If I am ever going to have the toned body that I want, I'm going to have to do more weight lifting. The problem is that I have no idea what I'm doing around weights and I don't have the money right now to hire a trainer. I bought a beginner kettlebell DVD a few months ago and I finally decided to pull it out and start using it again.
Using kettlebells without proper training is probably a bad idea (don't try this at home, kids), but I'm hoping that since most experts suggest that women start with a much heavier kettlebell than I'm using, I won't hurt myself too badly even if I'm doing the exercises totally wrong.
Anyway, my current goal is to do the following workout at least three times per week:
Deadlift--10 repetitions, 2 sets
Two hand swing--10 repetitions, 2 sets
One arm swing-- 10 repetitions, 2 sets
Squat thruster--10 repetitions, 2 sets
One arm high pull--10 repetitions, 2 sets
Figure 8--10 repetitions, 2 sets
One arm clean and press--10 repetitions, 2 sets
At the moment I am using the 15 pound kettlebell for most of the exercises, but I probably need a heavier kettlebell for deadlifts, two arm swings, and figure 8s. I can't tell yet if I'm building any arm muscle, but I think all the squatting is making my legs stronger. There's that at least.