Powerbody: Advanced Russian Kettlebell Workout with Phil Ross
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RKC certified Kettlebell instructor Phil Ross brings over 35 years of fitness and martial arts training to this intense DVD program designed for those with kettlebell experience. Advanced Russian Kettlebell gives you training sequences that build muscular and cardiovascular endurance, develop reflexive strength, and condition your body. Your core also gets a deep workout throughout the DVD, with DJ Brian Howe adding the powerful musical inspiration to keep you on track and moving (the DVD also includes a no music option). Within the four workout segments, as well as the burnout portion, you ll see Phil demonstrate moves such as the Kettlebell Swing, Figure 8, Low-, Mid-, and Hi- Halos, Hand-to-Hand Swing, Kettlebell push-ups, Cross Renegade Rows, Renegade Side Lunges, and much more. The DVD also includes a bonus segment of neck training and ab cool-down.
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It is very apparent that the instructor is very well versed in KettleBells. He explains all the moves in the tutorial and has a very nice physique.
The big problem I have with this DVD is that it is not a viwer friendly DVD at all. During the entire workout portion, you must "watch" the instructor do the exercises. The only words that come out of his mouth are 'Set One Completed" after the end of an entire set, and so on. The rest of the exercise time he is inhaling strongly and exhaling strongly, so if your eyes are not glued to the TV set, you won't even know when he switches hands, lifts his leg, or bends down and stands again. This is very difficult (and probably dangerous) when he does push-ups and you have to bend your neck backwards to see what he's doing. While he is in push-up position, he does one armed push-ups, lifts one leg at a time, and does two armed push-ups. He does not even count down so at least the viewer would know to look up at the end of the count to see a change. I know it says advanced, but even an advanced person needs some type of count and what exercise is coming next. I'm perplexed at how this DVD made it out of a production house...poorly planned and executed.
I very, very rarely give a 1 star to an exercise DVD, but this one was totally useless. I'm going to swap it out for something more beneficial. A waste of money.
In my opinion, the warm up takes way too much time considering the length of the workout; it's almost the same length as the actual workout. Talk about time-efficiency that is usually associated with kettlebell training! Also, you need variety of equipment to go through the warmup, as you need at least a jump rope, a broomstick of some other long stick, and a kettlebell. Again, one is accustomed that with kettlebell training, you need a minimum amount of equipment. Even if a jump rope and a broomstick is not asking for much considering equipment, I'm used to getting a good warm up using kettlebells alone.
The actual workout consists of four combinations of exercises, each combination consisting of three exercises performed back to back with no rest in between. Actually, the transition to one exercise to the next is so quick that you really have to pay attention to keep up the pace. Each combination of exercises is gone through three times, with 30 seconds rest between the sets. There is no time counter, and the break actually lasts less than ten seconds, so you'll have to pause the DVD player (and do that very quickly, at that). It would have improved the user friendliness of the film if you just could keep the DVD running without need to pause the film.
Many of the exercises used in the workout are not your basic kettlebell exercises, and there are some interesting moves presented. However, the exercise selection and the rep ranges used force you to use several kettlebells of different weights, including double 'bells of the same weight - the instructor uses three different sized kettlebells (you'll need two for some exercises), and fourth in the warm up. So if you have only one kettlebell, this workout is not for you. Also, you'll need plenty of room as in one exercise you'll use a towel running through the kettlebell handle and swing the 'bell around your head holding the kettlebell from both ends of the towel.
As the previous reviewer wrote, the instructor does not count the reps during the workout (he does not even tell the target number of reps in each exercise), and he does not tell when to change to the next exercise. So, you'll have to pay close attention to the film during your own workout. This is not a very good thing, as the workout is challenging and the need to divide your attention between your own workout and the DVD makes it even more challenging. So, even if this is meant to be a follow along workout, you hardly can use it such. It's better to make notes of the exercises and reps used, and work out on your own pace. You'll just have to keep watch of the time during the rest periods - but hey, you'll have to do that even if you work out along the DVD.
The workout itself is quite good (provided you have the necessary kettlebells and enough room) but the production of the film leaves much to be desired. The reason I'm giving this film two stars instead of one is that you can use the workout on your own pace rather that training along the DVD. Also, the film is very reasonably priced.