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    baederp is offline Member
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    My wife and I have been "discussing" the potential for recouping the fees associated with earning a Kettlebell certification.

    With a RKC certification, do most RKC's train groups or private lessons. Do they run a Kettlebell gym, do they work with an established gym or do they train out of their garage.

    I just want to get a feel for income potential before investing in this certification.

    Thanks

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    John Du Cane is offline Administrator
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    A local RKC, who works at a large gym chain, stopped in recently and told me his income as a trainer had literally doubled in the last year as a result of the extra business he was getting as a certified KB trainer.

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    Andy Alexander RKC is offline Senior Member
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    I just put in a thread below a little about how my biz has been going. Here's the main part:

    I do very little one-on-one training. Almost everything is in my boot camps(530am, for the most part) and other kettlebell classes. Usually in parks, but I have a place I can rent in the winter time.

    They have been very successful for me. I have generally anywhere from 25-50 people in my boot camps, most of the year(for the last 2 years). The pure kettlebell classes range from about 10-20 people in them.

    I specify the "pure" kettlebell classes, because those are marketed as just that, a kettlebell class. The boot camps are more generic and we do a lot of other things, but also use kettlebells a fair amount.

    I never go to the gym.

    And personally, the RKC is the most coveted of my certifications. I use more stuff from what I've learned at the RKC and from Pavel than from anywhere else.

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    rlweights is offline Junior Member
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    After receiving my RKC cert. in Sep. of 2006 I started classes at a local gym. I had 8 clients. I have since had to start my own "studio" as the gym could not provide the time slots that I needed to accommodate the number of clients that I picked up just by word of mouth. My clients are getting excellent results and they spread the word around. I now have 50 clients in 4 training sessions ( 2 beginners and 2 advance classes ). With a waiting list for the next "cycle". So, my answer is "yes" it can work for you if you really want it to - the certification has worked for me. By the way, learning how to use the kettlebell safely and effectively has helped my powerlifting as I am also an active powerlifter. I use kb's in my routines alot. Best of luck to you.

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    peterlakatos is offline Senior Member
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    When we started Kettlebell in Budapest/Hungary, people had lot of doubt if we can make any success. As fitness normally for individuals, except the target group is women, like spinning, aerobics etc.

    Our first impression was: men want to excercise in groups. More motivation, more competition, more testosterone, my friends...

    So, even we have 1:1 trainings, we mainly focusing on small group/group training up to 20 people. People sign for 3 month, pay ahead. And 95% stays with us for the 3 month, over 80 % comes to the next 3 month.

    We made bunch of research with the people here, and we have great results.

    Today, we dont even have to advertise our program - except our own site - as word of mouth works.http://www.kettlebell.hu

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    Brad Nelson RKC is offline Senior Member
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    YOU decide what YOU are worth. The first person you have to 'sell' is YOU.http://www.kineticedgeperformance.com

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    DR666 is offline Junior Member
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    I started off just doing 4 hour workshops every few months, then I started doing a group class, That was all back in 2002, 2003.
    In January 2007 I went full time after getting laid off. I havent looked back. It was slow at first and I got some "breaks" and business has slowly grown.
    It was tough in July August when everyone is on vacation, but I stuck with it.
    I'm also working at part time IT gig for 15 hrs per week which makes for long days but it makes up the difference in $$ so I can pay bills.

    Now I do group classes, some privates (I charge $75/hr) and a "Foundations" course that teaches the kb basics and get them ready for the main group classes.

    I have my own place, own of my clients owns the building and that has been a tremendous help. Before I was renting space at a yoga studio and a dojo (other than my own) and did lots of driving & had to carry kbs everywhere.

    HTH

    Dave Randolph, RKC II

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    Cecilia Tom, RKC is offline Senior Member
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    Do what you love, the money will follow.

    Even if I never teach a kettlebell lesson again, the RKC cert would have been completely worth it.

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