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Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification


How to master the essentials of kettlebell lifting—and dramatically boost your power and effectiveness as a personal trainer or coach

Dragon Door's one-day, entry-level kettlebell instructor certification workshop


Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification
Alexandria, VA, United States
January 12, 2019

Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification™ (HKC™)
with Master RKC Darius Gilbert

As an incentive to help athletes and coaches build on and evolve their skill-sets, HKC certified graduates may deduct $200.00 from a registration for a future RKC certification workshop, within one year of achieving the HKC.

This course qualifies for .8 ACE CECs and .8 NASM CEUs
The HKC is Ace Approved for 0.8 ACE CEU        NASM Pre Approved Provider, the HKC qualifies for 0.8 NASM CEUs

Workshop Code # HKC502
Register on-line or call 1-651-487-2180 for credit card orders.

Attend the HKC and leave with these major advantages:

  • Dragon Door HKC HardStyle Kettlebell Certification Dan JohnHow to teach kettlebells as the perfect tool for highly effective strength and conditioning, with a deeper understanding of the true benefits of kettlebell training
  • How to train for explosive power while staying injury-free
  • Get a firm grasp of the fundamentals—to ensure your clients move with perfect form
  • How to teach the key HardStyle skills and principles of strength generation
  • How to competently perform and teach the three foundational kettlebell exercises (the Swing, the Get-Up, and the Goblet Squat)
  • How to troubleshoot common technique problems—and dramatically enhance your clients’ results
  • Possess the unique HKC template for designing an unlimited number of effective kettlebell workouts for performance, weight loss and a better physique
  • Get a $200 discount on your registration for an RKC certification workshop.

Discover all this and more in the course of your HKC training:

  • Understand why mastery of the kettlebell swing is fundamental to high-level HardStyle practice
  • How to develop power through compensatory acceleration and overspeed eccentrics
  • How to train hip extension for back and knee health and for more explosive athleticism
  • How to employ bracing and neutral spine—for injury prevention, enhanced performance and optimal transmission of force
  • How to effectively recruit the lats for a more resilient spine and rock-strong glutes
  • How to increase your inner power with the biomechanical breathing match
  • A safe, effective modality for developing different types of endurance
  • Explosive training techniques for more effective fat-loss
  • Discover the key secrets to effectively exploiting the power of the deadlift
  • The concept of rooting and two key drills for developing this essential skill
  • Special relaxation exercises to enhance your movement skills
Dragon Door HKC HardStyle Kettlebell Certification Get-up Variation
  • How to use the get-up as an assessment tool
  • The strength and health benefits of the get-up
  • How to correctly perform the get-up and teach corrective drills
  • How to move from mobility to stability, then from stability to strength—and why this progression is crucial for truly effective kettlebell work
  • Special get-up, shoulder mobility and stability exercises. The role of the lats in shoulder stability and strength—and advanced lats-facilitation techniques
  • How to employ and teach the little known but amazingly powerful skill of steering strength
  • How to employ the concepts of leakage and linkage—for more effective kettlebell lifting
  • How to perform the goblet squat and corrective drills
  • Unique "strength stretching" tips to better protect the hips
  • How to overcome the weakening impact of gluteal amnesia
  • How to most effectively stretch the hip flexors to dramatically improve athletic performance, back health, and posture
  • How to modify the squat stance for a client with back problems
  • An alternative squat exercise for overweight clients
  • Why "sport specific training" is inappropriate for 99% of the coaches and athletes—and the perfect, powerful alternative

Take home an information packed HKC instructor manual:

  • What makes kettlebell training unique?
  • What Russian research says about the benefits of kettlebell training?
  • What is "Hardstyle"?
  • Kettlebell safety 101: ten key items
  • The Swing: its benefits, technique, teaching progression, and remedial drills
  • The Get-Up: its benefits, technique, teaching progression, and remedial drills
  • The Goblet Squat: its benefits, technique, teaching progression, and remedial drills
  • HKC program design
  • How to employ the three key principles of effective training: continuity of the training process, waving the loads, and specialized variety
  • Dragon Door HKC HardStyle Kettlebell Certification Goblet Squat HeartbeatTen program design tools for an unlimited variety of effective kettlebell workouts:
    • Rep Ladders
    • Weight Ladders
    • Time Ladders
    • Breathing Ladders
    • Reverse Ladders
    • Drop Sets
    • Super Sets
    • Timed Sets
    • Series
    • Active Recovery Exercises

As with the RKC, the HKC will be earned through diligent testing of each candidate. Besides having to pass the requisite plank test at the outset of the workshop, each HKC candidate will be evaluated for technical proficiency and teaching skills at the end of the workshop and will then be granted either a pass or fail.

This course qualifies for .8 ACE CECs and .8 NASM CEUs

The HKC is Ace Approved for 0.8 ACE CEU        NASM Pre Approved Provider, the HKC qualifies for 0.8 NASM CEUs

Becoming HKC™ Certified

Where the physical requirements are concerned, you will be tested on the following:

Entrance Test

The entrance test is given at the beginning of the course to determine the general physical preparedness of each participant prior to participating in the course.
Standard Plank (from the forearms): Held for 60 seconds.

Note: The neck and back must be kept straight for the duration of the test. During the test your instructor may choose to cue you with minor adjustments or has the option to terminate the test. If you fail to maintain proper alignment or you drop to your knees, the test is considered a failure.

Technique Tests:

Dragon Door HKC HardStyle Kettlebell Certification SwingYou must be able to demonstrate safe and effective technique as part of being an HKC instructor. Your course instructor will test you on the following exercises in the latter part of the course to ensure that you can perform what you have been taught during the course.


The swing is tested using two hands with an appropriate size kettlebell, for 10 reps or more at your instructors’ discretion.


The Get up will be tested on one side, using an appropriate size kettlebell. You will use both hands to roll and lift the kettlebell into the starting position as well as pulling it down to your chest at the finish.  It is performed using the low sweep.

Goblet Squat

The goblet squat will be tested holding one kettlebell by the horns in front of your chest, you will be asked to perform 5 reps or more at your    instructors’ discretion 

Non-Tested Exercises

There are three exercises taught at the HKC that are not tested, the Hardstyle Plank, the Row from Lunge, and the Hardstyle Pushup. Their inclusion reinforces the student’s understanding of HKC/RKC principles and should be included in any well-rounded kettlebell program. In addition, proper performance of the Hardstyle Pushup is the Entrance Requirement for the RKC Instructor course.

Teaching Requirements

At the end of the course you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to teach one kettlebell exercise that you learned during the workshop to a fellow student. Your performance will be evaluated based on your ability to follow the progressions (the step by step process to teach an exercise) that you learned, as well as on how well you implement the corrections associated with that exercise. Your adherence to safety and professionalism are also important in the evaluation process.

If You Fail a Requirement

In order to be certified you must pass all requirements. If you fail one of the requirements, you will have 90 days to send in a video to your instructor or visit your instructor in person to retest the requirement you failed.

Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification™

Alexandria, Virginia

January 12th, 2019

8:00AM - 5:30PM
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Tuition: $399.00

Registration deadline: January 3rd, 2019

$50.00 fee for cancellations or transfers, no exceptions.

No refunds or cancellations after: December 29th, 2018

Workshop Code # HKC502

Workshop reference: HKC, Alexandria, January 2019


  • Excellent Early-Bird Registration Discount:
    Register and pay by December 13th, fee is only $349.00 (Save $50.00)

Certification Location:

Alexandria 113 S. Columbus St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact: Darius Gilbert
Phone: (703) 209-8696

This workshop limited to 20 participants.

Workshop price does not include room & board or meals.

A map for the location and a list of convenient hotels/motels will be provided to all registrants.

Workshop Site Cancellation

Workshop sites may be cancelled up to 7 days prior to the beginning of the scheduled workshop session for any reason. When a workshop is cancelled or postponed, candidates will be notified immediately and will receive a complete refund of all workshop fees or be allowed to transfer at no penalty to the new dates or another course of their choosing without penalty. 

Refunds for credit card transactions processed online will be refunded back to the credit card within 2 weeks after the cancellation. If workshop registration was not completed online or the refund cannot be processed online, a refund check will be mailed within 4 to 6 weeks after the cancellation.

If cancellation is required, Dragon Door is not responsible for any expenses (travel or lodging) incurred beyond the registration fees. For your protection, we recommend against making non-refundable travel plans. 

Note: We will be providing you with kettlebells to practice with at the training, but these kettlebells are not included in the price of the certification.

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