Top Kettlebell Workouts In Philadelphia

January 5, 2013 7:00 AM

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Kettlebell workouts — a Russian workout technique that uses iron weights that look like cannonballs or little bowling balls with handles — combine strength and cardio training, helping you to maximize the benefits of your time at the gym. They’re all the rage these days in the United States, a kettlebell workout is usually fast-paced, burning more than 270 calories in just 20 minutes. Working out with kettlebells is a great challenge for your arms and shoulders, and incorporates swings that help you work the entire core. Get started today at the best places for kettlebell workouts in Philly.

707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-1374

Prices: Free introductory private lesson/classes and memberships vary

Maxbells’ 4,000-square-foot, Center City facility is conveniently located, and all instructors are certified kettlebell instructors. This balanced program, designed for everyone regardless of fitness level or ability, helps strengthen your core and is a great cardio workout. If your current fitness routine isn’t working for you, kettlebell fitness could be just what you need to kick start your weight loss program. In addition to kettlebell classes, Maxbells offers a variety of self-defense programs taught by trained, highly skilled black belt instructors.

DV8 Fitness
970 Pulaski
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 306-3627

Prices: $25 for drop in class

Class size limited to no more than 10 in this King of Prussia facility, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Kettlebell classes are taught in private or group sessions, with small group and corporate trainings available. Focus is on technique, strength, flexibility and agility. Training is available for those interested in becoming Russian Kettleball Challenge Instructor certified in the Philadelphia area.

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Precision Kettlebells
489 E. Lancaster Ave.
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 636-7087

Prices: $20 for drop in class

This program is housed in Malvern, with classes in locations including local parks. Training is held outdoors March through October, and incorporates running for the additional cardio benefits. Most clients attend an average of three to four times a week. Each class, including Thursday’s SuperFit Happy Hour and Staturday’s BootCamp, is specially formatted for variety and maximum fitness benefits.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United
428 Old York Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046
(215) 886-1079

Prices: 30 day free trial, membership and class rates vary

Kettleball classes are offered in this Jenkintown Martial Arts academy, with a class just for women as well as the standard offerings. Owners encourage trying the program for free for 30 days to be sure it’s a good fit before committing to a membership. Individual programs are developed based on your goals, with a 60-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your coaching and results.

Relentless Fitness
249 S. 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 351-6260

Prices: 30-minute classes are $20 for a single class/$75 for a five-pack

Relentless Fitness is located on 10th Street between Locust and Spruce. This program combines TRX and kettlebell training into a total body conditioning class. Up to six students alternate working between the equipment and doing supersets. The studio promises a full-body workout sure to burn a ton of calories. Designed by the Russians as a tool for improving balance, coordination, core stability and strength, kettlebell exercises taught here work the whole body as you use full body movement, muscles and muscle groups worked include abs, shoulders, quads, hamstrings and glutes.

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Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on