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Gear Review: The Firm Kettlebell Kit

If you've been curious to try a kettlebell workout but your gym doesn't offer one, then work it at home with The Firm Kettlebell Kit ($25). It comes with a five-pound kettlebell and a 45-minute DVD to show you how to use it.

I'm new to the kettlebell scene, but now I am a convert. Instead of just using dumbbells or resistance bands, I've been adding kettlebell exercises to my routine and have noticed a huge difference in my strength. That's because the exercises involve using momentum, acceleration, and deceleration instead of static movements. For details on the DVD,


The video starts with a five-minute aerobics class warmup that's easy to follow but very effective. Then you grab your kettlebell and get right into the workout. The instructor is super-energetic and doesn't stop for a second, which I love. She leads you through alternating intervals of about five minutes of kettlebell exercises, and then five minutes of cardio moves without the kettlebell, so you keep your heart rate up the entire time.

The exercises include moves you've done a million times, such as squats, lunges, and glute kickbacks, but swinging the kettlebell at the same time makes these basic exercises more challenging and more effective since you're targeting both your upper and lower body. The best part was the bonus ab and back routine at the end. I'd definitely recommend this Kettlebell Kit to anyone who wants to try a dynamic workout that combines cardio and strength-training.

Check out a clip of the video below.

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