Dumbbells and barbells both serve an important role in the gym, but when you really want to take a swing at dynamic new workout moves, kettlebells should be your go-to implements.
The kettlebell is a wonderfully efficient fitness tool, with its large handle teardrop design that lends itself to swings, presses, and jerks. On its own, a kettlebell can provide an incredibly potent total body and core-intensive workout, especially if you use them upside down. One study even found that a 12-minute kettlebell circuit that included swings, clean and press, and sumo squats could torch more calories than a 12-minute all-out cardio routine. Or strengthen your mind-muscle connection and activate your shoulders, triceps, back, and core in one killer move: the Halo of Death.
When you’re picking one out for your own home gym, make sure you opt for one with a secure grip and solid casting (if you’re going the solid metal route, that is). You can also choose adjustable kettlebells for more versatility, or some made out of fabric for a softer experience.
The full body program uses 20 minute metabolic circuits to radically transform your physique.
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Kettlebells can bang up your arms and wrists until you figure out what you’re doing. These vinyl-coated cast-iron weights offer a tiny bit of buffer for your skin and floors, and the shocking blue color admittedly will look rad in a dullsville gray basement gym.
As hardcore as kettlebells come, these cast-steel cross-trainers have a silky-smooth handle to prevent blistering and a cool color scheme for a little beauty with your badass training.
For the man who is a traditionalist at heart, these logo-free black corrosion-resisting enamel-coated cast iron kettlebells get the job done—and at a reasonable price.
For the beginner, these poly-canvas kettlebell bags are filled with iron sand so they’re less likely to hurt when you whack your noggin trying those Halos of Death. Reinforced stitching and TPR handle make the bags virtually indestructible and they won’t damage your hardwood floors if you drop them.
This travel friendly 1-pound attachable handle turns any set of dumbbells into a set of kettlebells. Breathe new life into gear collecting dust in your basement or pack them in your carry-on when you need to take your workout on the road and plan to hit the hotel gym.