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6/2/11 3:50 P

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Hi Samantha,

The FAQ (I think it's labeled "Read Before Posting" or something like that) pretty much sums it up. Choose an appropriate-size kettlebell*, start with about three days per week of swings, and do swing intervals until you have that move mastered. Lots of other kettlebell-specific exercises, like the clean and the snatch, use the same basic movement, so don't skimp on the fundamentals.

Second, learn from somebody with the letters "RKC" after their name. A yoga instructor probably isn't qualified to teach karate, and an ACE or NASM certification (or the conspicuously vague "certified personal trainer") says nothing about a trainer's experience with kettlebells. A quick stroll through YouTube reveals dozens of professional trainers who completely misunderstand the purpose and mechanics of the kettlebell swing, thus putting their clients at risk of injury (or at least wasting their time).

Third, don't expect magic. You'll hear things like "burn 1,200 Calories an hour", but those are best-case scenarios. Kettlebells have their strengths and weaknesses like anything else, and like any equipment, they only work as hard as you do.

* General rule is 8Kg (17 lbs) for women who haven't strength trained recently, 12 Kg (25 lb) for active women or sedentary men, and 16-20 Kg (35-45 lb) for active men. Sarah Lurie, author of "Kettlebells for Dummies" and one of our recommended sources, notes that women tend to start too light, and men start too heavy. Unlike, say, bench presses, where you start light to learn the form and teach your muscles before adding a heavy load, ballistic movements are best taught with a challenging yet manageable weight. Again, the FAQ gets into more detail.

Edited by: AKBEANCOUNTER at: 6/2/2011 (15:51)

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5/30/11 6:59 A

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i'm samantha and im vary interested in kettle bell training. any advice for a beginner?

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5/28/11 12:16 A

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The Kettlebell Challenge Team does not endorse Paul Katami because he is neither AKC nor RKC certified.

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5/26/11 2:45 P

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Successful fitness TV fitness expert and top trainer, Paul Katami, began his professional fitness career at age 19 after making life-changing decisions about diet and exercise that transformed his body from an obese teen to a lean health expert. Since then Paul has strived to become a fitness expert that can share the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by teaching the most up to date, exciting, and effective classes, personal training, and quick and easy healthy living tips. Paul has brought his branded Katami techniques to some of Hollywood’s hottest gyms including Crunch and now as Group Fitness Director of LA’s premier workout club, Equinox Fitness in West Hollywood. He’s also worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest , Executives, actors, models, and athletes. Paul has been lead talent and producer for a few, successful infomerical products including his KatamiBar and the best-selling core workout in America, Crunchless Abs. He is one of the most popular instructors for ExerciseTV.tv along with starring in numerous workout DVDs such as his signature workout, Band Camp.

Paul Katami has successfully sold fitness products including his KatamiBar on QVC, The Shopping Channel, The Learning Channel, and in local gyms across the US and Canada. Paul is currently developing a cutting edge new fitness tool, working with publications answering Health and Fitness questions, is preparing a whole new series of DVD Workouts based on his most popular Hollywood classes, and is taking his expertise in throwing away diets to help people make the right choices for a healthy, best quality long life in an upcoming book (working title, The DELETE Diet).

A nationally certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, Paul has studied with or been certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, UCLA Fitness Training, UCLA Rehab, Reebok University, American Council on Exercise, IDEA and more. In his studies and practical experience Paul has developed and taught every types of fitness classes training a broad range of clients.

While studying for his Masters degree at UCLA, Paul became the Master Core Performance Fitness Coach for the UCLA Fitness and the Rehab Center. Paul developed and implemented a new 30-minute abdominal core class and introduced standing abdominal training as part of his routine. The classes were a huge hit drawing sell-out crowds. After developing the new core classes, Paul worked extensively as a post physical therapy fitness trainer at the UCLA Rehabilitation Center. Here Paul worked with clients ranging from Athletes (UCLA Athletics), to accident, and stroke victims, to clients with Parkinson’s, and chronic injury impingements—especially back pain/conditions of the spine. All these clients had one thing in common; they needed to work their core muscles to gain balance, stability, and strength in the body’s most important muscle group. Paul developed individual plans with his technique to help each individual reach their desired goals.

While training, teaching, and studying Paul was hired to be an acrobatic dancer in one of Los Angeles’ most well know and regarded theatre/dance companies- Diavolo. Diavolo’s reputation for daring and thrilling acrobatic dance demanded heavy physical fitness training, acrobatic and gymnastic training, yoga, pilates, dance conditioning, and of course core. Paul toured with Diavolo being a company wellness conditioning coach, dancer, and choreographer.

Paul was simultaneously recruited to teach for one of Hollywood’s hottest clubs Crunch Fitness. Paul brought his expertise, dynamic routines, and philosophy of core training to the crowds in his popular classes. The Katamibar was introduced in November 2002 to great success and is now used in Katami classes and weekly Katami Sculpt classes. Presently, he is the Group Fitness Director for Equinox Fitness West Hollywood.


No where in this does he state he is a certified kettlebell instructor and this is directly from his personal site.

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None of his dvds list certification in kettlebells, it says he is a master instructor but does not say he is certified, there is a difference. I have done the workouts and after having done live instruction I would not recommend a beginner trying one of his dvds.

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Hey TURBO6X2 where do you get that Paul Katami is not certified as a kettlebell instructor? Read this review....have you ever done research on Paul Katami he is awesome and his workouts don't cost an arm and a leg. And in PROPER FORM!! Have you done a Paul Katami workout?


Workout Review and Details:
So, it occurred to me recently that I need more men in my life. As I was looking through my extensive workout collection, I realized that I had very few male led workouts. Among the myriad of workouts that I own, the majority were led by female fitness instructors. My workout collection featured only two male leads. The other thing my collection was lacking, kettlebell workouts. Enter Paul Katami and Kettlebell Drills.

With nearly twenty years of experience, Paul Katami has been providing fitness know-how to Hollywood’s hottest gyms. He is also the creator of A.S.A.P Fitness workouts and a featured instructor on ExerciseTV. Paul is also a Kettlebell Master Instructor through Kettlebell Concepts. Most recently Paul released two kettlebell workouts, Kettlebell Drills and Kettlebell Kombos.

With nearly ninety minutes running time, Kettlebell Drills comes complete with Paul’s Clinic, Drills workout and a bonus Core routine. Paul is joined by two background exercisers, one of which shows beginner modifications. For the workout, you will need a kettlebell.

In the Clinic, Paul takes you step by step through many exercises that are fundamental to kettlebell training. Here he breaks down, gives form pointers and takes you through the proper way to perform halos, swings, cleans, snatches, front squats, figure eights, windmills and many more kettlebell exercises. After demonstrating each exercise, he has you practice each move for thirty seconds. But don’t let the instructional format of the Clinic fool you, be prepared to get a workout in with the clinic alone.

The Drills workout is set up similarly to the Clinic and is a great follow-up once you have mastered the Clinic. In the Drills workout, Paul takes you through a set of timed exercises. While Paul continues to offer form pointers and spot-on cuing in the workout, the pace is much faster with less down time than in the Clinic. Many of the same exercises are featured with a few extra twists and balance challenges. While most kettlebell exercises already engage the core, Paul also includes a bonus core routine on the DVD to further strengthen and tighten the midsection.

Paul Katami is an excellent instructor, with a great on-screen presence. He is professional, knowledgeable, shows great form and offers sound form pointers. Paul is also an encouraging instructor offering motivation and support when you need it the most.

To learn more about Paul Katami, visit his website Katami Fitness. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. His Kettlebell Drills workout and other workouts are available on Collage Video and Total Fitness DVDs

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Now show me he is not certified!!

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I would recommend taking live classes from a certified instructor first then progress to some actual workouts taught by certified instructors. Kettlebell bombshell is actually taught by a certified instructor as is the skogg system. I would not recommend Paul Katami due to the fact he is not certified and does not use correct form and some of the moves. If you want to benefit from kettlebells it really does pay to get the live instruction or use certified instructor taught programs, other wise you could seriously injure a shoulder, elbow, or your back. Even if you do an instructional class first then do a certified program that would be a great route to follow. Nothing beats live instructor taught classes.

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Your welcome emoticon

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Thank you!

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Hi emoticon to the team!! I love Paul Katami's workouts their AWESOME! Heres a link to check out one of his dvds www.collagevideo.com/workout-video/p
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Thanks to ETWOLIE for helping me to find this team! I just started using a kettlebell, I will be looking into getting some DVD's, but I also have certified trainers that are co-workers that I am going to talk to. I love the kettlebells!

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