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9/28 - It's the slimming kettle!

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http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display...ming_kettle.php

by Sarah Swain

A FITNESS programme used by Hollywood stars is set to shape up Glasgow as the craze swings into the city.

Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and pop singer Geri Halliwell are some of the celebrities who have toned up using kettlebells.

And Glasgow-born movie star Gerard Butler used them to keep his torso in trim for his recent sword and sandals epic, 300.

Now a personal trainer has brought the fitness regime to the city.

Zander Urquhart, who developed a workout using the Nintendo Wii earlier this year, launched the outdoor exercise classes.

He has started "outdoor extreme" fitness sessions in Kelvingrove Park using kettlebell weights, which look like cannonballs with handles.

He reckons he's the first instructor outside London to run the courses and promises even the most flabby and unfit Glaswegians will see results by using the cast-iron weights which can help burn hundreds of calories an hour.

Zander, 33, of Coatbridge, said: "I've been in the industry for 17 years and as soon as I got hold of kettlebells the idea blew me away.

"There are exercises for all levels and it doesn't matter what your goals are, you will achieve them."

A single kettlebell, which can weigh between 8kg and 24kg, is used in exercises to target the whole body in hour-long group or individual sessions.

They have been around for centuries, originating in Russia where they were used for military training to get soldiers fit quickly.

The concept spread to the US and has recently been used by stars who want to shape up.

And although Zander says it can be tough at first, once people become familiear with the weights they are delighted with the impact they have on their body.

He said: "One client told me she got into some jeans which she hadn't been able to use for years. They are getting results.

"You work every muscle in your body - your heart and lungs are working and you get a great calorie burn."

The challenge of working-out without the comfort of a gym - including a 7am session - means Zander's classes are not for wimps.

But he added: "Working outdoors is fun and while you may get wet, you'll become fitter and firmer."

For more information go to www.outdoor-extreme.com

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Thanks for the article Stef.

It's interesting how Gerry's name is now cropping up in newspaper articles on all manner of subjects. I think 'they' are actually beginning to take notice of him.

Edited by patsyb

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Time to find some Kettle Bells!

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It is so amazing the ways that the 300 movie has spawned all these exercise videos & programs. My son works for World of Martial Arts in Rochester, NY. A trainer from the movie came & made a 300 spartan workout video with the company. My son was so amazed at the level of fitness it takes to do the exercises! Gerry truly went all out for this movie & it worked! He should be very proud of his achievement. I know we are proud of him!

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It's interesting how Gerry's name is now cropping up in newspaper articles on all manner of subjects. I think 'they' are actually beginning to take notice of him.

...and it's about time, isn't it?? Sounds like a great idea, guess I'll have to check it out..

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I saw a segment on this on Extra! the other night, I had no sooner said "that's what they used to get in shape for 300" than they said the same thing.

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Thanks, Stef...wonder if he's still using them to shape up for Game?

:claphands: :inlove:

Geezz..........He's not going to have a big break between Nim's and Game. I wonder if he's still using these kettle balls??

:hmm2:

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Kettlebell weights are like cannonballs with handles? Gee, that sounds like fun. :rotflmao: I would hate to drop one on my foot. :tantrum: No, I don't think I'll take these up. I'll leave it to Gerry. :yippee:

Kathy

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*thoughts of Gerry sweaty and working out... :heat:

-that is all :D

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I mentioned the kettle bells to a friend of mine and told her the guys from 300 used them to get those abs. She thought the abs were airbrushed. They look easy and fun but I'm sure they give a whopping workout.

Just what I imagined, too, Jenny...Gerry working out and all sweaty. :pant:

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I heard Gerry on that one video though say he really messed up some of his body by that workout he did for 300 so be careful ya'll Betts

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I heard Gerry on that one video though say he really messed up some of his body by that workout he did for 300 so be careful ya'll Betts

Yup, I will have to second that. Rotator cuff ouchies are possible. Not only could you hurt your lil ole self but you need to get maximum benefits from every workout! We are busy GALS!

Chrissie

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