10-Minute-Solution: Kettle Bell Ultimate Fat Burner
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Note: The exercises might get tough with plate dumbbells especially since it is difficult to find plates lighter than 2.5 pounds, however Clubpiscine had 1.25 pound plates. Do what you are capable of in time and weight and incrementally increase time and weight gradually.
I get a great physical workout from this exercise DVD.
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So here's a few challenges that make this almost useless for those who want to use a kettlebell with this DVD:
1. Olson uses weight-training names to approximate kettlebell moves. For example, she says "curls" when the nearest kettlebell equivalent to what she's doing is a "clean." And of course because she's using a dumbell, a curl is exactly what she's doing. (A curl is a straight hinge motion, where a clean includes a twisting motion.)
If you know kettlebells, you know how to do a clean so it's just annoying. But if you're using this DVD and you're new to kettlebells, substitutions like these can be confusing and possibly lead to injury.
2. The other big challenge is the pace. Since she's using a light dumbell, the pace of each move is way too fast for kettlebell users. A kettlebell is an offset, usually-heavier weight, not a light, balanced weight, and to try to keep pace with her on this DVD can be downright dangerous.
Some kettlebell moves, like an overhead press starting with the weight held low, usually have an intermediate step where you rack the kettlebell before you press it up. This little extra step makes the overall move take slightly longer but keeps you in control of the weight. But because she's using a dumbbell, she never racks the weight first, so keeping pace with her can cause someone to get sloppy - and get hurt.
I've honestly tried - repeatedly - to like this DVD, but finally gave up. It's not worth getting hurt over. All in all this was a great concept but very poorly executed.
I really enjoy Michelle Olson and I dare say that I enjoy her much more than some of the other 10 Minute Solution instructors. I own six of the 10 Minute Solution DVD's including this one. At the beginning introductory dialogue, I can tell she is a little nervous. To me that's okay, I actually like it. It means that she's a little more relateable than other instructors, who overdramatize themselves once the camera starts rolling. There are no "backup dancers" which I absolutely enjoy and that is indicative of any of the 10 Minute Solution workouts. Michelle does the entire workout with you. She gives great cues and explains the moves well - I can tell she wants to prevent any kind of injury and is concious of it without being annoying. I think she does a better job of this than the other 10 Minute Solution instructors I currently own. She communicates well and if she had other workouts available, I would purchase them.
The ab toner is great for beginners. It's challenging, not like Ab X challenging, but you will still feel it the next day until you get used to it. My two favorites are the first two - Maximum fat burner and Upper body power sculpt.
For three months, I did a variance of three of the workouts 5 days a week after doing 20-30 minutes of treadmill beforehand (1 minute slower, 1 minute fast and the last two minutes fast). Then I began P90X and found P90X to be challenging but I wasn't very sore the next day, like my co-workers were, who had begun that program without much exercise beforehand. This is a great overall workout, you will not only deveop your arms but your chest and back - as well as your thigh muscles. If you have really bad knees, then modify the moves if you can to build enough momentum to use as one action with the kettlebell.
If you like kettlebell or want to begin, this is a great DVD to do it with.
**UPDATE NOV. 21/08** Clips are now available on some other sites & the form shown on this DVD is AWEFUL ! It's not remotely like a kettlebell workout. For instance her joints are soft & she's using her arms to LIFT the weight while she's doing regular squats when mimicking a snatch, rather than thrusting & locking, not to mention there is virtually no propulsion shown in her movements on various exercises. That's the difference with kettlebell training & regular dumbbell strength training or even functional fitness training. The latter is done the way she demonstrates the movements in the DVD (although even with that said her form isn't that great), but what she is demonstrating, using soft joints & controlled LIFTING with the ARMS, & calling it kettlebell style exercises just ARE NOT REMOTELY the way they are done in kettlebell training. In kettlebell training there is propulsion, swinging, locking of the joints in a controlled manner, etc... Kettlebell exercises are VASTLY different from the way you would do a traditional weight training workout. As shown in this DVD all you're getting is a functional fitness dumbbell workout that is nothing remotely like a kettlebell workout. For instance in exercises where the lower body should propel the weight up, she softens her legs to stop the movement of the weight & then uses her arms to lift the weight. That's fine if you are doing a regular old strength training workout with weights, but that's not the way it's done with a kettlebell. It's bad enough a kettlebell isn't even used in this workout, but the workout is NOT a kettlebell style workout. The only thing kettlebell about it is the word 'kettlebell' in the title & that's it. For God's sake, she doesn't even get the name of some of the exercises correct. She calles the Turkish Get-Up a Turkish roll up, but it's not even done the way she shows it on the DVD anyway !!! As per the early negative reviews, people knew way ahead of time due to leaking of the info by Michele Olson herself (the so called trainer on this DVD) via e-mails between herself & fitness video enthusiasts & what she herself shared on fitness forums in which when she was questioned even more she, probably thinking it was good that she was getting all this attention, told them exactly the things shared in reviews here. Now that clips are available it is glaringly obvious that it is even worse than previous reviewers had stated. There are people on fitness forums who are now cancelling their pre-orders after viewing the clips. It's pretty bad, folks. Save your money.
If you're looking to do "kettlebell-style" moves with a dumbbell, then purchase this dvd but if you're looking for a traditional kettlebell workout, don't waste your money on it.