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.