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Best Kettlebell Workouts In Charlotte

January 6, 2013 6:00 AM

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Kettlebell lifting, invented in Russia in the 1700s and used for physical conditioning by the Soviet army, has spread throughout Europe and here, where it has taken the American fitness community by storm. In addition to specialized classes, sessions with kettlebells are often included in CrossFit and other high-intensity interval training regimens. Proponents cite the equipment’s unique abilities to build both strength and endurance, work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and burn fat. That’s exactly what these trainers promise with a side of some of the best coaching Charlotte has to offer.

Advanced Training Concepts
607-G Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 877-6631

This kettlebell-specific training facility is dedicated to the serious athlete interested in maximizing fitness, endurance and strength with the goal of achieving 20 minutes of continuous kettlebell lifting. Owner Cyrus Peterson, a World Kettlebell Club master trainer, boasts more than 20 years of experience as a fitness and weightlifting competitor and coach. The curriculum at Advanced Training focuses on the 15 technically sound lifts approved by the World Kettlebell Club and the Elite Fitness Protocol, which has 20 levels of difficulty, allowing it to be adjusted to any level of fitness. Peterson also coaches a competitive kettlebell team that includes several nationally ranked athletes.

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Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 716-6800

Members of the YMCA may sign up for the Harris location’s challenging CrossFit program, which includes kettlebell workouts as part of a total fitness plan. The CrossFit concept involves constantly varied exercises from a wide range of fitness disciplines done at a fast pace. High-intensity CrossFit workouts of the day constantly change and are adjusted to the fitness level of the participants. The Harris Y offers 60-minute CrossFit workouts Monday through Friday mornings at several times, plus evening workouts Mondays and Thursdays.

Intensity Works Kettlebell Boot Camps for Women
Cameron Wood Clubhouse
3228 Birnen Drive
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 543-1429

Sarah Jones, a certified personal trainer and Hard Style Kettlebell certified instructor, conducts these boot camps especially for women in South Charlotte. Each session is one month long with 10, 30-minute classes included. Participants take three classes a week, typically Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 5:30 a.m., although other times and days may be available. Every class, limited to 10 participants, is different, with the emphasis on mobility and fat-burning exercises.

Lake Norman Kettlebell
at Elite Fitness
15903 N. Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
(704) 668-6808

Personal trainer Scott Shannon specializes in kettlebell workouts, holding several CrossFit kettlebell certifications, but also uses a variety of other equipment to optimize training for his clients. For those interested in getting started in kettlebell training, he offers a one-session kettlebell orientation and a short introductory course in kettlebell training. Shannon also works with clients on a one-on-one basis in small groups and in larger groups of up to 12 people. Sessions are typically held at Elite Fitness in Huntersville, where you do not need to be a member to work with a personal trainer.

Pride Conditioning‎
2139-B McClintock Road
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 334-3443

With the motto “Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever,” this gym in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood means business when it comes to working out. Clients are asked to make a three-month membership commitment, although drop-in classes and 12-class passes are also available. Memberships include unlimited access to a wide range of daily classes, including dedicated Killer Kettlebells, as well as high-intensity Renegade Warrior, Boot Camp and Redline High Intensity Interval Training classes, all of which include kettlebell workouts. Cardio kick-boxing, deep stretch, Olympic lifting and power yoga are also offered here.

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