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Joao Neto has well over 25 year of experience in the exercise industry and truly believes that Kettelbell training can bring your personal training business to the next level by increasing your clients results. Joao owns two personal training studio's in South Florida and started training with free weights when he was a kid. He has personally seen many benefits by adding kettlebells to his workout as well as helped transform bodies strictly through using or adding kettlebell training to clients routines. AKA has certified many trainers and helped them increase their business and client flow by simply adding kettlebells. For a small amount of time and a minimal investment YOU can change your fitness business. Click here to read a letter from the founder of AKA.


Upcoming Certification Seminars
January 9 Sunday (9am-5pm) Click to Register
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The AMERICAN KETTLEBELL ASSOCIATION Certification Program features:
  • 8 hours of comprehensive instruction in one weekend. 
  • Individualized instruction from Joao Neto & the AKA certified team. We take only small groups so you learn directly from the experts through extensive face-time. 
  • Thorough coverage of all the screening and teaching techniques used and developed by Joao Neto in 20+ years training clients & strength athletes and 5+ years as a kettlebell instructor. 
  • Training in all the basic and intermediate kettlebell exercises including common technique flaws and methods for correcting those flaws. Some advanced material/exercises will be covered, as time permits. 
  • A systematized approach to training all types of clients, with an emphasis on safety and steady progression toward individual goals. 
  • A complete color training manual will be given to each trainer at the beginning of the course to make notes and take home with you for future reference of everything you have learned. 
  • A healthy lunch will be served midday so you don’t have to bring anything with you but can eat healthy and enjoy a short break to get to know the people in your class and share ideas. 
  • Each trainer will receive a Kettlebell Instructor T-Shirt & a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course upon passing the final practical & written exams.

The kettlebell body

Kettlebells melt fat without additional aerobics; losing 1% of body fat a week for weeks in not uncommon. If you are overweight, you will lean out. If you are skinny, you will get built up. the Russian kettlebell is a powerful tool for fixing your body composition, whichever way it needs fixing.

Who uses kettlebells in the United States?

The extreme kettlebell workout would have remained the exclusive domain of Russian spec ops, had former Spetsnaz instructor Pavel not immigrated to the U.S. The elite of the U.S. military and law enforcement instantly recognized the power of the Russian kettlebell, ruggedly simple and deadly effective as an AK-47. You can find Pavel's certified kettlebell instructors in outfits such as the Force Recon Marines, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and the Secret Service Counter Assault Team. Once the Russian kettlebell became a hit among those whose life depends on their strength and conditioning, it took off among people from all walks of life. There is no stopping the Russian kettlebell invasion. Men's Journal called it 'a workout with balls.'

Kettlebells deliver extreme all around fitness. Kettlebell training lowers the heart rate and the blood pressure. Exercises with kettlebells enable one to quickly build strength, endurance and achieve a balanced development of all muscle groups, fix particular deficiencies of build and they also promote health. Most methods that claim "all around fitness" deliver no more than compromises. Accept no compromises - choose the Russian Kettlebell!


My name is Aida Salas and I am 38 years old. I am a certified personal trainer in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Before my experience with Russian Kettlebells, I use to train my clients with traditional weights, machines & cardio equipment. Then, a friend introduced me to Russian Kettlebell training in 2007 and to Joao & Heidi Neto, Owners of American Kettlebell Association in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I contacted them and was certified through their Level 1 - Instructor Certification seminar in July 2007. It was an amazing course! The seminar taught me everything I needed to know in order to revamp my "own" body as well as my Personal Training business. Soon after the course, I felt confident enough to train my clients how to "properly" use Russian Kettlebells and have been very successful as a result of it. 

Joao & the Instructors at AKA offered an amazing course and worked one on one with us to really show us how to use and train clients with kettlebells. Since getting certified through the "American Kettlebell Association", I have learned & grown so much both personally & professionally. Currently, I am able to Clean & Press 24K (4 reps each arm - single handed), Swing and High Pull and Center Press 32K (20-25 reps - double handed) and am able complete at least 4-6 reps of (double handed) Manmaker's using two 40lb. KB's. I was "never" able to press as much weight before I started training with Russian Kettlebell's.

The success of my clients is tremendous! One of my clients lost 31 lbs in 12 (30 min) sessions... training just 2 times per week! Another client lost over 22 lbs and dropped 3 dress sizes in less than 5 months... training 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes. My buisness has grown and so has my income! I am thankful to have been introduced to Russian Kettlebell training and to have the "American Kettlebell Association's" knowledge and support so early on into my career! I owe much of my professional success to Kettlebells... and to God!

Thank You,

Aida Salas
American Kettlebell Association Certified Kettlebell Instructor
Deerfield Beach, Florida

AKA Certified Clients





Cilk McSweeneyI'm a professional basketball player and have trained and played sports practically my whole life. In October 2009, I was introduced to Joao Neto, American Kettlebell Association and Kettlebell Training. After an injury and not being able to play on my team for 3 months, I was not in as good of shape as I had always been and a little skeptical to try kettlebells. I had briefly tried training with kettlebells in the past but due to improper movements, I always felt strain in my lower back. I was a bit skeptical to try again, but I trusted Joao and the people at American Kettlbell Association and decided to give it a try because I saw so many clients there getting great results and having fun with them. 

Joao taught me the right way to train with kettlebells and I love it! My conditioning came back right away and it seemed like like I didn't miss a beat. The kettlebells kept me strong while giving me the endurance to be at the top! I am grateful to Joao and everyone at AKA for introducing me to KB's! 

     Cilk McSweeney 

Kettlebell training has been great for my body in so many ways. I'm a professional basketball player and so I need to cater my exercises to best promote my endurance and skill of the game. The way kettlebell training has helped me the most is that it really taught me how to be in complete control of my body while doing various exercises and at the same time getting the most out of the muscle groups being trained. 

The first time I tried it, I was in awe of how many different exercises could be performed with one piece of equipment! I am a 6'10 athlete and it has helped me to become more flexible and explosive, while preventing injury therefore I can say it has been very beneficial for me. 

I believe Kettlebells are the best way to train no matter the age, gender, body type or goals. I'm blessed to have Joao Neto, owner of American Kettlebell Association as my personal trainer because without him I would have probably never tried this type of exercise. I've had trainers all over the world and no one every introduced me to kettlebells and I would highly recommend all trainers out there to learn and teach their clients how to properly use kettlebells. It's fun and the results are amazing!

Steve Allen

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