Why do people buy workout DVDs? Some do it for the encouragement of the coaches. Others do it because they don’t know how to use kettlebells properly. Yet others simply want to learn as many exercises as they can.
Whichever the reason may be, know that not all DVDs offer equal value. Some are better structured than others and when it comes to kettlebells, well – not every fitness coach is an expert at them. Check out some of the best kettlebell DVDs by the best in the business.
Setting aside the fact that Jillian Michaels is one tough cookie with a physique that puts both women and men to shame, her Shred-It With Weights workout DVD is actually geared towards beginners.
One of the most important highlights is the price. This workout DVD is one of the most affordable on the market.
You get 30 minutes of detailed workout exercises that can be done with or without kettlebells. Of course, you will need a kettlebell to get the most out of the program.
The Shred-It training can be split into two 15-minute routines. One is more cardio- and conditioning-focused while the other is designed for strength training and muscle sculpting.
The beauty of owning this DVD is that you can choose to follow a routine best suited for your free time, physical capabilities, and workout goals. However, it is important to note that when done right, this DVD might just help you lose up to 5 lbs. per week.
This is no small achievement. What also helps, along with the exercises, is the motivation that Jillian is capable of giving. The enthusiasm and knowledge of this fitness buff might be just what you need to stop procrastinating and achieve those fitness goals that have eluded you so far.
If there’s one area in which the DVD lacks, it’s more in-depth explanations in a beginner-friendly language. Although the exercises can be followed by newbies, those looking for more detailed explanations might be disappointed.
Another workout tutorial with amazing value for the money is the Iron Core Kettlebell box set. It features four DVDs for under $10 that combine for around 80 minutes of kettlebell madness.
Although called the Iron Core, only one of the four DVDs actually features a super intense workout. This isn’t actually a bad thing. The box set offers a progressive training regimen which makes the program useful for beginners, intermediate, and extreme gym rats.
With each DVD offering a 20-minute workout, there’s a lot of stuff to go through. There’s a nice balance between conditioning, strength training, muscle development, and cardio training.
As far as value for the money, the Iron Core box set is outstanding, just like all the other DVDs on this list. Not only does it take you from the fundamentals of kettlebell training to high-intensity workout examples and ethics, it also offers more than one hour of video explanations.
Each exercise is presented in a straightforward manner. Most of the exercises target multiple muscle groups, even the ones from the beginner DVD that might give the impression of slow and boring.
That being said, the explanations for some of the techniques could be better presented. While the workouts are fantastic, the explanations behind them are somewhat too compressed and might not make a lot of sense to beginners.
If you’re looking for something more advanced that offers more insight into how kettlebells help you improve your physique and well-being, the Skogg Kettlebell System 5-disk program might just fit the bill.
This is arguably expensive if you’re unsure about working out on a regular basis. Don’t misunderstand – the 5-disk program is packed with exercises, routines, and valuable insights into the world of kettlebell fitness training. But there are cheaper options available if you just want to dip your toes in the water.
The man behind this program is what some might call a fitness guru. Mr. Skogg has certifications over certifications when it comes to training other people and helping them understand their bodies. Not only is the man a certified personal trainer and kettlebell expert, but he’s also a neuromuscular therapist.
If there’s anyone qualified to give workout advice and explain the mechanics involved in kettlebell training, it’s this guy.
The workout is tailored for everyone. Each workout presented in the Skogg System can be tweaked to four different intensity levels. This makes it easy to follow by both beginners and amateur gym rats and professional athletes looking for a challenge.
Don’t be scared by the long workouts presented in this DVD or by the fact that it’s called the Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts. If there was ever a truly beginner-friendly kettlebell training program, this would be it.
There are three workouts presented in this system, each lasting 25 minutes. However, unlike other workout DVDs on this list, the Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners program actually caters only to beginners.
The exercises are easy to follow and easy to perform for those at any level of conditioning. Explanations on grip technique, swing technique, and finding stability are offered throughout all the videos.
If you want to learn but also get in a decent cardio workout, this DVD fits the bill. If you’re looking to build strongman muscles or if you’re a slacker that needs constant motivation, this may not be for you.
The man behind the program, Paul Katami, is a world-renowned kettlebell expert trainer. However, his insights stole the show here more so than his enthusiasm for pushing people from behind.
Bob Harper is a fun fitness coach to follow. His enthusiasm, insight, and years of expertise show from the very first minutes of Bob Harper: Kettlebell Sculpted Body.
Granted, this is not the cheapest option if you’re looking to learn how to use kettlebells properly, but it is one of the most insightful DVDs out there. Value for the money? Exceptional.
Of course, Bob Harper has more beginner-friendly DVDs. As you can tell from this program’s name, it is not for the faint of heart. The 50-minute-long routine can be incredibly strenuous on the body if you don’t have decent conditioning.
Luckily, the workout is progressive, starting out slow and building up to complex high-intensity exercises. The good news is that whenever you’re lacking strength and willpower, Bob Harper oozes enthusiasm and words of encouragement.
A lot of people would want him as their personal trainer. You can have him as your “virtual” trainer for pennies on the dollar and get the same amount of pep talk, explanations, and tutorials.
Many people think that working out with kettlebells is nothing complicated. While it is true that these free weights can be adapted to a wide range of traditional exercises, there is something to be said about actual kettlebell training.
Following a kettlebell workout DVD will help you put aside any doubt about kettlebells not being all that different or special. It will also help you develop muscles that you didn’t know your body had, unless you studied medicine or physiotherapy.