Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Review: Paul Katami's Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners
Now before you go saying "I don't have kettlebells", neither do we. Or before you say, "I'm not a beginner," neither are we. Gosh you're pessimistic...HA! I thought the same things but online reviews I saw said this wasn't necessarily a beginners workout. We got it Friday and by Sunday it was in our DVD player in the dungeon.
The instructor, Paul Katami, is new to me. I'm thankful to report he's not annoying. You know how some instructors can be. He's joined by two women that are his workout partners. It's in a nice, tranquil setting with mats and kettlebells. If you have smaller dumbbells, you could do what we did and use those. It is a little awkward on a few moves with the free weights but nothing we couldn't handle. I don't know what size weights everyone was using but I used 10's to warm up and 15's for lower body stuff like swings.
In the total body workout, he warms you up with halos, some twists and you go into your typical kettlebell stuff like swing through's, lunges with chops, side squats with swing through's and all kinds of stuff that really got my heart rate up. Since I'm working through an injury, you know that made me happy! It's not high impact so I was able to modify anything my foot wasn't liking and you could certainly do that if you're a beginner and looking to work up to his level.
In the core workout, we did stuff that had me sore for two days and I've been working out my core and upper body a lot the past six weeks! I think the ones I love/dread the most are ones where he has you do crunches but with the kettlebell, then doing a military press as you come up into your crunch and another doing a fly as you come up into your crunch. My shoulder blades, lats and abs were killing me!
All in all, this is a great workout. I burned 670 calories in 50 minutes doing both workouts and that was with modification. I'm SO glad to have this to put into rotation and it's the epitome of muscle confusion for me right now which is exactly what I need.
Workout is based on time per move, not reps so you can start at your own pace and work up.
Workout flows well and is fast paced without feeling rushed.
The instructor isn't annoying or doesn't feel like mute should be an option.
Lots of traditional moves as well as moves that create muscle confusion for a total body workout.
At review time, under $10.
Full instructional video for those not familiar with kettlebell style workouts.
I would've liked a preview of each and every exercise before doing it. I suspect the introduction is where I would find those but it's appreciated within the body of the workout.
Would I recommend Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners? Absolutely! I think if you're looking to get into kettlebells or just mix up your strength routine, this is a great addition to a home workout program!
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