Due to their robustness and versatility, Kettlebells are very popular for functional fitness training. They're a great full-body workout solution and are even used in the Military. Usually, kettlebell training involves a circuit of full-body compound movements. This style of training has recently surged in popularity due to kettlebell accessibility during the recent national lockdowns.
How are Kettlebells different from Dumbbells?
The main difference between kettlebells and dumbells is their weight distribution. A dumbbell's weight is balanced on either side of the handle, making them ideal for push and pull movements, whereas the weight of a kettlebell is centred below the handle. This makes the kettlebell well suitable for movements like the snatch, clean, and swing. They're also designed to be near-indestructible, making a good addition to any home gym.
What exercises can I do with Kettlebells?
Kettlebells are incredibly versatile and can be used for almost any exercise. Some kettlebell specific exercises include the kettlebell clean, kettlebell snatch, kettlebell swing, and notably the infamous Russian get-up. Check out this kettlebell strength workout for some ideas.
What weight Kettlebells should I buy?
If you're looking to use your kettlebell for slow, controlled movements, your current dumbbell weight can be a good indicator. If you want to try more 'jolting' movements, like snatches and swings, make sure you start light until your body gets used to the moment to prevent injury. A good way to indicate your strength at home if you don't own weights is to fill up a bag with water bottles or household objects and see how your body manages with the load. A filled 1L bottle of water is approximately 1kg. If you're still unsure or have any other questions, reach out to us, and we'll be happy to help.