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Bridal Fitness on Paper - Kettleworx Cardio 6 Monday, March 19, 2012 ~ 9:00 a.m.

Kettleworx kettlebell workout program I hope that all of you had a great St. Patty's Day weekend! If you're anything like me, all that green beer has you feeling a little bit guilty this Monday morning, so let's get right back into the swing of things, shall we?

Today, I'm back for another Bridal Fitness review; this one on the most challenging cardio workout (level 6) in the Kettleworx fitness program. I was first introduced to Kettleworx by my in-laws, who purchased the program a while ago and were kind enough to share it with me while my husband and I were visiting over the holidays. While visiting, I completed a few the kettlebell workouts, and overall, I liked them in that situation because I was able to get a little bit of exercise over the holiday without it taking up too much time. I was able to bring the program home with me, too, but with the exception of the Cardio 6 workout that I have reviewed today, I have to admit that I haven't done any of the other Kettleworx workouts in a while! I don't think that the Kettleworx program is nearly as effective as some other at-home workout programs, simply because the level of difficulty is rather low in comparison.

Bridal Fitness Review - Kettleworx Cardio 6

Overall: Two and a half diamond ring rating for bridal fitness exercise reviews
2.5 out of 5 diamonds
With easy to moderately challenging kettlebell workouts ranging from 10 to 25 minutes long, Kettleworx and the Cardio 6 workout are good workout options for beginners and for those looking for a quick workout every once in a while.

The Kettleworx workout program focuses solely on cardio and resistance training exercises using a kettlebell. The basic Kettleworx program consists of several DVDs you can do at home, including "Fast Abs" (3 levels), "Fast Fat Burn" (3 levels), "Cardio" (6 levels), "Core" (6 levels) and "Resistance" (6 levels). However, as someone who is pretty physically active, I didn't see the need to do any of the level 1, level 2 or even the level 3 workouts. These workouts were a little too easy, and they are definitely best suited for beginners. If your goal is to lose weight and see dramatic changes in your body, I wouldn't recommend Kettleworx as your one and only workout program.

Today, I'm focusing on the highest level of Cardio (6), which was about 26 minutes long with a 3.5 minute warm-up, 20 minute workout with two rounds, and a few minutes to cool down. It will get your heart pumping for about twenty minutes, and you'll feel a slight burn in your arms and legs while using the kettlebell. The Cardio 6 Kettleworx routine was challenging, but not challenging enough to be called "Level 6," in my opinion. I think that the Kettleworx workouts are great for the weekend, while traveling and on vacations and such, too, because the videos are not too long and strenuous. Kettleworx is something new and different to do every once in a while, but it's not a great everyday workout routine that's going to help you lose a significant amount of weight.

Cost & Equipment: Three diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
3 out of 5 diamonds
Since I think that this program is best suited for beginners, or for one-off workouts when I get bored of my other exercise routines, I don't think that the required $89.99 spend is very well justified.
You can purchase the Kettleworx at-home workout program here for $89.99, plus shipping & handling. For about a hundred bucks, you'll get everything you need to workout, including the Ultimate Body Sculpting DVD set, a 5-pound kettlebell, Six-Week Body Transformation step-by-step 6 DVD set and a "Bonus e-book" called Fat Free in 42 Days. Sounds like a lot of bang for your buck, but if you're like me, and you only find half of the workouts on the DVDs useful, then it's not such a great deal. If you are a beginner though, and you think that you'll get some use out of the easier and shorter workout routines, then I would say it's a smarter purchase.
Time Commitment: Four diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
4 out of 5 diamonds
At 25 minutes long, the Cardio 6 workout does a decent job of keeping your heartrate up while toning your muscles, without trying to get too much out of you in a short amount of time.

Generally, I find that it's tough to find a short cardio workout that isn't either way too easy or so hard, it's impossible to keep up with without hurting yourself. Kettleworx Cardio 6 is a good balance of brevity and difficulty. The Kettleworx program requires its participants to complete three 15 to 25 minute workouts per week, which is not very much, if you compare it to other all-inclusive fitness programs like P90X and Insanity.

Because the Kettleworx workouts are shorter in length, I think that they are really well suited for when you don't have a lot of time, but you want to do something to get moving. I know that I enjoyed doing the Kettleworx workouts when I was out of town, and I continue to do them on the weekends every once in a while because they won't eat up too much of your time!

Level of Difficulty: Two diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
2 out of 5 diamonds
While Kettleworx Cardio 6 was challenging, when you consider that it is supposed to be the most challenging workout in the entire program, I don't think that it was nearly hard enough.

The Cardio 6 workout has no breaks, and after the 3.5 minute stretch and warm-up, you'll complete two sets of the following exercises: Seated one-arm swings, lawnmowers, backstep lunges, bob & weaves, one-leg dips, calf lifts, kettle passes, cross-over pushups, jumping jacks (to maintain your heartrate), squat arm presses and ab rows. I would say that the most challenging moves for me were the backstep lunges, bob & weaves and the one-leg dips. Also, just a note: Many of these exercises listed here are repeated elsewhere in the Kettleworx program.

Kettleworx Cardio 6 got my heartrate up and I was definitely breathing hard by the end of the workout. I would say that it's moderately difficult, but it's hard to give it much of a rating when keeping in mind that the rest of the Kettleworx program is not as difficult as this level 6 workout routine. Not only that, but since there are only a few level 6 workouts within the Kettleworx program, I can definitely see myself getting used to Cardio 6 after completing it just a handful of times. As I said previously, it's a good workout to throw into the mix when you're feeling bored with your regular routine, but I don't think that I'll be following the Kettleworx program as instructed on a weekly basis.

Effectiveness: Two diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
2 out of 5 diamonds

The Kettleworx workout program and the Cardio 6 workout, in particular, aren't as well suited for those who are already physically active and want to be significantly challenged.
In the future, I'll continue to complete workouts from the Kettleworx program whenever I feel like it, but I don't think it's a productive use of my time to do it every day. It is fun to do every once in a while for variety, though, and I think that they can present a new challenge for you when you feel like you need it. In my opinion, the Kettleworx program was designed for anyone out there who hasn't been able to stick to a fitness plan, and needs something that is fast and moderately effective. It's a great way for people who wouldn't otherwise workout to get moving and get their heart pumping. However, I always review these workout programs from my own perspective, and as someone who does workout on a daily basis, I don't think it's an especially effective route.
Enjoyability: Four diamond rings rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
4 out of 5 diamonds
I enjoy owning the Kettleworx program because it is a new and different workout that I can throw into my regular routine to spice things up; however, I think that doing this program alone would get old very fast for me, personally.
Overall, it's nice to have the Kettleworx program on hand when I'm feeling bored with my regular workout routine. It isn't too painful to finish, yet you do walk away feeling like you had a decent workout and did your good deed for the day! For that reason, I gave Kettleworx Cardio 6 a good "Enjoyability" rating.

I will say that there are a few smaller annoyances that go along with this workout, which includes the super cheesy host, who says things like, "One last exercise before you go - go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back!" Seriously. I also noticed that rather than showing the participants and the host working through the entire video, they chose to film each exercise in segments, which are then repeated however many times you are supposed to complete them. Something about it just bugs me...if the people in the video can't even do the workout in succession right along with me, then why should I be motivated to do it three times a week? The warm-up and cool down are all the exact same recordings, used in all of the workouts, as well.

If you're curious about a specific workout and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.

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