Friday, June 25, 2010

Love those kettlebells!

Recently I joined the kettlebell kick with the DVDs included in the Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit, and Power Body: Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller.
   Both are terrific workouts that get the cardio going while toning at the same time.
   After either of them, it’s my glutes that feel the work the most!
   And both workouts get deep into the lower back, working muscles you didn’t know you had.
   For that reason, during the downtimes during these workouts, i.e., the short few seconds while the next move is being explained, I lift my legs up high in the air one at a time to keep my lower back stretched and warm.

Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit from Gaiam is a set of two DVDs that is packaged with a four-pound kettlebell, which for this kettlebell workout novice is the perfect weight.
   The first DVD has a tutorial on the moves, and a 20-minute workout to get you started. But this workout is not easy! The sweat will flow!
   The 20-minute workout is comprised of standing moves that include lunges and squats, all while thrusting and swinging the kettlebell about.   The second DVD has a 40-minute workout that starts with standing moves and progresses to a series of floor exercises including push-ups where the kettlebell is lifted by one arm at a time, and side planks with the kettlebell thrust into the air. It’s tough.

Power Body: Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller is a sensible, demanding workout that is divided into seven sections that you can pick and choose, or do from start to finish for the complete kettlebell experience.
   The DVD has a tutorial to explain the moves.
   The workout’s first five sections are standing sets. Like Kettlenetics, these sets have moves such as squats and lunges, with the arms moving constantly with the kettlebell. There are also some balance challenges that target the lower back.
   The final sections have push-ups and ab work using the kettlebell. A stretch finishes things off.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your reviews are informative but you tend to relay a sort of summary of the dvd more so than what it's done for your body. I like when you say you felt it in your lower back, etc.