Lately I have been in a rut with my workout DVDs. After a while the same workout on a regular basis gets repetitive and dull. So I have become consumed in creating new and creative circuit style workouts for myself almost everyday. I do start to miss being instructed, and since I have been lacking a workout buddy the past couple of weeks, the gym is getting a little lonely. So last night I had the company of Amy Dixon, a 15 lb kettlebell and my puppy Petey during my sweat session.
Raise some Bell is a kettlebell routine, which I am sure you could have guessed. The workout is a total body routine that lasts 40 minutes including warm up, cool down and a stretch. There is also a 7 minute “Ultimate Kettle bell Core Workout” on the DVD.
The warm up was great. I loved how Amy warmed up our wrists. It is not your first thought to prepare your wrists, but I pulled my right wrist during kettlebell workouts in the past so I can appreciate the attention to detail. We dynamically moved through stretches and exercises that prepared us for the powerful moves to come while bringing our heart rate up. I can definitely see this warmup working in more than just a kettlebell routine.
The Workout consisted of powerful ballistic moves such as swings as well as exercises you would typically do with your basic dumbbell. The way Amy creates a combination flows well and I enjoyed putting together the exercises. It allowed me to get a feel for each more before adding on. My favorite exercise from the workout was the “Rainbow”, It’s a swing with a 180 degree continually pivot on one leg, I felt it over my entire body. I am a sucker for anything ballistic. I used a 15 lb kettlebell for the entire workout, but I wish I had a 10 or 12 lb bell for both the hammer curl and the jerk. I found myself struggling to balance the bell by the horn during the curl. 15 lbs was not to heavy for my right arm during the jerk, but I struggled a bit on my left arm. I should probably invest in a lighter bell not only for my clients, but for myself as well!
Some of the moves were a little complex, and it took me a few reps to get them down, surely my second time completing this video will be more beneficial than the first. The moves were powerful and challenging, I felt like superwoman while I was jerking out my reps. Kettlebell training definitely gives me a high that is different than running and plyometrics and I cannot get enough of it. I will say, I am pretty sore today. I need to make a commitment to break out my bell more often after experiencing my body’s reaction to the workout the next morning.
The workout takes a lot of thought and coordination to safely complete the exercises, so the time flew by quickly. I did not believe Amy when she said we were on our last move of the day. I do wish the workout was a little longer. I prefer my workouts to be about an hour.
The ab workout is separate on the DVD menu so I completed the 7 minute routine after I cooled down. I would have liked to tackle abs before the cool down. The exercises were functional and an all over core workout rather than targeting the superficial muscles, which I liked.
All in all, I give this Kettlebell routine 4 out of 5 stars. I really loved the exercises and combinations but it was just a little too short and I wish the ab routine came before the cool down. I will definitely be doing this workout again though. It is great for when you need a solid workout and you have less than an hour to fit it all in!