Kettlebells are an excellent strength training tool worthy of consideration for a place in your home workout equipment lineup. Similar to the best dumbbells, the best kettlebells are weights that you can use to build muscular strength and endurance. The unique handle and aerodynamic design of kettlebells allows them to be swung and powerfully wielded in ways that might not be as safe with a dumbbell, allowing for a greater range of possible exercises. As such, kettlebells are versatile, cost-effective fitness equipment for those looking to work out at home but who have a limited budget and space.
SELF spoke fitness professionals about the benefits of kettlebells, what factors to consider when buying kettlebells, and tips and guides for beginners using them.
Kettlebells vs. Dumbbells for Home Workouts
If you’re new to fitness, all you need to know is that a kettlebell is basically a cannonball-shape piece of iron with an attached handle on top. “When you hold a kettlebell, the bulk of that weight is below the handle, which forces your body to stay stable and controlled while performing exercises,” explains Vanessa Liu, a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. “For example, if you hold a 15-pound dumbbell, that weight is evenly distributed across the dumbbell. But if you hold a 15-pound kettlebell, it feels more challenging because the bulk of that kettlebell weight is below the handle.”
Renee Peel, an NSCA-certified personal trainer and certified kettlebell instructor at the Fhitting Room says that there are many benefits of using kettlebells. “You can do total body, strength, power, and conditioning that is low impact,” she explains. “You can supplement them into your current training plan, or you can use them solely as your main training program. They are versatile; you can do over 100 total-body exercises with a kettlebell.”
According to Justin Meissner, an NASM-certified personal trainer, kettlebell certification instructor, and mobility specialist, kettlebells are also a wise investment due to their durability and versatility. “You don’t need a lot of them to be able to…