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Michael Krivka


Phone: 301/404-2571
Gaithersburg, MD
United States 20878
10 out of 10 (339 reviews)
Michael A. Krivka, Sr. is a Washington, DC native who has been involved in Kettlebell training since 2001. Mike has traveled extensively throughout the United States teaching Russian Kettlebells to military and law enforcement personnel as well hard-living comrades. In addition to teaching over 20+ workshops and clinics a year he logs several hundred hours a year teaching and training with Russian Kettlebells. He is also a Level I CrossFit Trainer and was part of the team teaching the first CrossFit Kettlebell certification course in San Diego, CA in August 2007.

He is married and the father of two boys (Mak, Jr. and Jak) and he runs a CrossFit affiliate (CrossFit Koncepts), a martial arts school (Martial Arts Koncepts), and a kettlebell training consulting firm (Kettlebell Koncepts) that provides consulting to law enforcement and military organizations on physical training and defensive tactics. His martial arts background spans early training in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling, Western Fencing and Gung Fu and has culminated in over 20 years of training in JKD (Jeet Kune Do Concepts) and the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Escrima and Arnis) under Guro Dan Inosanto and others instructors.

His kettlebell training facility, CrossFit Koncepts, is located in Gaithersburg, MD and offers daily group and private instruction in both Russian Kettlbells and the CrossFit training methodology. CrossFit Koncepts is unique in the CrossFit community in that all of the WOD's (Workout of the Day) are done primarily with Russian Kettlebells. While intially scoffed at by die-hard Crossfitters they are quickly convinced of the brutal effectiveness and efficiency that Kettlebells bring to the workouts.

Please feel free to contact Mike (either by phone or email) for more information about group, team, individual and private instruction.
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10/10 Great Community!
By Jordan Lane / Gaithersburg, USA

Great community of people working out together. Mike and John are very knowledgeable and the best! I’ve gotten in great shape and daily pain I used to have is now gone. People of all backgrounds and ages come together to improve themselves as a group!

10/10 You will become ADDICTED.......
By Ralph Billeter / Gaithersburg, USA

This gym is AWESOME!! I started coming here about 7 years ago. I am a hairstylist in the area so I’m on my feet a lot. When I started at Crossfit Koncepts I couldn’t bend over to pick up a comb off the floor. Now I am doing very deep squats. I have had personal training under both the owner (Mike Krivka) and a trainer (John Kalil) at the gym. You will have a very difficult time finding anyone better than them. In my opinion these two guys have saved my life!! WARNING: They are perfectionist!! They are more concerned about your technique than how fast you are. I love kettlebells……I have never felt better!!!

10/10 Hard Choices Easy Life
By Phil J / Chevy Chase, USA

Life is full of hard choices and in the world of fitness choosing the right training tools, protocol and teacher can be the difference between wasted years and a hefty orthopedic bill on the one hand and a pain free life of longevity and mobility on the other. There are no shortcuts in the pursuit of a strong, mobile and vibrant version of you but in Mike Krivka you will find the closest thing to one. His knowledge, passion and intelligence when it comes to kettlebells is unsurpassed and any and all time spent under his tutelage is time well spent. Regardless of your age, gender or physical fitness Mike will help you achieve your fitness goals in a safe, fun and supportive manner and ensure you are still training well into your 70’s. Now who doesn’t want that?

10/10 Excellent training, nearly 10 years and counting
By Mike Belyea / Gaithersburg, United States of America

When I first started training with Mike in 2011, I was in relatively lackluster physical shape and quite lacking in physical strength. Within the span of the first few months of training, all of that abruptly changed for the better. From Day 1, Mike worked one-on-one with me, as he does with all of his clients, to reinforce the basics of quality form and technique both with and without weights. Weights, in this case, involve Russian kettelbells, Olympic bars, Indian clubs, maces and, if the client would like them, Atlas stones. This emphasis on proper movement and load handling are also the reason for the virtually zero injury rate found among clients. The results I and others have obtained from such a foundation are nothing short of incredible. If you're looking for a truly great training experience and excellent instruction, contact Mike; you will not be disappointed.

10/10 Only the BEST
By Mak Krivka / Gaithersburg, USA

When you train with Mike, you get the very best training there is around to receive. I have seen Mike train soccer moms to Navy SEALS and the training methods are the same. Mike understands that the best athletes are strong in their fundamentals and so that is exactly how you start. Within a three month time span, I have noticed myself getting immensely stronger and feeling better because of it. I credit all of that to a man I’m lucky to call dad, Mike Krivka.

10/10 Found my niche
By Lori Black / Derwood, USA

I can’t say enough positive things about CrossFit Koncepts and Mike. I bounced around a number of different gyms or workout methods and never found anything I stuck with until I met Mike. It’s been 11 years now and I am still amazed at the quality of instruction, the variety in the WODs, and the camaraderie from fellow gym members. While I have always been impressed with mikes knowledge, ability to teach (he’s a stickler for proper technique!), and enthusiasm, these last few months during the gym shutdown, have really honed in as to why Mike is one of a kind and I wouldn’t want to be training with anyone else. His ability to encourage and support knows no bounds and I am grateful.

10/10 Still going since 2007
By Geri Shapiro / Potomac, USA

It does not get better than this. I have been an athlete my whole life: Gymnast, Marathoner, Skier, Rock climber, Ironman Triathlete. This compliments all workouts. It focuses on mobility, strength, and most important to me form. Good form, great workout, low chance of injury. This is THE CROSSFIT GYM.

10/10 Train with the BEST!!!
By Denise Hughes / Germantown, USA

This is definitely not your "typical" CrossFit's BETTER, by far! I've trained here most of the past 10 years, with some time off to work out in a traditional crossfit gym. The focus here is on kettlebells and body weight movements, mostly. Mike is one of the best kettlebell trainers in the world, with years of KB training experience plus many more years of martial arts training on top of that. Over time, Mike has gradually shifted the focus to everyone training smartly, training for longevity. If you are pushed so hard that you are too sore to work out for a few days, or if you end up injured, well that's not really a productive program. Mike is constantly learning, studying, working to improve the training protocols to help us all get/stay fit for the long term, without injury. He WILL tell you to use less weight, or a slightly "easier" protocol, if he sees that is what YOU need on that particular day. He'll also push you to improve something in every single workout - a better time, more poundage moved, more rounds completed - something! He is a stickler for solid technique and makes sure you are using good/correct form - again, it's all about longevity, and avoiding injury. I love it here, and highly recommend trying it out.

10/10 KB Make You Stronger
By David Goldberg / Rockville, USA

if you ever wanted to get stronger while maintaining mobility and flexibility then I would highly recommend Crossfit Koncepts. Mike Krivka, owner/operator of CFK is a fantastic instructor and incorporates combinations of kettlebells, free weights and body weight exercises in his work outs.

10/10 Only the best quality instruction
By Robert Taylor / Gaithersburg, USA

Mike Krivka is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to training. Not only with kettlebells but body weight and barbell training as well. He only pushes you to be better and to make you be aware of the smaller details. I am a personal trainer certified through NSCA and a certified 200hr yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. I have been training for YEARS and can say hands down that the instruction I have received under Mike is by far some of the BEST I have had the privilege to come across and take part in.

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Dragon Door Interviews Mike Krivka, RKC Team Leader

Dec 17, 2012 08:14 PM

Dragon Door: How did you find kettlebells? Mike Krivka: I first saw kettlebells back in 1986 at the Russian Embassy in downtown Washington, D.C. I was learning Sambo from a bunch of really grizzly old Afghan vets who worked as spooks and spies. Previously, I had studied Judo and Jujitsu, but wanted to learn Sambo, because of the emphasis on ankle or knee locks to disable the opponent. At the Embassy, I noticed some kettlebells sitting in the corner, though at the time I had no idea...

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