Let’s face it, for the fitness lovers; kettlebells are the new must have toys. Everybody is talking about them. So, I finally bought into the craze and let me tell you: while my energy and physical fitness level are thanking me, my muscles are flipping me the bird.
I. Am. Sore! And, I am sore because of Lorna Kleidman’s “Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Women.” Before I get into talking about my experience thus far, let’s dive into the book itself.
I spent a solid week researching and reading reviews on several kettlebell books before settling on Lorna Kleidman’s “Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Women.” It had raving reviews and I understand why. It begins as any good fitness book should: explaining why the specific workout is beneficial, offering helpful tips on maintaining good nutrition, and explaining the essentials of kettlebell safety while including key terms and the proper form necessary for completing the three programs: silver, gold, and platinum. It also individually breaks down the over 50 total body workouts for a step by step guide to ensure proper form and prevent injury.
The programs themselves are quick, fun, and effective. They each begin with a warm up (which the book explains in detail), contain 3 sets of about 4 to 5 individual exercises, and end with a cool down, (which the book also explains in detail). Each program is 6 weeks in length and contains 4 workouts to be had on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The Saturday workouts are shorter and more intense workouts called super-sets…not that they aren’t all intense. However, the gold and platinum programs feature more super-sets throughout the week.
Now that you understand the basic breakdown of the book, I’ll describe my experience so far. I’m just starting week four of the silver program. After explaining that I hadn’t ordered inappropriate things from Amazon to a shocked and nosy family member who saw a book featuring a half naked lady, (that will teach you to open other people’s boxes!) I got to test out the over 50 total body exercises the book promised.
Starting with week one I was a little over confident. I thought my cardio level was a bit advanced for the book so I ran ½ a mile to a mile before each day’s workout. This was working great. I felt my heart rate kick up and my body was fatigued like it should be after a good workout. Then week three hit and my confidence was almost the death of me. I ran my ½ mile and dove into Monday’s workout. Somewhere between my “Double Arm Swings” and “Rack Squat, Presses” I couldn’t even lift the kettlebell off the ground anymore. Apparently, week three kicked it up a notch or two and I unfortunately learned the hard way: no more running before my kettlebell workouts. As Lorna Kleidman promised, her kettlebell workouts used both strength training and some great cardio to get you in shape. It’s been four weeks and I’m noticing an impressive difference. I’ve lost six pounds and my trouble spots of inner thighs and love handles are slimming down. Another bonus? My arms are becoming noticeably more toned. Not to mention I sleep so much better at night. I also hurt walking up and down stairs, but hey, you take the good with the bad right? As Mellencamp says, “It hurts so good!”
Okay, every story has a moral and this one is no different. Moral is: if you are a beginner or even experienced kettlebell user, I would highly recommend getting this book for a solid program that produces results and makes working out much more enjoyable. Now, I know the book says it’s for women only, but I think men could also get some great full body workout ideas from the book, just using a different weight. Give it a try and I hope everyone enjoys the program as much as I am.