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Michael Krivka, Sr.


Phone: 301/404-2571
Gaithersburg, MD
United States 20878
10 out of 10 (349 reviews)
Michael A. Krivka, Sr. is a Washington, DC native who has been involved in Kettlebell training since 2001. Mike has traveled extensively throughout the United States teaching Russian Kettlebells to military and law enforcement personnel as well hard-living comrades. In addition to teaching over 20+ workshops and clinics a year he logs several hundred hours a year teaching and training with Russian Kettlebells. He is also a Level I CrossFit Trainer and was part of the team teaching the first CrossFit Kettlebell certification course in San Diego, CA in August 2007.

He is married and the father of two boys (Mak, Jr. and Jak) and he runs a CrossFit affiliate (CrossFit Koncepts), a martial arts school (Martial Arts Koncepts), and a kettlebell training consulting firm (Kettlebell Koncepts) that provides consulting to law enforcement and military organizations on physical training and defensive tactics. His martial arts background spans early training in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling, Western Fencing and Gung Fu and has culminated in over 20 years of training in JKD (Jeet Kune Do Concepts) and the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Escrima and Arnis) under Guro Dan Inosanto and others instructors.

His kettlebell training facility, CrossFit Koncepts, is located in Gaithersburg, MD and offers daily group and private instruction in both Russian Kettlbells and the CrossFit training methodology. CrossFit Koncepts is unique in the CrossFit community in that all of the WOD's (Workout of the Day) are done primarily with Russian Kettlebells. While intially scoffed at by die-hard Crossfitters they are quickly convinced of the brutal effectiveness and efficiency that Kettlebells bring to the workouts.

Please feel free to contact Mike (either by phone or email) for more information about group, team, individual and private instruction.
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10/10 Excellent Instruction, Refined Technique
By Eli Phillips / Minneapolis, United States

Working with Mike can take what you know, flip it on its head, and bring you out on the other side knowing so much more. Refining technique by going incredibly in-depth on every move, focusing on consistency and sustainability, and working towards how things should feel were some keys to Mike's excellent instruction. I would absolutely recommend working with him if you get the chance!

10/10 Fantastic Experience
By Trista Kirchberg / Minneapolis, USA

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael this past weekend. Michael was very detailed in his instructional methods and helped me further understand breakdown in the fundamentals of kettlebell training. I found his instruction to be very beneficial as I continue my own experiencing training with kettlebells and starting a journey of teaching others. I highly recommend HKC with Michael.

10/10 Dropping all the knowledge bombs
By Bianca Eulitz / Silver Spring, USA

I've taken HKC and RKC in the past, but I still learned so much assisting Michael's HKC this past weekend. His knowledge and experience, as well as his teaching style are simply put superb. You can see the passion he has for working with kettlebells in the way he teaches the material/techniques in his course. I've learned so much about cueing clients and perfecting my own technique.

10/10 Worthwhile training !
By Tony Feighner / Carrolltown, United States

Michael exceeded every expectation I had attending a recent HKC course. You will never know how many details you are missing in your fundamental movements till you attend a course with Michael. He was able to provide demonstrations that really helped clear up some issues I've been struggling with. I'm really looking forward to training with Michael again.

10/10 Awesome instructor!
By Hugo Lima / New York, USA

Mike is a great instructor. He believes and cares deeply about his work and the teachings he provides. He has a contagious energy that motivates you through the whole course. His teaching also help you become more aware of your body and how it responds to the forces of gravity. You will definitely gain a lot of knowledge from his instruction.

10/10 The Bell Stops Here
By Shawn Hendon / Rockville, USA

Simply said…instruction form Mike is clear, understandable and applicable. I have taken 2 courses with Mike. Each time I walk away with a more refined perspective and hungry approach to improve my fitness and kettle bell work. Mike emphasizes FEELING what you do to ensure that you will take your body through proper movements and see strength increases. Mike teaches his students about workouts for longevity and not just to kick your butt for an hour. Thank you for all of your hard work and help Mike!!

10/10 Best place to workout!!!
By Josephine Nguyen / Springfield, United States

Mike is a passionate about doing kettlebell workouts correctly (correct form, not hurting your back). It's a great community of people and they motivate you to a higher level of fitness. After spending years of running, yoga, pilates and lifting weights, learning how to kettlebells correctly has transformed my body and made my exercise routine more efficient. I'm much stronger and leaner!

10/10 Mike Krivka has the expertise and skill!
By LindaF. Fulton / Gaithersburg, USA

If you plan to meet the challenge of long living, today is the day to begin your fitness journey at Crossfit Koncepts. I can absolutely give testimony to the comfortable gym environment, and that Mike Krivka has the expertise and skill to teach perfection in kettlebell execution! You will be choosimg a gym with both the coaches and the gym community championing your fitness goals to support your achievement. Change is ultimately the real key to growth. This is the gym where the trainers are growing and learning to ensure you are progressing! Mike Krivka, Master RKC, regularly presents and hosts workshops with world class instructors. These workshops are for every day athletes as well as trainers and coaches. Fall in love with fitness, fall in love with life; meeting your crossfit fitness goals is reshaping the body and age reversal to meet the challenge of long living with health and wellness. Challenge yourself to schedule your fitness assessment with Mike Krivka at Crossfit Koncepts: (301) 404-2571

10/10 Internal strength
By Mary Moore / Derwood, Montgomery

This is the place for YOU! Mike is a great trainer and the full package. He truly cares about each individual that comes to the gym. He has this energy that helps drive you to become a better version of yourself. It isn’t just about physical strength- I feel that I am building internal strength and that has helped me push myself to achieving the physical strength. I have introduced two of my daughters to the gym and they absolutely love it! They are getting stronger and their confidence has truly changed within them. They are building from each work-out with a more positive view of themselves and what they can achieve. The three of us have found a place to call our own and to share in this journey within the “gym family“ we have found that it is supportive, positive and motivating. Mike truly is the best and focus on each person to help them achieve their goals and reach for more. You will gain so many positive things from being at this gym, training with Mike, and being surrounded by a support network!

10/10 Mike Krivka, Best Trainer Out There!
By Susie Loutoo / Gaithersburg, United States

Mike is the best trainer out there by far, knowledgeable about fitness, proper form, always emphasizing how to challenge yourself while avoiding injury, teaching how to train smart, providing an avenue to keep yourself fit for life. To top that off, he is personable and fun, and cares deeply about the health and welfare of his athletes. You cannot go wrong here - this gym is a win-win!

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Dragon Door Interviews Mike Krivka, RKC Team Leader

Dec 17, 2012 08:14 PM

Dragon Door: How did you find kettlebells? Mike Krivka: I first saw kettlebells back in 1986 at the Russian Embassy in downtown Washington, D.C. I was learning Sambo from a bunch of really grizzly old Afghan vets who worked as spooks and spies. Previously, I had studied Judo and Jujitsu, but wanted to learn Sambo, because of the emphasis on ankle or knee locks to disable the opponent. At the Embassy, I noticed some kettlebells sitting in the corner, though at the time I had no idea...

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