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How To Make A Kettlebell Out Of A Dumbbell

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Paul Gonzalez
• Friday, 23 October, 2020
• 8 min read

There are a TON of exercises that you can do with a kettle bell, and they work well for muscle engagement, strength building, and cardio. You can convert a dumbbell into something that works very much like a kettle bell by using a piece of equipment called the Kettledrum.

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There are also many other exercises, like dips and overhead presses that can be done effectively with both kettle bells and dumbbells. The instructor explains the moves with dumbbells to start and then kettle bells.

Some exercises like the kettle bell snatch aren’t as easy to do with an unmodified dumbbell. In this case, there is a great piece of equipment on the market called the Kettle Grip.

The Kettle Grip lets you put a kettle bell handle on almost any dumbbell, this greatly increases the amount of kettle bell exercised you can do with a dumbbell. This product seems a bit weird when you first look at it, but the construction is good and it does exactly what it says it does and provides a solid kettle bell grip onto almost any dumbbell.

TIP: If your dumbbell has a straight handle, the Kettle Grip will work. Here’s another short video showing some different kettle bell moves with a dumbbell that has a Kettle Grip handle.

Overall, the Kettle Grip is a solid choice for turning dumbbells into something close to a kettle bell. When using the Kettle Grip it’s important to remember that the weight distribution is a bit different from a traditional kettle bell, but the workouts that can be achieved with the Kettle Grip conversion are quite similar.

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Even though you can use a dumbbell in place of a kettle bell for many exercises and you can extend its functionality even more with a Kettle Grip, these two pieces of equipment are not the same. I personally love Bow flex equipment because of how easy they are to use and the quality of the products.

Overall, the most important thing you can do is some level of resistance training. It is one of the smartest tools you can use to increase strength, cardiovascular capacity, and lose weight.

Kettle bell swings are a great way to add in extra exercise if you only have a few minutes. Or you can perform an entire workout with one kettle bell on the days you can’t make it to the gym.

If you’re just starting out or you don’t have much cash, consider making your own kettle bell with items you might already have at home. DIY kettle bells are easy and cheap to make, you can purchase everything you need at your nearest home improvement store or online.

Not only is it inexpensive and quick to make, but it’s a lighter weight which is great for those new to kettle bells. If you are travelling and don’t have exercise equipment or access to a gym, this Milk Jug Kettle bell is a great option.

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Order your kayak dry bag Feel it with water and that's it! Limited number of exercises due to the structure of the handle.

That is, a larger bag would weigh more but would make swinging difficult. The empty, waterproof bag is light and easy to transport.

Depending on the size of the bag you purchase, you could fill it with up to 60-70 pounds of water. I would suggest buying a high quality Kayak Dry Bag that would last longer.

Choose the thickness of your handle (rope) to suit the grip size of your hand. In some ways, the looseness of the rope mimics the instability of a kettle bell.

A rope end could easily come loose, or the limp handle may cause an injury. Make the handle by securing the two 4” pieces of pipe on either side of the “T” fitting.

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Finish your DIY kettle bell by attaching the floor flange. The handle may be uncomfortably wide, especially for shorter people as they swing between their legs.

This DIY kettle bell will be more expensive if you purchase weight plates. Gloves are recommended to protect your hands, however they reduce your contact with the kettle bell and increase the chance of blisters when the material gets pinched.

If you would rather not wear gloves, you can cover the pipe threading with tape. Check the T-Handle kettle bell frequently for wear and loose parts.

The bottom two elbows allow for more contact area to create a stronger bond in the cement. Cut your ball open with one six inch slit that has small holes on either side big enough for the pipe handle elbows to fit in easily.

This DIY kettle bell is a fixed weight and it is determined by the size of the ball you buy. Consider what shape you would like your kettle bell to have on the bottom as well as how deep set you want your handle to be.

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Heat the PVC pipe in an oven set at 350 °C for a few minutes until it is moldable. Cut into your basketball ball with a utility knife in a capital “I” shape.

Good for long-term use This handle mimics the shape of a real kettle bell and it is smooth on the hands. When heating the PVC pipe handle in the oven, do not leave it unattended.

Now that we’ve looked at several kinds of DIY kettle bells, what it comes down to is personal preference. If you desire a kettle bell that is easily adjustable, you’ll want to stick with the T-handle with the weight plates.

No matter which DIY kettle bell you choose to make, you’ll be saving yourself money while creating an amazing fitness tool. Even if you would be limited to performing only swings with your make -shift kettle bell, you will still be burning fat, strengthening your muscles, and increasing your endurance in just a few short workouts a week.

A kettle bell, whether bought or homemade, is one of the best fitness tool you will ever own. While looking for ways to change up our current workout program, I came across the Russian Kettle bell.

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They provide a great, well-rounded workout for strength training as well fat loss. I have since built 5 Kettle bells of various weights and have been extremely impressed by the durability of the product as well as the options we now have when working out at home.

Kettle bell exercises employ a wider range of motion than traditional dumbbells and typically involves swinging and explosive movements that utilize the full body. Because the weight is off-center from the handle, the movements demand greater stability and really target the core muscles.

The handle used for these Kettle bells is made from PVC pipe which has been heated and bent to form. I have found that 3/4” PVC (sch 40) has been sufficient for smaller weights (10 – 20 lbs.

To save costs on these builds I've begun using PVC Conduit (for electrical installations). Once packed full, use Duct Tape to seal the other opening of the PVC.

Once the PVC has been filled with sand and sealed with Duct tape, it is ready to be heated and formed. With the oven method, I would wrap the PVC with tin-foil, place it on a baking sheet and heat it at 350F for 10min.

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NOTE: if you are not happy with the shape of the handle, simply use a heat gun to re-heat the area of concern and re-shape it again. The ball is being used as a form for the concrete as well as a nice rubber coating for the finished Kettle bell.

Be sure to insert the handle as a test to ensure the length of the slit is correct. Note: This latest build was for the wife (hence the pink & white ball).

Add just enough water (a little at a time) to the bucket and mix until the concrete mixture is a thick paste. Once your Quite is mixed to the correct consistency, use a small garden spade or similar tool to spoon the concrete mixture into the ball.

Once the ball is mostly filled, insert your handle and set it to a comfortable depth. Make sure to shake the ball and lightly tap it on the ground to get the concrete settled to the bottom.

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