Master Phil Ross poses with Kettlebell

Master Trainer Phil Ross poses with Kettlebell

Martial Arts & Kettlebell Master, Phil Ross becomes a Certified Bodyweight Specialist.  In the first ever Bodyweight Strength certification conducted by Master of Sport Pavel Tsatsouline (the man responsible for bringing Kettlebell Training to the US), held in St. Paul Minnesota October 13th and 14th, some 60 participants were in attendance. The students were training in the progressions of mastery of the Bodyweight Strength Development and Master Phil Ross was one of the 15 participants to pass the exam and receive certification upon the course completion, earning the title of Bodyweight Strength Specialist. Master Ross, getting set to celebrate his 50th Birthday this October, was the only participant over the age of 40 to receive certification. He will be launching his “Fit and Fifty” program and posting YouTube clips adding more training tips to his active Phil Ross channel

Below is a write up regarding some training benefits from the training:

Naked Warrior Certification/Workshop: Phil Ross, RKC Team Leader, 8th Degree Black Belt

The workshop consisted of an incredible amount of extremely useful strength and balance developing techniques as well as strategies. The progressions to the specific tasks were particularly relevant because you are gaining useable, practical, applicable strength while you are learning strength skills. Some people may never be able to execute a one arm push-up, pistol, an L-sit pull-up or handstand push-up, but they will achieve significant strength gains and improve their lives through their strength practice.

People may think that if they can’t do a one-arm push-up, there’s no need to train in this fashion. That would be akin to telling a runner not to run, because they will never be able to run a sub 10 second 100 meter sprint. Nonsense, incredible strength and body linkage is developed with body weight training and that results in improved performance in strength, kettlebell training, weight lifting, sport, martial arts and daily life. If a student is able to perform a pull up and 20 two-legged squats, they will certainly be able to carry a bag of groceries up a flight of stairs.

Results are achieved by consistent, intelligent training patterns. Exercise discipline in your training. Build slowly and do not skip any level of the progression. That may result in “gaps” in your strength and prevent you from attaining the highest level of proficiency. Achieving real strength does not occur overnight, it’s a process. Quick gains lead to injury and rob one of their potential. Strength is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a long process, but the results can last a lifetime!


focusX-cel Fitness Professionals:
Personal Training for Men, Women & Children.

I founded X-cel Fitness Professionals in an effort to train people in my methodologies learned from my greater than 30 years of experience training individuals and working with clients of all ages, skills and fitness levels. My methods have produced many state and national champions. If you follow my program, I guarantee that you will not only meet, but exceed your goals.

At X-cel, your body is our business, as well as your goals. We design a fitness program that is specifically designed to meet your current and future needs.

Whether you are a woman striving to harden your body, a high school athlete looking to improve performance in your sport, a person recovering from an injury or an executive looking to get that “pump” before work, we will customize a program to suit your needs!

The combination of resistance training, diet, supplementation, body balancing movements and cardiovascular workouts will yield the desired result.

Private, pairs, or group training are all available at our facility.

Group Fitness Classes utilizing EPD (Explosive Power Development) is designed for aspiring athletes or children desiring to raise their level of fitness. This unique program, as designed by Master Ross, includes Plyometrics, Agility, Kettlebell, Strength and Core Training. There will be a different focus in each 6 week block.

Customized Programs

At X-cel we offer training tailored to encompass:

Resistance Training (Kettlebells, Weights, Exercise Bands), Cardiovascular (Aerobic), Bodyweight, Sport Specific Training, Flexibility, Exercise Bands, Plyometrics, Nutritional Advice, Rehabilitation, Self Defense Training, Pairs Training, Group Workouts, On-Site Training, Boxing, Kickboxing, Empowerment/Meditation.