Because I am a good little consumerist, I have a wish list. I generally just pull it out for my birthday, Mother’s Day, Groundhog Day and all other Major holidays but today you get a sneak preview. My wish list reads like the annual Fitness Magazine product review. I covet fitness gadgets of all shapes and sizes. But seeing as my covetousness is surpassed only by my cheapness, my wish list rarely turns into reality.
Until today, baby. See, number 1 item on my list of Fitness Trends I’m Dying to Try But Too Cheap To Buy are kettlebells. And, like magic, Sarah Lurie and her candy-colored iron wonder appeared on my doorstep. You’ve read Kelly’s rave review. You’ve heard Lisa’s (workout mommy’s) praise. The Monkey Bar Gym folk adore them. Alice, WeeLittleMe, and GeekGirl all have great things to say about them. Now it’s my turn.
My kids think every package that comes to our door is a present for them. They even call the Fed-Ex van “the present truck.” So of course they were hanging all over me as I opened my weighty package. (Seriously – GoFit sent me an actual 15-lb kettlebell! I figured it would be a gift cert to go buy one somewhere. Guess they want the Present Guy to earn those little brown shorts.) As I withdrew the bright red beauty – red is my fave color – my five-year-old gasped, “Someone mailed mommy a real live tinkerbell!”
Thusly christened, TinkerBell accompanied me to the Y the next day. My spin instructor was mildly amused (“road block?”), the gym floor manager less so (him: “you gotta bring your own weights now?” me: “the other gym has them.”) but the Gym Buddies were as excited as I was.
After Gym Buddy Mike impressed us by demonstrating proper hammer throwing technique, Gym Buddy Megan and I went to town with the swinging (but not throwing, as tempting as it was), pressing, cleaning, squatting and Turkish get-upping.
It got my heart rate up. It was fun to have a legitimate reason to swing my weights. I could feel my lower back, core and legs stabilizing every move so it felt like a total body workout. Plus I like novelty and Lurie & Co. are all great poster-people for SuperFit.
Can be summed up in one word: OUCH. Lurie instructs you to hold the bell in “rack position” which means the bulk of the weight is resting on the outside of your wrist/forearm. So anytime you move from another position back to “rack”, as in a clean or a shoulder press, the kettlebell gives you a good painful whack. Our reps went like this, “And one, OUCH! Two, OUCH! Three, OUCH!!!! Four, *****!!!” If the Y didn’t have it’s family friendly code, we might’ve resorted to more than just asterisks, I tell you. Catholic nuns and their wrist slapping got nothing on GoFit.
“Maybe they didn’t plan on people with bony wrists using these,” Gym Buddy Megan griped after a particularly hard thwack that may have left a bruise.
“Maybe we’re doing it wrong,” I grumbled and put TinkerBell in time out for not playing nice.
At home I reviewed the technique DVD again. Aha! I discovered that by catching the bell on my shoulder/bicep I could avoid the painful thwack. My elation was quickly dampened by Lurie admonishing, “If the kettlebell hits your shoulder or bicep, that is an indication you have bad form. The bell should always rest on your forearm.” Maybe you eventually develop wrist callouses?
My favorite line from the DVD was, “And remember, never let your arms become disconnected from your body.” What does that even mean? Are there really people out there whose arms actually disconnect from their bodies? How does one prevent this? Can I see it??
Aside from the wrist abuse, this is a great workout. I enjoyed the novelty and the stares. You can get a serious workout in a short amount of time with these babies not to mention feeling very cool as you strut around dropping bombs like “russian wrestling technique” and “original iron.” I’m very tempted to do a whole Experiment on kettlebells. So if any of you have any form tips to help me with the wrist problems, speak up!
More From My Wish List
I was never a fan of running skirts. It seems like it’s just more fabric wrapped around your legs. That is, until I saw this red and white polka dot number. Now? I want one. Why should tennis players have all the fun?
Also, I so want to try the MBT shoes. Just one more way I want to be like MizFit!
And last but not least, they’re Jelly Bellies! They’re sport gels! That makes them practically health food right? Okay, it makes them expensive jelly beans. But still. *love*
Got Kettlebell tips for me? What’s on your wish list?