Yesterday Tommy brought home a lil gift for me. We’ve been both wanting to get back in shape and have had our eyes on the kettlebell. It’s supposed to be a great work out using weights that look like a weighted ball suspended just below a handle. It’s all one unit, and comes in various sizes ranging from $15-$170! There’s tons of workout routines you can find online as well as in magazines. I think I first saw the kettlebell in Shape magazine or Self. Well, instead of a full kettlebell, Tommy got me the Gaiam Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit. It’s kind of like a mini kettlebell (only 4 lbs) with a couple DVDs led by instructor Michelle Khai. She’s supposed to be a former dancer and a celebrity trainer. She works with ballet dancers and has created this “kbell” training to help tone and sculpt.
I put in DVD 1, the beginner’s DVD to learn the techniques. (This is AFTER doing 30 mins of cardio training) Techniques were pretty easy to learn and do. So I decide to continue on with the “Flow motion basics” session. I was sweating… ALOT! Initially, I was thinking… “4 lbs weight, that’s sooo girly”. Well 4 lbs of weight swinging and lifting and pushing combined with squats and lunges (ooh how I hate both) for 30 minutes can start to feel very heavy. I definitely got a work out, and it was a nice change of a workout routine. Today, I was definitely sore all over, and it felt great! I really liked the fluidity of the motions and the weight added didn’t make it feel so much like a aerobics routine. I felt like I was really doing something and it did, because I can sure feel the burn! 🙂 Looks like I’m going to be trying out the cardio DVD tomorrow! 🙂