DVD Review: “Kettlebell Lightning” by Lauren Brooks and Alex Verdugo

Kettlebell Lightning is a training DVD from kettlebell experts Lauren Brooks and Alex Verdugo. We gave it a try and got ourselves served up a piece of humble pie – in a good way!

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Have you ever tasted humble pie? It’s tough to swallow, but it’s so incredibly good for you. Kettlebell Lightning, instructed by Lauren Brooks and Alex Verdugo, is a robust action packed training DVD that includes a mix of movements and tools. It also can double as humble pie, if you need it to.

I got a nice serving of “humble pie” when I set out to try this DVD for the first time. I figured, “How hard could it be?” So, I opted to grab a 24kg kettlebell and without changing my shirt I started Kettlebell Lighting, which is a selection on the main menu that is an eclectic play list of timed training intervals. Within minutes the workout put me in my place.

Each round included new movements to execute for one minute. Most rounds included a kettlebell exercise or two for one minute, followed by a complementary callisthenic movement for the second minute. For example, the first round of Kettlebell Lightning began with one-armed swings, switching at the 30-second mark. The second minute of work was comprised of squat thrusts, or burpees.

Between rounds, the screen allows you to rest while a rest interval clock ticks away. The rest portion provides a description for the movements in the next round, as well as fitness tips and fun facts.

Since both Lauren and Alex are on the screen while you’re training, there is an odd accountability piece they provide. Moving through the exercises “with” them in real time gives context to speed and effort during the work intervals. Also, since there are two coaches, they are able to move along with you while illustrating two different scaling options, which is extremely helpful for folks who need modifications.

This isn’t just an introduction to kettlebell training. Kettlebell Lightning includes movement coaching, follow along workouts, body weight movements, and even an Indian club workout as a bonus. The DVD includes more than 30 movements with scaling options for beginners and intermediate athletes. The real value, in my opinion, is the programmed workouts you can do along with the instructors. All the knowledge and competence in the world about kettlebell training doesn’t necessarily give you a training program. Kettlebell Lightning does that with context and structure.

Having finished KettleBell Lightning with my good shirt drenched in sweat and my ego shattered to pieces, I only have respect for the product that On the Edge Fitness has produced. With one kettlebell and some floor space, Kettlebell Lighting will keep you busy and won’t get old.

Kettlebell Lightning is available online at www.ontheedgefitness.com for $34.99.