I cannot believe it has been almost a month of working with the kettlebell. Time is really flying by! So this is my fourth week using them and I find myself increasingly fascinated and in love with them. The workouts do not get boring. In fact, it is just the opposite. I work out pretty much every day for 20 minutes or more. I also do 20 minutes or so on treadmill every other day or so. I took a couple days off this weekend when we went up north and almost went through withdrawals.
I haven’t been able to weigh myself as the battery is dead on our scale and I keep forgetting to buy a new one the few times I get out of the house. I have been measuring myself and although I lost more than nine inches the first few weeks, I slowed down since then, which is pretty normal. Overall, my body is tighter. My clothes are looser and I am definitely leaning out. I’m getting stronger as the 15lb kettlebell (from the Jillian Michaels set) is too light for most of the movements. My 30 pounder is too heavy for many of the movements still except for deadlifts, rows, the swing and the Russian twist. I am going to definitely order a 22 lb from Dragon Door soon.
I’ve been adding to my workouts. For instance, last night I added the Hindu Squat. Here is Steve Maxwell, RKC doing the Hindu Squat:
I also downloaded the video, “Kettlebells, Strength Training and More…” by Frank Holas. It’s a two hour instructional dvd on the kettlebell that I found to be very informative and has helped me finesse my technique a bit. I still need to get in to see a certified RKC instructor one of these days to check my form.
Overall though, I am definitely seeing a lot of improvement, a lot of physical changes taking place with my body, my endurance and energy. I highly encourage anyone who is curious or interested to check kettlebells out but DO PLEASE educate yourself about them and seek out a certified kettlebell trainer. I have some links on the side of this blog under “Kettlebell and Warrior Diet Links” that might help.
Now this is the second week of the Warrior Diet. I don’t think it should be called a diet. It is a way of eating. And so far, I love it. I don’t feel famished during the day. I feel very clear, focused and content. I feel more aware of my body, my system and how the food I put in it is serving me. My calories during the day range from 600-700 and then I have about 1000 to spend on dinner. Of course if I work out, that number is different and I have to account for it so I am getting adequate nourishment. All in all, this way of eating is working quite well for me.
(Disclaimer: I am NOT an expert at the kettlebells nor do I pretend to be. This post is purely me giving you, the reader, an idea what it is like from a beginner’s-my perspective. Please seek proper training and advice from a certified trainer.)