I've been planning to start using kettlebells ever since last spring when I read The 4-Hour Body.
I even bought a kettlebell. Then life got hectic, we moved, I left the kettlebell at our house in LA, and I never got started.
It's a new year and it's time for me to get in shape. I'm sick to death of my poochy belly and “love handles”. I am planning a trip to Hawaii this spring and I want a flat stomach, a firm butt and toned arms.
According to recent research from the American Council on Exercise, working out with kettlebells burns 1,200 calories per hour and:
delivers more fat-fighting and body-toning benefits than doing 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes of traditional weight lifting (Source)
In other words, working out with kettlebells is equivalent to DOUBLE the time doing weight training or cardio. Double the impact means you get results TWICE as fast.
Kettlebells will firm up all the jiggly bits and bobs. Kettlebells will flatten that jelly belly, boost that flat, saggy bottom, and tone those upper arms that sway in the breeze when you wave at the queen.
And do I even utter the words “back fat”? No, I shant. Because that is going to be completely ELIMINATED with kettlebells.
Get Your Kettlebell On!
Join me and let's get the spring back in our butts and get our bellies ready for bikini weather.
We can all help each other get in shape by doing this TOGETHER. I know I need the support. I hope you will join me!
Oh and did I mention the PRIZES? I’m giving away over $250 in prizes to the winners.
Man, do you guys realize how far ahead of the game we will be by the time it's bikini season?
So here’s how it works. Work out with kettlebells (up to 7 times a week for 4 weeks, 20-25 minutes each time), get points, and win prizes! You'll increase your chances of winning if you send me your before and after photos.
The Kettlebell Challenge officially starts Sunday January 22nd and ends one month later on Saturday February 25th. You may not start logging workouts until Sunday Jan 22! Winners will be announced on March 1st.
Winners will be chosen based on final number of points AND results based on before and after photos, measurements, dress size, and weight.
Enter to Win Over $250 in Prizes
Four participants will win the following prizes (one prize per person):
Grand Prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate for anything you want. Maybe it's that skinny pair of designer jeans you are GOING to fit into — or some cute yoga pants or a dozen tank tops you can wear to show off your toned arms. Whatever you decide to get, make sure it is something that is a special treat that you love and makes you feel happy. Retail value $150
First Prize: Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB – Listen to music, audiobooks or podcasts while you work out. Clips to your shirt or workout gear — up to 500 songs and 15 hours of audio playback on a single charge. Retail value $49
Second Prize: 3 Months of Audible Membership – I LOVE my Audible membership! You can listen to audiobooks while you work out. (Yeah, you know you're going to have that kettlebell DVD memorized.) Retail value $45
Third Prize: Conair Foot Bath with Bubbles and Heat – I just bought one of these for myself to soak my feet in magnesium chloride and essential oils every night. The perfect thing to help you relax and get a great night's sleep! Retail value $19.99
Before I get into the details of how to participate, the very first thing you need to do is get your hands on a kettlebell.
What Kind of Kettlebell?
You can find kettlebells from 10 to 25 pounds (you can find heavier kettlebells, too, if you're a guy or you're training for the next Iron Man).
GoFit recommends that fit females begin with 15- to 20-pound Kettlebells and fit males with 25- to 35-pound Kettlebells. Women who are just getting started with an exercise program should begin with 10 pounds, while beginning men should start at 15 to 20 pounds.
You will need to get a heavier kettlebell at some point — once you've mastered the workout and have hit a plateau. I will probably get a 15-pound kettlebell next, and then eventually a 20-pounder.
You only need one kettlebell, not two. If you want to get two, go for it. But you really only need one to get started. (Some of the exercises they have in the DVD have you using two, but I just worked around that.)
Where to Buy a Kettlebell
You can find kettlebells at most sporting goods stores. I think I have also seen them at stores like Target.
I got mine on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, the shipping is free. Yes, even for a 25-pound kettlebell!
A note on Amazon Prime: I really recommend signing up for this. You pay $75 per year and shipping is free all year long. I've been doing this for a number of years now, and I figure that the $75 I spend pays for itself when you add up all the countless hours I'm not wasting shopping in stores. I don't know what you think your time is worth, but say it's worth $25 per hour. Signing up for Amazon prime PAYS FOR ITSELF in just three hours you're NOT out there shopping. I now buy everything I can on Amazon, since I've already paid for the shipping and it's more time I don't have to shop. Click here to sign up for Amazon Prime.
Anyway, here are the GoFit kettlebells I found on Amazon. They are 10, 15, 20 and 25 pounds. (You can get heavier ones, to — just search on Amazon.
All of the GoFit kettlebells listed below include a DVD you can use to do your workouts. It is a 25-minute workout and it is the one that I use and recommend.
When I posted those last night, they were all eligible for Prime shipping. I swear! And now they're not. :-(
However, the ones below ARE eligible for free Prime shipping. These two, the Tone Fitness and GoFit Contoured both come with a DVD. (Note: Only SOME of the colors/sizes of the GoFit Contoured kettlebells are eligible for Prime)
Here are some more kettlebells that are eligible for free Prime shipping but do not come with DVDs:
How to Work Out With Kettlebells
I recommend getting one of the GoFit kettlebells I listed above because they come with a workout DVD. If you get a different kettlebell that does not have a DVD included, look on YouTube for kettlebell and you will find lots of workouts.
There is also a routine you can learn on the Prevention magazine website.
You can also just learn the various moves and make up your own routine. Remember, the workout is 20-25 minutes.
How to Participate in the Kettlebell Challenge
1. Enter your email address below to join my mailing list. You must be on my mailing list to qualify for prizes. If you're already on it, you don't need to do anything.
2. Use the Rafflecopter widget to get points.
PLEASE NOTE: We will not start logging workouts until JAN 22. Any entries prior to Jan 22 will be deleted. This will give everyone time to get their kettlebells.
If you have questions, please post them below in the comments.
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