Kettle bells … crazy fad or legitimate fitness tool?
A few years ago kettlebells reached the peak of the hype cycle.
They are not a miracle tool for fitness, but they are a solid choice for your home gym or garage gym that let you do some things you couldn’t do otherwise.
And they are a lot of fun.
Let’s talk about why you should have kettlebells in your home gym.
Kettlebells Look Cool. Kettlebells are Sexy.
They are a conversation starter.
Let’s face it – a really big kettlebell just looks evil.
It’s a cannonball with a handle.
Is there a “sexy” piece of workout equipment? We vote for the kettlebell.
Secondly, kettlebells are part of the modern training landscape.
Do you consider yourself a home fitness guru or expert?
You’ve got to know kettlebell basics, at least.
Kettlebells Have a Handle
The handle on the kettlebell makes them superior to dumbbells for exercises like the kettlebell swing.
Can you do these with a dumbbell?
Yes, but it’s not that safe – especially when the weight is heavy and you are tired (or sweaty.)
And, as discussed previously, kettlebells just look cooler.
Kettlebells can be held in the rack position
Here’s the “rack” position.
You can use this hold for one or two kettlebells.
And that means this is the BEST way to add significant weight to movements like the pistol squat, or goblet squat.
The upsides of the rack position?
You aren’t grip limited – which means your grip won’t tire before whatever exercise you are doing is complete.
It’s pretty stable, because of how you hold the weight.
And you can add some pretty serious weight – imagine having two 70 lb kettlebells in the rack position.
Or, use it single armed – like for a pistol squat.
Kettlebells – great for Power Exercises
You can do kettlebell cleans and snatches.
These are Power exercises – because they require you to use great force strength in a short amount of time.
You can do these with dumbbells.
But – kettlebells are much cooler.
Kettlebells In Your Garage Gym – In Summary
Kettlebells are the sort of thing that sets apart a run of the mill workout space from a great workout space.
Add kettlebells to your setup and you’ll find they are fun, challenging, and rewarding.