I’m behind on my kettlebell program. I signed up a couple of weeks ago for 12 weeks of online training with Kettlebell Moms with the best intentions. I registered, looked over the warm-up exercises and first workout, and went out and bought my kettlebell. And then – as happens with so many things I want to do – I just failed to get started.
I remedied that this week, plunging into my first-ever kettlebell workout yesterday. So here are some initial impressions of the program, and kettlebells in general:
The Kettlebell Moms warm-up sequence is nice. It arrives as a video embedded in the first Kettlebell Moms email in the program, and would be a great way to begin any workout – or every day. The series goes head to toe with everything from shoulder and neck rolls to twists and hip swivels, mini lunges and ankle swirls. The moves are all simple and require no equipment at all. The only downside is that the video is tiny, and there is no written sequence for the exercises. I ended up watching the video and taking notes so that I could do the warm-up more easily.
The Kettlebell exercises are tougher than they look. When the email arrived with my first set of three exercises, I watched all three videos. The exercises looked pretty simple, and I printed out the accompanying written instructions. But once I started to actually do the exercises, I found myself wanting to go back to the video for a refresher. Again, it doesn’t help that the video is so tiny. You might want to watch it through several times before trying the moves.
These exercises build on each other. The first round of exercises isn’t too challenging, which is a good thing for anyone new to kettlebells, or new to exercise. But at the end of the workout I did feel like I’d worked. And looking ahead to the next round (New exercises and a new workout plan arrive each week.), I can see that the program will become gradually more intense.
And despite my procrastination, the Kettlebell Moms program really is pretty convenient to use. It requires just one piece of equipment, and no more space than it takes to roll out a yoga mat. I’m looking forward to mastering these new exercises and ramping things up!