I’ve always loved outdoor activities, hiking the Adirondack High Peaks, kayaking Catskill lakes, running and cycling. Several years ago I was diagnosed with osteopenia, by Ann Tobin an MD and homeopathic physician, who told me that resistance training would be a good remedy and suggested I train at The Kettlebell Fitness Center. After two years at TKFC I feel stronger than ever in my life.
What do you like about training at TKFC?
I’ve learned the importance of performing strength exercises with proper form. Amazingly, since taking classes at TKFC, my scans have actually shown improvement in bone density!
One of the best things about TKFC is the knowledge of the trainers. Learning how to avoid injury is important, and also having fun while you benefit from the classes. I love the camaraderie of the friends I’ve made at TKFC. Everyone supports each other and we cheer each other on.
What are your favorite strength lifts?
I like them all but my favorites are swings, squats, deadlifts and circuit exercises.
The biggest benefit would be avoiding injury and being able to fully enjoy the outdoors. Being strong helps keep me in balance. Before I did strength training I would easily pull muscles, sprain ankles and get back injuries in activities. I’m also now able to lift heavy things without any help – no need to have my husband help me with any heavy lifting!
What would you tell others who might be on the fence about coming to our gym?
I highly recommend TKFC classes for anyone who wants to become stronger and enjoy a great group of people focused on the same goals. Determination and sticking with the program is key.
A kettlebell, or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron training tool that looks like a cannonball with a handle. Elite forces including Navy SEALS, U.S. law enforcement, Secret Service Counter Assault Team, and Force Recon Marines currently train with kettlebells, yet they are also used by people of all ages and levels of fitness.
Kettlebells appeared in 1704 in a Russian dictionary (Cherkikh, 1994) and were apparently used in markets as counter-weights. People started playing with them, tossing them around and eventually they became popular as training tools. In 1913 the Russian magazine Hercules reported, “Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics.” Pavel Tsatsouline brought kettlebell training to the U.S. in 1998, and created the training methods and teacher certification process earned by trainers at The Kettlebell Fitness Center.
Why should I train with kettlebells?
With proper instruction, kettlebell training quickly delivers overall gains in strength and conditioning in a short period of time. The muscles that support your shoulders, hips, knees and spine will get stronger, allowing them to support, or stabilize those joints without jarring, bouncing or impact.
Kettlebell training is aerobic and anaerobic at the same time. Think: running and lifting weights simultaneously. Yet unlike running alone, your body will continue to burn fat long after you’ve completed your workout. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, increase your athletic performance or simply be able to get through your day feeling strong, kettlebell training is for you.