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5/3/16 12:35 P

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Anything by Lauren Brooks is great. She is my personal favorite and she really knows her stuff. She actually has a degree in kinesiology and has a new DVD coming out.

I agree, Steve Cotter is also great and is a true kettlebell guy.

I have not heard of Keith Weber, and I will have to check him out. (checked out, he is good)

As for Paul Katami, he uses light weight with aerobic type moves that are not really what kettlebell enthusiasts aspire too. I do own one of his videos, and I use it for the music and background, but I would not do his moves.

There are many others, too. As long as they are RKC certified you cannot go wrong.

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It's been said that Jillian Michaels is not an expert trainer in kettlebells. I would be cautious if buying her series. Kettlebells can be injurious if you are starting out and don't use the proper technique. Some of these companies just want to use someone's name to sell the product, especially the DVDs. Do the research first before buying and say and arm or a leg--literally!
Also Paul Katami's series is pretty good considering he isn't a "pro" kettlebell trainer either. And I would stay clear of Kettlenetics. It's too "dancey" for this kind of workout.
Steve Cotter and Keith Weber's "Extreme" and Extreme2 are the best I've found.

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Like any other exercise program you are new to, go small, start slow and build from there. If you have the Gin Miller one I have, it's a great start. You really have to work your way up to the "He Man" programs, which are really great. Calories burned for sure. Just don't let go of it at any time when you're swinging!!

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Becki,
There are people in this group that love iron core series. I think you will find a big difference.
Keep reading this forum - there is a DVD section and lots of good info in the forum.
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I just purchased the Iron Core Kettlebells at Target for $14.99 has 4 workouts in it. I watched a little of the first one, cause I am new to all of this. Wed after I purchased the Kettlebell I did do 2 of the workouts that CAME with the bell and that was Gin miller. Not sure if I really liked that at all. Hope the Iron core one is better.

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I am ordering kettlebell for dummies.saw it at bookstore but dont want to buy new. It looks very informative. Cant wait to get it!!

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1/17/11 6:46 P

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I tried to purchase Iron Core with Sarah Lurie on Amazon and the series that I wanted wasn't available so I decided to try the Art of Strength: Providence and Kettlebell Kombo's with Paul Katami. Can't wait until they arrive. I am really looking forward to the variety of workouts, although they do look pretty intense. The Art of Strength was pretty pricey so I really hope it is a great cd. I started off with 5lb kettlebells and recently increased to 10lbs while doing the Jillian Michaels dvd workout 1.

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1/15/11 9:38 A

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After endorsements from several of the experienced members, I bought the Iron Core series and I'm pleased with it. I am also enjoying her book, "Kettlebells for Dummies". Let us know what you think of the dvd if decide to buy it. It's always good to hear a variety of opinions.

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1/15/11 9:15 A

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I was thinking about purchasing Sarah Lurie-Iron Core from Amazon and wanted to know what others thought about her. I will look into the other names that were mentioned on here. I love youtube because it usually gives you a sample of the workout and you can decide if it is for you or not.

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1/2/11 11:10 A

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You can search this team for comments on Jillian's kettlebell workouts. The common consensus is that form is poorly taught. Poor form means you are not working out as hard and worse that you can get injured.

I finally caught a few seconds of KB exercises on biggest loser and could go thru it in slow mode. Sure enough, they were all doing the swing with their arms, not a hip snap. They were using maybe 20 or 26 lb KBs, I thought man, they could hurt their backs with that form they were using (with the heavier KBs).

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12/31/10 12:26 P

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My husband bought me the jillian michaels kettlebell set for christmas and I popped in the dvd that came with it, she teaches you the proper form but the whole menu is cut off on the sides so its hard to know what you're clicking on and there's no workout to it, VERY disappointing :( So i have to go out and look for a kettlebell dvd that will do the trick. Its a shame too because I REALLY wanted to workout with them :(

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I'm getting Paul Katami's kombo dvd for Christmas! Actually, it will be here Tuesday. Can't wait!
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I think I got them from Amazon.com,but CollageVideo has them, too. I just got his second one "Combos". What a killer workout and worth every grunt.

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I've never heard of Paul Katami. Where did you find his dvd? I enjoy watching the styles and techniques of different instructors. I just bought a 4-disc dvd set on Dragon Door. It's Tracy Reifkind (swings), Mark Reifkind (lats), and David Whitley (strongmen and getups).

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I bought Kettlenetics and used it for a while. It is a bite "dancey" and fast, but if you stick with a light bell, that's fine. BUT I ordered "Jillian Michaels Shred - it with Weights for Kettlebells" and Paul Katami's "Kettlebell Drills". This has a "clinic" segment where he teaches each move. This guy is up and coming, but excellent. I am ordering his other DVD, too. It just keeps getting better. I was really tired after his drill segment and sweat was pouring, but I felt like it was all worth it. He's a real pro.

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11/15/10 11:35 A

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Did you decide which dvds you were going to get? I think I have most of the ones mentioned except for kettleworx. I have the kettlenetics, but between the time I ordered it and the times it arrived, I realized that it wasn't what I wanted so I am listing it on Amazon. I thought that it would be a good way to ease into kettlebells, but I realized that I would simply have to re-learn the exercises if I wanted to work out in true RKC style. I started with 5 lbs. (which caused back pain) and then I got a trainer. Of course, my form was bad. I went in swinging 5 lbs. and came out swinging 30 lbs. with no back pain. Mind you, I had a spinal fusion last year, and back pain was a red flag to me. As Pavel says, "It's your fault", and it was. I really enjoy Lauren Brooks dvds. I could sit and watch her work out for hours. ha ha. But, that's not doing me any good is it?

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Thanks for all the info! I am new to KB and have been viewing a lot of videos on youtube to learn about KB. Glad to learn how to sort out the good and bad.



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My focus IS dance so I'm using the Kettlenetics workouts. I know that won't sit well with some of you, but I just started and do not want to injure myself by biting off more than I can chew at first. I dance and want a leaner dancer's body. The workouts are challenging enough for this beginner. I am not a P90X kind of girl :)

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9/17/10 1:09 P

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I'm very picky with the KB workouts.

I have Amy Bento (it's excellent, hard and LONG), all of Anthony DiLuglio, all of Sarah Lurie and both Lauren Brooks.

I do have KB Goddess, it was my first. IT's a good primer on form but not a great work along because of all the breathing and no music.

I do not like Pavel - too much Soviet BS - comrade this and that. I don't find that inspiring, but rather, contrived.

All the other ones, K-worx has bad form, Michelle Khai is really a ballet program, and I really don't dig any of the more mainstream fitness personalities doing KB because they generally have pretty crappy form and are just jumping on the KB bandwagon.

My two cents - not that you asked.

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9/17/10 1:03 P

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Her form is good. She's no frills and not some skinny minny but she's doing the exercises right. I haven't bought the DVD because I already have so many KBs ones that I need to do.

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Has anyone tried Jessica Huthmaker's Kettlebell Konnection DVD? It can be ordered through her website. I recently purchased a GoFit Kettlebell and there was a sample DVD that came with it in which she was the instructor. Does anyone have any thoughts regarding her full-length DVD?

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For those of you that are interested in kettlebell with certified Russian kettlebell trainers, products, videos, articles, and questions go to: www.dragondoor.com They have everything and my chiropractor who uses kettlebell and teaches, (he is RKC), uses this website and it is reputable.

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7/23/10 11:02 P

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Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller is a great cardio and strength workout. There are eight segments in addition to the warm-up and stretch. You can customize your own workout, or you can play it straight through (run-time = 64 minutes). You have the option of playing it with instruction, or to music only. She does have a website with video clips and more information, which I checked out prior to purchasing.

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Just saw an infomercial for Kettleworx - I highly recommend DO NOT get these dvds. A friend called to say it was on TV knowing I do KBs. The swing was horrible (KB up over the head, no hip snap, just a smooth movement), in fact not a single standard exercise I saw them doing (row, halo) had anywhere near good form, which means you are not burning the calories you could if you did it right. Do not be fooled that the actors/actresses got their bodies doing these exercises or that as they claim you will burn 1000 calories an hour doing their videos or that 3 20 min sessions a week will build muscles and lose weight, there is no way any of that happened.
They had some pretty laughable (if they would not harm someone) exercises he must have made up - the "gun slinger" where you pull the KB up from your waist to your shoulders then punch it straight out front like shooting a gun, and a disco side bend move which was equally bad - they must have been designed to look sexy not to be effective exercises. If you had anything other than a very light KB you could do serious damage with these exercises.

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Dragondoor.com has a DVD called The Extreme. They should have called it The Kickass Kettlebell! This is the best NON-STOP workout so far. O WEEE this guy works out on the beach and while he assumes you know all the moves, he does say what he'll be doing in each set. I did all but one set and it took an hour. Boy was I tired. But I felt very accomplished. This I would say is for the advanced or someone who really wants a good challenge

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THRIFTYGAL, I have Amy's KB workout and it's one of the best and one of my favorites. Great workout. You can do it as is or mix and match.
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I have Amy Bento's KB Dynamics, KB the Iron Core Way Vol. 2, Kettlenetics with Michelle Khai, Kettleblee Bootcamp with Angie MIller. I can't decide which one I like best! I also have one called "Get SExy" with Michael Carson. This uses a weighted ball but some of the moves could be done with a KB. The Danskin Now with Gin Miller is a great beginners workout, but if you do all 3 workouts at one time, you get a pretty good workout no matter what level. Plus you can mix and match. Amy's video you can mix and match, too. Angie's is for all levels and all of them make we want to run out an get a 20 lb bell although I know I can't physically do that yet.

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Just wanted to say a big emoticon to everyone for this wonderful forum! It has been extremely helpful (and I'm sure will continue to be) for a newbie like myself!

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Hi all! Has anyone purchased Amy Bento's Kettlebell Dynamics? There is a clip there, but I was interested if the whole thing was any good, if you have tried it.

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Lauren Brooks just announced a new DVD. It looks very challenging. I am no where near ready for it.

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You should check it out; collage video has online clips of other folks with their KB attempts, but most of them are horrible, even my beloved Gin Miller. But Amy Bento's is a serious workout.

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I'm glad to hear this about Amy Bento's video. I have not seen it but am always curious when the regular fitness people come out with something for kettlebells. Thanks for the scoop!


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Amy Bento's Kettlebell Dynamics is very good, too, her partner Phil Ross, is RKC and has his own video, but Amy Bento is a good and approachable instructor; for all the DVD's I've seen that done by people who USUALLY do other types of DVDs, this is the best. It's a LONG video and its hardcore. Her form is excellent; although her moves are different than what you might see with say Anthony or Lauren; though that can be a good thing if you need to mix things up.

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Amy Bento's Kettlebell Dynamics is very good, too, her partner Phil Ross, is RKC and has his own video, but Amy Bento is a good and approachable instructor; for all the DVD's I've seen that done by people who USUALLY do other types of DVDs, this is the best. It's a LONG video and its hardcore. Her form is excellent; although her moves are different than what you might see with say Anthony or Lauren; though that can be a good thing if you need to mix things up.

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I am so not even there yet, I need all 30 seconds to recover; you must be in great shape. However, Sarah Lurie is my go-to video for anything kettlebell when I need to get back to basics. I'm glad to hear somebody else likes it. I wish I could do burpees though, that's hardore.

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I've been doing Iron Core kettlebell workout volume 1 by Sarah Lurie and it has been kicking my booty. During the rests I do cardio like jumping rope, burpees, jumping jacks, or any plyo move to get my heart rate up. It really makes a diffrence in the intensity.

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Kelli, would also love to hear your review, I don't know much about Lisa except that she's RKC.

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I haven't tried it - please be sure to review it here when you've had a chance to use it. I looked at it and am glad to see that the instructor is RKC! :)


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I just received the new "Kettlebells Interval Training for Women" DVD. It has 78 exercises that you can shuffle to make a new workout each time you watch. Has anyone tried this yet?

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Good luck with the DVD's you won't ever be the same.... and you won't be sorry for ordering one of the quality programs to learn good form first. It is easier to learn correctly first instead of trying to correct bad form later. As anyone can tell you bad form will just get you hurt. ETK says that when we are under stress we revert to training, so we had better train correctly! Stick to the hard style.
Train Well!
Justin
PS I just had to google Sergeant Shannahan...what a joke. What size bell is he using like 15 pound?? and I didn't see any of the ballistics, swings, snatches etc. glad I didn't start with him....

Edited by: DELPHIUSBOGUE at: 5/14/2009 (17:03)

Pavel Says: "When we say Kettlebell we mean Strength. When we say Strength we mean Kettlebell."

And if you don�t have good judgment, forget kettlebells and go take a Pilates class.


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You won't be sorry you did. Lauren's is just a smidge more approachable than Anthony's Providence.

Good luck!

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Sergeant Shanahan? That must be the same guy from the DVD set I was going to order.....kettleworx.
His name is Ryan Shanahan. Could it be the same one?

Well after reading all the reviews from Lauren Brooks DVD I decided to order hers. So help me god.........

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Justin, I did the same thing. I did however conclude that when I identified the right instructors, ALL with RKC as you mentioned, I could find the DVD clips that really helped. That helps separate the wheat from the chaff.

Sara Lurie, Andrea DuCane and Lauren Brooks are all RKC, not sure about Missy Beaver, I have issues with anybody from SOCal calling her self MissFit or some such. Yuck. I prefer hardstyle. No BS.

Lauren is the most intense of the females but I find the men are pretty much all intense, you just have to make sure they know their stuff. Stay away from Seargant Shanahan, I've seen some dude who juggles Hand to Hand (H2H), whatever. It's hot right now, so people are winging it just to hawk DVDs.

Let us know if you get these DVDs and what you do like/don't like.

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My designation is the geek who spent nearly a month scouring everything kettlebell on the internet and finding a bunch of crap before weeding out some of the good.

I have given up on most videos on you tube or other sites because they are just wrong. I like anthony and Pavel, I watch some of phil ross but he is just too intense for me, I am not there yet. basically I would say stick with anyone who has and RKC (russian kettlebell certification) associated with their names.

I know there are some female RKC's out there but I haven't researched any of them. I did find another guy that I get his newsletter and pick and choose what I want to believe of his. His name is Troy Anderson. He has a lot of videos with http://kbfatloss.ning.com. Like I said, I pick and choose his stuff but this video really helped me figure out how to snatch properly and I don't bang my forearms anymore or do the corkscrew snatch.
it is at http://kbfatloss.ning.com/video/kettlebell
-snatch-tutorial.

He uses the high pull drill to prepare for the snatch and the high pull, both one armed and two, has become one of my favorite drills to build and work between my shoulders.

It also helps me to not crush the handle of the bell on the snatch, with a high pull I can still get a soft catch on the forearm. I still have issues with cleans, but another video has helped as well as the Enter the Kettlebell video. I can't find that one right now but it has to do with rotating the hand on the backswing and doing a small pull about waist height.

I am surprised how much I have augmented the book with the ETK video...I thought I could use only the book.

I also like the bottoms up presses and I finally can do the 16kilo bell with my left hand. For fun I was trying to do a 70 pound press with 3 kettlebells. I could almost hold all three. I can do the 55# in 2. I need a heavier bell or bigger hands.

my big goal is to be able to do the RKC even if I don't actually get to the training. I have a long way to go.
good luck out there
-Justin

Edited by: DELPHIUSBOGUE at: 5/13/2009 (20:58)

Pavel Says: "When we say Kettlebell we mean Strength. When we say Strength we mean Kettlebell."

And if you don�t have good judgment, forget kettlebells and go take a Pilates class.


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Thank you so much Wordgrrl71 and Delphiusbogue.
I'm new to KB so your suggestions are really helpful. I rather spend my money on something that's going to show me proper form from the beginning then risking hurting myself.

I am going to look into the DVD's and online videos.
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DelphiusBogue, what is your designation?
Ha!

Yes, and in addition, for the newbie who inquired, in addition to that great snippet of Anthony (I personally have my laptop in another room, so I can't really work out to anything on the computer) in the yard (where he says it's a hot summer's day)...there are a TON of instructional videos out there, on youtube and on art of stength (he has one minute instructionals called the minute of strength), vimeo, and one of the kettlebell sites, i think liftkettlebells.com actually has a channel.
I mention this because sometimes it's hard to get all the moves based of a DVD, but if you are able to watcha bunch of people do it, and some explain it, all differently, you can nail it.

My example: Snatches and cleans were banging up my forearms pretty bad, my technique was bad. However, I looked at Steve Cotter show on youtube how to rotate your hand inside the bell for a clean to rack it, and then this other guy on youtube, can't even remember his name, showed how to crush the handle on a snatch.

Bottom up cleans have really increased my grip strength, incidentally, if that is a problem for any of you. I clean it with my wrist rotated and then lift it straight up into a press, rotate the handle horizontally, and then back to straight, then back down for a swing and repeat. Have to take it slow but it really really makes you stronger and able to kill the momentum on snatches and overhead double handed swings.

Take it easy...

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I have to agree with WORDGRRL71 Kettlenetics and kettleworx are just kettlebell fluff. you should save your $$ for one of the other programs mentioned. I am using Enter the Ketttlebell and liking it a lot. I also use Anthony DiLugio's stuff from you tube. he has a great workout that is about 10 mins long and is outside in a small yard. it is actually on google videos but it is great. here is the link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4
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Pavel Says: "When we say Kettlebell we mean Strength. When we say Strength we mean Kettlebell."

And if you don�t have good judgment, forget kettlebells and go take a Pilates class.


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Unless your main focus is dance, I would forget kettlenetics and am inclined to say same about kettleworx. Why don't you check out: Sara Lurie, Lauren Brooks, Andrea DuCane, and for the guys Anthony Diluglio, Pavel Tsatsouline, Mike Mahler, Keith Weber, Steve Cotter and Steve Maxwell. Which one of these you get is purely up to you. If you want beginning, go with Anthony Diluglio's Art of Strength, Lurie's Go Fit Kettlebell Workout, or Lauren Brooks Ultimate Sculpt and Condition. These provide basic moves that you can then modify upwards in terms of weight. Hope this helps. (PS: I've done a LOT of research on kettlebell DVDs in the past four months, so this is off the top of my head, I might have missed something. Reviews for the programs you mentioned were very bad)

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I posted this on the other kb team but didn't get a response. Hopefully someone can help me here...

Hello, I'm new to this group and to KB. I did a google search for KB workouts and came across two programs that have mixed reviews from users. It's called kettleworx and the other one is kettlenetics. You can look them up both on the web by those names. Since you guys take KB workout serious what is your opinion on these 2 programs. I need something to ease me into these workouts. What do you suggest?



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My reviews so far: started with DuCane, love her, she IS serious, as good as any other hardstyle, can't beat the interactive programming, BUT the breathing sounds wear me out. Just a little music would make it fly by so much better. Do it with an iPOD.

Sarah Lurie, she can come cross cutesie, but if you can get past that, it's a fabulous intro. I DEFEND the 30 second rest periods. If you don't want them, continue your last exercise. HOWEVER, it is considered an effective fat-loss technique to cycle between higher and lower heart rates. These were my two starting DVD's, still having trouble with deck squats.

After research, I then progressed to Anthony Diluglio - all three of his workalongs (minus Santa B). I have to say I REALLLLLLLY find Anthony's workouts superlative. Good music, nice NORMAL scenery (how many times can I stand to look at a fitness studio, which is why I didn't buy Kettlebell Way), the time bar, his insistence that breaks are okay...he's just a good instructor, thinks out the workouts well and the production quality is good. I heard it described somewhere as Metro. Whatever. He does NOT weigh the production down with drivel-talk. Drivel talk on fitness DVD's makes me insane.

Providence is great. Start with that. It's very straightforward. Then if you want more, go to Firepower, which on some exercises, requires two bells, I do not have two of the same weight, so I switch it up. This one's hard. But the hardest is Newport (Darren, I think you do this, right?)...which combines bells and bodyweight exercises in rapid succession. I find that Anthony's workouts are so demanding, it's taking quite some time for me to get through the two minute circuits without a break. Good stuff.

I just ordered Lauren Brooks, no review yet. I'll write mine later.

Hope somebody finds these helpful.

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Also, I like the Iron Core kettlebell workouts by Sarah Lurie just fine, but if you really want a butt-kicking hour of fun, buy THE ART OF STRENGTH - PROVIDENCE. I was so sore the day after I had used it. I would highly recommend it.

If you still look pretty by the end of your workout, you're doing it wrong.


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I agree Sidney, I like the interactive menu on it and how you can choose to do legs one day and upper body the next. Andrea's video would have to be one of my favorites.

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Soon I am going to get myself the new Lauren Brooks DVD! I had an amazon.com gift certificate this week, though, and just had to finally get myself the Kettlebell Goddess DVD with Andrea DuCane. It has a lot of material and you can pretty much create your own workouts, but the pre-planned workouts are very short. I ended up doing three different programs to get in a 45 minute workout today. I do like it - although she is very serious and there is no music. I'll need to start playing my own music while I do this so that I can't hear so much of the kids' fighting while I am trying to workout ;).

Note to self (and others!) about the cost: I have been whining that 29.95 was too steep for a DVD, which is why I hadn't bught this one before - but there is lots more material on here than on my Iron Core DVDs (which I LOOOOOOVE), so I have to admit it is a great value. I'm sorry I waited so long and won't wait too long to buy the Lauren Brooks DVD. The only thing really missing for me on this DVD is an all-out LONG workout. I can create this myself, of course, but it'd be nice to have a longer workout mix choice.

Also, DuCane is on From Russia with Tough Love, which I found incredibly annoying and sold on ebay after one viewing. Without Pavel she is still WAAAAY serious but not annoying! :)


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Great review - thanks!


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I just wrote a blog today giving my review of Lauren Brooks' Kettlebell DVD. It's a little long (otherwise I would have reposted it here) but very informative.

Here's the link:
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I did Iron Core Volume 3 - Kettlebell Express - for the first time today. It is different than the earlier two in that it is much shorter (20 min) and has various combinations of moves rather than isolated drills of one exercise. I really liked it - and it was easy to replay for a longer workout. There are lots of squats in the combinations, so I felt like it was particularly good for the lower body. I'm sure anyone who liked the 1st two Iron Core Dvds will also like this one. I know it will be particularly handy when I am pressed for time.


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Weighing in on Iron Core Volume 2. I thought I had already posted this today but can't find it now - I am also losing my mind, so maybe they are somewhere together.....

Anywho - it is more intense than volume 1, and adds new moves like get-ups, swing/catch/squat (those two are the warm up), tactical lunges, cleans and presses, suitcase lunges, snatches and deck squats (and of course swings!). The Deck squats are fun and really get my heart rate up there. In volume 1, I have to really keep moving in between sets to keep my heartrate up, but in Volume 2 I really need to take a break after those deck squats! I definitely recommend this one! It is available at Amazon, Target, and Dick's sporting goods for under 15 bucks. The whole workout is just under 40 minutes.


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More on the FRWTL DVD - Pavel is just so hokey I can barely stand it! I've decided to get the book (and maybe also ETK) hoping that he is more tolerable in print. It is a shame because he, of course, is THE authority on KBs but - whew! - he acts like a complete goofus in the DVD with his commentary. I have just listed this one on amazon marketplace.

Forgive me, please, Pavel fans!


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I just got "The Extreme Kettlebell cardio workout"
I like the routines,he moves at a quick pace, which I like because I agree with Holy Yogi I have both the Iron Core video's and her rest periods are a little long when you are trying to do more of a circuit type workout you sometimes like to keep it moving.

The picture quality is not great on Extreme and I would not consider it instructional, but it served my purpose because it's pretty much basic moves put into a fast pace combinations. I can't keep up with him yet so it gives me something to grow into. But anything that gets me off the boring treadmill right now is worth it!

Holy Yogi you will probably like Iron COre 2 she has some tough combinations on that one. She does a squat roll and sit up combo, my dog runs when I do, I think he thinks the KB is coming his way :) So I;m doing that one with out the KB until I get the move down.

Pat
Oh the cost was $39.990 (pricey for the quality issue) Keith Weber is the instructor and I got it from Dragon Door.

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OK, an impulse buy on ebay this week: I got the DVD From Russia with Tough Love. I have only watched parts of it so will follow up later with more detail but here are my first impressions. First off, the DVD is not a follow-along workout. It has instructional segments for various exercises with commentary from Pavel while two women demostrate variations. His presentation is a bit hokey but the instruction seems good. I had hoped it would be a follow-along video so am guessing that I will use it for some specific instruction and then put it back on ebay! Anyone else have this one?


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I have been waiting to this DVD for a little while, even though I bought it when I got my KB. I was really nervous about how I'd do with it but it is a great beginner program. It is called Iron Core and is done by Sarah Lurie. She has an instructional segment and then goes through three circuits with 30 second breaks between exercises. I thought the 30 seconds was a little long but plan on using that time to march/jog in place next time to keep my heartrate up. She includes swings, cleans, presses, front squats, renegade lunges, one-legged deadlifts, one armed rows and good mornings. There is a warm up incl figure 8s and windmills, plus some ab work but no cooldown or stretch. Besides the long breaks, my only criticism is that sometimes she messes up a little on her counting - like she'll say we're going to do a certain number of something and then do a different number. I also think she sometimes does not do the exact same number of reps on each side (those of you who like Billy Blanks won't mind that though!! ;)). I feel like I got a solid workout and improved my form a little. I think I'll definitely keep using this one, and maybe transition to doing the circuits on my own. I also will plan on getting Volume 2 at some point. I do think those who are very experienced with KBs will find this one not to be challenging enough but it was just right for me right now.


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I have just started using "The Kettlebell Goddess" with Andrea Du Cane. It is really intense and great for men and women. The 3 instructors all have different bodies and are different ages and skill levels, so it is easy to follow and connect with. It doesn't have any music, so you can use your own mix, which is nice too.

Also, the DVD makes it easy to mix and match a number of different workouts so you can mix and match lower body, upper body, core and cardio. It keeps it interesting and varied so you don't plateau. The only trouble I have found is that some exercise need 2 KBs so I have had to order a second to pair with my first KB. They do show variations for different skill levels too, which I appreciate as a beginner.

Overall, I would recommend it for anyone whether male or female, new or experienced. Check it out.
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Same as for the example with Book reviews, please list name, source, author, cost, rating and review for each new item. Cheers!

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