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Is A Kettlebell Worth It

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Ava Flores
• Sunday, 04 October, 2020
• 18 min read

Those things in the corner of your gym shaped like metal purses, that you see people picking up and swinging around like they’re trying to waft away a fart. Until this week, I’d never really attacked the kettle bells that seriously, instead preferring to wander over midway through a workout and half-heartedly swing them around until I’d got my breath back.

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There is also an exercise called the Turkish get-up ”, where you repeatedly lie on the floor and stand up, keeping the kettle bell above your head at all times, which stopped being fun incredibly quickly. Companies, salespeople, and even well-known athletes can be convincing when it comes to buying certain product, whether it is the “most effective” new piece of equipment or a supplement that is “500 percent better” than all the competitors.

Having been a part of the industry for some time now I believe I have been able to cut through the garbage of advertising and hype and hopefully can shed some light on good and over-hyped products. In this particular article I am going to discuss a new piece of training equipment that has been receiving a lot of attention as of late, kettle bells.

I fought the temptation to buying a kettle bell for some time thinking that maybe, just maybe it was useful tool, but I really wasn't going to be missing out on anything. Well, to make a short story long, after I pestered Coach Davies about the usefulness of kettle bells I finally broke down and bought my first.

Being a rookie of kettle bells and to give them an honest trial run I knew I must at least purchase the video of Pavel Tsatsouline's The Russian Kettle bell Challenge. I felt confident the information I was going to receive was going to really provide me the background to determine if kettle bells were as effective as what was being promoted.

I immediately noticed a difference in the movement of the kettle bell versus a dumbbell. The flipping of the kettle bell and the leverage was different along with the extra grip work that was performed because of the thick handle.

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Quickly I gave the 24 kg (53 pounds) to my friend and when he began to perform the exercise we noticed his arm started shaking violently. T he is other great benefit of using a kettle bell is the ability to perform many hybrid exercises.

This is not only effective for strength, but outstanding for dropping body fat because of the high caloric expenditure and the increased level of intensity. I mentioned earlier that there are companies that offer plate-loaded kettle bells, which would make sense to many lifters.

However, the problem stems from the fact that the kettle bell flips onto the wrist in many of the exercises. While this may look cool, the problem then becomes the kettle bell would gain too much momentum when flipping over, again, this would lead to an unpleasant striking of the forearm.

Since my first experience with kettle bells I have found them extremely useful tools for all my clients. They are terrific for body fat loss, improving lean body mass, and helping teach proper speed of the hips (important for speed and power sports).

I would not get rid of barbells and dumbbells, but do feel that kettle bells have and SHOULD be used by any serious lifter. Just make sure that you find a qualified instructor if you are wanting to incorporate some of the more challenging lifts.

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Sophie Joyce, (inner.being.London) personal trainer at The Foundry gym and PRE and post-natal specialist, says using a kettle bell can deliver an adaptable session for the body that sometimes a barbell or dumbbell cannot. “Its design and center of mass makes the kettle bell the naturally versatile choice for explosive movement such as power and cardio, as well as strengthening across joints, challenging stability and balance,” she explains.

The kettle bell shell sits on a base which plugs into the wall (once charged the battery lasts up to 14 hours, meaning you can train with it outdoors). I found the smooth plastic handle more comfortable than iron alternatives, you can hear the weights rolling around a bit mid-swing but on the whole it feels secure.

You can digitally adjust the weight of the kettle bell with buttons either side for the screen in a matter of seconds, so not having to fiddle around definitely improves the flow of a kettle bell workout, however, being more familiar with kilos, I struggled to switch the units from pounds, even though you are supposed to be able to do so. The cost includes access to the Växjö app (available on iOS and android devices) which connects to your phone and can record your reps, sets and power per session so that you can track goals and progress.

It's also where you'll find free 15-minute vimeo-based workouts, including strength training, HIIT and form tutorials, which are by far the best thing about the app. For me, the two biggest boxes the Kettle bell Connect ticks are the wide range of weights you can lift (up to 19 kg) and the easy-to-follow workouts conveniently placed on the app.

Whether you're working out at home or finally hitting up the gym floor, here Sophie Joyce has shared her top three most effective moves to try with a kettle bell. This is a hip hinge exercise that is great for metabolic conditioning and strengthening the posterior chain, but it relies heavily on technique, perform the swing incorrectly and too heavy, and you open yourself up to serious risk of injury and back issues.

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The key to performing this correctly knows what muscles are working during this exercise: hamstrings and glutes primarily, as well as firing up the core. Keeping a soft bend in your knees grab the kettle bell with both hands allowing it to swing from its fixed position and through your legs.

It's a combination exercise including the sumo squat and the upright row, creating more cardiovascular demand or, put simply, more bang for your buck! Lower your body into a plié squat position so that your knees are bending out to 90 degrees and both hands reach the kettle bell.

This move will build in to your lower-body strength, while the front loaded nature of it really challenges your core and balance. Try to avoid falling forwards by keeping your chest proud, distributing your weight through the heels, not toes.

Once fully confident, you can build in to this exercise increasing intensity by adding an overhead press at the top of the movement. Doing this makes it a combination exercise and enlists the effort of your shoulders and back muscles as well as increasing the challenge to your core.

In the past couple of years, they have definitely taken a spot on the top of many trainers’ favorite workout equipment lists. Kettle bells are a great workout, and they will change your body like never before.

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Unlike a bar or dumbbells where the weight is fairly evenly distributed, kettle bells make you work to keep them balanced with your body and movement. So, not only are you lifting weight, but you’re working on balance as well which is a full body engagement.

Lots of the exercises required by kettle bells involve swinging and rotating. With the need to stop eliminated, kettle bells can give you a strength plus cardio workout all in one.

Anytime you combine strength and cardio, you are bound to burn more calories. Kettle bells do this with every move, so every time you workout, you’re burning more calories than you would be otherwise.

While not every new fitness craze is worth it, kettle bells are one that actually meet the hype. With some guidance and persistence, you’ll quickly see the results and see what all the fuss is really about.

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Kettle bells are everywhere at the moment, riding the “hardcore” puking on YouTube train till you’re a mangled mess wave we are seeing right now. Many coaches drinking the kettle bell Kool-Aid seem to think this cannon ball-like device is some sort of cure-all and worse yet badge it misleadingly as a “functional” exercise.

The marriage of kettle bells and strength and conditioning for MMA and grappling is a recent occurrence with coaches like Pavel Tsatsouline, Steve Maxwell and Mike Mahler promoting their usage. The swing the is father of these movements and does some good things for glute and posterior chain work.

The problem is when coaches become emotionally invested in a training approach it clouds their judgement; they say “when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail.” So the kettle bell winds up getting used for everything. A study published May 2012 found that “weightlifting induced significantly greater improvements in strength compared with kettle bell training”.

Kettle bells are physically limited by their shape size and it is this that violates progressive overload principle. The only way we can get around this is trying to use the bells as part of complex movement patterns and this only becomes dangerous, time-consuming and a needless abstraction.

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Legendary strength coach Bill Starr has been quoted saying “Kettle bells were used by strongman back in the 1800s. It’s not all bad however, kettle bells were found in other studies to have a positive effect on performance in weightlifting and power lifting.

In contrast, the exercise also appears to result in unique compression and shear load ratios in the lumbar spine that may account for the irritation in some people’s backs, who otherwise tolerate very heavy loads… Thus, quantitative analysis provides an insight into why many individuals credit kettle bell swings with restoring and enhancing back health and function, although a few find that they irritate tissues.” Another study (Jay et al., 2011) found that taking adults in jobs that cause musculoskeletal pain and making them do kettle bell training and found “training reduces pain in the neck/shoulders and low back and improves muscle strength of the low back.” So good news for those of you affected by back issues that want to get some supplementary training done! Kettle bells provide excellent variations for an athlete that has a sound base of strength and power; they work well as part of a conditioning complex and may well help people with certain back problems.

Otto et al. (2012) Effects of Weightlifting vs. Kettle bell Training on Vertical Jump, Strength, and Body Composition. Lake JP, Lauder MA, (2011) Mechanical demands of kettle bell swing.

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Blood sail Admiral for home use I'd get an adjustable dumbbell. Brand doesn't really matter I don't think, it's just a piece of iron after all, even Moreno if you are a beginner.

But you can consider something with a more comfortable grip or rubber padding so it doesn't damage your floor as fast if you drop it, if that's worth the premium to you. Immortal You can do a lot of variable exercises with kettle bells and get a solid full body workout.

The actual weights will vary depending on your fitness level (maybe you need to start at the very low end with a 5lb one, or maybe 10lb is too light already). Brand-wise I would just stick to a straightforward cast-iron bell that has a good cross-hatch grip at a size that fits nicely in your hand.

The brand itself doesn't matter too much if it's just a solid chunk of iron. Stay away from anything gimmicky like color-coded plastic bands added to the handle etc.

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Brand doesn't really matter I don't think, it's just a piece of iron after all. But you can consider something with a more comfortable grip or rubber padding so it doesn't damage your floor as fast if you drop it, if that's worth the premium to you.

Beats buying half a dozen kettle bells if you are just starting out IMO. Beats buying half a dozen kettle bells if you are just starting out IMO.

I agree fully, I thought you meant one of those super expensive variable dumbbell systems where the dumbbells like rotate around and clip into a holder. They're such a waste of money and if you get up to the heavy weights they're completely ungainly and ridiculous to hold in one hand.

I'd probably even get a high-end set of resistance bands before I went in on kettle bells. If nothing else, this gives you a FANTASTIC aerobic workout in a very short time.

Trust me, after 2 minutes of swinging the bell, you will understand. I think I ordered the cheapest one I could find online and it's been just fine.

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I agree fully, I thought you meant one of those super expensive variable dumbbell systems where the dumbbells like rotate around and clip into a holder. They're such a waste of money and if you get up to the heavy weights they're completely ungainly and ridiculous to hold in one hand.

I'd probably even get a high-end set of resistance bands before I went in on kettle bells. I've never had a problem with them, was introduced to them in Iraq, and they worked great, so I bought a set later on.

I've never had a problem with them, was introduced to them in Iraq, and they worked great, so I bought a set later on. I find them to be ungainly at heavier weights and far more prone to breaking than a simple dumbbell+plate system.

Titan Under no circumstances am I using a weight that just clips in over my head. At least with a bar unless my arms break or fail the worst that'll happen is the weights slide off at the end.

Brand doesn't really matter I don't think, it's just a piece of iron after all, even Moreno if you are a beginner. But you can consider something with a more comfortable grip or rubber padding so it doesn't damage your floor as fast if you drop it, if that's worth the premium to you.

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They take space and you need multiple of them to work out properly I work out guided by a fitness coach though; I'm not sure I would recommend just buying some just to try something since it's pretty easy to hurt yourself doing something wrong.

Also, I'm not sure I would recommend buying a whole set if you do decide to go that route. Eventually if I move past any entirely I'll just retire them to the garage or rehome them.

Iron master's adjustable dumbbells are pretty great. Not the quickest swapping if you are trying to do drop sets or something, but very sturdy and not something you have to worry about breaking.

They go up to 165 lbs(75 kg) per hand for the biggest kit, they are fairly expensive though. Still, worth it for me personally because when it comes down to it, I can get my gym equipment down to 1-2 square ft of footprint and still get a decent workout at home.

Iron master's adjustable dumbbells are pretty great. Not the quickest swapping if you are trying to do drop sets or something, but very sturdy and not something you have to worry about breaking.

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They go up to 165 lbs(75 kg) per hand for the biggest kit, they are fairly expensive though. Still, worth it for me personally because when it comes down to it, I can get my gym equipment down to 1-2 square ft of footprint and still get a decent workout at home.

Those look great, considering the price and the ability to buy extra plates so you can actually expand on them. 45Lbs with the option to expand on each hand should be more than enough for me for the coming year.

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They sit flat on the floor (no rolling around) and the compact design means no wasted space. Likewise, dumbbells are a great training tool, but you’ll need a lot of them to get a decent full-body workout.

Armed with some savvy training knowledge (you will be by the end of this article), you’ll be able to get a great total-body workout with only 1-3 kettle bells, no matter your strength level. As a fitness coach, my goal is to get new clients feeling comfortable and confident while lifting weights and learning basic movement patterns.

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Because the bell’s center of mass is directly under your grip, dead lifts fly up naturally without much cueing. But no matter your goal, or where you’re starting from, kettle bell training can transform your body and performance in ways you never thought possible.

Losing body fat and maintaining a lean physique comes down to controlling calories through nutrition and training. Kettle bell training offers many powerful ways to rev your metabolism and burn a mountain of calories in very little time.

The kettle bell swing is a hip hinge dominant movement, like a dead lift or box jump. This means each and every rep engages the posterior chain muscles of the hamstrings, glutes, back, and lats (plus lots of cores if you do them right).

As mentioned above, kettle bells are a great way for beginners to learn the fine art of strength training. The foundational kettle bell lifts cover all the major movement patterns while developing athleticism and a strong mind-muscle connection.

This “what the hell” effect takes place when, after using kettle bells for a while, new reserves of strength and skill suddenly appear to demolish stubborn old personal records. For example, a long-distance trail runner might flounder after a couple laps in the pool… and a swimmer might find cycling tortuous.

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No matter your sex or fitness level, nearly every bell size has great value and there’s plenty of overlap in the recommendations anyway. These are your “bread ‘n butter” weights that will serve you well in both lower and upper body training for life.

Finally, the extra 12 kg will give you a great pair for double kettle bell workouts. We follow the same line of reasoning for the fellas, with an assumption of more general upper body strength.

We start with 12 kg as even the brawniest of dudes will get good use from one for mobility-oriented lifts like arm bars and windmills as well as advanced get-up and bottoms-up press work. From here, I like to recommend a pair of 20 kg (44 lb) kettle bells as this seems to be a sweet spot for double bell complexes.

That was certainly true for kettle bells, the cannonball-with-a-handle training tools that started showing up on lists of fitness trends about three years ago. The results are generally positive, but also serve as a reminder of an important training principle: The more benefits you try to squeeze from a single workout, the less effective it will be for each individual goal.

One explanation for the difference is that kettle bell movements emphasize speed and explosiveness, but are less suited to dealing with very heavy weights, Dr. Co burn says: “My advice would be to incorporate them into a training program alongside more traditional methods, not as a permanent replacement.” In order to get a fair comparison, they had their volunteers repeatedly estimate their perceived exertion during the kettle bell routine on a standard numerical scale from 6 to 20.

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On the surface, the results were clear: The treadmill workout burned more calories and consumed more oxygen than the kettle bells, by 25 to 39 per cent. Still, the kettle bell routine maintained heart rates up above 85 per cent of maximum, enough to produce gains in cardiovascular fitness.

“If it's a heavier kettle bell that's lifted only a few times, it's probably a strength workout,” says Jerry Mayhew, the senior author of the Truman State study. Kettle bells put less compression but more lateral force on your vertebrae compared to conventional barbells, according to research by the University of Waterloo's Stuart McGill.

Dr. McGill recommends starting with the “shortstop squat” to practice keeping the spine in a neutral position: hands on knees, bending with the hips and looking straight ahead. I have a small credit to Amazon (it was bigger, but I spent it on a new kettle bell and a jump rope), so I was hoping to add to my book resources.

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