COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Have a question about Precision Kettlebells? Wow, we must be great mind readers. Hopefully, we can answer a few for you in the FAQs below. If not, feel free to contact us and we’ll reply back as soon as we can.
Is PK really intense?
Here at PK, we prefer fun, challenging, and effective! While our programs are a very intense program, no one will be yelling in your face and pushing you until you vomit. Instead, our trainers will treat you with respect and teach you in a way that inspires you to commit yourself and push yourself to that next level when appropriate.
I’m super out of shape. Is this right for me?
Absolutely! This is great for everyone from people who have never worked out, to people who have years of experience exercising.
Our entire program is designed to be an individualized program in a group setting, allowing everyone to benefit from the camaraderie but still “go at their own pace.” With different size weights, easier and more difficult exercise variations, and add-on training options, people of all levels can get Transformed!
What if I have sore joints?
You can still do it! Our programs are designed to be high intensity and challenging, however, we offer a low-impact modifications so your joints will be safe and pain free. We don’t put you at unnecessary risk with treadmill abuse or crazy exercises. We use kettlebells for low impact cardiovascular strength training, functional body weight exercises and some other toys here and there to give you a lean, tight and healthy body.
I’ve tried group training before and didn’t like it. Why is PK different?
We get it. Some bootcamps or fitness classes can be downright miserable. At Precision Kettlebells, we pride ourselves on being positive and motivating through encouragement. There’s no screaming or drill sergeant attitudes. Instead, we provide an amazing workout, a great facility and motivating and energetic trainers.
I love it, can I bring a friend?
Of course – the more the merrier! We’re a big happy family at Precision Kettlebells and we want you to share this experience that you love and care for. And the best part? The we will hook them up with a two week trial- free!
I'm new to this kind of exercise, Where do I start?
We have a great program for beginners to kettlebells and functional fitness.
Our “Essential Training” is perfect for people who are new to kettlebells or would like a refresher on the basics. The small group, beginner’s class is held every Tuesday evening. One of our experienced coaches will train you through the foundational kettlebell movements which we regularly program into our group classes. This 45-minute class will typically start with a briefing on what will be covered, a fun dance (warm up), coaching on exercise to be done, a heart pumping workout, then a cool down.
Note: This class is highly recommended for your first visit. You may attend a different class if this time in not an option.
If you purchased a special program such as a challenge, you may start any day from time of purchase with proper notification.
What should I expect during my first week?
We’re going to start you off at 3 times a week because our program is a little more potent than what you may be used to, therefore being very difficult depending on your fitness level. We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to workout at YOUR Own Pace and go about 50% for your first week. Trust me, it is not our intention to hurt you or anyone else. We are not here to “show off ” that our classes are the hardest out there. Each class is scaled to your personal performance, some may do more, some may do less.
At PK we take our fitness serious and want everyone to GET BETTER, not get worse. So please, don’t push your limits during these first few weeks. Lets practice and get better together.
What is a Kettlebell?
What is a Kettlebell anyway?
The kettlebell or the girya is a traditional Russian cast iron weight looking somewhat like a cannonball with the handle. The kettlebell has become a popular exercise tool in the United States. Kettlebells go back as far as the 1700’s. As it first appeared in a Russian Dictionary. Kettlebells were so popular though the strongman and weightlifter community they were referred to as Givevik,or “a kettlebell man.” Some modern kettlebells feature adjustable weights. Kettlebell workouts are intended to increase strength, endurance, agility and balance, challenging both the muscular and cardiovascular system with dynamic, total body movements. We use authentic Dragon Door Kettlebells.
How are kettlebells Used?
Kettlebells can be used in ballistic or swinging movements. Also used in pressing and pulling exercises similar to those one would use with a dumbbell or barbell. The displacement of the weight from the hand requires that the stabilizing muscles engage much more with each movement than would be required of a similar movement with a weight such as a dumbbell.
Kettlebell exercises are whole-body exercises requiring full body integration and core stabilization. There is no such thing as isolated muscle work in Kettlebell training. Training with kettlebells use much force and energy different than basic weight training. This is why you burn more fat and build more muscle.
Are kettlebells dangerous?
In short, yes swinging a weighted object around can be dangerous. But not in the ways you might believe. With inexperienced coaches, shoddy equipment and the wrong attitude, any exercise can be very dangerous – but so can riding your bike or driving your car. The experienced and proven coaches you’ll find at PK will ensure that you’re training in the safest most effective and efficient way possible.
Do you offer personal training?
Unfortunately, No, we don’t. We believe being positioned in a group setting, you get the added benefit of motivation from both your peers and the coach. You’ll notice there is more energy in a group setting and even a little bit of good old-fashioned competition!! It’s just human nature that if the person next to you is giving all out effort, you are more likely to do the same.
How long should I wait between workouts?
Starting off, typically, you should have 24 -36 hours between training sessions at PK. However, life sometimes throws us a curveball, and we have to workout on back to back days. If you are just getting back to working out, then we recommend 3 days of training each week. A typical schedule looks like Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. However, you can do back to back days of training as long as you don’t do more than two consecutive days. So, if you have to do Monday/Tuesday/Thursday for your workouts, that is acceptable.
You can still be active on your off days from the PK by taking a 30 minute walk or doing something that you enjoy and you consider active. Playing with your kids, hiking, pickup basketball, dance etc., are all good ways to stay active on off days.
As you get further into your training experience, you may find that you are able to recover faster and increase the number of days you are training to 4-5 per week. However, there will be times where you should “deload” or take a period of time to lower your number of training days to 2-3 for a week or two to allow your body to recover.
Ideally, an advanced trainee will do 3-5 workouts each week for optimal results. Since classes at PK are always different, the balance allows for recovery while still providing you with enough stress to get the results you want.