31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 27: DemonBells Sugarskull Kettlebell Review}

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unnamed-2It only seems fitting that during my 31 Days of Kettlebells, I would share all about my most favorite kettlebell! My Kettlebell comes from an AWESOME company called DemonBells – that specializes in unique kettlebells men & women {and apparel} DemonBells was founded by Ryan Williams who is a former Navy SEAL with experience in CrossFit, SEALFit, MMA, Westside Powerlifting, Tactical Athlete Program (TAP), Athlete’s Performance Institute (API), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), MovNat and others…this dude is AWESOME!

Ryan wants the absolute best:

  • DemonBells Kettlebells are 100% made in the USA by American hands!
  • They are Created, designed and ergonomically shaped by hand in San Diego, California.
  • They are made from High quality, satin black, corrosion and chip resistant powder coat. Above industry standard.

From the moment I ripped open the package I knew that I found a company that I loved! Not only is the kettlebell gorgeous, but the quality is FANTASIC! {by the way, yes I did rip it opened, before the UPS guy was even back to his truck!}

Let me introduce you to my beautiful little lady!

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This particular Kettlebell is called SugarSkull “Demonbelle” and she obviously geared towards women.

For months I kept seeing DemonBells and this SugarSkull Kettlebell everywhere…pinterest…there it was…instagram…yep! From the first time I saw the SugarSkull “Demonbelle I wanted it! I loved the fact that it was a SugarSkull {I’ve always loved the history behind the Day of the Dead  – where beautifully painted skulls honor a family member or friend who has passed away.} DemonBells offers more than just this lovely…

DemonBells has Two Different Lines of Kettlebells:
The Performance Line: The main line of kettlebells with ergonomic features that reduces forearm impact. The Performance Line ranges in weights from 8 k {18lbs} – 32 k {72lbs}
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The Warrior Line: These are Kettlebells with “faces.” These are awesomely unique!  They also provide the same ergonomic features as the performance line. The Warrior Line ranges in weight  from 7 k {16lbs} – 32 k {72lbs}

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There are many different “faces” to choose from:

 SugarSkull {7k, 12k,16k} there are

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Pink SugarSkull {7k, 12k,16k}

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Hannya {16k}

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Daimon {24k}

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Spartan Warrior {24k} I really want to get this bad boy for my hubby!

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The Big Boi {32k}

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My husband and I had so much fun working out together with my  SugarSkull “Demonbelle”  {12k – 26lb} Before my SugarSkull, I had been using a 15lb plastic coated kettlebell…WOW big difference! Not only was the weight almost doubled but the DemonBell was easier to grip and hold on to, My husband loved the shape of the Kettlebell as well! To be honest I was a little nervous increasing the weight I was used to but once I started using my SugarSkull I didn’t even notice the weight difference. Whereas I wasn’t feeling challenged with my 15pounder even if I increased the reps. I was defiantly challenged {still am} with the SugarSkull! In addition the DemonBell has increased my stamina HUGLY! The first time I did kettlebell swings, high pulls and figure 8’s I could was fatigued and tired after 20 or so reps, now, my reps have increased 2x and 3x that! Now, don’t get me it is a KILLER workout, but I have built up so much more strength! My husband loved it as well, but I think he would probably prefer a 24k + over a 12k 🙂

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Some of our favorite Kettlebell Workouts:

  • Two Armed & One Armed Kettlebell Swings
  • Halo {PLEASE do not do this move unless you are in control of the weight and it isn’t too heavy…no injuries please!}
  • Figure 8’s
  • Deadlift Squat
  • Sumo Squat with High Pull
  • Two Armed & One Armed High Pulls
  • Windmill
  • Single Arm Row

IMG_5740I’m dying to get another 26lb SugarSkull {in pink of course} so that I can do double Kettlebell workouts, like squats and rows

DemonBell kettlebells are shaped and formed with the ergonomic features to:

  • Reduces impact forces on your forearms by 90%
  • Reduction possible injury during strenuous workouts
  • Help reduce fatigue
  • Reduces your risk of losing your balance
On thing that I want to address is the weight issue. A lot of women are afraid of using more than 3, 5, 8 pound weights for fear of becoming “bulky” or too musclier…I obviously do not feel that way. You do not need to be afraid of lifting heavier weights. Keep in mind that the men and women who are career body builders have made it into a career. These men and women are devoting day after day to lifting &  eating a particular diet…it’s their career.
So don’t be afraid of heavier weight! In fact, there are some pretty fantastic perks to lifting heavier, including but not limited to:
  • You will Torch Body Fat
  • You’ll Burn More Calories
  • You have More Defined Muscles
  • You’ll Build up Strength and Stamina Faster
  • You will lose Belly Fat
  • You will feel SO good

DemonBells recently introduced the beautiful Pink SugarSkull! Yes! I am in love and I think my hubby needs to get this for me {Abe are you reading this} This Kettlebell is more than just a pretty face, she represents something bigger – the Fight Against Breast Cancer. During the month of October DemonBells will be donating $20 for ever Pink SugarSkull sold to Breast Cancer Research! PLEASE, if you are wanting to purchase your very first Kettlebell or add to you gym, consider getting one of the beautiful Belles that support something most of us have been effected or touched by!

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I want to give a shout out the Ryan! I have had the amazing honor to work with a number of companies over the years and I have to tell you Ryan and DemonBells has been on of the most fantastic I have EVER worked with! Thank you for kindness during my difficult time!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 23: Kettlebell WOD}

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Today I wanted to share a bit of encouragement along with a Kettlebell WOD {workout of the day}

Last night, as I was scrolling through pinterest I stumbled across something perfectly encouraging! I had been feeling a little or a lot discouraged after taking some much needed time off. I have been struggling with beating up self up about that time off, feeling overwhelmed like I’ve taken 1000 steps backwards. Then I saw this…

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Awesome huh! No matter what yesterday was like, today is a new day to start fresh and workout hard!

Now on to the workout!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Like most of my workouts this can be done pretty much anywhere! Its a fairly quick yet butt kicking WOD!

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Happy Sweating!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 22: Crossfit Mini Workout}

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Got a busy week and don’t have a ton of time to workout? No worries, I’ve got a sweat enducing, butt kicking, hurts so good Crossfit Mini workout for you! Best of all it will take less than 20 minutes!!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Crossfit/HIIT then do what is comfortable for you. You might only be able to do 2 rounds…that’s ok, work up to the full 5 rounds!
  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Ready to sweat and torch some fat? Yeah, me too!

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Want to really feel the burn? Do this bad boy once in the morning and once in the evening…burn baby burn!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 21: Onnit Academy Kettlebell Workout and SALE!}

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Hey guys! Today I want to share a awesome workout from an AWESOME company! A few months ago I got to collaborate with Onnit and try out one of there amazing battle ropes {you can read all about that HERE!} Since then I have LOVED the Onnit Academy…its awesome!

The Onnit Academy Mission

The objective of Onnit Academy is to teach men and women of all ages and abilities the techniques and methodologies to overcome any physical challenge. Whether it is to dominate a competitive sport, be ready for the trials that life may bring, or simply maintain a level of sustainable, injury free fitness, Onnit Academy is as versatile and adaptable as the unconventional methods themselves. Onnit Academy understands that for peak performance, all aspects of a person need to be optimized so comprehension of the fundamentals of nutrition and mental preparation will also be encouraged.

So I was so excited to find this Kick A@$ workout on Onnit Academy! It seems like all too often Kettlebell workouts focus on the arm but that’s not the case with this bad boy…its all about legs!!!

Pretty great huh! I’m sure you noticed the girl in the video was rockin double bells…if you don’t have two kettlebell that are the same wight, no worries just use one. {If you are new to kettlebells use one at a lighter weight and work up to a heavier weight.}

So not only is Onnit and Onnit Academy AWESOME but there is a killer sale going on right now!!! 12% off EVERYTHING when you use code: Fall72

In the store you will find all kinds of great stuff:

  • Supplements
  • Foods
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Onnit Gear
  • Knowledge
  • Personal Care
  • Power Packs

The sale goes from NOW until 10/24 so act fast!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 20: Booty Work}

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Have you heard the saying when it rains it pours? Well, that is been my life over the last week and a half. I had such high hopes for each day of this 31 day challenge, unfortunately my life has been turned upside down and I haven’t met my expectations. Instead of looking back in disappointment, I want to move forward for the next 11 days and share some of the awesomeness I had planned!! {My plan for the days I’ve missed? I have decided to do a Kettlebell 10 day tone up in the month of November!}

Tomorrow we’re going to look at more at some awesome kettlebell workouts but for today I wanted to focus on that backside!

I don’t know about you but I’ve got some junk in the trunk and I want to tone it up! Here is a fun &  quick workout that you can do anywhere, that will help you tone up that booty!

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Donkey Kicks {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • Right foot flexed and leg bent, raise your right leg and press your heel toward the ceiling as high as you can
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • Keep your knee off the ground
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with a Kick

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your right leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back down
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your left leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back dow
  • That’s one Rep

Fire Hydrant {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • With feet flexed and bent knee, lift your right leg out to the side until your inner thigh is parallel with the floor
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with Pulse

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Pulse up and down for 10 counts {try to stay in a nice deep squat position the whole time}
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Standing Chair Kicks {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

{Get a tall chair and face it away from you}

  • Stand the length of your arms behind the chair
  • Grab the back of the seat with both hands for balance
  • Feet together
  • Lean forward slightly
  • Lift your right leg directly behind you
  • Tighten glutes, while keeping  your hips square with the chair
  • Raise your leg as high as you can
  • Lower your leg to the starting position.
  • That’s one Rep

 

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 9: Kettlebell Quickie}

KB31Yesterday was rough but today I’m back and ready to get moving and heal. So let’s get started with this great Kettlebell Quickie!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

I love this workout not only because its fast and effective, but because you can do it anywhere! Do you have a tv show you love to watch? Do this workout on the commercial breaks! About to jump in the shower? Do this workout first! First thing in the morning? Start with this baby and you will be ready to tackle the day! Maybe you aren’t feeling motivated to workout, give this workout a try!

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20 Kettlebell Swings

10 High Pulls

15 Kettlebell Swings

10 Deadlift Squats

10 Kettlebell Swings

10 Figure 8’s

5 Kettlebell Swings

10 Kettlebell Torso Twist {10 each side}

This workout will only take about 5 minutes! I like to do this workout multiple times throughout the day!

The moves:

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  • Hold Kettlebell by handle with both hands
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Swing kettlebell between legs act like you are trying to hit yourself in the butt
  • Thrust hips forward, straighten knees, and squeeze glutes to swing kettlebell through legs and up to chest height
  • Swing weight down, hinging at hips and pressing butt back to bring kettlebell through legs
  • That’s one reps

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  • Place the kettlebell on the floor between your feet, hold handle with both hands
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out
  • Stand up and lift the weight to chest height
  • Grab the sides of the handle and push the kettlebell straight overhead
  • Lower back down to your chest and reposition hands to the original grip before returning to start
  • That’s one rep

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  • Stand up straight holding Kettlebell with both hands in front of you
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Bend at the knees while pressing your hips backward.
  • Pause and slowly return to the starting position {don’t lock your knees}
  • That’s one rep

Kettlebell Figure 8’s:

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  • Stand up holding Kettlebell in one hand
  • Position  your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Slightly bend the knees
  • Starting out with your right hand, swing the kettlebell in front of your right leg to between your legs
  • Grab the kettlebell with you left hand and swing the kettlebell behind your left leg around to the front of you left leg, then between legs again
  • Grab the kettlebell with your right hand and repeat the figure 8 motion

 

Kettlebell Torso Twist:

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  • Standing with your feet hip-width apart
  • Hold kettlebell straight out in front of your chest gripping either side of the handle
  • Tighten Abs
  • Rotate your arms to the left as far as you can
  • Pause, then rotate to the right
  • Repeat

 

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 8: Break for Mourning}

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Hi guys! Today has turned out quite a bit different than expected. Just a short time ago I got a phone call…the dreaded phone call that no one ever wants. A close family friend {one of my moms closest friends} died in her sleep last night/early this morning. She was a wonderful woman and was too young.

So, here’s the thing…I’m REALLY sad, I’m in shock…and…I do NOT want to workout. I want to cry, so I’m going to. I am taking today off from everything. We all need to mourn and that’s ok. Tonight I will start back up again, but right now I’m taking time for me and comforting my mom and the family.

Please pray for this family. Her son really needs prayer RIGHT NOW! He found his mother and just a few years ago he found his father after his passing {I cannot imagine find one parent passed…but to find both is unbearable}

Thank you for your support and understanding! I hope you day is going amazingly good! If you have something awesome going on please share in the comments! I would love to share in your good and happy news now more than ever!

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