Christian writes about Kettlebell training in Sussex Active magazine.

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Kettlebells by Christian Vila

Kettlebells by Christian Vila

The biggest things to hit the fitness industry, Kettlebells are creating major-hype in the U.S. Now they’re taking the U.K by storm, with many celebrities and sportsmen touting their effectiveness for getting them in shape and increasing fitness. Kettlebells guru, Christian Vila, who runs the successful Brighton Kettlebells, told SussexActive what makes it such an effective training programme

Kettlebell training is one of the most effective and exciting ways to train. It will burn fat; make you very fit, flexible and super-strong.  Brighton Kettlebells are proud to be the first club to bring kettlebells to Sussex, with six classes a week for all abilities, at two locations in Brighton and Hove.

So…. what are kettlebells and why should I use them?

Kettlebells look like a cannonball with a flat bottom and a handle moulded to it.

Kettlebell training returns us to learning how to use our bodies better, as one unit. All the moves are ground-based, and get you back on your feet, away from machines or benches. Because you are using so many muscles, the energy demands of kettlebell exercises are much greater than conventional gym exercises.

This means you’ll be burning up to 1,200 calories per hour when you’re well conditioned and become proficient in the various exercises. Compare this to 400 calories when running on a treadmill for an hour! Furthermore you’ll be boosting your metabolism, so you’ll be burning more fat for up to 36 hours afterwards!

What size do I need?

This really depends on your activity level, fitness level and your own body weight. Kettlebells go up in increments of 4kg, from 4kg to 40kg.

Most women start with a 4kg kettlebell. If you’re active and used to resistance training you can start with an 8kg or 12kg Kettlebell. It’s important you understand that you need to feel the weight working your body. The same applies to men. Most inactive guys just starting out need to start with a 12kg kettlebell, and will quickly progress to the 16kg and 20kg bells as they become used to the foundation exercises. If you’re an athletic man, who regularly exercises and plays sport, you can start at 20kg. As a general guideline, if you can do 50 push ups, 10 pull ups and around 100 bodyweight squats, you are ready for the 24kg kettlebell.

The thing that shocks most of our clients is how much easier the exercises get if you use a slightly heavier weight. If the bell is too light, the exercises doesn’t feel right and form is lost.

What are the exercises?

There are hundreds out there, but I’ll outline three basic moves to give an idea of whats involved:

THE DEADLIFT: Holding a kettlebell in both hands, the arms are kept straight, towards the floor and maintaining a neutral posture you bend your knees until the Kettlebell rests on the floor, before slowly standing up again. Great for firm bums and posture.

THE SWING: An all-over body exercise where you swing the kettlebell back wards and forwards between your legs using the forward thrust of the hips.

THE SQUAT: Here you hold the kettlebell against your chest with arms tight to the body whilst squatting to the floor, keeping a straight back and head up. This works the thighs as well as your abs.

 How do I start?

With so much room for error with these exercises, professional instruction is a must for anyone undertaking kettlebell training.  Brighton Kettlebells offers a Beginner class, were you will learn the fundamental moves, before progressing to our Intermediate and Advanced classes.

You can try our classes for free here: TRY FOR FREE!

Christian Vila


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Christian Vila in Men’s Fitness magazine.

Focus in training to get in the zone and hit your PB’s!

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Christian Vila (owner and operator of Brighton Kettlebells) was asked some questions regarding Focus in training.

This is available in newstands countrywide.

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Brighton Kettlebells offers five classes a week in Brighton and Hove for ALL abilities.

For our NEW timetable see: TIMETABLE.

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Half price offer to all British Forces Personnel!

Military Personnel Benefits

Brighton Kettlebells are happy to announce that they will be offering half- price training to all British Forces Personnel!

Simply turn up at a class of your choice showing your Forces I.D.

Forces Discount:
Half price on all prices!

Buy 5 classes for just £20
Buy 10 classes for just £37
Buy a month of unlimited classes for just £19!

Kettlebell Training in BRIGHTON & HOVE Kettlebell training is one of the most effective and exciting ways to train.
It will burn fat; make you very fit, flexible and super-strong.
Brighton Kettlebells runs classes at two locations in Brighton and Hove:
1. Varndean School, Ditchling Road, Brighton.
2. St Phillips Church, New Church Road, Hove.

We have Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes. Personal training is also available.

Military Personnel Benefits

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Healthy Spelt Pancakes recipe.

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Now in its final week, the month- long New Year – New You fat loss bootcamp is coming to a close this Saturday.

28 individuals are already showing signs of increased energy, and report feeling great on the programme.

This Saturday each participant will be weighed and bodyfat tested to see how much they’ve improved on the programme.

As part of the programme, we all follow a Wheat- free eating plan (as well as avoiding sugar, alcohol, caffeine and dairy).

Spelt, however is allowed on the programme and this makes a great alternative to Wheat.

With pancake day looming, I thought I’d post up this healthy alternative to this annual tradition.



Spelt is an ancient grain and basically a cousin to wheat which is what most of us are familiar with. The benefit of spelt is that it has a few more nutrients than wheat and it also doesn’t seem to cause the gluten intolerance that wheat does. Spelt is a great source of manganese, protein and fiber. It actually has more fiber than wheat. Manganese helps your body absorb other nutrients and spelt is one of the best sources of this mineral.

I buy my spelt flour at Infinity foods in Brighton, but most supermarkets are now stocking it too.

Why not give this recipe a go for breakfast tomorrow?

Spelt Pancakes
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup soya milk (or oat milk is fine)
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and combine with a whisk. Add the beaten egg and milk and mix until combined.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat and melt some butter. Spoon batter onto the skillet and cook on the first side until bubbles form on top and they lose their shine. Flip over and cook for another minute or so on the second side.You can add mashed blueberries and banana for a delicious dish!Enjoy and be sure to share this post using the buttons below!
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My favourite Thai Green Curry recipe.

In line with the New Year- New You bootcamp diet guidelines, Thai Green Curry can be eaten often and freely.

I have at least two of these a week, and the beauty lies in its simplicity!


Thai green curry

Preparation method

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan.

Add the green curry paste and cook over a fairly high heat for about a minute, stirring with the lemongrass, if using.

Reduce the heat slightly and stir in the chicken pieces and lime leaves or zest until coated in the paste.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce and bring to a simmer, cooking for 25-30 minutes until thickened slightly.

Stir in the coriander and lime juice.

Check for seasoning, adding more fish sauce if needed.


Christian Vila

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