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6/9/10 6:33 P

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Lorraine, the LB sculpt and condition sounds fairly good for beginner, they just have to have swings down and cleans (or could skip the cleans).
I was disappointed with the kettlebell goddess as there are so many exercises that someone can't do unless they have really worked with KB for some time and learned more difficult exercise or really worked on strength (most people can't do renegade rows unless they are at the advanced level - it is a doing rows with your arms as you plank). Things like rows, deadlifts, presses, can be picked up easier than swings, cleans, snatches, renegade rows, windmills, etc.

I like doing cardio heavily, doing swings, fast deadlifts (cowbows or just at a faster rate), with a work period & rest period to get good cardio & fat burning in. We try for 30 min of the workout doing that. Wish there was a video that did that.
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6/9/10 6:12 P

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I have the LB sculpt and condition one. While I like it, I don't know that I'd consider the 40 minute workout beginner or not. Basically, it's swings: one handed, two handed, overhead, alternating, Rows, deadlifts presses, and cleans mixed in with mountain climbers, pushups and squat thrusts....

There are not snatches, windmills or TGU's.

I really like that it's set up in circuits. I have less trouble getting through a 30-40 min. workout in circuits than a half hour/20 minutes one that's straight through with no rest periods. There are tips here and there but they're mostly spoken while you're working out ("remember to squeeze those glutes!")While I really like this dvd, she's really pricey and there are no extras (CC'ing, subtitles, music on/off)

The Lisa Shaffer one is supposed to be very good with good breakdowns of every exercise. I'd probably buy it if I had extra cash lying around, just for reference.

Here's a link to a snippet of Lisa's on youtube, very thorough and helpful....

If you want one to perfect your form, I'd say Lisa's is more of a teaching one. Lauren's is just a really good workout.

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6/9/10 2:00 P

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I checked out the videos you recommended and have some questions.

I have kettlebell goddess - while I like it, it is NOT a beginner workout (advanced) as it intermingles exercises most people don't know and won't learn for a while (e.g. you need shoulder work done before you do windmills, renegade rows are used when most people struggle with planks, etc.).
From Russia with Tough Love is ok, but older and the swing tips are non existent and some of the tips are so out of date they are bad (e.g. squeeze grip tighter for the snatch). Enter the Kettlebell I have heard is better with more tips - I have not yet looked at it though I have it so I can't comment.

I don't know the other 3:
1. Ultimate Body Sculpt & Conditioning - Lauren Brooks
2. Kettlebell Basics - Lisa Shaffer
3. Kettlebells: Cardio & Fat Loss for Women - Maureen Martone

Can you give more information on if they do basic training, if they give good swing tips (yeah, I know this is hard as there is 100 ways to do it wrong, but good basic information), if they use more beginner exercises that anyone can do, etc.?

Thanks,
Jane

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6/7/10 4:32 P

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I agree, don't use Jillian's dvd.

She has terrible form and obviously no clue on how to use kettlebells.

here are 5 dvd's I would recommend over JM:

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As for KBs in Canada, Agatsu are high quality, and they ship out of Montreal.

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6/6/10 12:31 A

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I will ck the sites out for sure. Right now price is a big problem, so a trainer is out for now. But will ck out for the best KB 2 buy; thanks

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6/5/10 12:58 P

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I'm in SW Pennsylvania. I've looked at bells online but the shipping is always a killer.

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6/5/10 12:38 P

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I have two of their 35lb (16kg) and they are ok. the 444lb (20kg) seems to be where they go wrong. i do really prefer te Dragon door KBs that we used at our RKC certification and would only use those if I could.
where are you located? DD has distributors popping up all over which eliminates teh costly shipping if you are close to oe of the locations.

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6/5/10 1:19 A

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I have the GoFit in 20 and 25lb. I'm going to need a 35lb'er soon. Is that one of the ones that's off kilter?

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i use go fit for my clients in 8kg, 12kgand 16kg and must say i do like them in those sizes.the ones larger than 16kg seem off kilter. I also have AKC kettlebells and swing a 20kg myself. I am saving up to order the dragon door 14kg and 16kg for women very soon. Shipping to Canada is extremely expensive. i am crossing my fingers that they have a distributor here soon.

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6/5/10 12:07 A

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Although they don't come in the traditional russian kb sizes, I really like my GoFit bells. emoticon

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6/4/10 11:35 P

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Ditto on Jillian Michaels! SCARY!
You may think its expensive to hire a personal trainer with RKC however, YOU are worth it. Even three or four sessions will ensure you are using proper form, prevent injury and teach you how to get results. KB is not easy it takes hard work to lose weight but you will see amazing results. Do check out Dragondoor.com and mymadmethods.com for articles and video and to find an RKC in your area.

when you purchase kettlebells you may have to sand the handles down to smooth them. there are a lot of cheap and poorly made kettlebells out there in the retail world.

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6/4/10 9:22 P

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welcome, welcome!

First things first: Do NOT, I repeat do NOT use Jillian Michaels as a reference for ANYTHING to do with K-Bells. She's just another celeb jumping on the KBell bandwagon and she has no clue what she's doing. Everything in KBell pretty much builds on one thing: the swing. Jillian does her swings so wrong, it's not even funny. For reference go somewhere like Dragondoor.com

If you can, get a few lessons from either a RKC or HKC instructor (can also be found at dragondoor).

Sizewise, you're probably going to want at LEAST a 15lb. to start if you're only buying one bell. If you can afford two, get one in a weight you can press overhead with one hand and a heavier bell for swings. I use between a 20 and 35 for swings depending on how many reps I'm doing and either a 20 or 25 for overhead stuff except TGU's and windmills which is only 10-15 because they're newer moves for me.

Good luck and feel free to ask any questions.... :)



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Hi all my name is Jeannie, and I first thought about Kettlebells after seeing it on youtube with Jillian Michaels. I need some core exercises and something to keep my interest and the video caught my eye. The more I checked the Kettlebell out the more excited I have become. I am going to go check on Walmart to buy one, just not sure of the size I should buy.

Any helpful hints or tips would be appreciated.

For myself I always need a challenge, something to keep my interest. And adding this to my exercise will bring it up a level.

I was totally into exercise about 6-12 months ago then alot of drama happened in my life and instead of doing what I should have done, I retreated (see my blog). So for the past week I have started to exercise, I do some every day, dont want to do too much and hurt myself.

I am soo thankful that this group is on here, I look forward to all I will learn from each of you.




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