Philadelphia Kettlebell Gym Mimics Karate Progession System
The newly opened KTL gym located at 19th and Spring Garden streets in Philadelphia has a unique progression system. Much like how karate or martial arts classes use belts to indicate experience level, KTL has developed a color bell system. The 3 levels; white bell, black bell, and gold bell represent experience levels of learner, developer, and master respectively. It’s the perfect way for clients to progress with new customized kettlebell workouts tailored to their experience level.
Even though the skill levels of individuals may vary greatly, it’s not uncommon to see everyone grouped together in one class. That’s because the trainers at KTL are sure to give each and every member some one-on-one time to ensure proper form. If you’re new, you can expect to do some basic exercises and techniques. Those who have some familiarity with kettlebells will be able to participate in the more fun routines.
An Indoor Gym with an Outdoor Feel
Instead of a hard floor, the folks at KTL use an artificial turf that gives off that green and grassy appearance. Synthetic turf provides cushion and absorption which is a lot easier on joints like your knees. In order to truly appreciate the difference, try doing multiple goblet thrusters or squats on a bare floor versus turf. You’ll absolutely feel the difference!
Near the corner of the gym is where the massive kettlebell rack sits. The dozens of kettlebells that rest upon two tiers ensure that there are enough to go around. Judging from the picture, it’s not a stretch to assume that this rack supports over 1,000 pounds of weight! Plenty of options no matter what skill level you’re at.
What to Expect at a KTL Class
The staff at KTL understand the importance of preparing one’s body for a challenging kettlebell workout. Typically, foam rollers are used to relax your muscles before moving on to warm-up exercises. One such exercise, the inch worm, is exactly what you’d expect given the namesake. Check out the example video below:
After warm-ups, simple exercises like the kettlebell row kick-off the workouts. From that point, you may be asked to perform a variety of kettlebell exercises, ultimately ending with the more difficult ones like the Turkish Get-up.
Since each class lasts roughly 45 minutes, there is a wide range of time slots available. This includes several options in the morning as well as late afternoon and evening. There’s even a weekend schedule if you’re crunched for time.
For folks who work in Center City Philadelphia and are looking to get fit, these kettlebell classes will improve your cardio, strength, and burn fat. Since kettlebell workouts can burn up to 20 calories a minute, it’s an effective way to get the body you desire without sacrificing too much time.