Adventures in Kettlebell

One thing you may not know about me is I’m a serial fitness junkie. I love to work out (OK, sometimes) but tend to burn out when I stick with the same routine for too long. I’m a certified Pilates and Yoga teacher, and have a reformer studio in my house. But sometimes, a girl has to shake things up a little bit.

Enter the kettlebell. The what? You say…I know, right? Think cannonball with a handle.

I purchased a 16 pound version of this beast over the summer from Target, but I never quite got the hang of it. After whining on Twitter one night that I couldn’t decide whether to stay glued to the couch or work out with the kettlebell at my feet, internet friend Twincident asked me if I wanted to check out a kettlebell class in Alexandria at Dynamic Solutions. I was really excited, as learning the mechanics of anything with a real live person is always easier for me then trying to decode a video in the midst of a Turkish Get up. (Don’t ask. You’ll learn.)

Christina Smith and Darius Gilbert are partners at Dynamic Solutions, and I really like how they’re covering all the bases. Christina’s a certified lifestyle coach, personal trainer, and metabolic typing advisor. Her co-owner Darius Gilbert is a strength and conditioning expert, an RKC Russian kettlebell trainer, and holistic lifestyle coach.

Not only can you get a great workout, but Christina runs a Six Week Nutrition bootcamp based on people’s specific metabolic profile. It’s really interesting information to have, based on an online questionnaire that you fill out and send to Christina.

I found out that I’m something called a Parasympathetic Fast oxidizer, which means I actually need more fat and protein in my diet, as well as green, complex, non-starchy carbs. As someone who’s been trying to eat really low fat and multiple whole grains during the course of a day and has been HUNGRY, this was enlightening. I can say that I feel a huge difference in my energy levels after just paying attention to that information the past week.

As for the kettlebells- Oh, the kettlebells. Darius, if you’re reading this, Hi! I can walk again! Thanks. No, seriously. I’d been tossing around a 16 pounder at home, doing my best with form, but not really understanding the mechanics of the foundation movement of Kettlebell, the swing. Within 15 minutes, Darius had me wielding a 23 pounder (he claimed it would actually be easier, and you know what? It was.) and had very accurately eyeballed what I needed to work on, which was the explosive hip burst that makes the movement in the swing so powerful. It was really an “Aha” moment for me, and the mark of a solid trainer.

All in all, if you’re in the Northern Virginia area and you want to work up a sweat in a really supportive but challenging environment, definitely check out Dynamic Solutions. And if you mention me, you get $25 off your first three kettlebell intro package, as well as a free heart rate variability assessment.

And tell Darius my hamstrings and glutes thank him.

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  1. Susan Helene Gottfried Saturday - 07 / 02 / 2009 Reply
    Ugh. With my joints, a kettlebell workout would be nothing more than one long dislocation. Watching people use them is fun, though. They look cool. Susan Helene Gottfried’s last blog post..Mitchell and Kerri fiction: The Art Book (Trevor’s Song Era)
  2. her royal troutship Sunday - 08 / 02 / 2009 Reply
    metabolic typing advisor? I type a lot. Should my metabolism be speeding up? And spoiler alert - I'll be in the hood in April! Maybe I'll give it a try while the kids are stowing away with their aunt @ school. her royal troutship’s last blog post..trouts and the eye of the beholder
  3. Janine (@twincident) Tuesday - 10 / 02 / 2009 Reply
    So glad you liked it! I'm awaiting my free assessment so Christina can evaluate just how bad my 'diet' of coffee and chocolate are for me. Maybe that will be as much of a kick in the butt as the kettlebell class!
  4. Sandy Sommer, RKC Tuesday - 10 / 02 / 2009 Reply
    Susan, Just wanted to humbly add my two cents worth. Kettlell practice is amazing for your joints. I used to have a knee issue, a shoulder issue and a back issue. ALL GONE! Darius is well qualified to help you and if you aren't able to practice safely he will let you know. If you aren't close to Darius then you can use the RKC Zip code finder at . Give it a shot! Sandy Sommer, RKC Sandy Sommer, RKC’s last blog post..Baltimore Introductory Kettlebell Workshops
  5. workout mommy Tuesday - 10 / 02 / 2009 Reply
    it was so much fun to get to sweat with you. My hamstrings are finally recovered as well! :) workout mommy’s last blog post..Sometimes You Just Hate Your Instructor
  6. acorndreaming Friday - 13 / 02 / 2009 Reply
    Oohh. I am such a workout junkie and that kettlebell workout sounds so intriguing. It would be a ridiculous drive for me to get over there, but oh, so tempting . . . acorndreaming’s last blog post..Duck Stuck in the Muck

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