I recently had the pleasure of taking an introduction to kettlebell class and a group kettlebell class from the team at Functional Fitness VA. I always like trying new-to-me classes and sharing my experience on the blog, so read on for my review and a discount code for my northern Virginia area readers who would also like to try them out!
Functional Fitness VA is located in the Endurance Athlete Center (EAC) in Falls Church, VA, and they offer both personal training services as well as group kettlebell classes. Functional Fitness VA is not just another group fitness gym – their focus is aimed at strengthening complimentary muscles for runners and other endurance athletes to increase their performance. Something I know most runners could use!
As you guys know, until a couple weeks ago I was working for the EAC as their sports dietitian. I decided to leave to focus attention on my own private practice (AnneTheRD.com), but I still love the center and the team there, so I was happy to oblige when the Func Fit guys asked if I’d like to check out their intro to kettlebell class and one group class to share a blog review. Here I am with the Functional Fitness VA owners Kavon and Tom, who are not only very knowledgeable trainers but also fun guys.
Anyone who wants to take the group kettlebell classes with Functional Fitness VA must first start with the individual introduction to kettlebell class.
During this class, you learn the basics of the core kettlebell lifts, focusing on proper form (to prevent injury)!
Even though it was just an intro course, it was actually a decent workout, too, especially since Kavon made me hold the poses for ages to correct my form. Hellooooo, inner thighs!
I was really impressed with the intro class and learned a lot in the hour that I spent with Kavon. This class would be useful to anyone, even someone who has worked with kettlebells before and thinks they already know what they are doing (like me)!
A couple weeks after the intro class, I checked out one of the weeknight group kettlebell classes taught by Scott.
I was expecting this class to be a boot camp/high intensity intervals sort of class, but it had much more of a strength/mobility focus, which was great because that’s what I don’t get enough of (most runners don’t)! I left with a sore (in a good way) core and much more open shoulders.
If you’re in the DC/northern VA area and are looking to branch out from your standard routine and strengthen muscles that will improve your running (and decrease chance of injury), I’d encourage you to check out Functional Fitness VA! More information about their personal training/kettlebell class options is on their website. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention my blog for 15% off your initial purchase.
Have you ever taken a kettlebell class? I’ve done work with kettlebells before in CrossFit, but I’d never done a dedicated class. I really liked it!