Looking for a cross training workout? The kind folks at Empower Fitness sent me a workout DVD to try – Gin Miller’s Kettlebell Calorie Burner Workout. I already have one of their DVD’s – Boxing Bootcamp. I like that one a lot, and may do a review of it another time. The Kettlebell arrived nicely boxed with the DVD. Before it arrived, they had asked what weight kettlebell I would like. I chose the 5 lb. kettlebell. Kettlebells are also available from them in 8 and 10 lb weights. In retrospect, I should have chosen a higher weight.
The entire DVD runs less than an hour. Gin Miller is the instructor. I have done Gin Miller’s workouts before. She is known for creating the Step Workout. Remember Step? I used to be VERY good at doing it. I am not a dancer, but I can follow patterns. Knowing that Gin was leading the DVD, I knew the instruction would be clear and easy to follow and it was.
Gin looks even trimmer and thinner now. Wow, she has aged well. Clearly, exercising a lot is a part of the reason. I used to like the fact that Gin was not a “skinny minny” but a more solid person, so in a way I was a little bummed she is now so svelte. Granted, that is where I want to be as well, so I should take that as a good sign.
The DVD is broken into 5 parts – a warmup, 3 different workout sections and a cool down. Gin is the only one doing the workout. She is excellent at showing proper form for each move. She shows the moves from the front and then the side. Sometimes, there is a split screen as well as three screens, showing the moves from different angles.
I had never used a kettlebell before, so I really had nothing to compare it to. The warmup was fine, standard moves to get you ready for the workout to come. In Workout 1, you swing, throw, squat and go side to side with the kettlebell. In Workout 2, she introduces patterns where you lift your leg and pass the kettlebell from one side to the other underneath your leg. I liked Workout 2 the best of the three. In Workout 3, you do lunges, figure 8’s and squat moves with the kettlebell.
The DVD ends with cool down stretches and breathing exercises. The first workout section is the shortest – less than 10 minutes and the others are less than 15 minutes each.
Pros: Gin is very encouraging and the moves are easy to follow. It is a good introduction to a kettlebell workout.
Cons: I would have liked to have seen other people in the DVD, not just Gin doing the workout. I barely worked up a sweat. I blame this on not using a heavier kettlebell. So, if you want a better workout, get the heavier kettlebell.
Overall, I would rate this DVD a 3 out of 5 and intended for the beginner exerciser, although with a heavier kettlebell, it could be modified to be for an intermediate exerciser.
I would probably not do this DVD more than once a week, as it just is not enough of a workout for me. And, let’s keep in mind, that I am quite overweight at this point. I do have good cardio capacity tho and am able to complete harder workouts like Jillian Michaels Shred. I might combine the Kettlebell DVD with a more cardio intensive workout – maybe do the elliptical first for half an hour. Honestly though, I like Empower’s Boxing Bootcamp better. But, if you are looking for variety, give this one a try.
My next DVD to try is Step 360 by Gaiam. The only DVD I will never do again is Insanity. I seriously injured my neck (C5 hernieted disc) doing that one. If you do attempt those DVDs, be careful and modify them – don’t go hardcore like I did and hurt yourself or you’ll be down for the count.
What about you – what crosstraining do you do? Let me know in a comment below. I will pick 2 people to win a Cooling Visor. This is my very first giveaway – how exciting! 🙂
These special caps are supposed to keep you cool when you work out. I have a pink and a blue one to give away. The drawing will be Feb 14th, so leave your comment today!