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Posted Feb 7, 2015 by Gym Source in Fitness Accessories and tagged dumbbells, kettlebells, strength training.

What’s the Better ‘Bell for You?

Do you dismiss kettlebells in favor of dumbbells? Well, you might want to give kettlebells a try. These strength training tools pack powerful results—and experienced kettlebell enthusiasts swear by them. Here’s why.

Performing the same exercises with kettlebells as you would with dumbbells delivers a totally different workout. According to Mike Mahler on Bodybuilding.com, it all comes down to grip. The thicker handles on kettlebells mean you hold these weights differently than dumbbells. The design tilts the weight, causing alternate muscles to come into play and improve your range of motion in an exercise.

In addition, kettlebells deliver incredible strength without the bulk. Kettlebell training provides for lean, sculpted muscle tone—and helps your body’s ability to absorb shock—making it an ideal fitness routine for combat sport participants, firefighters, police officers, first responders and anyone who wants to maintain optimum fitness and flexibility all while staying lean.

An important step toward exploring kettle bells is to determine what size you need. Your personal trainer or a Gym Source team member can help you there. Just as they would with dumbbells, they’ll ask about your goals, weight and experience level, and match you with correctly sized equipment. More important than your kettlebells’ weight, however, is the technique you employ to complete each exercise. Mahler strongly advises that you learn and perfect the correct technique with lighter kettlebells first—and then switch to heavier ones (even if you already have the strength to lift heavier kettlebells). Doing so will go a long way toward preventing injury.

In terms of which brand or style of kettlebells is best, you have lots of choices. For clients tight on space, we recommend Rocketlok Adjustable Kettlebells. They allow you to adjust the weight from 14 to 20 lbs. with a ring-and-insert system. This feature provides a tremendous value and space-saving efficiency.

If you prefer specific weight levels or a smaller investment, try VTX Cast-Iron Kettlebells. These durable, professional-grade cast iron kettlebells in nine weight range from 10 to 50 lbs. and are found in commercial gyms across the nation.

We love dumbbells, but consider giving kettlebells a try. Get to Gym Source to learn more.

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