The Russian kettlebell is the latest weapon against fat and calories in gyms across the Southland. Orange County fitness experts are turning to this bowling ball with a handle to develop strength, flexibility and cardio. The imported training technique offers full-body workouts to tone, sculpt and shed pounds quickly by using different muscle groups at once. If you’re unsatisfied with the same old gym routine, pick it up a notch and check out a kettlebell workout near you.
The Body Warehouse
23252 Arroyo Vista
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Price: from $200/month
The Body Warehouse offers an Orange County kettlebell camp in which participants have been known to burn 1,200 calories per hour. The workouts at this camp combine the Russian kettlebell with body-weight calisthenics. Instructors are supportive and will teach you how to use the kettlebells safely and effectively with varied and challenging workouts. Classes are offered five days a week and will put you on the fast track to being leaner and stronger.
Kettlebells Orange County
6608 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Price: $20 for walk-ins
The classes at this gym focus on functional strength training, which promises to make you more flexible, leaner and stronger. Clients range from working moms to professional athletes. You can choose to train with a group several days a week or receive private kettlebell instruction. Either way, be prepared to move, lift and sweat because a 10-minute workout with kettlebells will give you more strength and cardio training than an hour at your traditional gym.
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Republic of Strength
22661 Lambert St., #203
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Price: from $139 a month
At the Republic of Strength, two certified coaches provide you with instruction and motivation to meet your strength and conditioning goals. This gym sets itself apart by providing individualized training programs designed to make you lose weight and look better. Proper technique, education and safety are all priorities. For those who find motivation in watching others train, this gym offers group classes six days a week. The classes provide a positive and upbeat atmosphere and are known to attract a good mix of people, from novices to regulars.
JL Fit Kettlebell & Movement Gym
755 W. 17th St., Unit D
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Price: from $200 for group classes
Instructors at this gym focus on kettlebells and bodyweight training. The objective is to ensure strength and agility throughout the entire body. JL Fit accomplishes this by focusing on seven core principles: strength, conditioning, movement, joint mobility, longevity, figure and nutrition. Choose from a menu of services including personal training, small group classes, workshops and bootcamps. Training sessions are always high energy, challenging and entertaining.
480 W. Lambert Road, Unit H
Brea, CA 92821
If you need some motivation to shed that extra weight or simply improve overall health and fitness, the kettlebell training programs through MBody Strength will quickly get you where you want to go. This gym offers 20-minute and 45-minute workouts that will get your heart pounding and sweat pouring. Participants boast of immediate results, saying they not only look good, but they also feel good.
Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.