Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Power Body Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller |
Actor: Angie Miller
Director: Tamilee Webb
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Blast calories, build endurance and optimize your workout time...welcome to Power Body Kettle bell Bootcamp! You will experience an amazing cardiovascular and strength training workout using one of the most popular fitness... more »
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Mufkins | Sunny SoCal | 08/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like some other reviewers here, I thought I was in reasonably good shape. Wrong! I just received the DVD today and tried to do the whole workout. Whew. Background: I am 53, I work out regularly, and I am not overweight. I am "skinny-fat" meaning I look OK, but I can, shall we say, "pinch an inch" here and there. Since it's not going to get any easier, I've decided to get super-fit (zero flab) once and for all. I read in Shape magazine where a marathoner who was also "skinny-fat" worked with a kettlebell trainer and got into great shape, so I decided to give it a try. I got a different dvd, IronCore, from the library because I didn't want to spend $ on yet another exercise dvd that I can't stand/don't use. Well, that one is fine for a beginner. I didn't feel as though I was getting much of a workout with the 10lb bell and I didn't want to injure myself by going to a higher weight too soon. I came here and saw the reviews and ordered this dvd, and I'm so glad I did! It is much more thorough, and functional - meaning you move in ways that you really do move in real life, lifting a suitcase into the overhead bin etc. as Angie states in the introduction. Really true. I have to say, I could not do the entire dvd the first time out. And really, I work hard on the rowing machine which is basically a combo weight/resistance training plus cardio, several times a week. If you are truly a beginner, I would do this dvd with no weights first (yes, you read that right) and then start with a light one, even 5 lbs. Or start with the IronCore dvd (although I think you'd get bored with it quickly, and her tone of voice sounds like she's addressing a 2 year old which I found quite annoying.) Angie on the other hand sounds like a real trainer, or a friend - very pleasant, although you have the option of just choosing the music with no prompts. And I love that Angie and the girl who demos the "easier" versions are super-fit - they are the first video presenters I have seen who look as though they got into shape using the exercises on the video. Their long, lean shape is very motivating. I should also state that I really do not like to exercise per se. I'm fine with activities, but when I want to get in shape I have to negotiate to get myself to do exercises, especially later in the day. Let me just say, I love the kettlebell!!! I typically don't even wait until 4 p.m., my scheduled time. I even feel like doing it on my "day off". This is unprecedented. Seriously. I have a drawer full of exercise videos that I have to force myself to do (so you know they don't get done often) and I am truly excited now to get in shape with the kettlebell. I was sweating like you wouldn't believe, and this continued for 15 - 20 minutes after I was finished. I'm sure I will see results with this. It is probably the best overall workout I have had, and I have been exercising since I was 24. I also think it's a great workout for bone strength, which sure beats taking drugs at some point. Oh, one reviewer states that the sequencing is not good as there are some harder sets up front and easy ones toward the end. Well, yes, ab work and stretching are typically done at the end of a workout, and yes, they feel easier than swinging a lead ball around the room and over your head. This is not poor sequencing, it is good exercise protocol. I otherwise liked that review though, and it is the one that convinced me to get this dvd. This is a super-efficient way to get weight-training plus cardio plus toning plus abs. I couldn't recommend it more. Good luck and fun training!"
MJ | USA | 02/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great DVD and Angie Miller really knows her stuff. My wife and I both use this workout and we both love it. It's good for all levels and is shot very well. Many fitness DVDs look like they were shot by a kid, but this one is pro level all the way. Some may not care about that, but I do. I like quality. One DVD, good for all levels? That's a deal. YOu won't go wrong with this one."
Works muscles you might not otherwise reach, good mix of car
A. Chandler | Austin, TX | 12/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"CALORIE BURN: First I should note I wear a bodybugg to measure my daily caloric burn, which also allows me to read a measurement of calories burned during a specific workout as well as calories burned per minute during that workout. I mention this only so you know what I say is based upon scientific measurement rather than perceived exertion. For a cardio and strength mix, this had excellent calorie burning IF you do more than one segment. While cardio will always burn more than a strength workout DURING the workout, strength training continues to boost your metabolism and burn calories long after the workout. So this combination of boosting your heart rate with cardio while also using the kettlebell to reach so many muscles AND using your own body strength to also tone, results in a great burn. However, for optimum results you will want to combine at least a couple of the short segments. One segment alone didn't have high burn. In fact the first session (of approximately 10 minutes) had quite a low burn, but when I combine two in order to get my heart rate up, keep it up, then utilize the strength moves this dvd offers to keep burning calories after the workout, I had great results.
MUSCLES WORKED: This dvd will reach them all. The kettlebell is wonderful for making a workout fun and interesting while reaching muscles you might not otherwise hit in many strength training workouts. You WILL feel this one very quickly after your workout and you will get results. Your abs are even toned in standing and twisting ab moves. Major fanny lifters and thigh toning right along with toning your arms with the kettlebell. The duo moves to reach more muscle groups are smartly done.
SET: Yawn. Nothing special. Nothing bad either. Indoor studio. The usual.
MUSIC: Upbeat electronica
INSTRUCTION AND CUEING: Excellent...I followed every move easily. There is no complicated choreography. That said, I think I did more curtsies in the first segment than the queen gets in a week. That part was repetitive but boy I felt it in my thighs a few hours later...the rest of the dvd offered greater variety and I prefer that to keep my interest.
LEVEL: From beginner to advanced. There is someone in the background (one instructor and one back up person) doing beginner moves if you are new to working out. However, as you progress upwards, just use a heavier weight in order to keep getting results.
WEIGHT OF KETTLEBELL: There is much discussion on this but I think it's safe to say that if you normally workout with a 5 lb dumbell in each hand, you can obviously work well with a 10 lb kettlebell. I personally use 6-7 lb dumbells and often combine the two in one hand for certain moves so a 12 lb kettlebell was very comfortable for me. (I have no brand preference but I ordered one with a vinyl coating because when you swing below your legs, or place it on the floor holding it with one hand and balancing on one leg, it's too easy to scratch a wood floor otherwise.)If you are new to strength training you may want lower than either of those...it's realy something you have to find on your own, but that's been the best measurement I've told others that's seemed to work...just get what you can normally lift in two dumbells.
ENERGY: Pretty good...I liked the instructor. Nothing over-the-top. No fake toughness but also no sugar sweet condesceding...in the middle. I liked her.
NEGATIVES: Although there are several segments and you will probably want to combine 2-4 for a proper workout, you only have the choice of choosing one or doing them all. I can live with that but I know some don't like it.
CONCLUSION: Some kettlebell workouts are strength training only which are great for toning, but low on calorie burn. This one provided what I got my kettlebell for...high calorie burn and great toning combined. This is one of my favorite kettlebell workouts."