Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review: Kettleworx!

As you all know, I had a baby just under 8 months ago. And, as I've mentioned here before, I'm doing a remarkably awful job of getting back in shape. Thanks to a high-risk pregnancy and then sheer laziness post-baby, I've not done much exercising in over a year. I'm finally getting motivated to change that though, so was really excited to get the opportunity to review the KettleWorx program on this blog.

I've heard great things about kettleball workouts, but had never tried one myself.  The KettleWorx program is a DVD workout, one that you do while holding a kettleball- a weird little weight with a handle. Since I'm utterly out of shape, I chose to start out with the 5-pound weight, but you can also choose to get a 10-, 15- or 20-pound weight for your workouts.

When the program arrived, I was surprised to see how many DVDs were in the package- 9 of them! The first DVD that I watched was the introduction DVD. This is a short but really helpful DVD with some information on technique and the idea behind the KettleWorx program. It also has hints like "make sure your cats are out of the room", which I can tell you from experience is advice you should follow.

The program also comes with three DVDs that make up the six-week body transformation. The genius behind the KettleWorx program is that you're doing core work, strength training and cardio all at once, so you can get a complete workout in 20 minutes.  But, even though you're getting all of the workouts done at once, the three  DVDs in the KettleWorx Six-Week Body Transformation do focus on particular things- there's one for Core, one for Cardio and one for Resistance. In addition to the Six Week workouts, the package from KettleWorx also has other DVDs- Fast Fat Burn, Fast Abs, and the Ultimate Body Sculpting Collection with DVDs for Legs and Thighs, Butt and Hips, Arms and Shoulders and Chest and Back.

I've started the six-week program over three times now, thanks to all our travel and the holidays. One of these days I'm going to make it all the way through. But I can tell you that I love this workout and it's going to remain a part of my life. When I'm doing it, I do feel like I'm getting a good workout, but I'm not completely exhausted. And I am always sore the next day in the muscles I've been working, so that's a good sign! I really like that I can get a good workout in just over 20 minutes, since that's about all the time I can spare these days. I also like the other DVDs, particularly the ones that include even shorter workouts. Some days I've been out walking with the kids, but want a little bit more exercise or a fast ab workout to finish up the day, and these DVDs are super handy for that.

This is NOT a program for you if you're pregnant and not a program for you if you have bad knees.  The exercises include a lot of squats and other exercises that require good knee health. So keep that in mind.  For my part, the only thing that I don't love about this program is that there's a lot of repetition in the presentation. Unlike most workouts that I've used, each individual exercise is filmed separately. You repeat some exercises in each set, and then there are multiple sets. So you might end up watching exactly the same presentation of an exercise, complete with comments from the trainer 4 or more times per 20 minutes. Not a big deal, but if you hate repetition, you might want to throw your kettleball at the screen after hearing the same joke for the 4th time.  :) Other than that, I really like the trainer that does this workout. He's really low-key, but is believable and motivating.  The backup people on the screen also seem very real and the exercises are easy to follow.

So, if you're looking for a workout for the new year, I'd really suggest taking a look at this one. I love it so much that I've been telling my friends about it and we're planning to purchase a heavier kettleball for my husband so that he can use it too. Go check it out!

Disclaimer: I received the KettleWorx Ultra 5 set to review for myself, but was not compensated in any other way. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.