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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna learn kettle bell'in, then this is the video for you!!!, May 21, 2010
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This review is from: Absolute Beginners: Kettlebell 3 in 1 With Amy Bento (DVD)
I have been looking for a good kettle bell workout after getting into kettle bell'n with Amy Dixon's "Give Me 10" workout video where she introduced kettle bells in her extra section. It was so much fun and so different than my other in-home workouts.

Okay, first off, you need to make sure to get a heavy enough kettle bell. For women, the recommended weight is 20 lbs!!! If you use a 5 or 10 lb kettle bell, you won't get the true benefits of the exercise routine. I am a 40+ women and I'm starting this workout with a 15 lb. kettle bell. This is the MINIMUM weight I would recommend. I'm a little wimpy on upper-body strength, although the real workout is lower body. The whole concept of the workout is swinging the heavy kettle bell around. Don't start with anything less than 15 lbs. 20-30 lbs. which will give you the ultimate challenge and you will build tremendous strength.

The video is excellent. It is made up of 3 sections. The first section is a tutorial on how to swing and handle the heavy weight. There are six exercises you will learn and are used throughout sections 2 and 3. Amy Bento demonstrates and explains each swing very well and this section gives you the opportunity to practice each of the exercises and prepare you for the 2 other sections.

The second section is for beginners, yet is quite challenging. You will feel like you really worked your muscles and it gets your heart rate going too. Even though she leads by herself (there are no other students), she makes it fun, challenging, and interesting. You basically move from each of the 6 exercises in a fast paced manner. The routine is 30 minutes and will work out all your muscles and get cardio work tool

The third section uses the same set on exercises, but she combines them into a series of swings for an even more challenging workout. In between each portion of kettle bell exercises, Amy adds cardio moves to keep your heart rate high. This is definitely a challenging workout!!!

My only grip on the workout is the stretching section. At the end of each section there is a very brief stretch that is unique for each workout. Then there is a section added to the end that is identical in each workout. This may be a style of Tammie Lee Webb who produced this video and also does this stretch repeat on her video. It would be better if they added a unique and longer stretch routine to complete the workout.

Overall, this is an excellent video for the beginner and will turn you into an intermediate kettle beller in no time if you stick to it!!!
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Initial post: Jun 1, 2010 3:05:57 PM PDT
M. Colon says:
ok, what part of "Absolute Beginners" do you not get?! I cannot believe you are recommending that beginners to kettleball start with a 20lb weight?! I'm praying that no one takes your ridiculous advice, you can actually get someone really hurt!

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 7:09:02 PM PDT
A beginner should start with a weight that is comfortable for him or her. A beginner who hasn't learned proper form is subject to injury with a weight that they can't control. Encouraging a beginner to start with 20# is one of the most irresponsible comments I've ever read.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 12:21:39 PM PDT
LH says:
Everything I've read on kettlebell training backs up what YogaKat says, that you should work out with a heavier weight. You're not going to be doing bicep curls with them; it's very much a momentum kind of exercise.

I've just begun dipping my toe in the kettlebell arena, so as someone with back issues, I totally get what you all are saying and agree: work with weights that agree with you. Still, also challenge yourself with weights that will make your workout worth the effort and give you results.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 7:52:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2011 11:46:50 AM PST
James Lor says:
For the swings and squats, a 20 pound minimum definitely. I am praying that people take her wise advice not waste their time and effort with light weights. You can work with 2 different weights, a heavier KB (20 pound minimum) for the lower body swings, squats and a lighter KB for the upper body cleans, presses, and jerks.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 8:44:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2013 4:41:08 PM PDT
Jane Diehm says:
I'm a 71 y.o. woman who weighs 104 on my "heavy" days and has weak wrists. Walking is now my only exercise. Would you still recommend a 15# k.b.?
Update March- After 3 months with a personal trainer I was up to 15# (per hand) for upper body and 45# for lower body. The heaviest one I have at home is 35# and I'm comfortable with that. Without the trainer, I've slacked off, but I still love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2013 10:01:50 AM PDT
Scotchguard says:
NO!! Depending on your fitness and strength level, you can get quite a workout with far lighter kettlebells and not have near the risk of injury. I'd recommend 5 and 10 pound kettlebells to start.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 5:44:56 PM PDT
Caliaha says:
Thanks to all of you for your comments and suggestions. I truely believe you should listen to your own body. For many women a very light 5-10 lb kettlebell may be adequate, so thanks to M. Colon and Retha for your input. LH and James, thank you for you support on my recommendation! Jane and others, I would recommend you visit your local sporting goods store and try the 5-10 lb bells vs. the 15-20 lb bells. Remember, the majority of the time you are "swinging" the kettlebells, so it is quite a different workout than regular weight training where 5-10 lbs may be just enough resistance for women. Also, having a variety of weights always gives you a lighter or heavier option depending on the specific exercise you are performing.
Best to all of you and thanks again for reading my review.
YogaKat (Kathy)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 8:16:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2013 2:49:39 PM PDT
James Lor says:
It depends on the type of workout you want. If you want a fitness / cardio / weight loss type of workout, go light, lots of repetitions. If you want a strength building workout, go heavy, few repetitions. BUT wait... you don't have to use the same kettlebell for your entire workout. I use the heaviest kettlebell I can handle for each exercise.
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