SOL Performance Training of Oakland and Santa Cruz Now Offering a Range of Classes Incorporating Russian Kettlebells

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Oakland sports rehab and fitness training center, SOL Performance Training, a cutting-edge facility that bridges the gap between physical therapy and personal training, recently began to offer a variety of workouts with Russian kettlebells, a time-honored training method that studies show is effective for weight loss, strength training and rehabilitation. Kettlebell training from SOL Performance Training—whether it’s in a group class or a semi-private or one-on-one session—can help transform the bodies of everyone from novices to professional athletes, to people looking to get back into shape after an injury.

“At SOL Performance Training, we love Russian kettlebell workouts. They combine foundational body movements, with cardio, motion and strength training into one simple and safe exercise method,” explains Tammara Moore, founder of SOL Physical Therapy and SOL Performance Training. “Plus, kettlebell training is an excellent method of rehab and post-rehabilitation, and helps many overcome muscular back, neck and shoulder pain. What’s not to love?”

For hundreds of years, Russian soldiers and athletes have trained with kettlebells; rounded weights with a handle on top that are named for their resemblance to a tea kettle. They only caught on in the U.S. around 15 years ago, but their popularity has recently exploded, with many celebrities and professional athletes adding kettlebells to their training regimens.

The combination of movement and weight that comes from kettlebell training exercises—swings, squats, presses, snatches—provides an excellent workout that helps people lose weight, strengthen muscles and improve movement flow. Studies have shown that kettlebell routines burn calories at an astounding rate—20.2 calories per minute, which is the equivalent of running at 6 mph—while building strength. Many people have found they can cut their old workout time in half by substituting separate cardio and strength training with kettlebell training, and get even better results.

However, kettlebells are not just for athletes and movie stars. They can also be helpful for people trying to overcome injuries and chronic pain. The movements involved in kettlebell training, particularly in kettlebell swings, strengthen the entire posterior chain of the body, helping to strengthen weak muscles and improve the connection and flow by loading the entire kinetic chain of the body. A study cited by the New York Times found that office workers in Denmark who began exercising three times a week with kettlebells reduced lower back pain by 57 percent and neck and shoulder pain by 46 percent, and also improved core strength.

The fitness training leaders at SOL Performance Training are dedicated to teaching people how to safely and effectively train with kettlebells. They offer two group kettlebell classes:     Russian Kettlebells 101: An introduction to correct kettlebell technique     â€¢510 Kettlebell Zen: A full-body kettlebell workout designed to burn calories and strengthen muscles     SOL trainers also utilize kettlebells in their semi-private and one-on-one training sessions.

“Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain strength, or ease nagging chronic pain, kettlebell training is one of the fastest, most effective training methods out there. SOL can teach you how to safely perform kettlebell training, so you can start getting the most out of your workouts right away,” says Moore.

SOL Performance Training, located at 3900 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, provides a fun, safe, and challenging dynamic workout in an indoor/outdoor space. SOL Performance Training offers cutting-edge functional training methods including TRX Suspension Training, Rip Training, kettlebells, free weights and Olympic weight lifting. Group fitness classes, private sessions, and semi-private sessions are available. The facility also offers Active Release Technique (ART), an effective tissue manipulation method that reduces pain and increases function, as well as sports and therapeutic massage.

The new fitness training facility was founded by the team behind Sports + Orthopedic Leaders (SOL) Physical Therapy, a premier group of physical therapy and spine care clinics located in Santa Cruz, Walnut Creek, and Oakland.

SOL Santa Cruz also offers TRX/Kettlebell strength training classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning and evening as well as two classes on Saturday mornings. Class size is limited to 10 people to ensure everyone receives proper attention, or one-on-one training is also available.

For more information about kettlebell training at the new SOL Performance Training facility, please call (510) 594-1594 or visit For information about any of Sports + Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy’s services or locations, please call the Oakland location at (510) 547-1630 or visit

About Sports +Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy SOL Physical Therapy has a very simple mission: to help active individuals reach their performance goals. Over the past 10 years, they have found this mission to be a powerful one, as it has facilitated the return of thousands of individuals to their desired level of function through their evidence-based and human-centered approach to rehabilitative and performance care. They believe that the most effective care lives at the intersection between diversity, science, experience, and passion. By possessing strengths in each of these areas, SOL Physical Therapy provides the most effective and comprehensive orthopedic therapy available for active people in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, including the communities of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Walnut Creek.


Tammara Moore
Sports + Orthopedic Leaders