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    Cool Are There Any Good Adjustable Kettlebells?

    Does anyone have advice on a good adjustable kettlebell? I'm building a garage gym and trying not to break the bank as well as save space.

    I found one on amazon called the "Kettlebud" that uses olympic plates - looks like it would work for swings and higher-weight WODs. Any thoughts?
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    Originally Posted by cincydemayo View Post
    Does anyone have advice on a good adjustable kettlebell? I'm building a garage gym and trying not to break the bank as well as save space.

    I found one on amazon called the "Kettlebud" that uses olympic plates - looks like it would work for swings and higher-weight WODs. Any thoughts?
    I hadn't heard of the Kettlebud. Here's the picture from Amazon:



    It looks like it'd work okay for swings. I wouldn't want to use it for cleans or snatches or any overhead movement.

    The handle diameter is 2". This could be either good or bad depending upon how much of a grip workout you want.
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    I have this one:



    which works as well as a regular competition kettlebell.

    However, I'm not sure if they are available any longer.
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    Originally Posted by Jetigen View Post
    I still have misgivings about using the Ironmaster Kettlebell overhead. It's not about safety; I think it should be safe so long as you check the lock-screw between sets and are willing to stop a set if you begin to hear a rattle.

    The problem I have with it is that, while it can be used for cleans and snatches, the technique for these movements is somewhat different than when using conventional kettlebells. I discuss this at length in this thread:

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=137559523

    I had to relearn these movements (swings and snatches) when I switched to using conventional bells.
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    Originally Posted by cincydemayo View Post
    Does anyone have advice on a good adjustable kettlebell? I'm building a garage gym and trying not to break the bank as well as save space.

    I found one on amazon called the "Kettlebud" that uses olympic plates - looks like it would work for swings and higher-weight WODs. Any thoughts?
    My thoughts...

    If you truly need an adjustable bell, I think one like Daniel has is the way to go.

    If you're only doing swings, then you have a lot of choices. The Ironmaster Kettlebell is awesome for two handed swings. But you can also use a T-Handle w/ weight plates or a Bulgarian Bag.

    However, fixed weight kettlebells don't take up that much space. If you're patient, you can get them for a good price if you buy used. Consider getting two or more bells, spaced 4kg apart. 4kg is close enough in weight to allow you to double bell work with them. E.g. if you have a 20kg and 24kg bells, you pair these to do 44kg double bell swings. (Just alternate which hand holds the heavier bell on each set.)
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    Originally Posted by KBKB View Post
    The problem I have with it is that, while it can be used for cleans and snatches, the technique for these movements is somewhat different than when using conventional kettlebells.
    I stopped doing kettlebell exercises after my back went out while doing swings. Maybe I'll come back to kettlebell training one day. At the moment I use one of my IM kettlebells only for doing weighted dips and pull-ups. For me there is no going back to weighted exercises with plates or dumbbells. Only IM kettlebells.
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    Adjustable Kettlebell options still leave a lot to be desired.

    Average looking, durable, fast to change, light weight
    https://staminaproducts.com/product/...le-versa-bell/
    https://powerblock.com/product/adjustable-kettlebell/

    Average looking, not durable, fast to change
    https://powerblock.com/product/pro-s...lebell-handle/

    Very pretty, not durable, light weight, fast to change
    https://www.bowflex.com/selecttech/8...ll/100790.html

    Pretty, durable, slow to change, heavy weight
    https://www.kettlebellkings.com/12-3...le-kettlebell/

    Ironmaster Kettlebell, ugly, slow to change, heavy weight

    Also my understanding is handles that taper toward the bottom restrict the range of exercises you can do. Competition style rectangular handles are better. That's another shortcoming of Ironamster, Powerblocks, cast iron etc.

    Another shortcoming of the Ironmaster I'm personally sensitive to is smell of the paintjob.

    I like how https://powerblock.com/product/adjustable-kettlebell/ is fast to change, cheap, durable. Don't know how the flat design works in practice, seems too different from the traditional form.

    The best adjustable kettlebell is somewhere in between these. The speed of weight changes from the bowflex or powerblock https://powerblock.com/product/adjustable-kettlebell/ designs. The visual from the Bowflex or https://www.kettlebellkings.com/12-3...le-kettlebell/

    Seems like a no-brainer. I'm not big on kettlebells or industrial design so correct me where I'm wrong.
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    Old, old thread!

    Originally Posted by Detrus View Post
    Pretty, durable, slow to change, heavy weight
    https://www.kettlebellkings.com/12-3...le-kettlebell/
    The one that I left quoted above is the only one of the bunch that you linked that I'd consider. It's shaped like a real kettlebell, so it's suitable for overhead movements.
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    Originally Posted by KBKB View Post
    Old, old thread!



    The one that I left quoted above is the only one of the bunch that you linked that I'd consider. It's shaped like a real kettlebell, so it's suitable for overhead movements.
    $420 for a max weight of 70.4 lbs? The loadable handles are the way to go.
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    Originally Posted by supramax View Post
    $420 for a max weight of 70.4 lbs? The loadable handles are the way to go.
    You're right - that price is way too high.

    I own a bunch of fixed weight kettlebells, but mostly use only one or two weights. I think it makes sense to buy one or two fixed weight bells and do all movements with that weight.

    If all you care about are swings, then loadable handles are the way to go.
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    Originally Posted by KBKB View Post
    You're right - that price is way too high.

    I own a bunch of fixed weight kettlebells, but mostly use only one or two weights. I think it makes sense to buy one or two fixed weight bells and do all movements with that weight.

    If all you care about are swings, then loadable handles are the way to go.
    Swings, carries, deadlifts and hang squats, to be precise.
    Kettlebell snatches etc., etc., are bastardizations.
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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    I was looking for 100 lb weight set to do squats, overhead press, cleans, dumbbell movements like lateral raises, curls and quick weight change during workouts. Powerblocks were an option but with squats the leg positions are limited unless you get their barbell, which is bulky, weird looking, hard to hide. The https://powerblock.com/product/pro-s...lebell-handle/ together with dumbbells is also hard to hide.

    Bowflex would have been just right around 50 lbs for me. Their site has videos of athletes with top kettlebell form. Is it?

    https://youtu.be/PA7FjKvXbPc
    https://www.bowflex.com/selecttech/8...ll/100790.html

    If they can get used to it that's reassuring.

    Ironmaster form here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyUroWYy8GQ is less reassuring. Another athlete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLAz06UHqLY has it slamming on his forearm. Is that typical of cast iron kettlebells vs the competition style? This vid seems to show that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D-9QSY0N5w
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    Originally Posted by KBKB View Post
    Old, old thread!



    The one that I left quoted above is the only one of the bunch that you linked that I'd consider. It's shaped like a real kettlebell, so it's suitable for overhead movements.
    But wait, you owned the Ironmaster https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=137559523

    You don't think it's a worthwhile option after owning conventional kettlebells?
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