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 iron kettle bell.
“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.
I used the CAP brand when I owned a gym and their equipment can really take a beating,” McKenzie said. Are you worried about bringing such a heavy piece of equipment into your home and the associated risk of denting your floors?
“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.
Kettle bells are easy to store, relatively inexpensive, and provide an efficient way to work nearly every part of the body in a short period of time. They’re also great for supplementing movement rehabilitation work on a path toward injury recovery or performance improvement.
Warning — this is a ridiculously long article, so I’ve structured the content to list the best kettle bell options first, followed by the full reviews. I use a simple five point rating scale to score each kettle bell :
I’ve tested multiple kettle bells for this article, but to keep things simple I’m only listing the options that earned at least three stars and up. The finish on these kettle bells is extremely drippy with no seams or burrs anywhere on the handles or bodies, with a coating that feels like chalk to the touch.
Plus, I personally like the fact that these kettle bells are made in the USA by a small company. Rep Fitness doesn’t bundle shipping into the costs of their products, and their base pricing is very reasonable.
These kettle bells are a great value for the price, especially if you live close to Colorado to save on shipping costs. Rogue Fitness Powder Coat kettle bells are decent, but not standouts.
They are a pretty good deal if you live close to Ohio, otherwise the cost of shipping makes them much less appealing. If you have large hands and prefer an aggressive grip, Rogue powder coat kettle bells could be the right option for you.
However, they don’t really stand out enough to differentiate them from the rest of the color-coded powder coat kettle bells I’ve tested. There are better options in terms of grip and finish, and the non-standard colors they use for weights drive me nuts.
Bottom line, don’t pay full price for Perform Better kettle bells. My review criteria is primarily centered on kettle bells I can use at home and at work with minimal need for chalk.
If you’re interested in diving deeper I’ve written a kettle bell buyer’s guide that answers every question I had when I first started. It also goes into detail on the criteria I look for, but the short version is a clean finish, a durable coating, and a properly sized handle.
Cast-iron kettle bells are widely available at many price points, which I consider to be a very good thing. There are a couple of companies making steel competition-style kettle bells aimed at the home fitness market, which offer the benefit of consistently sized kettle bells without incurring the usual steel competition cost.
I’ve developed several kettle bell workouts for the club, ranging in intensity from beginner to high-level intermediate. All of my workouts are documented on their own page and I plan to add to the list as time goes on.
If you prefer to follow along to instructor-led workouts, I also highly recommend the well-designed program put together by Kettle bell Kings via their new Living. Fit online platform. The Living. Fit programs include workouts for all levels of kettle bell enthusiasts, from beginner to expert.
They also have programs targeted for healthy eating and battle ropes for a more well-rounded approach to health and fitness. One kettle bell sport event in particular called ‘long cycle’ is a very efficient way to work your entire body in ten minutes with just three moves — the swing, clean, and jerk.
He describes an experiment performed using a do-it-yourself kettle bell made from parts found in the plumbing section at Home Depot. According to Tim Ferris the parts are supposed to cost under $10, not counting the weight plates.
First, it takes the guesswork out of deciding what size kettle bell to buy for two hand work. I was able to experiment with different weights to find a starting point I was comfortable with, eventually settling on 20 kg (44lbs).
If you don’t already have a background lifting weights or being active, or if you are out of shape, consider working with a certified kettle bell trainer to get instructed in proper technique. Plumbing parts weren’t designed to sustain a dynamic load swinging in an arc.
I’ll get into the details shortly, but I first want to comment on the excellent packaging they used to ship their kettle bells. This is a far cry from other vendors like Rogue Fitness, who typically just throw the bell in a box with some cardboard shims and hope for the best ¯\_()_/¯
I took this kettle bell outside on a hot Texas summer day to use for an Afterburner workout from my list of Kettle bell Club workouts, and I was able to keep hold of it without resorting to chalk despite my hands sweating like crazy. This is an important point because the factories where kettle bells are made are dirty, dusty places.
There’s lots of dust flying around that accumulates on the surface of the bells while they sit patiently waiting for paint. Perhaps unsurprisingly, very few companies take the extra step to clean the bells before paint because it adds time and expense to the process.
At the time I published this article, Kettle bell Kings is likely the only vendor taking this extra step, which results in a very durable coating. Most of the cheap kettle bells for sale on Amazon and other discount vendors fall into this category, I’ve even reviewed a few of them for this article.
If you’re unfamiliar with Create, it’s an extremely durable thin-film ceramic coating developed primarily for use as a protective finish for firearms. Create is extremely resistant to abrasion, corrosion and chemicals, and looks pretty cool at the same time.
In recent years a little fitness equipment companies have started offering create as a coating option for barbells. The create coating will cost a little extra, but the added durability means that kettle bell will last practically forever.
Additionally, the create option allows for a nearly infinite amount of customization and personalization. UPDATE — Innit has stopped selling this model and has moved to a powder coat version that has not yet been reviewed.
Since they’re local to Austin I visited the Innit Academy Gym in person to buy a kettle bell to evaluate. It looks like it could take a decent amount of abuse from a careless shipper, but the lack of reinforcement straps around the box could be an issue if the kettle bell has to travel a long distance.
The finish on the Innit kettle bell is clean, although the textured coating is thick enough to potentially mask small imperfections. Aesthetically, there are spots on the kettle bell where I can see how the coating application ran down the handle and dried, similar to how spray paint drips when applied too thickly.
I thought maybe this was a fluke, so I intentionally banged the kettle bells together again with medium force and another chip flaked off. The coating chipped several more times during the testing period through normal use, mainly from getting bumped against other kettle bells.
It’s a small difference, but enough to force an adjustment of technique for exercises like the overhead snatch. Innit Labs kettle bells are a good budget option, but not the most durable of the bunch.
If you do buy these, take wonderful care of them because the finish is prone to chipping. The finish on the kettle bell is very clean, and although the casting seams are slightly visible on the body due to how thin an e-coating is, they are not prevalent on the handle at all.
The Matrix Elite Precision line of kettle bells have a reformulated e-coat intended to increase grip over a traditional e-coating. The unique aspect of Matrix Precision Elite kettle bell is the redesigned handle.
The increased height means the kettle bell will sit just a bit lower on the forearm rather than resting right on the wrist bones, which is more comfortable for some people. The reformulated e-coat is stickier than the e-coats on the Dragon Door and even the Matrix Classic line.
The friction is alleviated with light chalk use though, which is a small trade off for the durability and comfort the Matrix Elite Precision kettle bell provides. I ordered a kettle bell from Rogue last year, and it arrived damaged due to flimsy packaging.
This year, I’m happy to say they’ve improved the packaging because I had no problem with my order this time around ? The finish on the Rogue kettle bell is good, although I can feel a few small flecks of excess metal on the handle when I run my hand over it.
The powder coat on the Rogue kettle bells is textured, with a feel of fine grit sandpaper. The handles of the Rogue kettle bells are among the thickest of the test group, making them more suitable for people with large hands.
The price is good too, especially if you live close to Ohio and can take advantage of a lower shipping cost. They are a pretty good deal if you live close to Ohio, otherwise the cost of shipping makes them much less appealing.
If you have large hands and prefer an aggressive grip, Rogue powder coat kettle bells could be the right option for you. CFF offers a full line of athletic equipment, including kettle bells.
The form-fitting foam is an extra level of protection that’s typically only used for shipping more costly competition steel kettle bells. The coating has a slightly aggressive texture, which works very well for maintaining grip without needing chalk.
The combination of finish and textured coating will hold a lot of chalk if needed. It’s clear to me a lot of thought went into the creation of the K2 and it shows in every aspect of the design and packaging.
I included Rep Fitness kettle bells in last year’s review, and they garnered four stars during testing. Not content with that, the folks at Rep Fitness have upped their game by improving on the issues I noted in the previous review.
The Rep Fitness kettle bells came well packed, with plenty of foam inserts and even bubble wrap on the 20 kg. Thankfully, I didn’t have to take him up on this but it’s nice to see this kind of focus on customer service.
The powder coating has a very smooth chalk-like texture that provides a decent amount of grip without the need for chalk. The coating is also really durable, these kettle bells have withstood several hard blows without chipping.
They offer an excellent value for the price, especially if you live close to Colorado and you can save on shipping. Fringe Sport is a strength & conditioning equipment company based in Austin Texas.
Since they’re local, I paid them a visit to pick up a few of their Prime Kettle bells to review. Every Prime Kettle bell comes packaged in a form-fitting cardboard box and wrapped with reinforcement straps.
The finish on the Prime Kettle bells is clean and the bottoms are ground completely flat. The powder coat kettle bell is evenly applied and provides a decent amount of grip.
The grip the is on par with the majority of powder coat kettle bells I’ve tested, providing a smooth yet “drippy” texture. When I first got them, I was surprised at how much larger the handle diameters were when compared to similarly sized kettle bells from other vendors.
I’m not a tall guy (5’8”) and many of the people I work with in my kettle bell club are even shorter than I am, both men and women. The handles do run fairly thick though, so these are a great option for people with large hands.
Fringe Sport runs frequent sales, so if you’re patient you could score a pretty good deal on these. American Barbell is a strength & conditioning equipment company based in San Diego California.
Their barbells have a solid reputation in the home gym community, and they’ve somewhat recently added kettle bells to their product lineup. American Barbell kettle bells have a very clean finish and a slightly textured coat.
The bottoms are ground flat and wider than most of the other options, making them a very stable base for exercises like renegade rows. The handle dimensions overall are on the thinner side of the spectrum, making these kettle bells very comfortable for use by people with smaller hands.
Price-wise, American Barbell powder coats are super-cheap, but that savings is offset by the cost of pricing. I ordered a 16 kg Titan Fitness kettle bell off Amazon, and I was shocked at how bad it was.
For starters, the Titan Fitness kettle bell shipped in a single cardboard box with no padding or reinforcement whatsoever. The Titan kettle bell is the absolute worst I’ve seen so far in terms of how bad the finish was.
I really don’t understand how a big-name fitness company could even think about putting their brand on a product like this. After contacting Titan customer service about a replacement and being told I wouldn’t be able to get one for two months, I simply sent it back.
It’s so bad it has the dubious honor of forcing me to create a ‘zero stars’ rating, because it’s completely unusable. The big draw is the price, I picked up a 35lb cast-iron kettle bell for $40 shipped, which is amazingly cheap.
The bottom is not ground completely flat and the coating is just a glossy black paint. I tried using it without any chalk and found that the tackiness made it more difficult for me to do snatches and cleans.
The handle diameter is on the larger side of the options tested, although I no longer have it available to measure. On the other hand, if saving money is your primary concern and you’re willing to sacrifice some quality, the Yes4All is hard to beat.
I know this because they’ve started selling their own brand of Amazon Basics Kettle bells. The only difference between them is that the AmazonBasics kettle bell has no branding whatsoever, only the weight stamped on both sides.
Just don’t expect much for your money, since the Amazon Basics kettle bell is a cheaply made product. The bottom is not ground completely flat and the coating is just a glossy black paint.
Having said that, it’s still perfectly usable for swings, snatches, cleans, etc and I’d be hard-pressed to find a cheaper option for someone that doesn’t want to spend much on a kettle bell. The tackiness of the paint makes it more difficult to do snatches and cleans with this kettle bell, but that’s nothing a light dusting of chalk on the handle can’t fix.
The handle diameter is on the larger side of the options tested, measurements will be added later. If saving money is your primary concern and you’re willing to sacrifice some quality, the Amazon Basics kettle bell is a decent option.
CAP introduced a new powder coat kettle bell into their product lineup sometime within the last couple of years, and I’m finally including it in the roundup. The finish on the CAP kettle bell is good, although I can feel a few small flecks of excess metal on the handle when I run my hand over it.
The powder coat on the CAP kettle bell is textured, with a feel of fine grit sandpaper. The handles of the CAP powder coat kettle bells are among the thickest of the test group, making them more suitable for people with large hands.
I was learning how to perform the kettle bell snatch at the time I owned these, and the burrs kept digging into my palms during the transitions. I toughed it out as long as I could but eventually used a metal file to smooth down the handle and make the bell a little more usable.
I painted it with Mausoleum to try and stem further rust damage, which is why the kettle bell is colored brown in pictures. The enamel finish on the large bell was extremely smooth and hard to hold once I broke a sweat.
I don’t recommend CAP enamel coated or plain “cast iron” kettle bells for your home gym. In fact, I actively recommend you stay away from them entirely because you will inevitably rue the day you purchased them.
As a result, they have a large amount of brand recognition in the kettle bell community. The recognition is reflected in the price because Dragon Door kettle bells are the most expensive option included in this review.
They don’t look great, but the coat on all of them is in okay shape considering they were stored year-round in a garage subject to three years of humid central Texas summers. The ROC kettle bells all have prevalent seams left over from the casting process on the handles.
These seams often pinched the skin of my palms, indicating a poor finishing and grinding process. That extra money is clearly not being invested back into quality control at Dragon Door.
There’s always a chance Dragon Door has upped their game since these bells were originally made. Without knowing exactly what your current kettle bells look/feel like, I can tell you that things such as seams could indeed have been a problem exclusive to a batch or perhaps they were kettelbells that made it past inspection.”
In fact, several of the companies offer no guarantee whatsoever and will not accept a return at all unless your purchase is defective. I’m willing to give Dragon Door the benefit of the doubt and assume their newer kettle bells have a higher quality finish than what I currently own.
The best things Dragon Door ROC kettle bells offer is a 1-year satisfaction guarantee and a durable coating. However, given the quality of the competition these factors aren’t enough to offset their substantially higher cost.
Whatever it is, the coat provides just enough grip with low friction to allow for high rep work without needing chalk. The burrs only exist on the smaller kettle bells that I don’t use as much, which might be why they haven’t been an issue for me.
One minor nit to pick is with the quality of the paint job on the faces of the kettle bells. This is a purely cosmetic issue that doesn’t take away from the usability of the kettle bells at all, but it does detract from the overall perception of quality.
In case you didn’t know, prior to the pandemic pretty much every brand of kettle bells was manufactured in China. Then coronavirus hit, people were stuck at home, and supply chains out of China were disrupted.
This was the perfect storm for a massive run on fitness equipment, and several months later most companies are still having trouble keeping products in stock. Rogue Fitness has attempted to circumvent the supply chain issues by sourcing this new line of kettle bells from a foundry in Michigan, and I applaud them for doing this.
FYI — the lighting I used to take the pictures for this review makes the kettle bell look brown, but the coating is actually black. The finish on the Rogue kettle bell is slightly on the rough side, which isn’t a bad thing because it provides some texture for improved grip.
The handle of the Rogue E-Coat kettle bell is probably the thickest of the test group so far, making them more suitable for people with large hands. To be honest, I was excited to review this kettle bell since it’s the first one I’ve owned that is made in the USA.
They are a pretty good deal if you live close to Ohio, otherwise the cost of shipping makes them much less appealing. USA-Iron is a brand-new player in the kettle bell space, a scrappy upstart company forged in the crucible of the COVID-19 pandemic (see what I did there?
As the name implies, USA-Iron is an entirely U.S.-based operation and is among the first few companies to manufacture their own line of kettle bells in the United States. In case you’ve been asleep for most of 2020, prepare to be rudely awakened…prior to COVID-19 most (if not all) kettle bells were manufactured in China.
Then the ‘RNA hit, people were stuck at home, and supply chains out of China were severely disrupted. This was the perfect storm for a massive run on fitness equipment, and several months later most companies are still having trouble keeping kettle bells in stock.
USA-Iron has stepped into the breach producing high quality kettle bells to make sure we can keep on swinging, and I’m very glad they did. The owner of USA-Iron reached out to me in the comments of this article and was kind enough to send me a set of 25lb and 35lb kettle bells to evaluate and review.
FYI — the lighting I used to take the pictures for this review makes the kettle bells look gray, but the coating is actually black. The powder coat finish on USA-Iron kettle bell feels very good in my hand during swings and snatches, with a slightly rough texture.
I was told by the company owner that the powder coat paint formulation was specifically chosen to provide some texture for improved grip, and that choice is evident during use. USA-Iron is one of the few companies I’m aware of that adds a separate wash step to the manufacturing process to clean dust off the kettle bell before the powder coat is applied.
This is an important step because the factories where kettle bells are made are dirty, dusty places. Lots of that dust settles on the surface of the bells while they sit patiently waiting for paint.
The end result is a very durable finish with a textured coating that will hold plenty of chalk if needed. I don’t knock them for this though, since the kettle bells are high quality and some people will really like the thicker handle size.
However, people with smaller hands may find the thicker handle size more difficult to hold during longer workout sessions. If that weren’t reason enough to support them, I like that the company is small and open to feedback, and the people there are very committed to producing a high quality product.
The handle dimensions are on the larger end of the spectrum, so if you have small or medium hands you may want to look at other options. The guy narrating the video, Pavel Tstatsouline, was affiliated with Dragon Door when the video was filmed so the process likely shows how Dragon Door kettle bells were made back in the day.
I have been involved professionally in the fitness / strength & conditioning industry for 13 years. I have worked and been paid (because there is a difference) as a personal trainer, Division 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach, and a business owner: co-owner of Triangle Personal Training, in Durham, NC.
I have also successfully rehabilitated many injuries associated with strength training and competitive athletics, including shoulders, knees, and low backs. My athletic background includes being a Weightlifting competitor (New Jersey state champ and national qualifier), Powerlifting competitor and wrestler in college, and a varsity letter winner in Cross-Country and Wrestling in high school.
Three men have had a major influence in my strength training and professional life: my high school principal, Bob Calzoni, a world champion powerlifter; my second weightlifting coach, Alfonso Duran, a Cuban ?Mir?, member of the Cuban weightlifting team, and disciple of A.S. Medvedyev, Soviet Weightlifting Super Coach; and Pavel Tsatsouline who everybody reading this knows in some way. Alfonso Duran had been mentoring me for years and I owe most of my professional success to him.
But Pavel?ah, Pavel, he developed a usable system that has allowed me to step back and see much of what Alfonso taught that I had been unable to fully comprehend for many years. Strength training is very dualistic in nature, very similar to the Eastern Yin-Yang philosophy.
(I don't know about others, but I have found myself praying “Oh, God?just help me finish this snatch ladder”?so that addresses the spiritual.) The ROC system challenges the body, the mind, and even the will if you are agreeable.
They are presented here in their “purest” form, but understand that they are not always so clear-cut, so black and white. The grinds are slow and exacting, designed primarily for maximal strength gains.
The ballistics are primarily for metabolic conditioning, but because of their explosive nature, can increase force and power production. Again, with the appropriate loading, the upper body musculature receives more than its fair share of stimulation.
The grinds are typically performed for low reps of 1-5 with longer rest periods--3-5 minutes are the norm. Upon further explanation, the kettle bell ballistic drills are designed for high reps, for total body conditioning, unlike their cousins, the barbell Olympic lifts.
Admittedly, unless you're a fitness professional you probably don't know how to train for each one of those and couldn't care less about remembering the various loading parameters. The simplicity of the ROC system dictates the following whether you're a fitness professional or a stay-at-home mom: for strength, perform low reps for low sets with high frequency; for muscular size, perform more sets of your low rep grinds in each training session, but less frequently.
Tension v. Relaxation Up until meeting Pavel, if you asked me what made a great athlete, I would have answered “His athleticism of course! But Pavel, as he so often does, explained it simply and eloquently as the perfect blend of tension and relaxation.
And this concept is found in the ROC system: necessary tension to protect joint structures like the shoulder joint and the lumbar spine while performing grinds like the press and ballistics like the snatch and the swing. Tension is used for force production and reduction, relaxation for energy conservation.
The ROC hearkens back to a time when weight lifting was actually called “training” or “practice” and its practitioners treated the attainment of strength as a skill to be mastered, a feat to be attained. The idea of training to exhaustion was frowned upon and thought to make one weak.
Working out in the ROC system is reserved for metabolic conditioning, the attainment of stamina, specific for the trainee's end goal. It is not as some suppose, the exercising to exhaustion as the purpose or definition of the training session (That was intense?more HIT anyone?).
This type of training not only exhausts the trainee's adaptive abilities but also promotes injuries. The ROC system on the other hand, fortifies the trainee against injury, allowing him or her to continue to practice his or her skill more and more frequently, hardening the body and preparing it for whatever endeavor the trainee undertakes outside his or her own “courage corner.”
Because we have determined that you are incompetent at this exercise you've never performed before, we have a four-week beginner program with a fancy name that coincidently also has big fancy words in its name, (Integrated Proprioceptive Post-Synaptic Stabilization Facilitation Training?also known as Phase 1 of 37), that will allow you to be better at the exercises you are incompetent at that you've never performed. The ROC on the other hand approaches exercise as easy and asks the simple questions, “What can you do?”
The ROC also provides the answers to the questions: “Can't feel your lat while you press?here, perform this drill;” “Feel your low back while you're performing swings?no problem?let's correct it with this drill.” Strength v. Mobility It used to be believed in the sporting world, that lifting weights would make you muscle-bound.
It does, if performed incorrectly, a-la-Joe Wader and Muscle and Fiction ?uh, fitness. Just go to your local health club and look at the number of guys with ILS? Imaginary Lat Spread.
I have met a number of individuals who are yoga practitioners or Pilates followers who have great hamstring flexibility, but major lower back issues. I can't count the number of times I have had clients with tight weak hamstrings.
A few weeks later after some hip extension exercises, they finally understand why the years of static stretching never paid off. The press is a great rotator cuff strengthening exercise allowing for greater stability of the highly mobile and often injured shoulder joint.
Not that that is necessarily bad, because bodybuilders want big muscles, and if you're into that-- good for you, the ROC can help you. Now, as the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright noticed, form does follow function, so a little muscle gain is to be expected, but that just gives the trainee a pleasant shape to his or her body.
As mentioned previously, there is a place for both training and “working out” in the ROC system, and increasing the amount of work you can perform and recover from is not only the way to improve overall general conditioning, but also maximal strength. Intensity on the other hand, stirs heated arguments in the strength community.
People get locked out of internet forums, the opposition's grammar is viciously critiqued, and insults are hurled. Traditionally, it is generally accepted that volume and intensity are inversely related.
Integration v. Isolation Many training programs are still heavily influenced by the bizarre-o world of bodybuilding. Even as a college strength coach, I'd see programs that included specialized exercises for the soles?which could be argued as a necessity for the individual recovering from an Achilles tendon repair, but for the healthy athlete?
The body, in its intuitive wisdom, only responds to movements and thus there is no such thing as “isolating a muscle.” Upon landing from a jump, the body doesn't say, “I think I'll recruit only the soles to decelerate dorsiflexion of the foot and ankle complex?”
As the poet John Donne said, “No man is an island,” the same is true with your muscles. Next time you're tempted to isolate your biceps, use a crushing grip on your kettle bell and perform a slow negative with your press.
Not only will your biceps work overtime, you'll receive a nice bonus in the form of a cramping lat. And if that's not enough, perform ten reps of dead hang snatches with a 32 kg bell.
Quality v. Quantity Unlike most systems, the ROC is focused on the qualitative, or the “What kind” as opposed to the quantitative, or the “How much.” The ROC is concerned with perfecting the quality of movement first because therein lies safety and efficiency.
I think this is the reason many of the ROC recommendations are ranges, as opposed to narrow specifics. More efficient movement patterns (“what kind”) allow the trainee to perform more work (“how much”) in each training session, which in turn equals more work performed in the long run.
Just like the sound of a bell, the ROC system has to be experienced, felt?similar to standing under Big Ben in London at midday. There is much more to the ROC than I wrote about in this little article; more exercises, more nuances, more subtleties, and more fun than one trainee should be allowed to have.
I mean really, when was the last time you repeatedly threw your leg extension machine around in your backyard just for fun? Geoff Expert has been an exercise professional for 13 years and is currently the owner of Integrated Fitness Solutions in Durham, NC.
His background includes Division 1 Strength and Conditioning, Personal Training, and Post-Rehabilitation. He loves kettle bells because they remind him of his passion for the Olympic lifts, but they allow him to train anytime, anywhere without negatively affecting his current life responsibilities.
You can swing and snatch a kettle bell for more power, raise and rotate a lighter bell for shoulder health, and use them instead of dumbbells for a new training stimulus. It’s why over the decade, kettle bells have become increasingly popular with weekend warriors to athletes and everyone in between.
The best overall kettle bell should be durable, have outstanding grip, and be built to last a lifetime. We like the bell’s powder coating, which takes chalk very well and supports grip without it.
A powder-coated kettle bell that is designed for versatile workouts, has excellent grip, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Lifters need a kettle bell that will perform well in every setting with a handle that works with and without chalk.
Users that want to work out at home and need a kettle bell with a nice flat bottom finish. The best kettle bell for home workouts needs to be constructed well, focused on performance, but most importantly, drop-resistant so it doesn’t ruin floors in the event of accidents.
Kettle bells are easy to store and, as a bonus, look pretty cool. Rogue has produced a rubber-coated kettle bell, which, if dropped, won’t damage floors as badly as cast-iron or steel might.
The one downside is that these range from 25 to 70 pounds, so if you want to go lighter or heavier, you’ll need to look elsewhere. The rubber coating means that this kettle bell is more comfortable on your skin and far more floor-friendly than steel or iron varieties.
Any lifter that is overly cautious of dropping a kettle bell on their floor. Lifters that like a rubber coat for their bell when making contact with the skin.
That means there’s no welding and, therefore, sharp and painful edges or a welders' rod, which is inserted into the bell and can vibrate, which is distracting. Beginners need a kettle bell that is basic, comfortable to use, and won’t break the bank.
The coating is comfortable, the dimensions of the bell, including the handle, scale-up in size, and it’s available from 12 to 88 pounds — which is just right for most lifters. With 11 weight increments, from 13 to 88 pounds these kettle bells offer enough room for growth and a basic, comfortable design.
Recreational lifters that want a kettle bell for swings and cleans, but also more complicated flows. They’re also compact, so easier to lug around if you like to train outdoors or want to haul them with you on a road trip.
As a bonus, Perform Better is known for its stellar customer service, so you’ll feel cared for when dealing with the brand. Great kettle bells for functional fitness and CrossFit-style workouts need one key trait — and that’s versatility.
The powder coating is smooth so you won’t get nicked or cut, the textured handle prevents slippage for high-volume workouts, and the kettle bells are baked longer for a paint job that won’t wear out. This kettle bell is comfortable and very durable, making it a great choice for frequent use and varied workouts.
Folks who want a smooth bell that won’t nick or cut them during cleans and other movements. The paint job on this kettle bell won’t wear off, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
The best value kettle bell, we think, is one that delivers top quality for a price most can afford. And what you get is an American-made kettle bell, forged from a single piece of ductile iron, and then finished with an electrically-applied E Coat.
This special coating is extra resistant to corrosion, rust, and chips — so, considering that you probably won’t ever have to replace it, your money will go even further Handle diameters all vary slightly on kettle bells, which is why it’s important to take not of widths for those with smaller hands.
People will small or large hands can find a comfortable kettle bell. The grip on his bell is excellent, too, as the powder coat provides a texture that both non-chalked or chalked hands will have little issue handling.
The handle of this bell is 33 mm, so it’ll fit almost all hand sizes comfortably. Rogue’s Competition Kettle bell edges are smoothed out, achieved with a specific casting process and the materials used.
When you’re swinging or cleaning this bell for a lot of reps, you can bet you won’t cut up your skin much, if at all. A single-cast iron kettle bell that provides competition dimensions and a durable coating to ensure a long-lasting bell.
Lifters that need a kettle bell that accommodates for forearm slap during jerks and snatches. When assessing the countless kettle bells we’ve reviewed, we looked at multiple performance characteristics.
Then, to build this list, we broke every kettle bell into three main categories. Additionally, we looked at a kettle bell ’s coating, as this, like the casting process, can be a signal for long-term durability.
Accounting for factors like this helped us assess the potential life of a kettle bell, so you can be ensured your money will go the distance. On top of the durability tests, we looked at the performance of every kettle bell.
These are versatile pieces of workout equipment, so they need to perform well in multiple settings with both chalk and non-chalk users. Every handle’s coating and diameter can impact grip, so we spent extra time assessing their ability to support long-duration use.
Let’s not beat around the bush here, investing in your own home gym equipment is a pretty big deal, and you obviously want the most for your money. By taking the above two characteristics into account and comparing them with price, we tried to identify the benefits of each kettle bell for the money you’d be putting into them.
Beginners can get away with a cheaper, more basic version, while a more experienced lifter may want to invest in a nicer construction kettle bell. Or, if you engage in CrossFit or cardio workouts, then you’ll need a more comfortable bell with an outstanding grip for high-rep sets.
We take factors like construction, warranty, customer reviews, and our personal testing process all into consideration when looking at a kettle bell ’s price tag. Kettle bells are fantastic and effective training tools for a variety of reasons.
First, they’re great for training multiple modalities like power, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. It’s tough to say exactly which kettle bell exercises are the most popular or most important, however, here are five that we think are worth learning first:
Lastly, a quality kettle bell has a flat bottom finish and is void of seams and other signs of construction imperfections. For our round-up, we assess the best brands on multiple criteria including kettle bell construction, warranty, and functionality.
We think Rogue is a quality brand and a safe fallback for anyone looking for any sort of kettle bell. The kettle bell swing can be both cardio and strength focused depending on the reps, sets, and intensities you’re choosing to use.
Whereas, if you perform heavy swings for fewer reps, then you’ll have more of strength and power focus.