Kettlebells (KB’s) are not new to the fitness world. They were once found in every gymnasium in the nation. You might have even seen a photo of an old time strongman lifting a kettlebell. KB’s are made from cast iron, with a U-shape handle. They resemble a cannon ball with a handle or as some people describe it a Mickey Mouse looking weight. Kettlebells are very compact and come in different weights which make it an ideal workout piece of equipment both men and women.
KB’s are a functional exercise that will improve your flexibility, strength and balance. Kettlebells or Girevoy as they call it in Russia is their national sport. KB’s have been used by the Speztnaz the Russian Special Forces and Russian Athletes for many years. This was one of the secrets and advantages that the former Soviet Union used to dominate world athletics and the Olympics.
Today they are currently being used by Athletes, martial artist, UFC fighters, movie stars, SWAT teams and the military. Sylvester Stallone, Penelope Cruz and Lance Armstrong are known to train with Kettlebells. Even Bruce Lee worked out with a kettlebell. Kettlebells are lifted by using natural momentum with proper posture and alignment. Kettlebell training will give you a low impact aerobic and anaerobic functional workout. They can also be used to strengthen injured body parts and rehabilitation. They are ideal for weight loss and building powerful functional muscles.
Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense can create a customized training program for clients living in South Florida or if you want the ultimate fitness workout come and try our XFT Fitness Challenge Boot Camp; the Xtreme Functional Training Challenge is a fusion of kettlebells, Battling Ropes, kickboxing, Indian Clubs, sandbags, Gada, medicine ball, stretching, breathing exercising and functional training.
Head instructor Julio Anta is a fully certified Kettlebell instructor. He was first certified in 2004 at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense who hosted the first Kettlebell Concepts certification in Florida. He later got certified as an HKC Kettlebell and Elite Kettlebell instructor. Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense is fully equipped kettlebell training center to fit your needs.
In an article in TIME Magazine it said “For more intensity try kettlebells...it's a full body workout, aerobic and strength-building." Due to the explosive nature of the lift they are a great tool for athletes. When lifting use your natural momentum, they provide a low impact total body workout. This simple tool is small, portable and will make you more powerful that what you could ever imagine.
Kettlebells were rediscovered in the US thanks to the leadership of former Spetznat trainer, international fitness author, nationally-ranked kettlebell lifter and Master of Sports, Pavel Tsatsouline. Kettlebells have been featured in Hollywood movies such as "Rocky Balboa" and "Never Back Down." The actors in the movie the "300" also trained with kettlebells.
Studies done in Russian compared Kettlebells against specific forms of conditioning. They were divided into two groups. One group practiced the testing protocol of push ups, pull ups, a run, a sprint, etc. The other group lifted Kettlebells. In spite of no rehearsal of the testing protocol, the Kettlebell group actually posted better scores in the events! Kettlebells are extremely safe and productive under the guidance of a trained professional.
Julio Anta kettlebell and functional training interview in Icelandic in Iceland Kettlebell web site: http://www.kettlebells.is/?s=2&ss=108
Tae Kwon Do Times May 2009
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|Julio Anta being interviewed by Dragon Door TV in St. Paul, Minnesotta, 4-17-10||First HKC certification in Florida was conducted by Master RKC instructor Dave Whitley on February 7, 2010|
|First Kettlebell certification class in Florida. It was conducted at Anta's Fitness and Self Defense in 2004||1-23-09 Julio Anta Kettlebell for Seniors Workshop for The Silver Club of Doral|
|At Ageless Body Workshop with Andrea Du Cane Master RKC Instructor 2011|