My Pants Don’t Fit

My pants don’t fit.

Kettlebell Classes Maryland

Time to Consider Kettlebell Classes

Okay, they still fit but not quite like they used to.  Why would that be?  I bust my butt training several times per week!

I do work hard in the gym and I do spend a lot of time educating myself on nutrition.  But…I don’t always put that knowledge to work for myself.  I consciously decided to give myself a break after my RKC Kettlebells Level II Certification in July, 2011.  I have been training hard and watching what I eat for almost five years.  During which time I also had a baby.  Mentally, I knew I just needed a break.  Since July, I have gone on two vacations and also started a full-time job which involved sitting at a desk most of the day.  I also unleashed myself when it came to nutrition.  I enjoyed all my favorite foods on vacation and at home.  I made cupcakes for my boys’ birthdays, I went to parties and reunions and ate like it was my last meal.  I made the decision to relax my normally regimented and disciplined behavior and it felt pretty good.  During this time, I continued training hard.  Even though I gained weight (most likely body fat), I got stronger. I have made many milestones in the last few months of indulgences.  I can snatch the 20kg kettlebell for 100 reps in seven minutes, I can clean & jerk 2 x 24 kg kettlebells for multiple reps, and I can press the 20kg kettlebell for multiple reps.  I’m not sure this has anything to do with my added body weight but regardless, I got stronger and better.  In my opinion, I think my relaxation made have had something to do with it.  I tend to stress about things, and making the decision not to stress made a big difference in how many training sessions have been going.

 So, where am I now?

I am 5’7” and 135lbs which is about 8-10lbs heavier than my normal weight of 125-7ish.  I haven’t had my body fat tested since last December (in the Bod-Pod) at which time it was a little under 12%.  Without a doubt, it is higher now.  I am actually pretty happy with my body at the moment.  The extra weight feels good on me and my husband seems to like it too (haha).

What am I going to do now?

I am going to lose the extra weight.  Even though I am feeling good and looking good (thanks Gary), I have a closet full of clothes that are tailored to fit a woman who weighs less than I currently do and I have no desire to re-stock my closet with new clothes.  So unforuntaly, the weight must go and my Summer of relaxation has to end.  It’s time to get back on track and get my butt in my pants again.

Stay tuned for my plan!

Author: Danyelle Berger MBA, RKCII, CSCS

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Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness
6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
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Take a walk through tour of the Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness with owner Gary Berger. Video was filmed on a Friday evening in September 2011 around 7PM. Tour includes audio.

Gary Berger, owner of Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness in Catonsville presents a walk through tour of his facility.

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Hacked By HolaKo

Hacked by HolaKo

Hacked By HolaKo

Mess with the best, die like the rest..
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Danyelle Berger Receives RKC Level Two Certification

Danyelle Berger received her Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) level two certification on Sunday July 10th 2011. The RKC Challenge is a brutal three day test of strength, endurance, kettlebell skills and the ability to teach those skills to others. RKC standards are very high often yielding high failure rates among among RKC applicants.

The picture below is what Danyelle’s hands looked like after day one.

Blistered hands during RKC training and certification RKCII
A price to pay being an RKC instructor.

Typical occurrence at RKC certification events. RKC students often have to tape their hands as a result. This is part of RKC training and something that makes RKC so grueling and certification so hard to achieve.

Danyelle Berger has been training and preparing for her level 2 kettlebell certification for about a year. Her hard work and perseverance paid off as she is heading home as a level 2 RKC instructor and able to share her knowledge and new experiences with her students at Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness.

Female RKCII Candidates in Minneapolis, July 2011

Female RKCII Candidates in Minneapolis, July 2011

This group of ladies were “historic” being the strongest group of ladies that the RKC has ever seen. Amazing feats of strength were accomplished with one woman, Krystal Robens, strict pressing a 32kg kettlebell over her head. Other notable female accomplishments include – Nikki Shlosser 40kg Bent Press Shannon O’Neil 32kg Bent Press & Molly Bird 24kg Bent Press (could easily have done 28). Adrianne Harvey attempted “Iron Maiden” which requires doing a pistol squat, a military press and a pull up with a 24kg kettlebell. Her pistol squat was solid, her press was solid and came within 3 inches of doing her pull up. So close!!!

Danyelle Berger with her RKCII Group in Minneapolis

Danyelle Berger with her RKCII Group in Minneapolis. Team Leader Brad Nelson front row center.

In picture left, Danyelle is with her RKC team of graveks. Her Team leader was Brad Nelson, front row. She and her gravels had to spend the entire three day event performing and demonstrating kettlebell skills. Each day of training can last more than 8 hours and is mostly outdoors in 90 degree weather. She and her class trained for twenty two hours total. Joe Sansalone, center row third from the left, was Danyelle’s original strength and conditioning coach and trainer of kettlebells.

Kettlebells Galore

Kettlebells for RKC Level II Certification in Minneapolis July 2011

An ocean of kettlebells was required for all of the participants. They were shipped in brand new. The estimated cost for this e kettlebells must be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Only top quality RKC grade kettlebells are used. Their quality is superb to any other on the market and are used at Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness in Catonsville.

Pavel and Danyelle RKC2

Pavel and Danyelle at RKC 2 Certification

RKC founder, Pavel Tsatsouline, congratulates Danyelle after passing her RKC II trials.

Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certificate

Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certificate

RKC II Instructor Danyelle Berger

Danyelle Berger, CSCS, RKCII

Danyelle Berger teaches kettlebell classes at The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville Maryland. Her classes are exciting and an excellent way to get in phenomenal shape. A kettlebell is a Russian type of hand weight that is shaped like a big cannonball with a handle. Often made out of pure cast iron, they are available in a wide range of weights and sizes. The kettlebell is like a handheld gym that delivers an unparalleled mix of all-purpose strength and conditioning, melts away body fat, and forges a classic, enviable physique.

If you want to get into shape, lose fat, develop toned muscle, increase strength, power and endurance then try Russian Kettlebells. Baltimore Martial Arts offers free trial kettlebell classes to anyone interested.

For more information about Kettlebell classes please contact us at 410-465-7799 or Email:

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Maryland Kettlebells

Happiest Kettlebell Press in the Land

RKC Instructor Danyelle Berger

Maryland Kettlebells

Baltimore Kettlebells Teaches Group & Private Lessons in Kettlebell Training. Free 30 Minute Private Kettlebell Orientation Session with RKC Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor, Danyelle Berger.
For more information or to schedule your first session call 410-465-7799 or email

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Columbia Kettlebells

Columbia Kettlebells Group Classes

Learn Kettlebells in Group Classes or take Private Lessons from RKC Instructor Danyelle Berger.
FREE Private 30 Minute Introduction and Orientation to Kettlebell Training. For more information or to schedule your first session call 410-465-7799 or email

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Kettlebell Workout Bergers

Kettlebell Workout

November 12th, 2010

My wife Danyelle & I are now doing our kettlebell workouts together. Today was my second week of training, under Danyelle’s tutelage, as she is the RKC instructor and the one writing our program.

Danyelle has been training consistently with kettlebells for more than two years. My training has been inconsistent over the last 5 months as I’ve been focusing on my new business. I’ve just recently re-begun my training so I’m experiencing a lot of soreness but it’s a good soreness.

Today’s workout kicked my butt. After getting home I was so tired that I took a three hour nap. I don’t remember the last time I had to take a nap from exhaustion.

We did a grueling two hour workout which included cleans and presses, windmills, arm bars, bottoms up, pistol squats, long cycle clean and jerk, bent over rows, squat to press, single leg dead lift, side press, snatches (+5 minute snatch test) and swings.

Beginning next week I’ll post my workout in detail including exercises, sets, reps & ESD (energy system development) specifics. I welcome any criticism from readers as my goals are to get, strong, powerful, move freely, prevent injuries, improve endurance and prepare for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu BJJ Pan American Championships in Brazil in May 2011.

For more information about Kettlebell workouts and Kettlebell classes, contact Danyelle at 410-465-7799. Visit our Main Page or email:

Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness
6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228

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Kettlebell Fitness Classes Baltimore

Kettlebells in Baltimore are very popular especially group and semi private classes. Danyelle Berger, Russian Kettlebell  Challenge (RKC) Certified Instructor, teaches three group kettlebell classes  per week at Baltimore Kettlebells in Catonsville, MD. Her classes have been so popular, we are planning more classes. See our SCHEDULE.

Many of our students travel from Columbia, Ellicott City, Towson, Catonsville & Baltimore. Our students have been making strides toward improving their fitness. Kettlebells reinforces proper body mechanics, teaches you how to link your kinetic chain in your body, improves strength, prevents and rehabilitates injuries. Kettlebells is a true core exercise that engages your entire body from head to toe.

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Danyelle Teaching Kettlebells on Fox News

Baltimore Kettlebells offers comprehensive instruction in kettlebell training. All programs are lead my RKC certified instructor & school owner, Danyelle Berger. Danyelle’s teaching methodology emphasizes proper technique & a motivational style that has her students pumped and excited to workout and keep coming back to class.

Classes are held at the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville, Maryland. The 6000 square foot facility in conveniently located and has many accommodations including a lounge with television, locker rooms, FREE Child Care and more!

Kettlebell Strength Training

Kettlebell Squat

It is very important to have proper technique when learning to use kettlebells. Improper technique leads to injury, muscular imbalances & problems that may require longer to fix than they took to develop. Kettlebells can not be learned from a book or video. A student of kettlebells must seek out a professional to teach them proper from & give them accurate and proper correction. Don’t be fooled by anyone claiming to teach kettlebells that are not RKC certified.

What is RKC?


The prized RKC certificate represents a “Black Belt” in kettlebell instruction that requires extensive pre-training to attain. A grueling, “experience of a lifetime”, the RKC program is the ONLY current program which insists on stringent testing of multiple skills and strengths. Currently only an average of 70% of RKC candidates succeed in passing the requirements by which they can proudly hold themselves forth as “RKC-certified”.

Check out Danyelle’s Instructor Reviews

Those new to kettlebells are encouraged to attend a beginner training class at the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy to become familiar with basic techniques prior to starting classes. Please contact us at 410-465-7799 to schedule your first class.

Servicing Columbia, Ellicott City, Catonsville, Towson & Baltimore

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