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Michael Krivka

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Phone: 301/404-2571
Gaithersburg, MD
United States 20878
10 out of 10 (342 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 Mike Krivka has the expertise and skill!
 
By LindaF. Fulton / Gaithersburg, USA

If you plan to meet the challenge of long living, today is the day to begin your fitness journey at Crossfit Koncepts. I can absolutely give testimony to the comfortable gym environment, and that Mike Krivka has the expertise and skill to teach perfection in kettlebell execution! You will be choosimg a gym with both the coaches and the gym community championing your fitness goals to support your achievement. Change is ultimately the real key to growth. This is the gym where the trainers are growing and learning to ensure you are progressing! Mike Krivka, Master RKC, regularly presents and hosts workshops with world class instructors. These workshops are for every day athletes as well as trainers and coaches. Fall in love with fitness, fall in love with life; meeting your crossfit fitness goals is reshaping the body and age reversal to meet the challenge of long living with health and wellness. Challenge yourself to schedule your fitness assessment with Mike Krivka at Crossfit Koncepts: (301) 404-2571

 
10/10 Internal strength
 
By Mary Moore / Derwood, Montgomery

This is the place for YOU! Mike is a great trainer and the full package. He truly cares about each individual that comes to the gym. He has this energy that helps drive you to become a better version of yourself. It isn’t just about physical strength- I feel that I am building internal strength and that has helped me push myself to achieving the physical strength. I have introduced two of my daughters to the gym and they absolutely love it! They are getting stronger and their confidence has truly changed within them. They are building from each work-out with a more positive view of themselves and what they can achieve. The three of us have found a place to call our own and to share in this journey within the “gym family“ we have found that it is supportive, positive and motivating. Mike truly is the best and focus on each person to help them achieve their goals and reach for more. You will gain so many positive things from being at this gym, training with Mike, and being surrounded by a support network!

 
10/10 Mike Krivka, Best Trainer Out There!
 
By Susie Loutoo / Gaithersburg, United States

Mike is the best trainer out there by far, knowledgeable about fitness, proper form, always emphasizing how to challenge yourself while avoiding injury, teaching how to train smart, providing an avenue to keep yourself fit for life. To top that off, he is personable and fun, and cares deeply about the health and welfare of his athletes. You cannot go wrong here - this gym is a win-win!

 
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.

 
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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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