A reader wrote to me last week asking about good kettlebell DVDs for beginners.
I had to admit that I actually wasn’t familiar with one for beginners as I was already pretty fit by the time I started training with kettlebells. I dove right into intermediate to advanced kettlebell stuff. However, I cast my sensors far and wide this past week over the wide expanse of the interwebs to bring you this collection of kettlebell DVD reviews for beginners! Keep in mind that I’m simply compiling information here and have not actually used any of these DVDs unless otherwise noted. What I am trying to do with this post is to place enough information in your hands so that you can make an informed decision about which product you think might be best for you.
One more thing to keep in mind is that the titles on this list are not chosen because they seemed like the easiest workouts! To me, beginner does NOT mean easy. My idea of beginner is something that is really challenging for your fitness level and gives good explanations and introductions to the various moves associated with kettlebell training. It is my opinion that no matter your skill level, beginner or advanced, you need to push yourself to your limits.
If you find that you can easily keep up and do a fitness video, especially on the first time through, then you wasted your money!
To begin with I started at Amazon. I went straight to their best sellers list. Although the best sellers list does not necessarily indicate quality, the reviews included with most products on Amazon are by actual people who have tried the products and have given, for the most part, valuable critiques and kudos! I always read product reviews at Amazon, even if I end up buying them somewhere else. Direct reviews are important to me when I make decisions on purchases. The great thing about the reviews on Amazon is that they were submitted voluntarily by real people and not from some site just trying to make a sale.
Using my own intuition to weed through the junk and reading through the many reviews myself, here is the list I compiled from Amazon.
The JohnnyFit list of kettlebell DVDs for beginners.
This DVD is by trainer and Punch Gym owner Anthony DeLuglio. Even though I have not seen this DVD myself, I have seen several of Anthony’s other DVDs and would definitely recommend them to anyone. I will be featuring at least one of them when I do a follow up article to this one on intermediate to advanced kettlebell DVDs. I really knew that I had to include this workout on the list when the reviews talked about a tutorial section included with this DVD that really explains the moves. Anthony is considered one of the best personal trainers in the country and I have a good feeling that for anyone just getting into kettlebells, this would be a helpful, informative, and challenging introduction.
I have to admit that I was reluctant to include a fitness DVD by Jillian Michaels. Sometimes I just get the impression that she will advertise and release any product that she can put her name on. However, after reading through the favorable reviews on Amazon, I decided to include this DVD. People do seem to really connect with her and like her, and I have friends who have used some of her other DVDs and said that they enjoyed them.
Taco Fleur offers a kettlebell training DVD structured in such a way that the kettlebell beginner is taken from knowing absolutely nothing to learn all the important things one should know when training with kettlebells. The beginner is build up step-by-step day-by-day over a period of 21 days after which the kettlebell enthusiast will be able to safely work out with the kettlebell and have a solid foundation to progress to intermediate and advanced over time.
This one may be for you if you are both a beginner to kettlebells and someone who has not been to a gym in a long long time. Some of the reviews indicate that if you are in any kind of shape then this DVD may not be right as there are a lot of breaks. All of the reviews do mention that the trainer does an excellent job of explaining the moves.
Recommended by Prevention Magazine (kettle bell) – The reviews for this one state that the trainer is very good at explaining and queuing the moves. There also appear to be several levels of workout so that you can progress for a while with this DVD and get your money’s worth.
This one had better than fair reviews and I really wanted to include another DVD by a male trainer. Most people respond to a particular trainer’s personality as much as the results that they’re able to deliver! If you’re like me, then you like a trainer that’s going to push you and not always make it nice and pretty!
Next, in my quest to find the best beginner kettlebell DVDs I decided to go find another source. I went straight to the #1 source of kettlebell information, Dragon Door!
Enter the Kettlebell! Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen – I can personally vouch for this one. I own it! Pavel Tsatsouline is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on kettlebells. I find his style of the Soviet alpha male to be a little over the top, however, if you are looking for a DVD that lays out everything for you then this is it! Pavel introduced the very first kettlebell instructor certification programs. If you like your workouts and instructors to be “old school”, then this is the one for you! The instruction on this DVD is so good that even though I recommend this DVD for beginners, I would recommend it to more advanced kettlebell enthusiasts as well.
Then, in my vast search of Google’s archives, I discovered one more title to present. Here is the link so that you don’t have to hunt it down yourself.
The Kettlebell Goddess Workout: How to Achieve and Maintain a Divine Body with the World’s Most Effective Tool for Weight Loss, Strength, Endurance and Flexibility – with a fine review at Fitkettlebell.com
If you dig around, you’re sure to find a lot more out there. Hopefully, I have given you a good starting place for finding the perfect DVD to begin your home workout regimen using kettlebells. If you have anything to add to this list, I’d love to hear about it. Please respond to the comment thread or feel free to contact me directly.