Just what is a kettlebell?

August 18, 2008

Stephanie De Bauche of Montrose is a certified Russian kettlebell instructor

By Jen Bakken
Staff Writer

This year at the first Taste of Delano, one of the booths stood out amongst the rest.

Sitting behind a table full of strange bell-like objects, in varying sizes, was Stephanie De Bauche and her husband Joe De Bauche.

Many who passed their booth inquired about these odd objects, and were told they are called kettlebells. Of course, the next obvious question was – “what is a kettlebell?”

A kettlebell is a cast iron weight, shaped like a ball, with a handle on it. They have been used in Russia for centuries by their Olympic athletes and military.

The kettlebell workout would have remained exclusive to Russia special forces had Russian instructor Pavel Tsatsouline not immigrated to the United States.

Today kettlebells are used by all types of people throughout the country such as power-lifters, martial artists, law enforcement officers, military personnel, dancers, and regular men and women who are looking to get in shape.

Properly designed kettlebell workouts can increase strength, decrease body fat, shape the body, decrease stress as well as increase energy, flexibility and endurance.

“It’s like a hand-held gym,” said Stephanie De Bauche. “It’s great for cardio and strength all in one, without spending hours at the gym.”

De Bauche and her husband have lived in Montrose for two years. Her full-time position is as office manager at Solar Plastics in Delano, and she is passionate about her part-time work as a certified kettlebell instructor and certified personal trainer.

“I tried it out first, and my husband did too,” explained De Bauche. “I loved it and so did he. It’s not just a fad, though it is new to the US.”

Now as a certified kettlebell instructor and personal trainer, she will come to a client’s home or office and design a workout specifically for them.

The kettlebells come in weights ranging from nine pounds each to 88 pounds. Costing more than $100, they may be considered expensive, but no other equipment is required for the workouts, such as free weights or a treadmill, and they can be brought anywhere.

De Bauche will be offering fall classes through Buffalo-Montrose Community Education this fall, as well as through Dassel-Cokato Community Education where classes will be conducted at Northwest Martial Arts in Cokato on a weekly basis.

For more information about kettlebells visit, www.dragondoor.com or russiankettlebell.com. To register for classes through Dassel-Cokato Community Education call (320) 286-4120 or for Buffalo-Montrose Community Education call (763) 682-8770.

To contact De Bauche directly, call (952) 797-2965 or e-mail at steph@humanear.com.

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