Posts Tagged ‘kettlebells’

Before you head out to your local sports store to purchase that expensive treadmill or recumbent bike, take a look at my fitness gift guide and see how you can use inexpensive equipment to get in the best shape of your life.

I’ve put together a list of things that I and my clients use. There are no machines whatsoever in our programs. It’s simple and it gets the job done fast! Plus, you won’t have huge equipment hogging up space in your house which means more room for bookshelves! Always a plus for homeschool moms.

Here is a list of my favorite equipment to create your at home gym.

Foam rollers are used both before and after workouts. Foam rollers help release muscle tension, knots and increase suppleness. When you use foam rollers on a regular basis you will improve recovery, lessen muscle soreness and decrease your chances for injuries. Less than $20 and it lasts forever.

Here’s a nice DVD to get you started.

Stability balls are great tools and can replace the adjustable bench in many exercises.

Aaaah the kettlebell! I couldn’t say enough about this beautiful little ball of iron. I like to train with multi-joint compound exercises and this little guy fits the bill perfectly. Training with a kettlebell takes care of strength, fat loss and cardiovascular exercise all in one! This should be a staple in everyone’s exercise program. Women who have not exercised for some time should start with an 8 kg, women with more fitness conditioning can begin with a 12 kg and men can start with a 16 kg.

Need help with nutrition? I always refer clients to Dr. Jon Berardi’s Precision Nutrition. No gimmicks, crazy supplements, or dieting just straight forward science. He teaches you to eat what to eat, when to eat and why you eat whole foods.

The last thing you need to round out your home gym are some dumbbells. I didn’t list them here because you can always find them on sale at your local sports store this time of year.

Now, with all this new equipment, you need a program to get started with. I recommend personalized workouts rather than cookie cutter programs. Also, you need to have a support group, a team of other women to cheer you on, bounce questions off of and a knowledgable coach to guide you and advise you along the way. Inspiration Fitness Club is a great way to start off 2009. You will receive expert advice, personalized workouts, a support group, nutrition coaching, daily feedback and a new body! It’s less expensive than joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer.

Well, that’s it! That’s really all you need to get in the best shape of your life. Surprised! Don’t listen to the sales people at Sears! They’ll have you purchasing treadmills, ellipticals and crazy exercise machines! Less is more!

Merry Christmas!



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David Whitley of www.IronTamer.com performs a turkish get up using my RKC partner, Aileen.  Crazy stuff!

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RKC and Proud of it!

Team Jones

Team Jones

 I just got back yesterday from my Russian Kettlebell Challenge and can now call myself an RKC Instructor. It was the hardest thing I have accomplished besides giving birth to four daughters!

I was pushed to the limits mentally and physically. There was a lot of sweat and tears. Thank the Lord there was no blood, in fact my hands look wonderful. Some of my teammates had some nasty looking tears and blisters. Yikes!
I am proud that I was able to accomplish this as it wasn’t easy. I learned so much and was overwhelmed with the amount of information that was condensed in those three days, but because you were actually doing all the drills yourself, you amazingly retain a lot of what you learn.
I have a great respect for all RKC’s and my teammates that cheered me on during the grad workout.  Thank you. 

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It has finally arrived!  I am hopping on a plane today and traveling to St. Paul, MN. 

I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.  I am now ready to realize another goal for the year.  I trained hard for this weekend and I know it will pay off.

When I return I will be start some kettlebell boot camps as well as fitness camps for kids.  So many new things starting up that I am absolutely excited about!

It is so important to set goals for yourself.  Not just fitness goals, but also goals for your family, spiritual, school year, career, financial and educational.  I make sure to always review my goals every day at least once but I attempt to read it three times a day.  Make a list of your goals and don’t be afraid to dream BIG.  Then, take action!  When you have a goal you are working toward you have focus and a purpose.  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Well, off to do my last minute packing.

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I love trying out new workout combinations and exercise equipment.  I’m not talking about machines.  I stay away from those the majority of the time.  I mean equipment such as kettlebells, resistance bands, Valslides, stability balls, medicine balls and rings.  All these things are small and easy to store.  Most importantly, they make exercise fun. 

For people who don’t like to exercise due to boredom, you should try new things regularly.  A lot of exercise equipment now come with instructional DVD’s or charts to get you started. 

I tried kettlebells out a year ago and haven’t stopped loving them.  I’m even going away for my birthday weekend to become a Russian Kettlebell Certified trainer.  Who would have known?

Besides the anti-boredom factor of trying out new things, you will also keep your body from plateauing.  Our bodies are extremely adaptive and an exercise program you have been following for 4-6 weeks will no longer give you the same benefit as it did when you first started it.  To keep your body progressing, you need to change up your routine every month.  You don’t always have to change the exercises themselves.  You can:

  • Change up your reps, sets and rests. 
  • Create supersets by combining two exercises together and eliminating a rest period between them. 
  • Instead of doing an exercise seated, stand up.
  • Throw in a cardio move at the end of a superset before resting.
  • Split your full body workout into two Push/Pull workouts.

The possibilities are endless.  Ladies who are part of my online coaching program receive a new program every 4 weeks to keep them from plateauing.  Their results have been amazing. 

Keep changing, learning and growing.  Stay out of the rut.

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