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The holidays are over and it is time to shed those unwanted pounds. A popular Russian workout has hit America with a bang. Kettle-bells are cast iron balls with a handle on top. The handle is an important part of the ball because it creates an unbalanced stability, causing the muscles to work harder. Kettlebells help develop a strong core and lean muscle tone. A regime with kettlebells allows for more intense workouts in a shorter time than ordinary weight-training options. Experience a workout like none other in one of these Cleveland-area classes. 

Better Bodies of Medina 
111 W. Smith Road
Medina, OH 44256
(440) 669-5667
www.betterbodiesofmedina.comPrice: $10 to $180

This fully equipped workout facility offers more than just pain and sweat. Better Bodies of Medina provides personal training and instructional classes to help anyone achieve his or her fitness goals. Enjoy deep core strength training with kettlebells to build muscle while burning fat. Easily incorporate this full-body workout, good for all ages, into a busy schedule. Only 10 minutes a day provides a complete workout. Better Bodies of Medina offers large, small or personalized kettlebell classes. Also enjoy yoga, strength and suspension training as well as message therapy. Better Bodies does not require membership fees or class registration. The first class is free.

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Team Surly 
Chagrin Falls KSD Academy
300 Industrial Parkway
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(216) 389-8862
www.teamsurly.comPrice: contact facility for individual pricing

Join Jane Easly for a total workout transformation at Team Surly. Incorporating kettlebells into all areas of its programs, Team Surly is sure to push your body to its limit. It promotes muscle training, metabolism enhancement, core conditioning and endurance in programs based on scientific research. The gym also offers sport-specific training as well as yoga. Enjoy private classes as well as group training with a highly qualified, educated and energetic instructor.

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Soza Fitness & Wellness 
5236 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
(216) 373-7692
www.sozafitnessandwellness.comPrice: $9 to $150

Soza engages everyone in helping to provide a friendly and fun atmosphere that is conducive to great workouts. Its instructors are highly trained and ensure safe and effective coaching in every class. Whether you’re looking for a great cardiovascular workout or a fantastic muscle-building activity, Soza’s complete kettlebell workout promises to leave every athlete with the “Soza Soreness.”

Personal Trainer Central 
26001 Miles Road #3
Cleveland, OH 44128
(866) 977-4772
personaltrainercentral.comPrice: $35 to $450

If you’re looking for an alternative to the regular gym scene, a personal trainer may be more your forte. Erika Kohler, a certified personal trainer, offers everything you need for a complete body workout, including kettle bells. Focusing on weight loss, strength and sports training, she can specialize a program to meet your needs, no matter your physical condition. Making home visits or meeting at a local facility, she will ensure success with her fun and creative methods.

Kettlebell Studio
16 S. Main St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 382-1059
thekettlebellstudio.wordpress.comPrice: $40-$250

Diane Salettel, owner of Kettlebell Studio, takes her kettlebell workouts to a new level. Focusing primarily on kettlebells for a complete workout, she develops programs to fit anyone of any fitness level. From Navy Seals to new moms, she focuses on strength training and weight loss. She offers private and group training and classes. Her high energy level and sophisticated training allow her the ability to focus on weaknesses and strengths to provide a complete workout program. She will start off by assessing your current conditioning state and work on a plan for improvement.

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