What is a Kettlebell
Kettlebell is one of the most popular sports gear. Both men and women, amateur and professional athletes consider this sports equipment as their favorite. In most cases, kettlebell looks like a balloon with a handle for a comfortable and firm grip. Kettlebell lifting is great for a harmonious body development. Beside developing musculature, regular workouts will quickly improve your respiratory and cardiovascular systems as well as stamina. As weight-lifting exercises spring all athlete’s body muscles into action, a home training with a kettlebell is worth a gym workout.
If you are a sports enthusiast and want to reach the peak of your physical capacity, it’s useful to consider dumbbells that can also be useful for your workouts.
What Features to Compare
The first thing you should consider before buying a kettlebell is its type. Let’s consider the main types of such sports gear!
In terms of design, this sports equipment is divided into classical one-piece and adjustable kettlebells. The weight of one-piece kettlebells is fixed. As to adjustable kettlebells, their weight can be shifted by adding or taking away some plates.
In terms of material, kettlebells can be classified according to the following:
- Cast iron bells. As some models of such bells are rubber-coated, they make less noise when placed on the floor. What's more, they don't scratch it. These weights are good for both gym and home use.
- Steel bells are considered to be the most reliable to use and to have the longest lifespan. Such masses are often covered with a rust-resistant coating which makes their appearance more stylish. This sports gear is manufactured mostly for gym workouts.
- Plastic bells consist of a plastic body filled with sand, cement or metal chips. Such bells are excellent for home workouts. Sometimes these models feature rubber coating that makes them safe for your floor.
- Leather kettlebells filled with metal fragments are less injury-causing. They are often used for fitness or school sports classes.
The weight of such sports equipment is the next aspect worth paying attention to. In fact, kettlebell lifting is a great physical activity for jumpstarting your cardio and springing into action all the muscles throughout your body. If you are a novice weightlifter, we would recommend you not to overload your muscles and heart performing exercises with too heavy bells. Since your muscles may not be prepared for an advanced training load, it will be better to increase it little by little. When you already see that a certain weight doesn't have any impact on your body, it's high time to add more plates or shift to a heavier one-piece kettlebell.
Finally, look through the conveniences of a kettlebell’s maintenance. Note that the coating of a bell’s handle should be reliable not to slip out of your hands. Thus, you’d better go with a bell that has a powder-coated handle. To add to it, take into consideration that some kettlebell models feature a vinyl shell. Due to these shells, bells are going to be easier and safer on your floor. Moreover, they will prevent wear and tear of this sports equipment.