Boston’s Best Kettlebell Workouts

January 5, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Fusion Workouts)

(Photo Credit: Fusion Workouts)

(Photo Credit: Fusion Workouts)

If you’re looking for new ways to workout in the coming year, consider kettlebells. Shaped like a cannonball with a handle at the top, these weights and accompanying workouts are one of Russia’s greatest exports. Used by martial artists and elite athletes alike, kettle bell workouts are highly aerobic, and they build muscle and burn fat all at the same time. While the idea of swinging weights may appear unsafe, kettlebell workouts are designed around safety and proper form. Beginners are always encouraged to take an orientation before working out. Below, find some of the best places to learn how to workout with kettle bells or take kettlebell classes in greater Boston.
Fusion Workouts
60 Austin St.
Newtonville, MA 02460
(617) 916-2962

Click here for information about the kettlebell jumpstart package.

Jen Brinkley, owner of Fusion Workouts, is a certified kettlebell instructor who emphasizes safety, proper form and breaking a good, old-fashioned sweat. Kettlebell classes are held early in the morning, perfect for those who prefer to workout before heading to the office. Before your first visit to Fusion, consider the Kettlebell Fusion Jumpstart package, in which, after a fitness assessment, you will receive a complete orientation to working out with kettlebells. In addition, you will receive access to two weeks of group classes.

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Yang’s Martial Arts Association Boston
5 Basile St.
Roslindale MA 02131
(617) 363-9622

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Yang’s Martial Arts Association has been in the greater Boston area for more than 30 years and offers 45-minute kettlebell classes most days of the week. Three orientation sessions are required for new students. If you have children, consider enrolling them in martial arts classes and get the whole family to workout together. Metered parking is readily available along Washington Street, and free parking is located in a lot less than a block away from the studio.

Boston Kettlebell At Brookline Tai Chi
1615 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 803-6982

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Instructor Mandla Nkosi offers both private and small-group kettlebell training classes. Before registering to attend a group class, new students must first register for a New Student Orientation. This orientation includes two private sessions geared toward safety and technique as well as a personal needs assessment. Boston Kettlebell, part of Brookline Tai Chi, is conveniently located in Washington Square within steps of the on the MBTA Green Line C. Metered parking is also available on Beacon Street.

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Total Performance Sports
68 Vine St.
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 387-5998

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Voted one of America’s Top 20 Gyms in Men’s Health Magazine, Total Performance Sports has offered kettlebell classes for more than 10 years. Beginners classes emphasize form and aerobic conditioning. Even though classes are only 30 minutes in length, they are challenging and offer a complete, sweat-breaking workout. Classes are offered regularly, including Saturday mornings.

The Training Room
691A Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 284-6088

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The Training Room focuses largely on personal training and boasts personal trainers that are also certified to teach with kettlebells. Studio co-owners Heidi Brown and Maren Kravitz are both certified kettlebell trainers and can assist you with incorporating them into your fitness routine. While group classes are available, individuals are encouraged to work out with trainers to design a tailored and complete fitness program. Personal trainings sessions may include workouts with kettlebells, and group classes are also available.

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