Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Absolute Beginners Fitness 3 in 1 Kettlebell Amy Bento - Recommended by Prevention Magazine |
Actor: Amy Bento
Director: Tamilee Webb
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Are you ready to discover the strength training, cardiovascular and flexibility benefits of kettlebell training? Fitness favorite Amy Bento applies her techniques to this energetic program that is designed for beginners to... more »
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Absolutely perfect for certain types of beginners....
Colleen M. Schneider | San Lorenzo, CA USA | 01/12/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I consider myself a beginner,as I am brand new to kettlebell, but not new to fitness workouts. I work out daily with many types of workouts (pilates, yoga, dance, cardio, step, etc). I felt Absolute Beginner would give me what I needed to learn the basics and was interested because it also included an intermediate workout as well.
The cuing is good, she lets you know what you should and should not be doing so that you know proper form,so for that I felt it was worth it. The tutorial section instructed 6 basic moves and took about 10 minutes.
The beginner portion was about 20 minutes and you practice moves you learned in the tutorial section.
The intermediate portion was also about 20 minutes and I thought might have a bit more moves, but the main difference seemed to be that she added in a bit of extra cardio between the toning moves (such as simulating a jump rope, etc). Maybe I expected a little more, or maybe I am not quite as beginner as I think I am.
Both workouts end with a two minute stretch that basically stretches the glutes and hip flexors. I was a little surprised that there wasn't a bit more, but then again, the workout is only 20 minutes, so maybe that is about right.
I started with a 7 lb. weight and felt the moves were very easy to follow and I could build up later with a heavier kettlebell as I feel the need.
As far as the instructor, she absolutely knows her stuff, but I can't say I am a huge fan, she is a bit too chatty for my tastes and a little bit over the top on the motivational, "you can do it" stuff.
The music was not my idea of great workout music-which unless I'm doing a dance workout should basically just be a little background, not an urban kind of sound with sirens in some spots. So, musicwise, also, a little over the top.
So, who is this workout for? I would say those that are fitness beginners (not just kettlebell, but fitness in general), older exercisers (I'm middle aged, so I mean older than that...) or those that have lifted no weights and are starting from the ground, ground floor.
I borrowed this one from the library, and I have decided I would outgrow this much too soon, so will not be purchasing, but if you fall into one of the categories above, this may be just the ticket to start a fitness regime that will work your body, and give you a little cardio from someone who knows the ropes."
Motivating Beginner Kettlebell DVD
A. Walker | Mt. Pleasant. SC USA | 12/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a Christmas present from my husband. I had tried a few other Kettlebell Dvd's featuring master Kettlebell instructors but felt a little overwhelmed by their magnitude. I was very encouraged with this beginners level by Ms. Bento. I like her instructions and cueing;she gives you time to catch your breath after power moves or when switching to a new move. I really wanted to learn how to use kettlebells because you don't need alot of space to use them and I needed more variety in my workouts. I learned about this DVD from Prevention mag and am very happy my husband ordered it for me. I am 54 yr old and actively work out 4 times/wk and feel this beginners DVD was right for me."
Wonderful DVD for beginners
J. Wimberley | Cleveland, OH USA | 03/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have used this DVD a few times and it has great instructions for beginners. I will be using this DVD often. Amy takes her time explaining how to do each exercise and goes slowly so that you can follow along."
The best Foundation for Kettlebell !!!
Picasolover | USA | 01/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a 35 year-old- female. I was an athlete in high school and have been pretty athletic up until about a year ago, when I got very busy. I have been trying to get back in to an exercise routine for a while now and this dvd was perfect. Since I've worked as a massage therapist, I'm very concerned abut safety and proper form. Amy Bento gives thorough explanations of each of the moves. Additionally, it's a great motivator, since you feel a sense of accomplishment after a 20-minute workout (25 minutes if you do the additional stretch.) If you are just getting back in to exercise, this is perfect. She also includes an intermediate work-out - also 20 minutes. The only move she could explain a bit more thoroughly is the move called "the clean." The trick is putting your thumb out , so the bell does not slam in to your wrist. She does this, but she does not actually say it. Here is a demo of "the clean" that I found on youtube.[...] Amy Bento's DVD is produced by Tamilee Webb, who always produces quality and safe work-outs. (She did the Buns of Steel Videos in the 80's) It's also visually appealing compared to the dvd by another company that came with the actual Kettlebell purchase. The music is okay on this one. Not great, but not too distracting. It would be nice if there was an 'instructor only' option, so I could play my own music. But, the music is not really a problem."