I’m so excited to be able to tell you about a product I was able to try recently thanks to Empower! Empower Fitness is a local (Massachusetts-based) company that makes fitness products for women. I love that they are for women, by women!
The product I was most excited to try? The 3-in-1 Kettlebell! I’ve been wanting to try a Kettlebell workout for a while and in keeping with one of my New Year’s goals to expand my fitness horizons, I couldn’t wait to (literally) get my hands on this! What makes it 3-in-1? It has adjustable weights, so that you can use it at 5, 8, or 12 pounds.
Inside the box was the kettlebell, a kettlebell workout DVD, and a workout/how to use guide.
The DVD features Gin Miller in “Swing Yourself Fit Total Body Workout DVD.” The DVD includes a warm-up, Swing Yourself Slender (11 minute cardio session), Swing Yourself Strong (12 minute upper-body focused workout), Swing Yourself Sexy (14 minute lower-body focused workout), and a cool-down.
The kettlebell was very easy to use. As you can see from the side, there is a click & twist design to changing the weight.
To change the weight, you simply push down on the knob, twist, and the bottom one is off!
First weight off:
Taking off the next one:
All weights off:
To put the weights back on, you simply place the handled one on to of another and twist in the opposite direction. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it.
Now, on to the DVD! The intro features Donna Savage, the founder and president of Empower, who points out that she’s a wife, business owner, daughter, sister, and mother of two young children, so she knows how hard it can be to lead an active life!
You can do the workouts individually or do all of them together. The menu is set up so that you have a variety of options.
Gin gives cues throughout the workout as to how hard you should be working on a scale of 1-10.
She made sure to explain how to do the different kettlebell grips. I love that each section also included a timer at the bottom to let you know how much time was left.
I did all three workouts and it was quite challenging! Moves would go from upper body to lower body and sometimes both at the same time, all while utilizing your core! That’s what I found most interesting (and also tiring) during this workout: in order to stabilize your body to swing the weight, you are aware of the fact that you are using your core the entire time!
Gin had me chugging water not far into the workout. At one point I even had to pause it to get some water because there were no breaks during each segment. She is no joke! I do a lot of glute work and this workout had my booty burning by the end! And even though this is for women/by women, guess who wanted to try it out and loved it? Yes, Whole Health Husband!
Gin was a good instructor, giving reminders about form as well as checking the space around you before doing certain moves. I would highly recommend not only this set, but kettlebells in general! I’m very grateful to Empower for giving me this opportunity to try a new workout and share it with all of you!
Disclosure: Empower sent me the 3-in-1 Kettlebell to review. All opinions are my own.