Kettlebell Certifications – The RKC Vs the HKC


Becoming an Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certified Instructor, or RKC, was one of the most memorable experiences of my life thus far as a fitness professional. It does, however, require a huge commitment from a mental, physical, and financial standpoint. Most folks take at least several months to prepare, about 70 percent of the people who attend actually pass the first time around, and the price tag of the entire event is around several thousand dollars.

Don’t get me wrong – I think all of this is a good thing. It makes the experience as a whole more valuable and meaningful. It’s a cert that you have to earn – which can’t be said about most other training certifications.

However, not everyone is up to this commitment level physically, mentally and financially. This is where the new Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification, or HKC, comes in.

This certification is taught with the same high standard that Dragon Door and Pavel have become famous for. At this cert, you learn:

  • The HKC template for designing a practically infinite number of kettlebell workouts
  • Techniques and drills for flexibility, core activation, increased power, strength, and athletic performance
  • The knowledge and competency to perform the three most basic kettlebell drills – the Swing, the Get Up, and the Goblet Squat

The RKC is a three day course, while the HKC is a one day course. The RKC requires a 100-rep snatch test, while the HKC requires a basic pull up test. The RKC comes with a nearly $2500 price tag, while the HKC can be taken for $599 – and early registration gets you another $100 off.

The last thing that’s great about this new certification is that it’s immense popularity has led to courses springing up all over the world!

Overall, the RKC certification is fantastic, but it’s not for everyone. The HKC can be a great alternative or stepping stone for ultimately earning your Russian Kettlebell Challenge certification.

If you’d like to learn more about the hardstyle kettlebell certification as well as a huge amount of related kettlebell training info, head over to – and grab your free Beginner’s Guide to Kettlebell Training while you’re there!

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