All that aside, kettle bell workouts also just didn’t seem necessary since I have dumbbells and resistance bands to cover lots of fitness routines. However, given the inherent difficulty of attending gyms right now with a face mask and the potential risk of exposure, I decided to shake things up and took the plunge: I ordered a kettle bell.
If you’re likewise looking for the best kettle bells to buy, you’ll quickly find lots of options and some might seem very similar to others. I’ve found a lot of value in even basic exercises, which challenged my body in gym-worthy ways, an especially significant value in workout gear as we head into winter.
Other fitness pros I talked to had predictably different takes on the best approach to equipping your home gym with kettle bells. Peter Bahia, director of personal training at Athletic Development and Performance Training, told me he realizes a kettle bell can be a substantial investment for some, but still considers it a unique piece of equipment that can build functional strength and improve range of motion — both worthwhile endeavors in the work from home reality many of us face.
It’s easy to use and ultimately gives you unrivaled flexibility with what weight size you want in your kettle bell given you have the appropriate dumbbells to match with it. Heidi Pocono, a personal trainer and manager of training at GYMGUYZ, recommends a vinyl coated cast ironkettlebell.
“This is my go-to piece of equipment, no matter where I’m training,” Pocono said, noting the “comfortable” cast iron handle glides smoothly in her hand whether she’s performing a kettle bell swing, snatch or a windmill. Former gym owner and personal trainer Alicia McKenzie said that a kettle bell is always one of the first pieces of equipment she recommends for anyone attempting to start a home gym — it took me more than eight months of in-home workouts to find the motivation to test a kettle bell.
Are you worried about bringing such a heavy piece of equipment into your home and the associated risk of denting your floors? “If you picked up a standard cast- ironkettlebell and dropped it on granite or hardwood — or whatever material your flooring is — it'll at the very least leave a dent, if not worse,” he told, adding that he recommends people ease into the kettle bell space with a soft kettle bell.
“It is durable, can withstand general wear and tear — but most importantly, it isn't going to damage your home or hurt (as much) if you slam it into your foot.” The handle on this kettle bell is relatively large, too, which gives you plenty of grip space for two-handed movements like a kettle bell swing. Kettle bells challenge your balance because they change your center of gravity, turning regular exercises like lunges and squats difficult.
Its wider handle makes it easier to grip with two hands (for the classic swing move), and its smoother finish is less likely to injure your skin over time. Dragon Door was the first company to popularize kettle bells in America, which is why the most other brands simply copy that shape down to the millimeter.
The Matrix Elite looks the same at first glance, but it features a slightly wider handle that won’t pinch your pinkies in two-handed positions. It’s also designed so that kettle bells of different weights will rest on the same place on your forearm, regardless of their size—this is preferred by advanced users for one-handed work.
Finally, we like that Kettle bells USA often has the Matrix Elite on sale for just a few dollars more than our budget pick. It also has a slightly wider base that makes it more stable to hold in a plank position—something that advanced users will appreciate.
If the goal is to learn kettle bell basics and use two-handed techniques, all of these bells are quite suitable, and being budget conscious (finding sales/free shipping) isn’t a bad route. We (Keira and I) have trained more than 800 clients in kettle bell techniques since 2008, and we’ve taught multiple instructor certifications in the US and abroad.
Kettle bell exercises combine cardiovascular and resistance training in one exercise—which means you’re improving conditioning (and burning fat) while building muscle. While they’ve been around since the early 18th century (the word first appears in a Russian dictionary from 1704), kettle bells have experienced a huge resurgence in the fitness industry in the past 10 years.
(Most recently, as the coronavirus pandemic forced people to work out at home, significant stock shortages have become the norm.) Their unique shape and functionality give them many of the strength-building benefits of dumbbells while also providing users with the opportunity to do kettle bell -specific drills that involve a lot of movement, like the swing.
The closed-loop handle of a kettle bell offers users a secure grip for movements with both hands. Dumbbells are better suited to doing squats, curls, bench press, cleans, and other exercises that have less kinetic motion.
That means you can fulfill all your workout needs with one simple tool that stows easily in a closet. One important caveat to this endorsement of kettle bell training is that proper technique makes all the difference between effective and beneficial use and potential injury.
You can also consult credible online tutorials, and many trainers will set up a Skype arrangement where you can send videos to them for feedback and coaching. My wife, master ROC trainer Keira Newton, has an awesome YouTube page with all kinds of tutorials/workouts for kettle bells.
In terms of credible resources on kettle bell techniques and workout ideas, here are a few great sources available digitally and/or in print: Dragon Door has the most resources in terms of kettle bell books and DVDs (at least in the “hard style” approach that I use) available.
Finally, Steve Cotter is a master practitioner/teacher of competition kettle bell lifting techniques. While many people recommend women starting with an 8-kilogram bell (about 16 pounds), I think that the two-handed lifts like squats and swings aren’t very well-served by that low weight.
If you want to start modestly, my suggestion would be to get the 13-pound version of our budget pick and then order a larger, higher quality bell once you feel comfortable. Both of these linked pieces reiterate my earlier point about seeking credible instruction before beginning an at-home regimen.
Cast- iron bells are more comfortable for two-handed grip positions, which beginners should master before moving onto the more challenging one-handed exercises. Finally, it’s worth noting that a competition bell will cost $10 to $20 more than its cast- iron counterpart at any given weight.
It’s not worth paying extra unless you actually plan on competing—a slim minority of home kettle bell users. Photo: Mark BixbyUnlike with dumbbells, adjustable kettle bells aren’t a good buy.
A kettle bell should be capable of being thrown, dropped, and even juggled, so I would opt for single-forged metal that can stand up to a beating—and stay together in the process. Also, a major frustration with adjustable kettle bells is that they don’t offer a wide enough weight range to make them ideal for many.
As it turns out, there’s not a huge amount of difference between these things because most of them borrow their design from the Dragon Door ROC. Dragon Door was the first US company to run kettle bell instructor certifications (taught by famed instructor Pavel Tsatsouline) and have mass distribution in the US (Dragon Door started selling these bells in 2001).
Dragon Door bells achieved great acclaim, but their high price point (roughly $120 each after shipping and handling, the highest in our test) invited lots of competition from other companies. CAP is another popular fitness company that makes a good bell at a lower price point.
For example, this Yes4All bell is one of the most popular models on Amazon, but its large, flat face is hard on the wrists in one-handed positions. Although much more rare, some companies compete by distinguishing their offerings from Dragon Door’s with different designs.
Perform Better at one point implemented a screw-on rubber skid plate on the bottom of their bells, but later on scrapped it due to negative customer feedback. Vinyl-covered bells were created to protect floor spaces in commercial gyms and homes, but more often, the vinyl is there to smooth over the defects of a cheaply cast bell, and they often get criticized for very uneven handles that cause hand pain and tearing.
They were extremely uneven in terms of metal handle quality, had limited weight options, and they weren’t significantly cheaper than the budget options we ended up testing—you don’t even save money on shipping. From left: Matrix Elite, CAP Cast Iron Competition, Rogue, Perform Better First Place, Dragon Door ROC.
Photo: Anton BrkicOur testing group, which consisted of myself and five members of the high school varsity baseball team I coach, worked with all five bells at the beginner/intermediate level and did only two-handed moves (dead lifts, squats, presses, high pulls, and swings). However, if a person is interested in exploring the full range of what kettle bell exercises have to offer (including the kettle bell snatch, which in lab testing has yielded a remarkable rate of burning 20.2 calories a minute over a 20-minute workout—the same rate of caloric burn as a 6-minute mile pace), a premium bell like the Matrix bell is definitely what they should opt for.
A poorly produced handle can rip callouses off the hands during snatching, and this test is where the bells differentiated themselves. In fact, I wouldn’t use the CAP or Rogue bells for high-rep snatching because they have coarse handles and some tackiness from the painted finish.
If you order through the company’s website and have a problem, Kettle bells USA will “make it right, period!” by sending a replacement and taking care of return shipping fees. Photo: Mark Blythe Matrix Elite kettle bell has a slightly different handle dimension and more distance from the ball part of the bell to the handle to create a larger opening for more comfortable two-handed positions.
The Matrix bell clearly outclassed the competition for two-handed work, as the smooth, e-coated handle with a wider grip was consistently easy on the hands, even when doing high repetition sets of 20-plus kettle bell swings. Even when the user advances to the one-handed moves, both two-handed swings and goblet squats should remain essential parts of a kettle bell program.
Any flaws in a kettle bell will be exposed when you use just one hand, but the attention to detail in forging a smooth, seamless handle was clearly on display with this bell. Besides the handle shape, the Matrix Elite (right) looks almost identical to the Dragon Door ROC, which costs anywhere from $30 to $50 more.
Photo: Mark BixbyAnother thing that sets the Matrix Elite apart from other kettle bells (including Kettle bells USA's own “classic” line) is the fact that it’s designed to have the same “rack” position (where the round part rests on your forearm) regardless of weight and size. Most companies use standard molds repeatedly, and inevitably, residue from previous castings creates uneven surface textures like edges or gaps.
Finally, Kettle bells USA showed awesome customer service throughout my process of testing. If you're used to standard Dragon Door ROC kettle bells (or any of its many clones), the Matrix Elite's rack position might feel strange at first, since the ball part sits higher up on the forearm by comparison.
If you see the bell offered at full price (with no discounted shipping), wait seven to 10 days, and you should find it available more cheaply. If the Matrix Elite is unavailable, or if you just want a standard-shaped bell without the wider handle, the Perform Better First Place Kettle bell feels the same in use as the high-end Dragon Door, but costs about 25 percent less.
In fact, its dimensions are identical except for the extra half inch of flat base diameter on the bottom of the Perform Better bell. This means it performs identically, but is easier to hold in a push-up position for the sometimes-precarious renegade row —typically done with two kettle bells of the same size.
Like the Dragon Door and Matrix Elite, the First Place has a smooth, seamless handle, few surface defects, and a high-quality finish. While Perform Better wouldn’t divulge what process it uses, I noticed that it’s somewhere between a matte powder coat and a glossy e-coat.
Reading user reviews (see here and here) that slam performs Better for having noticeable seams on the underside of the handle or other defects isn’t helpful considering the construction specs on their bells currently. The bell I received from them was really well-made, and it showed no signs of being defective in build or user experience.
I contacted Perform Better about this discrepancy, and company reps explained that among other small changes, they’d since switched to a gravity casting process, which creates a more uniform surface, as you recall. It’s also worth noting that Perform Better frequently has sales on its kettle bells, and while it’s usually cheaper to buy Perform Better bells directly from the company, it's worth checking Amazon and Strongest before buying to find the best deal.
If budget is your bottom line, then we’d recommend the CAP Cast Iron Competition Bell. But unless you really need to save a few bucks, it’s worth investing in our top pick, since these things last forever.
In fact, none of the five baseball player panelists said they would pay extra for any of the other bells for the basic routines they were testing with. The powder-coated CAP (left) and Rogue (center) bells are rougher than the e-coated Dragon Door (right).
Photo: Mark Blythe CAP bell has a powder-coated matte finish and a slightly gritty (though it’s evenly dispersed grit) handle to provide a good grip (though a bit on the coarser end of those we tested) and a flat bottom so it doesn’t rock when used for push-ups or rowing moves. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Dragon Door ROC Kettle bell should feel pretty good about itself.
As a result, almost all cast- iron kettle bells sold in the US are based on the Dragon Door design. Unfortunately for Dragon Door, other companies have been able to duplicate its design at a comparable level of quality for a lot cheaper.
Interestingly, the Rogue bell has a 4.9-star rating on its website, with more than 100 reviews at the time of this guide's publication. Chad Settler, John Forward, Carl Foster, and Mark Andes, Kettle bells: Twice the Results in Half the Time?, ACE Fitness Matters
This will depend on your baseline strength and the exercises you’ll be performing, but many are surprised to learn that almost anyone can get started with at least a 20 lb kettle bell. Kettle bell workouts, on the other hand, are very dynamic, typically engaging strong muscle groups together.
Compared to a barbell (symmetric) lift, in which both sides works together towards the same aim, as you moving a kettle bell around (asymmetric), you core has to be engaged to stabilize the movement. If you have limited experience or are completely new to strength training then below are some suggested starting points.
To simply keep fit and challenge yourself… not many… the toughest among us can be laid on their backs gasping for breath after a complete body workout with one single kettle bell ! A kettle bell can be the ultimate gym condensed into a single solid lump of glorious cast iron.
For most people working out with a range of exercises at home or elsewhere, having 3 or 4 weights gives an excellent variety and challenge. That's why we have outlined the differences between the most popular types of kettle bells, the Cast Iron and Competition bells to help you make an informed decision before purchasing.
Competition kettle bells are all the same size regardless of weight, which means they are ideal for practicing highly technical movements like the Jerks or Snatch. The reason for this is a smaller handle reduces grip fatigue, which is incredibly important in competitive kettle bell lifting.
If you plan to do high-repetition sets in your workouts or do a lot of focused technique work, the competition kettle bell is your best bet. The cast ironkettlebell is produced from one solid piece of metal so unlike the competition kettle bell the size will increase with the weight.
Cast iron kettle bells are often preferred by beginners as most beginners start with movements that require two hands on the handle — such as dead lifts and two arm swings– which can be difficult with competition kettle bells if you have big hands. If your aim is to build strength and power at a lower price point, you should consider purchasing a cast ironkettlebell.
You’ll see this bell most commonly in commercial, CrossFit, and home gyms, as it’s the most versatile option of the different types of kettle bells. Competition Kettle bell Cast Iron Kettle bells Steel Iron Same sizeChanges in sizeColor-codedNot always color-codedLessgrip fatigueIncreased grip fatigue More space required for two bellsEasier to work with two bellsBiggerbaseSmaller baseSamesize handleable narrow or widerRectangle-shapedhandleV-shaped handle For high traffic or commercial gyms, an Urethane covered kettle bell might be the best option.
The Bartlett Group Invests in Employee Health and Fitness by Bulk BOX2 min read Unfortunately, many of our pre-pandemic picks below are sold out, but kettle bell stocks haven’t been utterly devastated like those of dumbbells.
To help you avoid clicking on your preferred bell only to find it’s unavailable, we’ll collect your best options in stock at the top of the page. The Demos kettle bells are among the better cheaper options you can find, which partly explains why they come in and out of stock so quickly.
If you’re an experienced bell user then head to a manufacturer like Wilkerson, but if you just need a little weight to beef up your home workouts, these will get the job done. One of our perennial picks, this is coming in and out of stock, but allows you to put your money down and reserve one.
If that’s the weight range you’re after, however, your quids in because Mira fit makes high-quality gym equipment. The handle is stainless steel so there will be no seam and the bell itself is encased in a textured rubber.
They’re costly, but these are top-class kettle bells, with consistent size of bell and handle across the set — useful if you take your practice seriously and are splashing out on more than one. If you’re after more bells and whistles and are willing to pay for it, this neat, space-saving electronic model may be up your street.
Simply press a button to choose one of six weights, pull it off its charging cradle and it’s good to go. An accompanying app supplies workout ideas, and motion sensors in the device will track your reps.
Check Argos to see if it’s stock near you or buy from Apple and wait for delivery between 25th July and 1st August. Training with kettle bells can be an excellent way to boost both your strength and cardio fitness (just check out this kettle bell workout guide) and, like dumbbells, they’re small enough and affordable enough for you get for home use.
“ Kettle bell swings, cleans and snatches are repetitive actions, so if you have a rough handle or one with a seam going down the middle, you will soon know about it,” says Lloyd. Cheaper kettle bell manufacturers will make no real effort to remove this nasty, sharp seam and your hands will soon tear up like you’ve done a day on a building site.”
Lloyd recommends running your hands around the entire handle, especially underneath, before buying. “Decent kettle bells will have handle diameters that measure about 30-31 mm, going up to around 38 mm for the heaviest bells.
My favorites are competition kettle bells, which generally have a uniform handle diameter of 33 mm regardless of the weight.” “You can tell if they are cheap as they will be covered in vinyl with a rubber bottom and a handle that looks ridiculous,” says Lloyd.
Some cheap bells can have very narrow handles that are nearly impossible to hold on to during kettle bell swings, and feel awkward for snatches.” “These are a bit more price, but if you want consistency, good progression and form then get kettle bells from Wilkerson Fitness.
Lloyd’s favorite kettle bells don’t come cheap, but these colored cast- iron bells are top-notch. Now sure, Lloyd did say that you can recognize bad kettle bells when they have rubber on the base, but let’s be honest — that rubber base also means you’re less likely to dent your floor if you put one down suddenly (aka dropping).
These cast- iron bells have a neoprene cover for that very purpose, as well as a smooth handle. The shape is a little different from a standard kettle bell, but rest assured it can be swung and racked in the same way during your workout.
They are high quality and arrived within a few days of ordering. The 25lb kettle bell came in a hilariously small box about 10 days after I ordered it.
The handle is great and powder coating easy to grip but smooth enough to swing the weight. I love it and am glad I spent a little extra for the quality.
I ordered 2 different size kettlebells, and they both came in a reasonable amount of time, and are very high quality. USA-made cast iron kettle bells — Made to last with ultra-durable powder coating for perfect finish and feel.
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Rest assured, we are confident you will like our products, so we keep things simple. Quality Construction — Single piece cast iron with no weld seams or weak spots which can wear and damage with time.
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They are high quality and arrived within a few days of ordering. The 25lb kettle bell came in a hilariously small box about 10 days after I ordered it.
The handle is great and powder coating easy to grip but smooth enough to swing the weight. I love it and am glad I spent a little extra for the quality.
I ordered 2 different size kettlebells, and they both came in a reasonable amount of time, and are very high quality. These kettle bells come in different weights and you can make use of these equipments as you do lunges, shoulder presses, and lifts.
The kettle bell workouts get your heart pumping and are quite beneficial in burning calories, offering body flexibility and many other things. Kettle bell exercises mostly targets areas like the core, arms, glutes, legs, and back.
These kettle bells come in weights that range from 5-100 pounds and you can purchase them from sporting goods stores or from online retailers. There is a short review of research on kettle bell exercises that teaches about some workouts and its benefits.
Kettle bell exercises stimulate an incredible amount of abdominal contraction because of their explosive conditioning movements. The abdominal contraction along with coordinated breathing offers quite a high level of conditioning that actually has made kettle bells popular among athletes and fighters.
In one study there was absolutely clear evidence of some effective positive changes in cardiovascular health from kettle bell exercises. Since there are several kettle bell exercises which we do with our arms in an overhead position, the muscles that are responsible for assisting our breathing process are pretty engaged in the muscular activity; thus not allowing them to assist in the process of respiratory.
This in turn forces the muscles that are most responsible for the breathing process to play an even higher role in the cardiovascular health. They also enable you for increasing your strength and building up speed and also your endurance levels simultaneously.
The first thing that must be kept in mind is that your entire back and abs remain absolutely straight. Most physical therapists value these exercises because they teach us to move in a better, stronger, and a safer way.
Kettle bell exercises help you build powerful forearms and also improves your grip. Moreover, such exercises also allow you to devote your attention towards your skill, strategy, rest and recovery.
A lot of people are under the impression that the use of kettle bells are some gimmicky fad that burst on the fitness scene within the last decade or so. The benefits of Kettle bell Training are backed by valid science & extensive studies conducted in the exercise industry along with many hours of practical application experience.
While referencing all this science and studies lends credence to the effectiveness of using kettle bells, I only need to trust my own experiences with these amazing implements and the great results I have gotten myself and for those who have practiced with them under my guidance. A supreme benefit to Training with kettle bells is that they elevate the heart rate and work many major muscle groups at the same time.
Plus you will build lean muscle and turn your body into a calorie burning, fat eradicating machine while at rest experiencing this incredible metabolic effect many hours after the workout! If you are going to put forth the time and energy to work out, why not choose a program where you can get great back- end benefits like this for your up- front efforts?
If you were to read no further, just that reason alone would be enough to position most people for success in their quest for their ideal body composition. Unfortunately, that hack trainer over at the 24-hour super-duper mega techno gym considers throwing you on a treadmill like some mindless hamster followed by doing some curls and crunches a total body workout.
Spare yourself the disappointment and frustration of participating in thoughtless and ineffective workouts like this if you really want to improve your fitness. Many of my reasons I state in this article for why I use a kettle bell in my training also cover what a total body workout should consist of.
Hopefully, you realize that our stay on this planet is finite and that we don’t have a lot of time to waste doing unproductive things. I train with kettle bells because they allow me to design safe, brief, sustainable workouts to experience Maximum Fitness in Minimal Time leading to Stellar Results.
Everybody talks about the ‘core” and all of its virtues, but really never train it too productively from what I see while walking around gyms in different cities I visit. Rarely do I witness worthwhile or meaningful efforts to train the core besides people throwing together some type of crunch or setup routine they have etched in their brains from somewhere in time.
Many kettle bell exercises will give you a metabolic effect similar to sprinting, BUT without beating the hell out of your knees, ankles or joints. The challenge is to pursue a fitness program consisting of exercises that will not only give you a productive workout, but promote an existence of rich, pain free movement as well.
High-repetition kettle bell exercises, such as swings and their variations really get your heart rate up and push the limits of your cardiovascular endurance. Kettle bell exercises push your muscles, especially those in your core, to keep working repeatedly for long periods of time.
This builds muscular endurance, which helps maintain posture and form in your workouts as well as throughout everyday life activities. Good posture prevents injuries, unhealthy muscle tension, and other aches and pains we all seem to have accumulated to varying degrees over our lifetime.
The good news is that you can get incredible fitness and health results with just 2-3 short kettle bell workouts per week in conjunction with a well-designed program. I loved the fact that I could get in a challenging and fun kettle bell workout that literally addressed every fitness goal I valued with a minimal time investment that yielded maximum results.
This really uncomplicated my routine, freed up more time to devote to other responsibilities/leisurely pursuits and boosted my fitness and health to levels that surpassed my expectations. This is very true if you define quality as moving better and pain free, performing daily tasks more efficiently and confidently, enjoying new levels of activity and finally achieving that ideal lean, tight and strong body worth bragging to the heavens about!
I’m convinced that sound, thoughtful and challenging physical training in general does wonders for your mental well-being and will contribute to a positive outlook on life. Furthermore, kettle bell exercises are extremely efficient at building lean muscle mass, which elevates the metabolism and helps maintain a healthy body weight long term.
Kettle bell training will help you forge your ideal body without wasting a lot of unproductive time in the gym. If you value a physique that looks as good as it moves and will get you excited about parading around in a bikini or bathing suit again then the kettle bell is the fitness ally you should partner up with.
Whether it is building muscle, losing fat, improving coordination, conditioning, increased joint mobility or just trying to perform better — kettle bell training can get you to your fitness goals. Thoughtfully programmed variety is beneficial because it keeps the body challenged, which helps avoid training plateaus.
Add new exercises only if you can justify its purpose in furthering your training goals, it’s safe and you can perform them competently. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced trainees will all be challenged since there are so many exercise regressions and progressions that can be applied in a kettle bell training program to keep all levels engaged and moving forward with their goals.
If you can’t move well and with a requisite amount of strength, then your quality of life and performance of your everyday activities will suffer. Heed my warning and train in such a way where you will promote and preserve your joint mobility and pain free movement quality.
Renowned coach Steve Maxwell stated that in his many years of teaching fitness worldwide, he has never had a client tell him that they wished they had done more bench presses over their lifetime. Instead, they all overwhelmingly regret not practicing and staying connected to exercises that improved their movement quality in order to live an active pain free life.
This is a great warning that I wished I would have heeded in my younger training days, but fortunately it is rarely too late to improve your movement quality if you have the desire to take action and practice meaningful exercises. I absolutely love the comradery of training with others in the mutual achievement of fitness goals as I am the consummate social animal and am not the grim guy with the ear buds training in the corner of the gym screaming to the heavens on every cheat rep with a perpetual scowl on my face.
But, let’s put some perspective to this — Kettle bells won’t cure cancer, give you superpowers, suddenly make people leap from their wheelchairs and spontaneously River dance or bring about world peace anytime soon. While kettle bells play a huge part in the programs I design, they are by no means the be all and end all fitness modalities.
But if you want to torch the fat, increase mobility, get lean & strong, develop killer legs, tighten your butt & perform better physically and live a life of active vitality and longevity, then a well-designed kettle bell based program may be for you. If you like the fitness benefits you can experience from training with kettle bells, then take action and dare to transform your body and your quality of life.
Grab a friend, spouse or loved one or go it alone and give kettle bell training a shot if you want to experience meaningful results, achieve that ideal body and even have some fun and excitement. Many gyms and health clubs wanting to jump on the kettle bell bandwagon and cash in on their dynamic reputation and “cool” status for propelling one to their fitness goals will make the knee-jerk decision to add them to their facility with little thought as to their proper use or how to integrate them safely into their master plan if they have one at all.
I have been to more facilities than I care to remember that will just let trainees and trainers do all kinds of unsafe movements and buffoonery with a kettle bell ranging from truly cringe worthy technique to using the kettle bell to gang dance around in some kind of disjointed routine of meaningless expenditures of energy. I couldn’t take my eyes off of this ridiculous and unsafe performance — much like one does when they are about to witness a car crash or train wreck.
When confronted with attitude and logic such as this, I usually politely excuse myself quickly as dealing with clueless characters like these types is pointless. People get hurt when they don’t take the time to learn safe, sustainable technique or take instruction from inept, unqualified, unprepared instructors who do you, me, the kettle bell and the fitness industry a colossal disservice by muddying the effectiveness and reputation of this excellent tool.
Regarding scenarios such as this, trainees and trainers will usually get hurt at some point due to their lack of proper technique training and then ridiculously blame the kettle bell for their shortcomings instead of their own ineptness and failure to learn proper technique and program design as to the reason for their failure or injury. In the wrong hands the kettle bell becomes nothing more than an Attractive Liability for irresponsible gym owners, trainers and members who are either ignorant of sound technique or their colossal egos dictate that they are above learning from others with greater skill than their own.
I politely questioned one gym owner why he lets his admittedly unqualified staff have free rein of the kettle bells without any legitimate training. I told him you are allowing your staff to teach horrendous technique to your client base in a dangerously unsustainable manner.
Don’t get me wrong- everybody at some point regardless of their experience or qualifications will sustain some type of injury or tweak a muscle here or there performing any exercise using any fitness tool. Proper kettle bell training works everything — the core, heart, lungs and entire body from the toes to head.
While I use and advocate many fitness tools, the kettle bell does represent the foundation of my training play book because they simply are that damn good, and they work. With proper instruction, kettle bells are easy to learn, yet will keep you challenged and progressing without boring the hell out of you.
I have been using kettle bells for over a decade and I have yet to experience boredom or lack of enthusiasm and I have sampled just about every fitness tool and method out there. Kettle bells, or the “Russian hand weight,” have been around since the 1700s, but only recently have they gained media attention and substantial popularity within the global fitness industry.
While kettle bells have been viewed as an object of pride in Russia, it wasn’t until 1998 that they began being manufactured and used in North America. Today, both men and women take part in the power and strength endurance sport on a global scale, both for recreation and competitively.
The added vinyl coating can increase material manufacturing costs, which can lead to higher pricing. Sarah Lure mentions that a vinyl coating can “uncomfortably grab your skin in certain exercises and positions.” Vinyl kettle bells often advertise their ability to “protect the floor” due to their extra layer, but any heavy free weight has the potential to damage a surface.
Kettle bell can be a dangerous but beneficial sport and requires coordination, technique and education no matter what the material. For those who might be looking to attract new gym members or group class participants or who just have a more colorful personality, the vinyl kettle bell could be a more suitable option.