If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that I have a slight
obsession love for all things Ms. Jillian Michaels. When I did Couch-to-5K I picked the virtual trainer that reminded me of her and if she’s not on a season of The Biggest Loser, I’m probably not going to be watching it. In fact, let’s just call it what it is: I have a complete and utter girl crush on the woman. Enough that I really, really, really want to attend her Maximize Your Life tour stop here in Cleveland in May. So, y’know, if anyone from Playhouse Square happens to see this and wants to send me as a healthy living blogger representative I am more than willing to take on the task. Just sayin’.
In preparation for my recent 10K, I added kettle bells into the mix for cross-training. The set I purchased included three kettlebells (5, 10, and a 15 although I’ve only used the higher two) along with a DVD, although instead of having a routine it just walked you through a handful of exercises and movements you can do with the kettlebell. So when I used them, it wasn’t very focused. I just did random sets and repetitions of the various moves I felt comfortable doing and while I’m sure it had some effect I know I wasn’t taking full advantage of the equipment and certainly not pushing myself.
Which is why I decided to buy a video.
I actually purchased Shred It With Weights on Amazon Instant which means I can stream it through my Wii onto my TV thanks to the new Amazon Wii Channel. And because I downloaded the Amazon Channel I had a credit, so I saved a couple of bucks, too. (Not that it was that expensive to begin with, but still.)
(Speaking of the Wii, one of the first games I ever purchased was the Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 game. Oh yes, this is a long-standing girl crush. And while as far as Wii Fit games this is so not the most fabulous, at 311 pounds I was able to workout in the comfort of my home and not feel mortified or embarrassed when I got winded at the most basic moves. (Hmmm. Maybe I should pop it back in my Wii this weekend and see how I do.))
The Shred-It With Weights Video is actually two-in-one as there are two different levels. Having used my Kettlebells a little bit I was still totally unprepared for how hard Level 1 would be for me. First day I used it with my 15 lb Kettlebell and quickly discovered it was a little too heavy for some of the moves. So the second day I tried it with my 10 lb and that was a little too light for some of the moves.
Apparently I’m the Goldilocks of Kettlebells. For now I think I’ll just alternate between the 10 and 15 as I’m doing Level 1 until I can do it entirely with the 15 and then eventually upgrade to Level 2.
Only 25 minutes long, I am dripping with sweat by the time the cool down rolls around and a couple hours later I could still feel the burn in my upper arms. Which is good, because it’s my upper arms that need the most work. They look almost slim from profile, just don’t ask me to raise them unless you actually want to see my impressive wingspan.
Have you ever used kettlebells before? Do you have a favorite DVD you use with them?
Love from the ashes,