Best Kettlebells: What are they?
Kettlebells are the most popular weight training equipment used today. They have been around since the early 1900’s and were originally developed by a Russian scientist named Pavel Tsatsouline. They consist of two metal plates attached together with rubber bands or straps, which when lifted up causes them to rotate at different speeds. This allows one to perform various exercises such as pushups, pull ups, squats, lunges etc. There are many variations of kettlebells but all have the same basic principle.
The main advantage of using kettlebells over other forms of exercise is their versatility. You can use any type of weight for any exercise you want.
For example if you wanted to do some sort of bodyweight circuit, you could choose between dumbbells, barbells or kettle bells. If you wanted to add resistance, you could add weights to your kettlebells.
Another advantage of using kettlebells is their affordability. Most gyms will sell you a set of kettlebells for $20-$30 which is less than a single plate of meat at a restaurant!
Another benefit is that they are portable so you don’t need to carry heavy things around with you.
What are the drawbacks?
Kettlebells are very beneficial to any form of exercise but there are some potential drawbacks. Unlike barbells or dumbbells you can’t control the weight as easily. In other words, you could drop the kettlebell on your foot which would be very painful and could even cause a fracture. Another potential drawback is that they are much more difficult to use than traditional weights. If you use them without proper training you may hurt yourself. If you want to learn proper form, you can take a class at your local gym or even hire a personal trainer for a few sessions.
If you have never used kettlebells before, it may be a good idea to start with a light weight. Even if you are in good shape now, the first time you pick up a kettlebell you may be surprised by how heavy it is.
Always remember to use proper form when doing any sort of weightlifting exercise.
What exercises can I do?
One of the great things about using kettlebells is that you can perform a wide variety of exercises. You can perform regular pushups, one-arm pushups, handstand pushups and many other types of pushups. They are great for squats as well as lunges. Pull-ups, rows and even turkish get-ups are also easy to perform with these weights. The best thing about them is their versatility. In the video below, you can see a few of the exercises that can be performed using these weights.
How can I get started?
The best way to get started is to buy a kettlebell set. You can find some good ones online at sites like Amazon or ebay. Make sure they are the right size for you and if possible buy a women’s set as most men’s sets are too heavy for most women. You can also buy individual kettlebells but most home gyms don’t have that many people and won’t need more than a few.
As with all forms of exercise, be sure to speak with a physician before getting started. You should also speak with a trainer or experienced friend to teach you the proper form for each exercise.
Once you are ready to get started, find a quiet spot in your home (or even outside if you prefer) and start working out!
Remember, if you aren’t having fun then you probably aren’t doing it right. Try different exercises and don’t be afraid to switch it up every once in awhile.
If you really enjoy this form of exercise then you might want to look into competing in a kettlebell competition like the worlds largest kettlebell lifting competition, the RKC!
Experiment and have fun, that’s the best way to get the most out of any type of exercise.
Where can I Buy Some?
Well you’ve come to the right place. Here at Garage Gym Gear we sell the best selection of Kettlebells at the best prices online! We have a wide selection of single Kettlebells, Sets of Kettlebells and specialty Kettlebells like the Pivothead Kettlebell. We also sell Kettlebell racks, Kettlebell DVDs and even Kettlebell Coffee Mugs!
There are affiliate links above to the items I have recommended. If you purchase from these links it will help support this site, but it won’t cost you anything extra.
Thanks for reading and all the best with your home gym!
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