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Kettlebell workouts were only introduced in the United States a short time ago, but Russians have used this type of strength training since the early 1900s. By utilizing certain swing movements and different weight measurements, you can target and tone your body, plus lose weight in a short amount of time. While working out with kettlebells may be grueling at first, this type of workout provides overall conditioning to the entire body, and these fitness centers offers some of the best kettlebell workouts in Seattle.

FIT By Red
2315 Western Ave. Ste. 201
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 349-3773

Located on Western Avenue between the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Bell Street, Fit By Red is an independent fitness studio run by an instructor best known as “Red.” She is a Russian Kettlebell Certified instructor and a Certified Kettlebell-Functional Movement Specialist. Fitness clients at Fit By Red range from working moms to athletes, and classes can be customized to fit your individual needs. All experience levels are welcome and she’ll help you overcome past injuries as well. Red offers private instruction as well as group workout sessions.

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Flow Life Fitness
1617 Boylston Ave. #U
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 794-0513

Flow Life Fitness’ Tyler Oakley is not just an enthusiastic personal trainer, but also a Certified American Kettlebell Club coach. Oakley teaches his kettlebell workout classes in the same manner that Russians have for years, ensuring clients execute proper form and gain the best results possible from every workout without injury. Also known as the girya, kettlebells may be used to provide athletes with more stamina and endurance, a stronger body core, and strengthen cardiovascular and muscular systems.

Outrageously Fit Seattle
1446 N.W. 53rd St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-2199

At Outrageously Fit Seattle, schedule a 50-minute kettlebell workout class with Jen Waak, Russian Kettlebell Certified instructor. Waak has been working with kettlebells for more than seven years and said she believes in offering workouts to her clients that effectively relieve pain and stiffness in addition to building muscle and achieving weight loss. She also believes kettlebells are one of the simplest and most efficient forms of fitness, incorporating fun, strength training and cardio moves into each workout.

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Level 4 Crossfit Seattle
4358B Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 992-7360

At Level 4 Crossfit Seattle, two of the fitness center’s trainers are Russian Kettlebell Certified. Kettlebell classes at this Crossfit location are perfect for anyone just starting out in this type of fitness, as instructors design each workout to suit every athlete individually. One of the best things about Level 4 Crossfit Seattle is that new clients may try it for free. You’ll first receive a one-hour session with a certified personal trainer at no charge, and then schedule the next three paid sessions. While kettlebell workouts are not included in the free trial session, your trainer may provide additional information to you about these exercises.

Seattle Strength and Performance
525 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 659-4339

Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood, Seattle Strength and Performance offers kettlebell workouts through a few of its fitness classes. Begin by scheduling a free assessment session with one of the center’s professional trainers. Then choose your preferred fitness option and schedule the classes you want online through the company website or by calling in. Class options to choose from include ladies-only sessions, metabolic conditioning classes and fitness sessions in small groups of six people or less per training coach.

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.