(Closed) Best kettlebell workout?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Kettleworx is an expensive programme and there are flaws, but it offers lots of variety – 3 X 20 minute sessions a week. I think kettlebells are great for shaping up by the way.

Or you could just make up your own routine, based on moves on youtube. (Check out Lauren Brookes and Steve Cotter)

 

I use a 5kg (11pounds) for some moves, (one arm boxing moves), 10kg (22 lbs) and 12kg (26lbs) for most (swings etc.)

I’d love a heavier bell – my friend has a one-on-one trainer and she uses a 40lb apparently!

 

Enjoy and good luck xx

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s really hard to recommend a starting weight for someone, as it depends on a lot of factors.  Are you currently/have you recently done regular strength training?  Do you do bodyweight training (ie push ups/sit ups/yoga/pilates)?  Do you work out at all?

I started with a 10-pound bell which was WAY too light for me as I had years of yoga experience, which made me a lot stronger than I thought I was (some people say yoga isn’t exercise, but you definitely build strength holding yourself in some of those poses!).  I moved up to 15 pounds pretty quickly and stuck with that for some time.  Though my first day with a trainer, she handed me a 35-pound one, which felt pretty awesome to be able to use!

So I would say if you’re a beginner to exercise, go for 10 pounds, and if you have some experience with weights/bodyweight training, go for 15.  If you’ve lifted a lot, you could start at 20 or 25 pounds.  And I should note that some kettlebells are only measured in kg, so keep that in mind when you’re buying, since 16kg is definitely NOT 16 pounds!

There’s lots of DVDs out there, but my favorite so far has actually been the free workout DVD that comes with the GoFit brand of kettlebells.  I don’t know if you can buy it seperately, but it’s called Kettlebell Konnection.  If you don’t already have a kettlebell though, get a GoFit one and you’ll get the DVD for free!  The other DVD I like is the Jillian Michaels Shred It with Weights, though I only like Level 1.  Level 2 has some moves that scare me a bit.  Additionally, I’ve read some reviews that suggest Jillian’s DVD is not a good one to learn proper form from, so start with something else (like the free GoFit one) or use online tutorials like biggysmalls suggested and then do Jillian’s routine while ignoring her technique. Wink

Hopefully you’ll find something that works for you.  Kettlebells are pretty awesome – have fun!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just bought a ten pound one. Does anyone know workouts that aren’t on DVD? Does anyone have good tutorial links?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@linzeelou:  Kettlebell Kombos by Paul Katami.  He rocks.  I would say go to a fitness store and try some out.  It is hard for someone to tell you what to start with.  Get a weight you feel comfortable swinging.

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