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Amy Bento's Kettlebell 3-in-1 Workout

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Updated January 20, 2010

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The Bottom Line

If you're interested in kettlebell training, Amy Bento offers an excellent introduction for beginners in her Kettlebell 3-in-1 DVD. The tutorial section guides you through six kettlebell exercises, complete with detailed step-by-step instructions. The beginner workout puts together all the moves in a simple, straightforward routine and, when you've mastered that, the intermediate workout takes things to the next level with fun combinations interspersed with high intensity cardio. This is a great video for learning kettlebell basics while offering enough challenge to keep more advanced exercisers coming back for more.
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Pros

  • An excellent tutorial section that guides you through six basic kettlebell exercises
  • Amy offers a complete breakdown of the exercises, including close-ups and video demonstrations
  • Two progressively challenging workouts will appeal to a variety of fitness levels
  • The intermediate workout is challenging and fun with a variety of combinations and cardio moves

Cons

  • She doesn't discuss how to choose the proper weight for kettlebell training

Description

  • A kettlebell exercise DVD that includes 3 segments - a tutorial, a beginner workout and an intermediate workout
  • The beginner workout takes you through two complete circuits of the exercises learned in the tutorial section
  • The intermediate workout includes combinations interspersed with high intensity cardio moves for a high energy workout

Guide Review - Amy Bento's Kettlebell 3-in-1 Workout

If you're eager to try kettlebell training and one-on-one training or classes aren't an option, the next best thing is a high quality instructional video. Amy Bento offers just that in Kettlebell 3-in-1, an excellent introduction to kettlebell training that includes a tutorial and two complete kettlebell workouts.

Stand Out Features

  • The Tutorial - Amy does an excellent job of explaining some of the basic kettlebell exercises. She takes you through six exercises: The double arm swing, single arm swing, clean, press, jerk, and front squat. For each move, she shows how it's done, explaining your body position, stance and focus for each exercise.
  • The Workouts - There are two workouts included, a beginner and intermediate workout which gives this DVD a little more staying power than the average beginner video. In the first workout, Amy guides you through a basic warm up and then two circuits of all the exercises demonstrated in the tutorial, which is a great way to master each move. She does 8-16 reps of each exercise, providing cues and form pointers for each move. The 20-minute workout is basic, so most exercisers will probably be ready to move on to something more challenging after doing it a few times.

    The Intermediate Workout takes you to the next level by combining exercises, which requires much more coordination, power and strength. For example, you combine a single arm swing with a clean, a swing with a clean and press and a double arm swing with an alternating single arm swing. In between each combination, you do some cardio to keep your heart rate up - jump roping movements, shuffles, squat jumps and more. This workout is more intense than the beginner workout and advanced exercisers may want to combine both for a longer, more challenging workout.

What I like about the video is that it's for beginners, but it also fits a variety of fitness levels, making it a good choice for people who already exercise but aren't familiar with kettlebell training. The intermediate workout is quite challenging and a great introduction to how much fun, and intense, kettlebell training can be. Amy is an excellent instructor and keeps you moving throughout both 20-minute workouts with fun music and great cueing.

The only oversight, which was a major one in my opinion, was that she didn't talk about how much weight you should use for the exercises. If you're new to kettlebells, it can be confusing finding the right amount of weight and I wished she'd covered that in the tutorial section.

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