What type of equipment do you use?
Predominantly we use kettlebells. However, we also specialize in barbells, and body weight training. We work with maces, ropes, bands, trx’s, sleds, tire pulls, and more.

What is a kettlebell?

A kettlebell is a Russian cast-iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. Kettlebells have been dated back to roughly 300 years , according to Pavel Tsatsouline the “kettlebell king” (Enter the Kettlebell, 2006). They made their debut in the USA in 1998, introduced by Tsatsouline.

 Why should I train with Kettlebells?

A kettlebell is a total gym in your hand. For less than one hundred bucks, you’ve got yourself a proven, effective training tool to up your strength, conditioning, and mobility. Pavel used kettlebells to train Russian spec ops, but the former Spetsnaz immigrated to the USA, bringing his knowledge of Russian weight lifting to America. At certifications, we see US military elite, law enforcement, professional athletes, their coaches, and Olympians. All are there for the quality, effectiveness, and versatility of the Kettlebell. The universality of the tool is unparalleled anywhere in the strength world.

If you don’t believe me, pick up some reading material.

 Enter the Kettlebell is a good place to start. Pavel spends some time explaining the research that has gone into kettlebells. He touches on a few controlled studies, as well as provides the name of different doctors that have been apart of said trials.   This is also a good book to learn some proper techniques on a few kettlebell lifts.

Here are a few more links to peruse:
The Scandinavian Journal of Health, in a controlled study states that using kettlebells actually helped significantly relived back pain.

Patrick Roth M.D. article “Kettlebells have your back ”a Neurosurgeons personal and Professional Opinion”
American counsel on exercise found that the kettlebell snatch or single arm swing can burn 20.2 calories per minute. That is equivalent to running a six-minute mile pace.

I have heard that lifting heavy weights and swinging kettlebells will hurt my back.
Kettlebells and heavy lifting won’t hurt you; bad form and improper use is usually the culprit. Weight lifting can actually improve and strengthen your back and prevent you from hurting it in the first place. However, we are a strength training gym, not medical practitioners. If you are in pain now, you may still be able to train, but with your doctor’s approval.

Will lifting heavy weight make women bulky?
Kind of like telling your kids that they can’t go into the pool until 30 minutes after they eat, this is a myth. Getting “bulky” is pretty hard. There is a lot more to it than just lifting heavy. Weight lifting will build a lean physique for women. When you lift heavy you get stronger and denser not bigger. It develops the tone you are looking for, not the added bulk.  Women lack the right balance of hormones, testosterone, and growth hormone to put on muscle in the same way men do. It would be very very very difficult  to build the mass that they fear so much. Don’t worry, it will be harder to bulk you up, then it is to get you leaned and toned.

What about cardio?

Kettlebell swings and snatched have been scientifically proven to burn 20.2 calories per minute. That is the equivalent of running a six-minute mile. Most people will never run this fast. But most people can learn how to swing a bell. Don’t worry, you’ll get your cardio in the most effective way possible. There are also plenty of other exercises that we do which will get your heart rate up and keep it up. Cardio is just one element needed in your training. We can improve your conditioning this way, but you need strength training to burn calories and lean down in order to tone up. Type your paragraph here.

How do I get started?

Give us a call at 209-531-8172 or email us at thebrickhousesc@gmail.com. You can come by to check us out and ask any questions you might have.