Based on the use of kettlebells, this Russian-inspired workout training program — with its emphasis on anaerobic core, cardiovascular and muscle strengthening exercises — is the perfect way to spice up a lackluster weekly fitness regimen. Favored by athletes, boxers and wrestlers around the globe, kettlebell training not only builds muscle tone and endurance but can also be used as part of a weight-loss program. These are the best kettlebell workouts in Los Angeles.
Kettlebells South Bay
2535 W. 237th St. Unit 117
Torrance, CA 90505
Kettlebells South Bay offers a blend of traditional kettlebell training fused with a variety of unconventional training methods from battling ropes and ultimate sandbag to Indian club and Bulgarian bag. Classes are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels with instruction from Brazilian jiu-jitsu duo, Russian kettlebell certified instructor Joe Chalakee (pictured) and hardstyle kettlebell certified Gabriel Alconcel. The first 45-minute kettlebell lesson is free.
Fitness Factory L.A./Mind Muscle Fitness
650 N. La Peer Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Fat-busting Kettlebell Bootcamp classes at this small boutique gym are hosted by Mind Muscle Fitness instructor Griffin White. Held in the workout room, the high-energy, 45-minute classes encompass a range of kettlebell routines from windmills and snatches to figure eights and clean and press. Training sessions feature a mix of kettlebells, body-weight exercises, TRX and rope work that’s tailor made to individual requirements. Call for specials and introductory offers.
5 Star Martial Arts
4201 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90010
5 Star’s kettlebell program is overseen by RKC-certified instructor and 25-year martial arts veteran John Spezzano. Classes incorporate a variety of kettlebell exercises, from basic movements including the swing, snatch and clean and jerk, to more complex and vigorous routines designed to strengthen the legs, shoulders and lower back. Get your first kettlebell lesson for free by submitting the form on the 5 Star website.
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Function 5 Fitness
805 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
With class sizes limited to just six to eight people you can expect individual instruction from RKC-certified kettlebell trainers Tyler Schaeffer and Roxy Richardson. Suitable for all levels, the 45-minute kettlebell workouts feature a range of exercises, including the swing, the get-up, the press, the snatch, front squat and the clean, which are specifically designed to burn fat and build muscle. Reserve a free kettlebell trial class Sundays at noon via the Function 5 website.
The Kettlebell Gym
1006 W. Oak St.
Burbank, CA 91506
Build your cardio endurance under the watchful eye of a former FDNY firefighter and Level II RKC instructor David O’Donnell. Learn the basics behind fundamental kettlebell exercises, including the deadlift, swing and Turkish get-up, and then use these exercises as part of an ongoing program designed to build core strength and stamina. Sign up online for a free evaluation session.
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