Why should I choose Pittsburgh Kettlebells?

We believe in providing the most value and return on your time and financial investments by focusing on results. Visit our About page for more details. Our clients are individuals who see the value in good health and the high quality of life that comes with it. We are passionate about what we do and have attempted to create an option for everyone’s time and financial budget. We can say with confidence that we offer the highest quality of instruction and programming in the area. But you would expect us to say that – everyone does. Instead, hear it from those who have already experienced what we have to offer by reading our Testimonials page and client reviews here and here

What exactly are kettlebells, and how do you use them?

They look like a cannon ball with a handle and come in various weights. All of the kettlebell exercises focus on strength, endurance, mobility and stability. Kettlebell training is a holistic approach. Remember when you thought weight training and cardio were two separate things? No more! Kettlebells provide cardio and strength endurance all in one workout! Reduce the time you spend at the gym and get a greater return on your workout investment!  

Do you work with anything other than kettlebells?

Absolutely.  We use any method which allows us to produce superior results, such as bodyweight calisthenics, free weights, and bands. As such, we do not use treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, and similar ineffective methods. 

How often should I use kettlebells?

As with any exercise program, your commitment is key to your success. Kettlebells give you a great return on your time investment; however, you must commit to 2-3 sessions per week in order to make progress and see results.

Kettlebell exercises look like they would hurt my back.

Quite the opposite! Learning proper technique is critical to your safety. Let our instructors teach you how to load your hips and brace your midsection. Your back (and everything else) will get stronger!

I’ve had orthopedic surgery or a joint replacement, am I able to use kettlebells?

Absolutely! Once you have obtained proper clearance from your doctor and/or physical therapist, incorporating intelligent use of kettlebells combined with corrective exercise will greatly improve your strength and mobility after surgery. We currently have several clients who have had knee replacements, hip replacements, and rotator cuff repair just to name a few. Our experienced staff will assist you in achieving your success as well!

I’ve heard that kettlebells are really hard. I don’t think I can do that.

Yes, they are hard. But they are easily adaptable to all fitness levels. A certified kettlebell instructor can help you find the appropriate starting point and teach you the safest and most effective way to perform the exercises.

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What is the Functional Movement Screen and why do you use it?

The Functional Movement Screen is the best way for your instructor to get important information about you. The Screen is a series of seven movements that will reveal any assymetries, mobility, or stability issues that you may have. After you complete your screen, you will be given corrective drills to work on. These drills can be integrated into your training session, or any classes that you may take, and can also be done on your own. This ensures that you will be starting on the right path. You will be periodically re-assessed and given the appropriate progressions for your exercises. It is important for one to have a stable frame before we can load it.

The Functional Movement Screen is the assessment tool of choice for several NFL and NBA teams and the Titleist Golf Academy.

Why do you train barefoot?

Your footwear is a vital part of your training success. We recommend either training barefoot (socks are fine) or wearing shoes with minimal support and a thin sole. Shoes with a thick sole and an elevated heel (such as running shoes) make it impossible to achieve proper body mechanics. Why?  

1. A thick sole inhibits the sensory receptors in the bottom of the foot that send messages to the entire body. It is difficult to achieve good balance and stability if you cannot sense the ground beneath you.

2. A lift in the heel makes it impossible to perform any type of squatting or deadlifting movement correctly. An elevated heel pitches your bodyweight forward and onto the knees, which prevents you from safely and correctly loading your hips.