Black Dog Fitness


The inspiration for Black Dog.

He was with us for just two short years and passed away in 2018 at the age of 16. We adopted him from Five Acres Animal Shelter just before his 14th birthday. Oreo and I had an amazing bond and I'm certain he came into my life for a reason. He taught me so much and impacted me in ways I never expected. Senior dogs are just the coolest like that. Oreo showed me patience, persistence and presence


He loved to go for walks and rides in the car, and for quite some time he also loved to play ball. He sure didn’t act his age when we adopted him. They know. I swear they know. And they soak up every minute of the new chance for love and happiness. But who actually rescues who? I know the answer to that. Life is just better with a rescue animal. 


So, why the focus on kettlebell training? Personally, kettlebells have helped me grow stronger, physically and mentally. Kettlebells have shown me discipline and have provided me with the inspiration to be better. I always have something to learn. I enjoy the details. I understand that if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. 

I’ve been necessarily plugging away at my business Dragonfly Fitness since 2012, but I’ve felt a need to do something more...in regards to a few things that I care about. I love coaching kettlebells, helping people get strong, and I feel compelled to give back if and where I can. It has been challenging since trying to open in March 2020 and there's going to be a bit of a climb before these things happen, but it's the ultimate goal.

Renah Jones

Owner, Black Dog Fitness

StrongFirst SFG Level 2 Certified Kettlebell Instructor

Precision Nutrition Certified, Level 2

Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Athletes for Animals, Board Member

“Black Dog Fitness combines something I love...coaching kettlebells and helping others get super strong...with serving a greater purpose, on many different levels.”



We put together some of the questions that we have received so far about Black Dog! We hope this helps! If you have any questions that aren’t covered here, feel free to email renah@dft-stl.com.



Is training at Black Dog open to everyone?

Yes! Black Dog is a co-ed kettlebell training gym in St. Louis Hills offering private training, small group training and training for coaches. All of our training here will be led by a coach.

Are your coaches kettlebell certified?

Yes. Renah Jones, Owner, is the only StrongFirst Level 2 Certified Kettlebell Coach in the St. Louis area. All other coaches who join our team will be certified personal trainers working towards their kettlebell certification, while coaching based on the same principles of StrongFirst.

Do you offer private kettlebell training?

Yes, we do offer individual private kettlebell sessions for:

  • Kettlebell enthusiasts who want to learn more about the kettlebell or who want to focus on specific movements.

  • Coaches who do not have a kettlebell certification, but would like to learn the best ways to cue and coach their own clients.

  • Coaches or anyone working towards the SFG certification.


How is small group training structured?

Our kettlebell training system will give you the opportunity to progress and level up, always challenging you! Movements for your specific training will be determined by your level: white, blue, brown and black.

Start your journey with us in the white level to master swings, goblet squats, single arm presses, and the get-up. Stay with us long-term to earn your black level mastery and progress to double snatches, jerks, and kettlebell athletic drills. Time spent at each level will vary from person to person, but will always challenge you! Our small group offers programming in 8-week cycles.

Will the training you offer only use kettlebells?

Our training here is focused on kettlebells, but can also include a variety of challenging bodyweight movements and some barbell movements such as deadlifts.

What’s your membership investment?

Private training rates vary depending upon needs. Our small group training times are very limited, with an investment of $159 per month.

Do you offer youth training programs?

At the present time we do not have plans to offer general youth training programs. As a part of our giving back program, we do have plans to work with an organization to develop a youth program for kids at risk of being bullied.  

Giving Back

What are the causes that Black Dog will support?

Rescue animals: We will not only spread the word about pet adoption, we also plan to donate a percentage of profits from our group training to four local animal rescues that we have partnered with.

Military service members: Current and former U.S. Military service members suffering with PTSD and physical disabilities will be welcome to join our group training at no charge. We will work with several organizations on this opportunity and will reserve spaces in our group training programs just for them.

Youth who may be at risk of being bullied: We will work with a youth organization to select youth for this weekly/monthly program just for kids to help build confidence and strength.

While Black Dog will cover some of the staff costs associated with the above, we will really only be able to support these causes because of those who join us to train!