ABOUT: All KBC-brand bells are finished by hand, come in black and are coated in a baked acrylic, powder coated finish--easily the smoothest finish currently available. A powder coated, hand polished finish provides the perfect medium between bells that are too slippery (which is why we moved away from an epoxy coating) and a nice textured finish, but not rough so that it will irritate your grip.
INSTRUCTORS: Beyond finishes and types of kettlebells available, easily the most important aspect of KB training is the instructor--and that is where KBC excels. Kettlebell lifting is a skill that demands a bit of patience on the part of the learner--and even the fitness professional when THEY are learning from KBC! Learning the skills and sciences behind KB training is easily compared to Pilates and Yoga in this regard. We cannot emphasize the importance of personal instruction enough. KBC is the industry leader in fitness education and ALL of our instructors listed on our locator are currently practicing, certified, fitness professionals. Check out our KBC instructor locator to find an instructor in your area. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, and good luck with your training!
COLORS: As of 4/2009, we have decided to no longer manufacture grey bells.
PICK UP IN BRICK, NJ: KBC-brand kettlebells (only) ARE available for pick up at our distributor's warehouse (SIL FITNESS) in Brick, NJ from 9-5pm EST Mon-Fri.
EDUCATION: If you're unclear as to where to start, call 800-876-6090 x8071 and listen to our message about what weights to start with, why we suggest these weights, a basic explanation of why kettlebells are different, and much more. (Approx 6 minutes.)
KettleBell Concepts (KBC) provides complete implementation of separate, turn-key, independent profit centers for fitness facilities. Our offerings include complete sales and marketing training of all support staff as well as multi-tiered, CEC/U-approved courses for fitness professionals in kettlebell training.
The company’s training programs currently include:
If you are interested in hosting a 1-day, KBC Group Exercise Teacher Training at your facility, it is a very simple process. Click here to get started!
KettleBell Concepts Total Body KB Blast is a 1 day, CEC-approved (ACE & AFAA) 9 hour course geared specifically toward:
KBC defines "traditional group ex environment" as follows:
You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do.
-Gichin Funakoshi. Founder of Shotokan karate.
So what’s our point? At KettleBell Concepts we’re encouraging you NOT to swallow the hype swirling around KB’s. Dig deeper. It’s far more than just “learning the moves.” If you want to “learn the moves” go on to YouTube and “learn” them. But clients are putting their most prized possession in your hands (their BODY!) so we know you’re a lot more responsible than that. Right? RIGHT?? There’s MUCH more to this discipline. (Note the word discipline.) Competitive Girevoy Sport (kettlebell) lifters spend YEARS trying to master just two lifts: The Snatch and Clean and Jerk. Do you think you can possibly “learn kettlebells” in a pre-conference workshop? In 9 hours? In 16 hours? In 3 days? In a lifetime?
If you said “no”. . . .that’s good. You just passed your first test. ;) You’re the kind of elite professional we’d be proud to call a KBC-trained Instructor. We want to welcome you to our curriculum. Please keep reading.
This is the tip of the iceberg. With ongoing education, training, practice, time and patience, you’ll become fantastic with KB’s and (of course!) offer a kick butt 30-45 minute class to your devotees! Most importantly you’ll be able to effectively aid your clients in getting to where they need to be—and you’ll know WHY you’re doing what you’re doing.
All KBC Senior Instructors are taught that, although the Group Exercise program is a great way to implement a kettlebell program into a facility, kettlebells (like dumbbells, barbells, or anything else) have extremely limited use if clients stay there and not progress into heavier bells and learn more advanced lifts.
We look forward to working with you to get your program up and running! We're happy to provide you with an interview below by KBC Senior Instructor Kristen Gagne. In Kristen's interview, she discusses how excited her personal trainers are about having the potential to break in to the "group fitness world" using kettlebells. As she is often fond of saying, "Classes don't cancel on you!"
Our Level 1 Instructor Training meets the immediate needs of both independent and facility-affiliated fitness professionals looking to implement kettlebells in a boot camp, semi-private/small group profit center, or one-on-one personal training environment.
The KBC Level 1 Teacher Training course will cover:
You’ve been asking for it and now it’s here!
Authored by KBC's Director of Education: Vincent Metzo.
What is this training all about? Why should you take it? Suffice to say it goes WAY beyond the basics.
It’s divided into two parts:
Finally there will be discussions on designing KB programs specifically for endurance athletes. You’ll learn how to design to avoid accommodation and overtraining, active recovery strategies, as well as strategies to correct kinetic chain dysfunction. You will walk out of the weekend armed not only with concrete program designs (that you’ll generate with your classmates) but also an arsenal of “new” KB exercises that you’ve probably never seen before!
More importantly, you’ll know not only how to perform the techniques, but also when (or even if) you should use them with a particular client. There will be advanced work with the kb’s here! Asymmetrical loading. Off balance and stability work. LOTS of fantastic stuff to bring you to the next level as a KBC-trained instructor.
Attendees MUST have taken either KBC Level 1 or Group Ex training OR Attendees must be full or part time fitness professionals with a nationally recognized certification. (NSCA, ACE, NASM, NCSF, NFPT, ISSA, ACSM, etc.)
Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Kettlebell Concepts (KBC) provides complete implementation of separate, turn-key, independent profit centers for fitness facilities that can be set up within your existing floor space. We provide comprehensive staff training (all courses are CEC-approved) equipment screening, purchasing and installation for large and boutique training facilities and performance development/injury prevention centers. Our offerings also include complete sales and marketing training of all support staff.
KBC’S training programs currently include:
We also hold an annual convention and tradeshow. Check out www.kbcconvention.com for more information.