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Best Kettlebell Workouts In Minnesota

January 5, 2013 7:00 AM

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Although kettle bells have been around in Russia since the 1700s, kettle bell workouts have recently become an important part of exercise routines for health-conscious men and women around the globe. The benefits of kettle bell exercise, which include strengthening, variety, versatility and the ability to burn fat in less time, have contributed to the reasons that kettle bells are becoming known as one of the most effective exercise tools available. However, in order to benefit fully from the kettle bell workout, it is crucial to be trained properly. Take a look at some of the best kettle bell workouts in Minnesota.

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Art of Strength
7501 Washington Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55439
(952) 500-9552
www.artofstrengthmn.com

Whether a beginner learning the basics or an experienced kettle beller interested in fine tuning, Art of Strength provides a Kettle bell Basics Training Camp. Over a period of six weeks, kettlebellers take part in an intensive course which includes basic kettlebell drills such as swing, squat, clean, press, snatch and get-up. Each skill helps stabilize shoulders and spine to protect and prevent back injury and apply to movements whether exercising or sitting in the office. Exercises range from learning how to Sumo deadlift in week one to the Triple Crush and Turkish get-up in following weeks.

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Uncommon Age
450 N. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 430-0077
www.uncommonage.com

Small classes, personal training and corporate training opportunities are all available at Uncommon Age. Kettle bell coaches at Uncommon Age are trained through KBI (Kettlebell Institute) and teach beginner and intermediate classes for developing functional strength and bone mass cardio endurance as well as CrossCore RBT which focuses on mobility drills and resistance band training with the help of kettle bells.

Related: Best CrossFit Studios In Minnesota

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Pro Fitness Training
8345 Crystal View Road, Suite 104
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 942-7227
www.profitnessmn.com

Pro Fitness owner Kurt Hartmann specializes in a number of health services including bio-feedback training and nutritional education as well as Russian kettle bell training. He is Bio Physique Transformation certified, Russian Kettlebell Challenge certified and a certified 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo (among other qualifications). Although there is an open gym opportunity and women’s-only classes at Pro Fitness, the focus is primarily on personal training which is available for beginner kettle bellers all the way to “Pro Performance.”

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Maplewood Community Center1830 County Road B E.
Maplewood, MN 55109
(651) 249-2000
www.ci.maplewood.mn.us

A kettlebell class may be as close as the nearest community center. The Maplewood Community Center offers kettle bell training for beginners interested in a short yet challenging 30-minute workout. Those interested in a slightly longer class may want to check out the kettle bell challenge class, which is 45 minutes. Class sizes are limited to 12 and registration can be made by phone or online.

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RAD Boot Camp / Kinetic Edge Performance
779 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 103
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 330-9319
www.kineticedgeperformance.com

Although Kinetic Edge offers classes for beginners, the kettle bell training is definitely not for the faint of heart. With beginning classes available for “first time victims” who must also attend “the Gauntlet” and other classes titled “Inferno,” “Survivor” and “Burnout,” one gets the impression that only serious kettle bellers should apply. The good news is that the goal of Brad Nelson, kettle bell training expert, is not death, but instead focus on “vaporizing fat, demanding strength and building jackhammer conditioning.”

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Christina Majaski is a full-time legal assistant and freelance writer for online and print publications. She has an obsession for all things related to social media and invites you to follow along with her on Twitter @cmajaski. She currently resides with her daughter in central Minnesota. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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