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My Favorite Kettlebell Workouts

(Top left and around)Bob's Workout, Sculpted Body, Cardio Shred, and Shred it with Weights are just a few of my favorite kettlebell specific workouts.

Of course most kettlebells come with some type of tutorial DVD, to get you introduced to some of the key moves, and instructions on how to do things. One could REALLY hurt themselves if they do not hold the bell correctly or if they swing it into their body, lacking control.

While I’ve never launched my kettlebell through a wall, I can see how that could happen. I have accidentally swung that puppy into the side of my leg before – and trust me, it hurts!

There are plenty of kettlebell workouts on the market, and honestly you can use your kettlebell in workouts that don’t even suggest a kettlebell. Especially squats with weights, sit ups with weights, jumping lunges or clean and presses.

Once you become comfortable with the moves that it works best with – you’ll discover you can challenge yourself and your muscles in new ways just by adding in the kettlebell.

When I first got my kettlebell, I used it with Shred it with Weights (Jillian Michaels), and doing level 2 – I could burn about 320 calories in about 30 minutes. Not bad!

Later, I read some of the reviews about her kettlebell moves – which seemed to indicate they’re not “beginner” moves, and one could hurt themselves starting there. After learning more about this type of workout, I would agree. I started with a 7 lb kettlebell, as mentioned before, so it wasn’t AS dangerous, but I think it would have been safer starting with one of Bob Harper’s Inside out “kettlebell specific” workouts, and focusing in on that 10lb kettlebell size.

Bob’s Cardio Shred workout is faster paced, and I’d say I like it more than the sculpted body. Both are good about introducing you to the specific moves before picking up the pace. I would also recommend his plain “CARDIO REV” Inside Out workout (not pictured) – which you can definitely use a kettlebell with. I actually prefer it to just a free weight in that workout.

Lastly, “Bob’s Workout” DVD also has a series with stepping up kettle bells – with at least 3 weights. This can be done with a heavier set of free weights also, but it’s nice to have those additional muscle challenges that the kettlebell exercises provide.

So fill me in, do you have kettlebells – sound too strange to you? Thinking about trying them? I can’t say enough good things about them – definitely worth the investment (your inner thighs will thank you).

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…”

1 Cor. 6:19

Worth It or NOT?

Whoa.... crazy image of what these are worth in "workout" calories.

My friend Kori shared this picture image with me yesterday. (Thanks Kori!) It’s a great picture of what we should have in our minds as we consider our non-necessity foods…

Yes, I know… donuts are NOT a necessity.  Who knew?

I looked at a few of those and thought – NO WAY is that worth it.  Now… there are plenty of things out there that are worth it – just make sure it IS worth it to you.

Just a shout out to Kori – who has been on an “Insanity” challenge.  Way to go!  For those of you who have done some of the Insanity workouts, they’re not for the faint of heart.  Kori was an encourager to me years ago to try out Jillian Michaels and the 30 Day Shred.  I never did it as a 30 day workout challenge – but I kept improving, and working at it.

I still go back to Jillian now and then for a quick workout that works – but God has allowed me to be able to tackle much longer, and more difficult workouts…  and for that, I’m thankful.

What workouts are you enjoying right now?

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

Psalm 86:5

Excuses! Excuses!!!

It’s too late!

I don’t have enough time!

It’s too early!

The kids are sick!

The DVD player isn’t working right!!!!

I don’t feel like it!

We all have them – excuses.  We can always come up with some great excuse on why we don’t want to work out.  But that doesn’t make them valid, or excusable.

My favorite one used to be the time factor one, before I reprioritized my life around working out once a day.  It didn’t have to be for an hour, it didn’t have to look the same everyday – but making purposeful movement was the goal… and God allowed me to make that happen when I set my eyes on Him.

Sure I still have days I really would just like to sit, and sometimes I do (we all need a day of rest sometimes!) … but God fills me with a craving that next day to get after it harder than before!  (Thanks be to Him!)

This week my husband is working more than normal, so caring for feverish and vomiting children has been a bit more challenging.  It would be easy to say “forget it” on the working out… the thought HAS crossed my mind…

If only… God didn’t have ahold of my heart.

You see, when I look to Him for my strength, I’m reminded of how much worse other people might have it… how I have a lot to be grateful for, and it gives me the perspective I need to press on.  (…and it keeps me from falling into a pity-party trap!)  I’m reminded I have two legs, I’m healthy, and I’m alive.  I really don’t need more reason than that – but there are countless others!!

So even though it took me 45 minutes to get my sound to work on my TV last night, and I didn’t get started until 10:30pm – I was SO glad I could move, and did!  (Not to mention I was excited to try out a new workout DVD!)  But I didn’t get frustrated – I knew if the DVD play wasn’t working I could walk, or do hand weights … or SOMETHING.  I could MOVE!  That commitment keeps me going when I’d like to give up… just like in parenting, our marriages etc.  If we keep moving, even when we don’t “feel” like it – we are SO glad we put in the effort!

Jillian's new "Killer Buns & Thighs" - I tried out level II and it was great!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord,  who made heaven and earth.”  – Psalm 121:1-2

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