These days, I think the major obstacle to exercising regularly is lack of time. So if I ever see good workout ideas that can be done in a short space of time, I jump on them. One of these is the new KettleworX exercise system, which offers varied workouts done using a kettlebell.
Looking like a metal ball with a handle, the kettlebell can be held in one or both hands for swinging, squatting and lifting exercises. A 5lb kettlebell comes with the package – perfect for women. You men go and get your own! (10lb and 20lb kettlebells are also available).
In our modern world there is no lack of ideas and facilities for getting enough exercise. Joining a gym or health club is a great idea, but by the time you’ve got there, got changed, done your cardio on the treadmill, full body workout on all the fixed machines, cooled down, stretched, showered and changed, you’re looking at around two hours. Now, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t got that much time to spare!
And for maximum calorie burn and shaping your body, you have to combine cardio (pulse-raising exercise) with strength exercises. In the gym, these are separate; you do your cardio on the treadmill or the cross trainer or the rower and then move on to individual machines for each body part – thighs, chest shoulders, arms and so on. Even just doing 2 sets of 15 reps on each machine takes forever, and the worst thing is that it’s not the best way to exercise. Machines lock you into position and isolate the muscle to be used, which means the rest of the body doesn’t have to work at all, so you waste time and don’t get as good results as you would if you worked your muscles freestanding.
The thing about machines is that, even if you are an absolute novice and you don’t know what you’re doing, you can’t get it wrong. You sit on the seat and follow the pictures on the front of the machine – so you’re safe and you will get some exercise. People feel happy with that; most people I know don’t like exercising with free weights because they’ve no idea what they’re doing. In fact, some of them are downright dangerous to themselves and to others!
The idea behind KettleworX is to change all that. With the KettleworX package you get 10 – yes 10 – DVDs with lots of short workouts on them. Some of the DVDs are for cardio and general toning combined, and some are specifically aimed at toning your chest, back and so on. You are shown how to use your kettlebell safely and effectively for maximum inch loss and calorie burn — it’s like having a Personal Trainer standing over you while you exercise.
Compared with most exercise systems, KettleworX is amazing value. For $89.95 you get the 10 DVDs, a healthy eating guide (of course) and a five pound kettlebell — all you need to get started straight away in your own home. The course promises results in six weeks; if you do these workouts I think you will definitely get great results.
The infomercial burbles happily about how good you will look naked (rather odd selling point, but hey, there you go.) I’ll settle for looking good fully clothed! But I agree with the KettleworX team that the changes to your body will amaze you, no matter how out of condition you are, and age doesn’t matter, although it’s always wise to get a check-up from your health professional before embarking on any course of exercise.
Working with a kettlebell, with no gym machine to support you, every muscle in your entire body has to start doing its job properly! The more muscles you use, the more calories you burn. The more muscles you use, the more you tone in a quicker time. So try Kettleworx for great results – fast!
All the best,
Carol J Bartram
(Personal Trainer & Pilates Instructor)