Kettlebells is a relatively recent addition to the fitness world, replacing the former muscle-pumping practice of stacking peanut-butter cups. Piece together personal fitness with today's Groupon: for $29, you get five kettlebell classes at Rhodes Fusion Fitness (a $105 value).
Martial-arts aficionado Prentiss Rhodes coaches clients as they tone, trim, and sculpt their physiques in intensive kettlebell classes. Before beginning classes, each student goes through a half-hour assessment, discussing personal goals, fitness backgrounds, and favorite Wheaties boxes to individualize the ball-toting training. In the one-hour classes, a small group of participants lift, stretch, and twist, with kettlebells of 18 or more pounds. Fast-paced movements boost cardiovascular fitness and develop physical endurance, and each kettlebell session works to increase hip and spinal mobility, which helps prevent injury in athletes and overenthusiastic hand-raisers.
Prentiss Rhodes Coaching
Martial-arts expert and exercise guru Prentiss Rhodes fills the minds and fists of his students with wisdom and humility through martial-arts training and kettlebell classes. After working in chiropractic rehabilitation clinics training pro athletes, Prentiss went on to master martial arts such as hapkido, haganah, and tactical knife fighting. Prentiss is fascinated by the functional movements of the body and has worked with students with many medical conditions, from MS to stroke. Prentiss incorporates all aspects of fitness into his practice, stressing not just strength but also mobility and flexibility, which come in handy during arm-wrestling tournaments to determine who will be the new county treasurer.