Spring and pending summer raise the “risk” of going out for fruity umbrella drinks, thus raising the probability of expanding our shorts sizes. YIKES! Sometimes you gotta switch up your fitness routine to get over the summer drink hump. But what do two fitanistas do when they’ve tried a gamut of fitness styles?
Go to an expert! Our bestest personal trainer friend alerted us to a Kettlebell option in Chicago that we just had to try. Chicago Kettlebell Club is the go-to place for kettlebell sport training in Chicago, and is home of Chicago’s growing kettlebell sport team. They also offer intro classes for greenies like us. The only Kettlebell experience we’ve had was in circuit training-like classes where we hacked our way through the traditional wood chopper exercise.
But now, we know better! One of the best things about Chicago Kettlebell Club is the bubbly, informative and meticulous instructor, Bea Rodriguez (read her personal story about how she got hooked on kettlebell). When entering, we were late (we need to work on that!) to the North Side space where Bea’s small group training sessions are held, Evolution, but Bea looped us right in. There were about 4 other people in the class and the circuit was posted on a dry erase board for more experienced classmates. Bea warmed us up and then helped us through the entire class with basic kettlebell handling, form, and facts. This was much appreciated as we figured out we had noooo idea how to handle that sucker.
Basic Kettlebell Tidbits:
What Da…is a Kettlebell anyways?
Kettlebells originated in Russia and are either cast iron or steel balls with an attached handle. They range in weight as can be quite light or supremely heavy. Bea uses steel competition Kettlebells in her classes.
So how much do they weigh?
We started off with a 8 kg kilogram kettlebell (good ol’ pinky the Kettlebell) which equates to approximately 17.6 lbs and bumped up to the light blue 10 kg kettlebell (approx. 22 pounds). The largest kettlebell (an appropriately colored gold bell) at Evolution weighs 48 kg lbs.
For the math curious, 1 kg=2.2 pounds (Oh you tricky metric system!)
Girevoy style Kettlebell classes focus on endurance over time whereas Hardstyle does more explosive movements where you tire quickly. Bea practices Girevoy Sport style, aka fluid style, but you may encounter Hardstyle at your local gym.
You can compete with Kettlebells.
No ways! There is an upcoming competition in Chicago in June, and there are many competitions that team members can attend throughout the year, in Chicago and other states and countries.
So who should join the Chicago Kettlebell Club?
Whether you’re in Chicago or not, you can join Coach Bea‘s kettlebell sport team. Male, female, beginner and advanced athletes are all welcome. All you need are 2 things:
1) Set aside 3 times a week to follow Coach Bea‘s weekly programming, whether at home or a gym that has competition bells (in Chicago, Evolution Fitness at 6122 N Pulaski Rd and Phenomenal Fitness at 1450 S Michigan Ave has them)
2) Set up in-person coaching (at Evolution Fitness or Phenomenal Fitness) or video technique coaching. You may also choose to attend optional team practice sessions at Evolution on Saturdays at 12pm.
Pricing will depend on location and the training package you choose.
Email Coach Bea at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number if interested. More info can also be found here http://thechicagokettlebellclub.com/faqs/
Here’s a sneak peek demo of a kick butt Kettlebell signature move, the Double Turkish Get-Up 24kg .
Umm soo..do Kettlebells make you lose weight?
As with all things, your nutritional lifestyle and exercise both factor in but yep, Kettlebells burn some major calories so they are an effective tool to get your blood pumping!
We wholeheartedly recommend this class for beginners or advanced fitness students. Aside from being comfortable with basic swing variations and squat techniques, there was one thing we were definitely sure about…..Bea’s Kettlebell class worked us out! Our booties and thighs were sore enough to make us think we walked up a mountain!
Ready to try it out? Your first class with Bea is free! Contact her to get started today.
And for you competitive go-getter types, here’s a taste of what a competition looks like: