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Popular among athletes and fitness gurus around the world, kettlebells provide a full-body workout without adding bulky muscles. If you wish to burn fat, improve your balance and flexibility and strengthen your core, sign up for a kettlebell workout at one of these D.C. area fitness studios today.

Studio F3
1727 Massachusetts Ave. NW Suite C-10
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 656-7330

Price: $85 monthly class package/$60 four-class punch pass/$18 drop-in

If you’re new to kettlebell workouts, consider signing up for a class at Studio F3 where you will find beginner kettlebell classes and helpful trainers. Students learn the basics of a kettlebell workout as well as kettlebell moves and swings that help strengthen and tone muscles. As your kettlebell skills improve, the studio offers an in-between course to further develop your technique as well as an intermediate kettlebell course that features even more challenging moves and World Kettle Bell Club workouts. Studio F3 also offers members a variety of massage therapies including deep tissue and hot stone.

1808 Adams Mill Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 238-9642

Price: $99 per month unlimited classes with a six-month agreement

For a totally unique kettlebell workout experience, check out the TRX/kettlebell training class at Stroga. This course combines kettlebell exercises with suspension training courtesy of TRX straps, an innovative exercise tool used by top trainers, athletes and members of the U.S. military. The TRX/kettlebell training class will help improve your strength, balance, range of motion and core stability as well as provide a satisfying full-body workout. Stroga, which features functional strength training and yoga, provides a wide variety of other workout programs including Pilates, martial arts, group strength training, Israeli self-defense training and kid-friendly courses.

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Foundation Fitness
4380 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 506-4999

Price: To be determined after complementary consultation

Foundation Fitness helps its members achieve their fitness goals by providing a variety of fitness programs (such as kettlebell training) and assessments including nutrition coaching, body age assessment, boot camps, group and one-on-one training, and massage therapy. Whether you wish to lose weight, run a marathon or simply stay in good shape, the fitness courses and certified trainers at Foundation Fitness will help you reach your goal. Group training sessions tend to last 45 minutes with each workout tailored to meet the fitness needs of the group. Members may choose to join a previously established group or create their own with their family members and friends. Foundation Fitness features state-of-the-art equipment and flexible scheduling.

BW-PT Kettle Bell and Functional Training Studio
44927 George Washington Blvd. Suite 150
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 582-6087

Price: seven-day free trial

If you prefer a more personal kettlebell workout experience, then consider booking an appointment with Brian Wright, personal trainer and owner of BW-PT Kettle Bell and Functional Training Studio. In addition to kettlebell training, BW-PT provides personalized program plans to help improve your kettlebell techniques and skills. If you’re on a tight budget, the studio also features semi-private training groups in which each class aims to provide a safe and fun challenge as well as gradually improve your overall strength. BW-PT Kettle Bell and Functional Training Studio also offers workshops, seminars and other community events to help introduce new members to this popular fitness fad. The studio also provides a variety of free resources online.

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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy
6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 465-7799

Price: To be determined after consultation

Don’t be fooled by its name; while the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy does provide a variety of martial arts training programs, the fitness facility also offers general fitness programs including kickboxing, yoga, Zumba, belly dancing and kettlebell training. Using an interval-based training program, the kettle-bell training class will help burn fat, strengthen your core and build up your strength without building up bulky muscles. Men and women of all fitness abilities are welcomed and encouraged to take this course. The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy boasts a “positive, ego-free atmosphere” that’s geared toward helping boost your body confidence and fitness skills. The facility also provides kid-friendly classes as well as a child care center.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.