Paul Katami’s Burn & Build Kettlebell workout DVD was my overall winner in 2011 for best workout DVD of the year. I love Paul’s style as a workout leader. Before Bootcamp 4x4x2 I had only done Paul’s kettlebell workout DVDs. When this was first released I was really excited to try it out but then I read a few reviews on it about it being very plank based exercises and I put off trying it out for a while. While I don’t mind plank exercises a video with too many of them is hard on my wrists and my hands happen to be my money-maker so I have to be careful in that aspect. Upon second thought I decided to try it and I’m sorry I didn’t try it sooner. I didn’t find that there were too many plank exercises. Paul seemed to segment these moves between others, i.e., doing a move that is plyometric in nature, then a plank based exercise and then another dynamic movement type exercise.
For this workout you will need a few sets of dumbbells. This workout only has a short warmup to you may want to warm up a bit on your own before this workout. The cool down is sufficient.
This workout is set up in blocks of 4 movements performed for a minute a piece with 15 seconds between movements and 30 seconds between blocks. Each block is completed twice. There are 4 total blocks for the original workout but Paul throws in what he calls a bonus block. If you select the main workout program on the DVD though this “bonus” does play along with the other 4 blocks.
Paul tells you to push yourself in the movements but he also tells you that it is okay to take a few second break if you need to and to tailor it to your own threshold. He doesn’t have a dedicated modifier in the workout but tells you that it is okay to modify if you need to and I don’t think it would be too hard to come up with a sufficient modifier own your own.
This workout snuck up on me. While completing it I thought to myself, “This isn’t so bad” but then that night I wound up in bed a lot earlier than usual and definitely slept deeper than usual that night (I have problems sleeping so this is a big thing to note).
While the workout isn’t anything out of the ordinary compared to other advanced circuit type workouts, (think Patrick Goudeau, Cathe, Toby Massenburg) this is a good solid workout and if you love Paul Katami’s style, I don’t think this one will disappoint.
AFTERWARD: RedPanda reminded me in the comments that this workout has an option on the menu to mix up the workout – that way you may do what was originally block 4 as block 1 and what was originally block 2 as block 4, etc. That way you wouldn’t know what was coming and it would be a surprise. These are always added benefits to workout DVDs that make them better than the rest.