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June 29, 2010 6:54 AM
I want to start a kettlebell workout challenge for 6-weeks. I workout at a gym and I have the access to kettlebells there but the lowest wt available is 8kg. I will be working out 3 times a week (M,W,F) and will be posting my workouts here. In addition to this, I will continue with my walk/elliptical workouts 5 to 6 days a week.

I have a couple of DVDs at home (Gin Miller and Amy Bento) and a 10lb KB so in case I can’t make it to the gym, I can pop in the DVD and workout at home.

According to what I have been reading on various websites including BodyBuilding.com, 6 weeks of hard work with KBs can transform the body.

I am dying to work my ab muscles and tighten up my arms and this seems to be a perfect way. Any takers? Also weekly or biweekly check-ins are welcome.

My goal is to lose 5-8 lbs by the end of 6 weeks. I am not counting the body fat as I am not sure how accurate these body fat monitors are so I choose to go by body weight/dress size.

Any takers?
  1084062
June 29, 2010 6:59 AM
I am sooo in! Are we starting today?? I have the dvds at home and 5lb kettlebells. I will start doing them every other day so 3 times a week and incorporate other cardio the remainder of the days!
June 29, 2010 7:06 AM
I've been doing kettlebell workouts at home for a couple weeks now and like how they get my heart rate up but are working my muscles too. I started with a 8 pound kettlebell and am still using that one. Mine came with a Danskin DVD that was about 45 minutes long and i did that to start with and I just did a new one this morning called Power Body Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller....it was pretty good and had some new moves so I think i'll stick with that one for awhile. I plan on doing kettlebell routines 3-4 times a week. Also running (steady runs or HIIT) for the other days.

So obviously.....I'M IN :)
  843287
June 29, 2010 7:08 AM
I love kettlebell workouts so I am definitely in!
  591620
June 29, 2010 7:09 AM
I'M IN!!!! AND VERY EXCITED!!!!!!!!! I have an 8 and 10lb KB at home with a Gin Miller DVD and just got a new DVD I haven't tried yet. Great challenge! Thanks for posting! I needed something to jumpstart me into working out again (I've taken a week's hiatus due to laziness). Doing my new DVD w/ the 8lb tonight. Will check-in tomorrow.
  1185917
June 29, 2010 7:10 AM
I'm willing to join in as well - I have access to kettlebells at the gym at my job, and the challenge would get my butt back in gear for my Monday KB class. I presume the challenge begins 7/1?
June 29, 2010 7:11 AM
QUOTE:

I want to start a kettlebell workout challenge for 6-weeks. I workout at a gym and I have the access to kettlebells there but the lowest wt available is 8kg. I will be working out 3 times a week (M,W,F) and will be posting my workouts here. In addition to this, I will continue with my walk/elliptical workouts 5 to 6 days a week.

I have a couple of DVDs at home (Gin Miller and Amy Bento) and a 10lb KB so in case I can’t make it to the gym, I can pop in the DVD and workout at home.

According to what I have been reading on various websites including BodyBuilding.com, 6 weeks of hard work with KBs can transform the body.

I am dying to work my ab muscles and tighten up my arms and this seems to be a perfect way. Any takers? Also weekly or biweekly check-ins are welcome.

My goal is to lose 5-8 lbs by the end of 6 weeks. I am not counting the body fat as I am not sure how accurate these body fat monitors are so I choose to go by body weight/dress size.

Any takers?


I have a 10 lb kettlebell that came with a DvD (danskin). I just did it last night, but haven't been consistant. I also use the elliptical & walking as my major form of cardio workouts. I've been wishing that my gym would start a Kettle Bell workout because of all the good things I hear about it. My arms and legs (thighs) are my problem areas I would love to "tighten" up.

Thanks for creating this challenge. flowerforyou I'm totally IN bigsmile

BTW, How many lbs. is 8 kg.? embarassed
  128027
June 29, 2010 7:13 AM
I just remembered I'm having "woman surgery" on July 16th. I'm not to do any strenuous exercise 4 - 6 weeks after. However, I will definately be walking as my form of exercise. I have a habit.... cardio laugh
  128027
June 29, 2010 7:19 AM
Sagithia, you can start today. I have been working out with KBs for 10 days now EOD and it's kicking my butt.
spicy618, Sarah, demiahbryant , mdpeck ... welcome to the challange.

Padma.
  1084062
June 29, 2010 7:20 AM
I'm in too! I have a 5lb and a 10lb, the Gin Miller workout and the Firm's workout for KB. I've been doing the KB at least 2 times a week for a while (about a month maybe?), but I'll step it up for our challenge here. I also currently do belly dance workouts, Laila Ali Knockout boxing workout and a Mitch Gaylord 10 minute core melt thing with a weighted ball.

I've been looking for other KB DVD's - been eyeing the Bento one ... any other suggestions?
  1185837
June 29, 2010 7:50 AM
Since I can not use the dvds in the gym, this is what I have been doing so far...

Warm up: 5 to 8 min walk/jog
2 rounds of body wt squats(30 to 50), pushups (10 to 15) and pullups (I do assisted 10/12) – 5 to 6 minutes

1st circuit
1) double swings 20 to 25
2) Single Arm Cleans 8 to 10
3) Single arm Snatches 5 to 6
4) Pass around – 25
Take a water break (no more than 45 sec) and repeat 2 or 3 more times (time – 8 to 11 minutes)

2nd circuit
1) Plie Squats with KB (30 to 50)
2) Single Leg Dead Lifts (15 to 20 on each leg)
3) Reverse Lunge with Twist or Walking Lunge with Twist with KB (12 to 15 each leg)

Take a water break and repeat 2 more times – 10 to 12 minutes
3rd Circuit
1) Rows Single or double armed (12 to 15)
2) KB crunches (8 to 12)
3) Russian Twist (8 – 10)

Take a water break and repeat 2 more times. (7 to 10 minutes)

I am out of the gym in 60 minutes. I was sore beyond my imagination the first time I did this but slowly I am getting better. I have been using the 8kg bell have done this workout 5 times. I can already see changes in my arms.

In a week, I will be changing the routine (or may be just reps) and I will post the details then.

Padma
  1084062
June 29, 2010 7:54 AM
can we use dumbbells instead?
June 29, 2010 8:16 AM
Padma, that sounds like a killer workout! smile I don't belong to a gym so I'll be working out at home. I've considered just doing my own routine as opposed to following a DVD. Maybe I'll use yours as a model.

This is going to be great bigsmile
  1185837
June 29, 2010 8:27 AM
nuttyrubs, you can use dumbells too but I am not sure how you can do swings with them though. I suggest you google for more info. You can do squats, dead lifts, lunge twists, russian twists with the dbs. Also, you can do cleans and snatches but the dbs have to be heavy enough to get the ideal burn. Again, be careful and research as much as possible before using dbs instead of KBs but it is certainly doable.
Padma.
  1084062
June 29, 2010 8:35 AM
I want to join! I have a 10 lb. KB and a video that's sort of been sitting around and not gettin' used. So, thanks for the invite to join in and get moving!
June 29, 2010 8:51 AM
QUOTE:

Since I can not use the dvds in the gym, this is what I have been doing so far...

Warm up: 5 to 8 min walk/jog
2 rounds of body wt squats(30 to 50), pushups (10 to 15) and pullups (I do assisted 10/12) – 5 to 6 minutes

1st circuit
1) double swings 20 to 25
2) Single Arm Cleans 8 to 10
3) Single arm Snatches 5 to 6
4) Pass around – 25
Take a water break (no more than 45 sec) and repeat 2 or 3 more times (time – 8 to 11 minutes)

2nd circuit
1) Plie Squats with KB (30 to 50)
2) Single Leg Dead Lifts (15 to 20 on each leg)
3) Reverse Lunge with Twist or Walking Lunge with Twist with KB (12 to 15 each leg)

Take a water break and repeat 2 more times – 10 to 12 minutes
3rd Circuit
1) Rows Single or double armed (12 to 15)
2) KB crunches (8 to 12)
3) Russian Twist (8 – 10)

Take a water break and repeat 2 more times. (7 to 10 minutes)

I am out of the gym in 60 minutes. I was sore beyond my imagination the first time I did this but slowly I am getting better. I have been using the 8kg bell have done this workout 5 times. I can already see changes in my arms.

In a week, I will be changing the routine (or may be just reps) and I will post the details then.

Padma


Thanks for this routine!! I may use this instead of a DVD some days :)
  843287
June 30, 2010 12:00 AM
HI everyone

I guess i found you just in time :)

Today i have purchased my KB- 10lbs and it came with a DVD- i did it today for the first time and i like the way it brings the HR up in" no time " I have lots of problem zones- mostly legs /butt etc... so i hope this will help in " slimming " those areas down.

I'm in- thank you for posting this, i hope you guys will be active here and post often, i need all the motivation i can get
June 30, 2010 7:26 AM
So as i said before, i've been doing kettlebell's for a couple weeks and it's going great. I love the workouts.

So....yesterday I started a new dvd routine.....Powerbody Kettlebell Bootcamp DVD with Angie Miller. I liked it, wasn't sure if i loved it.

I woke up this morning....and boy is my butt and hamstrings sore haha. Usually my protein powder I use after i workout tends to keep soreness away, but even with that I'm sore. I don't know about all of you, but I like the feeling of being sore. Reminds me that the workout is working :)

I'm taking a day off inbetween my kettlebell workouts, so this morning I just did brisk walking for about 75 minutes.

P.S. I know technically I started this challenge early haha sorry!
  843287
June 30, 2010 8:38 AM
Morning all!

I know the challenge hasn't officially begun, but I had already done my Danskin Kettle Bell Dvd on Monday... My back felt really sore yesterday but not my legs. I did the elliptical instead yesterday cause I didn't want to hurt anything.

Am I doing something wrong or is this expected for the first few times? I have pretty strong legs so not feeling much soreness there. I looked in the mirror as I did my workout and thought I was doing it correctly. Am I supposed to keep a flat back while doing the squat, thrust move?

Any advice appreciated flowerforyou
  128027
June 30, 2010 9:04 AM
This sounds like just what I need! I bought a 10lb kettlebell with a DVD last week and haven't had time to try the workout yet. By joining this challenge I'll have to get it into the player. embarassed I'll start tomorrow, and next week I'll aim for M/W/F.
June 30, 2010 12:55 PM
QUOTE:

Morning all!

I know the challenge hasn't officially begun, but I had already done my Danskin Kettle Bell Dvd on Monday... My back felt really sore yesterday but not my legs. I did the elliptical instead yesterday cause I didn't want to hurt anything.

Am I doing something wrong or is this expected for the first few times? I have pretty strong legs so not feeling much soreness there. I looked in the mirror as I did my workout and thought I was doing it correctly. Am I supposed to keep a flat back while doing the squat, thrust move?

Any advice appreciated flowerforyou


The first time I did the workout I occasionally felt it in my back, but never got sore there. What I did specifically to make sure I wasn't putting stress on my back, especially on the swings...was too keep my core tight and when you swing up your arms and thrust your hips forward don't curve your back. Sometimes when I would bring my arms up above my head when doing the swing I would go too far and end up curving my back and that's when I could feel the stress.

I no longer have had any issues with my back or feeling it there. That's all I got for advice haha hopefully it helps :)
  843287
June 30, 2010 1:38 PM
QUOTE:

Morning all!

I know the challenge hasn't officially begun, but I had already done my Danskin Kettle Bell Dvd on Monday... My back felt really sore yesterday but not my legs. I did the elliptical instead yesterday cause I didn't want to hurt anything.

Am I doing something wrong or is this expected for the first few times? I have pretty strong legs so not feeling much soreness there. I looked in the mirror as I did my workout and thought I was doing it correctly. Am I supposed to keep a flat back while doing the squat, thrust move?

Any advice appreciated flowerforyou


Yes, I actually hurt myself with my 10lb KB doing the Danskin DVD once and was out of KB work for about a week. I think I pulled a muscle in my lower back when that happened. Be careful. I had to go down to an 8lb (5lb felt too light) and now it's much, much better. I still get a little sore, but doesn't feel as intense as before, like I ripped something. Go down in weight if you have to. The Danskin kettlebells are reasonably priced and, I think, more comfortable than the ones with the iron handles.
  1185917
July 1, 2010 7:22 AM
Today the challenge begins... Even though I worked out with KBs yesterday, I did the Danskin with 10lb today for 24 minutes (First 2 workouts) this morning to kick off the challenge. I thought that it was too easy though. May be because yesterday, I graduated from 8KG to 12KG KB for my swings and pass arounds, I feel like 10lb is no big deal. I still need that for windmills and lying figure 8's though.
Good luck everybody and I hope we are all transformed by the end of 6 weeks... like they say in the KettleWorx infomercial.

Padma.
  1084062
July 1, 2010 7:26 AM
BTW, 8KG is about 18 lb and 12KG is about 26.5 to 27lb.

Padma.
  1084062
July 1, 2010 8:27 AM
I did the my kettlebell dvd this morning again. My legs and butt were still sore, but usually working out helps that for me. I feel great after getting done. According to my HRM I burned 460 calories in the 55 minutes. Anyone with a HRM burn about that much with kettlebells? Just curious :)
  843287

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