certified weightlifting coach, a certified triathlon coach, certified NSCA trainers, medical exercise specialists, post-rehabilitation exercise specialists and a registered dietician and trained chef.

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