We’re not a weight loss gym.
We believe that what your body can do is more important than how much your body weighs. Progress here is measured by performance.
Being better than you were yesterday is the goal: stronger, better conditioned, and more flexible.
Weight loss goals are temporary.
Eventually you lose the weight and you need another reason to workout.
Or perhaps you don’t lose the weight, get frustrated and quit.
Either way, there comes a point where you are no longer motivated to lose weight.
You can eliminate that problem by training for strength.
It’s more fun and rewarding to train to gain something than it is to try to exercise in vain to try to lose something.
It doesn’t feel good stepping on a scale everyday.
But it feels great knowing that you’re getting stronger!
Letting go of the weight loss battle and picking up something heavy is empowering.
Don’t tear yourself down. Build yourself up.
Feel the difference it makes in your attitude, in your motivation, and in your self esteem.
Here you will never be judged by how you look, how you eat, how much you weigh or what you do in your spare time.
The only thing that matters is that you show up and give your best effort.
Our trainers are not cheerleaders; they are instructors.
We don’t do bootcamps; we do functional exercises in a progressive manner.
Our workouts are not random; they are part of a program and follow a set of principles.
Good form is our first priority. Move well and move often.
Health and strength cannot be separated.
We recognize that nutrition is an important part of being healthy.
Proper nutrition is even more important than exercise, especially when it comes to body fat.
We recommend a diet high in plants and protein with minimal processing.
We have a registered dietician who you can consult with but your diet is your responsibility.
You will not be shamed for your love of pizza, beer and/or ice cream. No one is going to police you about what you eat, but if you want to lose weight you must understand that weight loss happens in the kitchen, not in the gym.
We meet people where they are.
Whether you’re new to strength training or an experienced lifter…
Whether you’re an athlete, a soccer mom or senior citizen…
Whether you want to do kettlebell, barbell or strongman training…
We are a StrongFirst facility and this is our code:
“I am a student of strength”
“Strength has a greater purpose”
If this all sounds good to you, you’re a great fit for our community at Baltimore Kettlebell Club.
I was asked recently what the standards were at BKC for wearing lifting gear. While I encourage new lifters…
“It’s pretty great. I’ve been going for a month and my weight is going down and my strength and stamina are going up. Dan is excellent; I haven’t had a “Coach” since high school, and it’s motivating to take these classes and get immediate feedback on your technique from a professional (kettle bell is more than just grunting and sweating). I’ve got my 17 year old son going as well, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in the coming months and beyond.”
“Best workout you will ever have. If you truly want to get into shape you need to come here.”
There are many trainers out there that open gyms, put together generic programs, and don’t really engage with their clients on a personal level. That is not Dan Cenidoza’s approach. When you step into his gym, you are family. He gets to know his clients on a personal level, not just a fitness one. He is a great motivator that sees the potential in everyone that walks through his door, making The Baltimore Kettle Bell Club a safe place for people to come, feel vulnerable, and then grow from that vulnerability. I’m so glad that I found this training home!
“Dan has really helped me realize that I am capable of so much more than I thought. He is a great trainer and his gym has the perfect atmosphere for me. Definitely recommend!“
“Great place! The people there are supportive and everyone I’ve worked with has been so helpful! I’m very small and a novice lifter, but I have seen progress even in a fairly short time I recommend highly!!!”
Brenda Nicole Gurley
“BKC is awesome! I’ve been attending classes here for approximately two years and, in that time, the improvements in my 52-year old strength and conditioning have been more than I could have ever imagined! I owe these changes in very large part to the stellar teaching and motivational support I get at BKC from Dan Cenidoza. His professionalism, depth of knowledge, love of strength training, exceptional teaching skills, and dedication to his students are second to none! Equally important is the family atmosphere that permeates BKC. People of all ages and abilities are welcome and create a warm and friendly fitness atmosphere that will keep you coming back, workout after workout. I highly recommend checking BKC out to see what it can do for you!”
“Good and knowledgeable teacher. Dan is humble and not pretentious.”
“I found Dan after many years of searching for a qualified kettle bell instructor. I have been training with Dan for 6 years and under his guidance, and coaching, successfully tested for my SFG I in 2017. Baltimore Kettle Bell Club is a friendly gym with a non-intimidating, family-like atmosphere. Classes are fun but challenging. Dan is an energetic and dynamic strength coach that is passionate about sharing his love of strength training with everyone regardless of age, shape, size and skill level. The small class sizes allow for close individual attention and focus on safety and proper form. He fosters a welcoming and supportive environment that makes strength-training fun for everyone.“
“If you’re not coming here for kettlebell classes you should be. The workouts are fun, challenging, and I leave in a better mood than when I arrived.”
“I love this gym. Awesome environment and challenging workouts. So glad I was introduced to this gym.“
“I stopped in to try my first class for free….4 years ago! Weight training and nutrition support – it’s all here and it’s all you need. Miss your cardio? Don’t worry, do a hundred kettlebell swings and you’ll be breathing heavy! Instructor-led 45 minute classes get you in and out fast. And if the mood ever strikes to flip a tire or lift a keg? Come to Strongman/Woman on Saturday mornings! BKC’s trainers are helpful, the community is supportive and working out here has done so much more for me than I ever imagined. Try your first free class today!”
“Great place to train! I’ve been coming here for 4 years now. Dan is the best personal trainer I’ve ever had. The classes are never boring. Great way to improve your cardio and physical strength with a time-friendly workout.”
“It’s pretty great. I’ve been going for a month and my weight is going down and my strength and stamina are going up. Dan is excellent; I haven’t had a “Coach” since high school, and it’s motivating to take these classes and get immediate feedback on your technique from a professional (kettle bell is more than just grunting and sweating). I’ve got my 17 year old son going as well, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in the coming months and beyond.“
“Whatever it is you train for, expect to excel at it under Dan’s training genius. I was skeptical of kettlebell training up until my first class with him last year in October of 2017, and that class kicked my butt. Been working with him ever since, and will continue to work with him for the foreseeable future.”
“Dan has trained me for the better part of a decade. His ability to teach is second to none. I definitely would not be the trainer I am if it was not for him. In the state of Maryland he is the absolute go to for all things kettlebell.”
“Dan is a fantastic coach. He is patient and knowledgeable. I only had a few training sessions and he taught me so much with the limited time we had. I cannot thank him enough and I wish I had more time to train with him. If your looking to learn or improve how to use kettlebells or barbells Dan is your man!”
“As a certified personal trainer, I was looking to expand exercise options for my clients. After reading several articles about kettlebells, I decided to locate someone to teach me the basics. I could then incorporate kettlebells into my client’s programs. The first instructor I found was taking a short hiatus from teaching and suggested I contact Dan. This referral (for a few lessons), is now approaching seven or eight years of working with Dan. Dan’s coaching style and expertise has helped him build a dedicated exercise community that I’m very pleased to be a part of! I happen to be one of the more senior members of our group and am in the best shape of my life. In large part, I give Dan credit for helping me get to this point. Looking for a top-notch trainer…see Dan!”
“Great kettlebell classes and strongman/woman workouts. Fun atmosphere, everyone is welcoming and helpful. There are all ages 16- 75+ It’s like a big happy strong family !! Highly recommend !!!”
“If you want to be stronger, go to the BKC. Dan is a consummate professional. He walks the walk. Training for all ages. I felt immediately welcome. It’s an accepting community of people who don’t participate in exercise/training fads. A fun gym for people who want to work hard and support each other.”
“I have been working with Dan for a year and half. It is been the most trans-formative period of my life. Dan is not only knowledgeable about the mechanics of training, but is incredibly motivating. He has built a supportive community of lifters who encourage and inspire each other. I am constantly amazed at how he keeps track of the progress of each of us. On a personal level, he has not only inspired me to train and get stronger, but thanks to him I have entered two Powerlifting competitions, winning first place in my age division (Master 4b, 75 – 79), and am currently the National Bench Press Champion in my age division. I certainly couldn’t have dreamed of that if it weren’t for Dan’s coaching. He works with athletes of all ages – children through late 70’s, and seems to know just how to bring out the best in each of us.“
“Kettlebells are an amazing, full body work out that will have you improving both cardio and strength. Even better, this gym is full of helpful, supportive people. The owner is extremely knowledgeable and will always ensure that you’re working toward your goals with excellent form. I recommend this gym to anyone – the members are all shapes, sizes, and ages. We’re all getting stronger together.”