Kettlebells are pieces of exercise equipment that have been
around for decades, as far back as the 1700s. But, only recently, have
kettlebells regained their popularity. You’ve probably seen these dumbbell-like
weights before, and you may have even tried to use them yourself in your
strength training. Athletes of any age and of any level of physical ability can
take advantage of this incredible tool.
Interested in incorporating kettlebells into your strength
training routine? If you’re unfamiliar with them, or are considering what’s
best for you, then this buyer’s guide will make shopping much easier.
What are kettlebells?
A kettlebell is a cast iron ball, aptly described as a
cannonball with handles. The off-centered weight of the kettlebell forces you
to engage multiple muscle groups at once, and properly work your core. A
kettlebell can be used in a wide variety of exercises, such as squats, pulls,
overhead throws, rotational training, and much more. For these reasons,
kettlebells are also considered to be much more effective than dumbbells in
developing strength, power, endurance, and balance.
First and foremost, you should be able to comfortably grasp
the kettlebell using either or both hands. If the handle is too thin, it will
be awkward and painful to handle, and may slip out of your hand. It it’s too
thick, you will simply be unable to grip the handle at all. Also, many
kettlebells have a seam on the underside of the handle, which can damage your
hands especially in swinging exercises, so make sure that this seam is not
The surface of the kettlebell, including the handle, can
also have an effect on how you’re able to perform with it. It should be the
perfect balance of smoothness and graininess, and should have an even finish, free
of chips, to prevent skin bruising and injury, and to not impede your training.
Choosing the appropriate size kettlebells depends on your
comfort and experience. It’s recommended that men who are novices begin with
kettlebells weighing between 26 and 35 pounds, and men who are more experienced
begin with 35 to 44 pounds. For women beginners, it’s best to start with
roughly 13-18 pounds, and experienced women can start with 18-26 pounds. You don’t
necessarily have to get a whole set of kettlebells to reap the benefits. You
can begin with just one or two, and then gradually add more as you become more
accustomed to it.
At Fitness Rush,
we carry durable kettlebells in a range of sizes, both individually and in sets, by top brands like Body
Solid and Kettleworx. As an added convenience, we also carry handy kettlebell racks for easy storage. Come in today, and test our kettlebells for yourself. For more fitness equipment
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