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Marvin King RKC, NCSF, CPT


Phone: (301) 651-3218
Bowie, MD
United States 20715
10 out of 10 (18 reviews)
Thanks for visiting my Dragon Door Instructors page. Take a moment to check things over, and contact me next time your in the Maryland area and want information on Kettlebells. Stay Strong!

A ?kettlebell? or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle.
As the 1986 Soviet Weightlifting Yearbook put it, ?It is hard to find a sport that has deeper roots in the history
of the Russian people than kettlebell lifting.? So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia that any strongman
or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik, or ?a kettlebell man.? ?Not a single sport develops muscular strength
and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics,? wrote Ludvig Chaplinskiy in Russian magazine Hercules in 1913.
In the Soviet times, weightlifting legends such as Vlasov, Zhabotinskiy, and Alexeyev, started their Olympic careers
with kettlebells. Yuri Vlasov who defeated mighty Paul Anderson once interrupted an interview he was giving to a
Western journalist and proceeded to press a pair of kettlebells. ?A wonderful exercise,? commented the world champion
lifter. ?. . . It is hard to find an exercise better suited for developing strength and flexibility simultaneously.?
The Russian Special Forces personnel owe much of their wiry strength, lethal agility, and never-quitting stamina to
kettlebells. Soldier, Be Strong!, the official Soviet armed forces strength training manual pronounced kettlebell drills
to be ?one of the most effective means of strength development? representing ?a new era in the development of
human strength-potential.?

The extreme kettlebell workout would have remained the exclusive domain of Russian spec ops, had former Spetsnaz
instructor Pavel not immigrated to the U.S. The elite of the U.S. military and law enforcement instantly recognized the
power of the Russian kettlebell, ruggedly simple and deadly effective as an AK-47. You can find Pavel?s certified kettlebell
instructors in outfits such as the Force Recon Marines, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, and the Secret Service
Counter Assault Team. Once the Russian kettlebell became a hit among those whose life depends on their strength
and conditioning, it took off among hard people from all walks of life: martial artists, athletes, and regular tough guys.
There is no stopping the Russian kettlebell invasion. Men?s Journal called it ?a workout with balls.?
Rolling Stone pronounced Pavel ?The Hot Trainer of the Year? and his Russian kettlebell ?The Hot Weight of the Year.?
?Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.?

Russian kettlebells are not for Kens and Barbies who want to look like ?a collection of body parts.?
K-bells forge doers? physiques along the lines of antique statues: broad shoulders with just a hint of pecs,
back muscles standing out in bold relief, wiry arms, rugged forearms, a cut midsection, and strong legs without a hint
of squat-induced chafing. Kettlebells melt fat without the dishonor of dieting or aerobics; losing 1% of bodyfat a week
for weeks is not uncommon. If you are overweight, you will lean out. If you are skinny, you will get built up.
According to Voropayev (1997) who studied top Russian gireviks, 21.2% increased their bodyweight since taking
up kettlebelling and 21.2% (the exact same percentage, not a typo), mostly heavyweights, decreased it.
The Russian kettlebell is a powerful tool for fixing your body comp, whichever way it needs fixing.
Read 101 Russian kettlebell testimonials and talk to kettlebell lifters on

Only 8.8% of top Russian gireviks, members of the Russian National Team and regional teams, reported injuries
in training or competition (Voropayev, 1997). A remarkably low number, isn?t it? Note that these were not regular guys
but elite athletes who push their bodies to the edge. Which does not give you an excuse to lift kettlebells flippantly;
any type of strength training can be dangerous if you use bad judgment. As for the age, at the 1995 Russian
Championship the youngest contestant was 16, the oldest 53! And we are talking elite competition here;
the range is even wider if you are training for yourself rather than for the gold.

WHAT SIZE KETTLEBELL IS RIGHT FOR ME? offers 9, 18, 26, 35, 53, 70, and 88-pound kettlebells, designed in Russia and made with pride
in the USA. Kettlebells were designed to give you a super workout with just one or two fixed weights.
An average man should start with a 35-pounder. It does not sound like a lot but believe it; it feels a lot heavier than
it should! Most men will eventually progress to a 53-pounder, the standard issue size in the Russian military.
Although available in most units, 70-pounders are used only by few advanced guys and in elite competitions.
88-pounders are for mutants. An average woman should start with an 18-pounder. A strong woman can
go for a 26-pounder. A few hard women will go beyond.

Visit Marvin King at the Bowie Kettlebell Club.
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10/10 A class act
By Tony Feighner / Carrolltown, United States

Marvin assisted at the HKC certification I attended. He was there to help put all the pieces together. He was knowledgeable, proficient and a huge help. I would not have got as much out of the class without him.

10/10 I accidentally discovered kettlebells!
By Clare Selgin / Chevy Chase, United States

Willow Street Yoga offers kettlebell classes taught by Mr. King, and when I had to miss my regular yoga class I took kettlebells as a make-up. I immediately appreciated the integrated full-body workout, so I came back a few times. And then I realized that my unstable right hip -- a two-year condition -- had stabilized. Several weeks of PT had shown only moderate improvement but kettlebells, even at the 10-lb. level, strengthened the whole back body and supported the hip. Believe me, I plan to stay with this program. By the way, I'm 73 years old.

10/10 A fantastic full body workout
By Margy Holston / Silver Spring, USA

I began taking Marvin's kettle bell class after a surgery. Within a few months he had me back to my previous physical condition and working on improving my run time. In addition he took time to help me achieve personal goals and work on improving my Turkish Getup.

10/10 Fantastict Workout to Achieve Fitness Goals
By Susan W / Silver Spring, USA

I started taking a kettlebells class with Marvin earlier this year. I have found it to be a fantastic workout and an excellent compliment to my current workout routine. Marvin takes the time to break down each of the moves and provides great support and encouragement for helping everyone reach or maintaining their fitness goals. I can wholeheartedly recommend this workout, no matter what your fitness level.

10/10 Great instructor
By Dat Quach / Bowie, United States

Marvin is a world class RKC instructor who was taught by Pavel himself. He is a great guy, patient and good hearted soul who embodies what strength is all about. With his background in martial arts, running and his reputable RKC training, I will not hesitate in referring any of my patients to him or anyone looking for quality kettlebell training. Dat Quach, Doctor of Physical Therapy, OCS, HKC

10/10 Gifted teacher
By Mary K / Silver Spring, USA

Marvin's approach to Kettlebells is a blend of East and West and has increased my functional strength right from the start. At age 59, I didn't think I'd ever last in a KB class and now, over 3 years later, I still learn new things and enjoy the class. Needless to say I'm stronger, more flexible and have better neuromuscular integration than many individuals much younger than I am - which feeds my vanity and keeps my medical costs low. I can't say enough positive things about his classes. Try a couple of classes and see for yourself!

10/10 Patience + form = results without injury
By Andrew Malone / Silver Spring, USA

I enjoy strength training but don't like emphasis on reps or weight over doing the exercise correctly. Marvin is all about establishing proper form first and then going up in weight and reps. He is constantly thinking of new ways to teach the body the subtle cues I need to do the exercise correctly, and he's willing to try anything. Under his tutelage, I have steadily increased the weight I'm handling without ever having suffered an injury related to his class. The strength isn't just for kettlebells, either - I'm a stronger runner, too, and in everyday tasks I can feel the difference as well. I've also lost a little weight. I feel quite good about having taken Marvin's classes and plan to continue doing so.

10/10 I've never felt this strong in my life!
By Judy Hurbon / Silver Spring, MD, USA

I have been taking kettlebell classes with Marvin king since Jan 2013 and I can see amazing changes in my body and I am loving the way that I feel! I am learning so much about Kettlebells and hope to continue successfully on this journey!
Thanks Marvin!


10/10 Highly Recommend!
By Jodi Wick / Phoenix, United States

My husband & I both had the pleasure of training with Marvin King at Blue Heron. We had never worked out together before usually because we had different routines, goals, etc. But all that changed with kettlebells and with Marvin. Both my husband & I enjoyed the workout and all of the stretches we did in the beginning of class. Marvin was knowledgeable, helpful, and an all around nice guy. He explained everything including proper technique and things to avoid. If we had any questions or concerns, Marvin addressed them. We recently moved to Arizona and we really miss training with him.

10/10 Technical expertise and great enthusiasm
By Natalie D. / Silver Spring, MD, U.S.

I've been taking Marvin's weekly kettlebells class for a couple of years now. He is a patient instructor who is concerned about our ability to maintain proper form to avoid injury. He also explains how various kettlebell moves are applicable to how we move in everyday life and will help us maintain strength and agility as we age. I follow Marvin's various workouts when I practice kettlebells at home. Kettlebells have taken my fitness to a new level, thanks to Marvin's technical expertise and great enthusiasm.

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