Ice Chamber featured in San Francisco Magazine

Fitness likes friends

Jaimal Yogis with Cassandra Feliciano, Coco Keevan, Olivia Martin, and Jenna Scatena | Photography by Jayms Ramirez / Alex Tehrani / Dmitry Gudkov | | December 21, 2011

Gone are the days when getting fit meant a humdrum relationship between you, your treadmill, and your headphones. Thanks to a new wave of exercise trends that embrace the defining ethos of our culture—connectedness—working out has never been so much fun…


The intrepid Ice Chamber Kettlebell Girls, the world’s first all-women kettlebell-lifting team, is lending some glam to a sport that continues to gain more and more of a following around here. The ancient Eastern European regimen of lifting and swinging what look like bowling balls with handles (and weigh up to 53 pounds) is super efficient, boosting strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance all at the same time. Kettlebells have been in weight rooms for a few years, and now a growing number of gyms and personal-training studios, including Juno Fitness in Berkeley and Body Mechanix in San Francisco and San Leandro, have started using kettlebells in their group exercise classes.

The Ice Chamber’s cofounder Steven Khuong learned the sport from one of the most revered Russian champions and turned the innovative gym into one of the nation’s de facto leaders in kettlebell lifting. Now, the Kettlebell Girls routinely show off their prowess at national and international competitions, usually bringing home gold, silver, or bronze medals. The team recently drew the attention of Google and Athleta: The two corporations each hired the team to teach workshops to their employees, and now both offer their own kettlebell classes. Next stop, Ed Lee’s office?

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