Exercise Equipment: Kettlebells

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Kettlebells are much more than just funny shaped weights. Over the past few years kettlebells have been making their way more and more into the American workout scene. Anything you can do with weights can be done with kettlebells, but how do you know which kind of bell may be right for you?

As you can see there are different types of kettlebells. The two basic types are classic (pictured below) and competition or sport kettlebells (pictured above). As with any weights there are several different brands. Ultimately the kettlebell you use should fit the style of exercise you are planning to perform.

With classic kettlebells, typically the size of the handle and bell itself gets larger as the bell gets heavier. Handle sizes for the general user are picked based off client comfort. These kettlebells may be coated in plastic and made of cast iron.

Likewise, competition kettlebells may be made of different materials, such as cast iron or steel. However, they are never coated in plastic. Competition bells will appear to be all the same size regardless of weight. This ensures that technique never changes as weight increases or decreases. Additionally, handle sizes may vary slightly by manufacturer, but within one brand they will be uniform across weights. Competition bells can be used by anyone, but are specially designed for kettlebell sport competitors.

Personally, I love the holistic and dynamic nature of kettlebells. As many of my clients can attest, from time to time (or maybe a bit more frequently) kettlebells find their way into their workouts. They may be challenging, but they are one of the best ways to work multiple areas at once. Stay tuned for future exercise technique posts that will break down the benefits of the goblet squat, kettlebell swing, clean, snatch, and how you can benefit from exercises such as these.

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