“The kettlebell is the most versatile training tool there is—a gym in your hand. Science and experience agree that kettlebell training develops a wide range of attributes: slow and dynamic strength, various types of endurance, muscle hypertrophy, fat loss, health, etc.” – StrongFirst.com
Industrial Strength’s coaching staff is the most tenured and experienced in the Portland area when it comes to kettlebell training. The staff is lead by Tony & Mira Gracia, who are the only two StrongFirst Team Leaders in the greater Portland area, and all of Industrial Strength’s coaches are trained directly under their supervision. Considering that StrongFirst is the gold standard in kettlebell instruction, you are guaranteed to be in good hands with the coaches at Industrial Strength.
In addition to being a great stand-alone exercise program, kettlebell training is undoubtedly some of the best cross-training you can do for many sports. If you are a climber, runner, cyclist, jiu jitsu athlete or martial artist, or you participate in any other wide range of sports or outdoor activities, kettlebell training is just the thing to help take your performance to the next level. On top of that, since kettlebell classes are shorter than the others (usually only 30 minutes), they make the perfect training option for somebody with a packed schedule.
One thing that sets Industrial Strength’s kettlebell program apart from all the others out there is the care taken to ensure each student is set up for success form day one. This starts by doing a baseline evaluation for pain-free movement and certain minimums for shoulder and hip mobility that are pre-requisites for participation in class. Once the student is cleared for pain-free movement and mobility, they can on-board through either the Kettlebell Technique class scheduled every Friday evening at 6:00 PM, or through a short series of 1-on-1 lessons that are scheduled by appointment. Students should expect to take at least two KB Technique classes or three 1-on-1 sessions to be ready for the Kettlebell 1 workout class.
Regarding footwear for kettlebell classes, participants are encouraged to either workout in bare feet or invest in a truly minimal shoe such as the Inov-8 bare XF-210 or the VivoBarefoot Primus. Most sneaker type shoes are not ideal for kettlebell training.