Homy Gyms 101

Adjustable and Fixed Size Kettlebells

kettlebellKettlebells are type of Russian weights and they were and still are very popular for increasing overall strength, endurance and agility. They are not miraculous weights nor using only them one can make miraculous results.

Nonetheless, kettlebells workouts can be very demanding and great in achieving desired goals.

Fixed Size Kettlebells

Fixed size kettlebells are commonly used in home and commercial gyms. They are usually made out of cast iron, but smaller and lighter kettlebells can be made out of plastic, aluminum or similar materials. To protect them, they are often covered with protective rubber layer - highly recommended even if you have good rubber mats in your gym or at home.

There are several manufacturers of fixed size kettlebells and here are few of the recommended models:

yes4all solid cast iron kettlebellsYes4All Solid Cast Iron Kettlebells are a cheap and affordable kettlebells that come at various weights, suitable for anybody. As one's strength progress, heavier kettlebells can be purchased as required.

These kettlebells come as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 pounds kettlebells.

They have textured wide handle for better grip - handles are wide enough even for people with larger hands. Kettlebells are painted to protect them from elements, however, they don't have thick rubber or vinyl coating.

As many other similar cast iron kettlebells, they are plain metal ball with a handle - very durable piece of workout equipment that will last for ages, even when dropped (but don't do it!).

For more info, feel free to check Yes4All Solid Cast Iron Kettlebells Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

cap barbell enamel coated cast iron kettlebell 1mCAP Barbell Enamel Coated Cast Iron Kettlebells are very durable, cast iron kettlebells with machined finish and high gloss enamel coat.

They are not color coded and they are not recommended as competition weights - recommended for home use.

However, their surface is very smooth and very gentle on the palms and fingers - firm grip required.

These kettlebells come as 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70 and 80 pounds kettlebells.

For more info, feel free to check CAP Barbell Kettlebells Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

spri deluxe vinyl coated kettlebellsSPRI Deluxe Vinyl Coated Kettlebells are color coded, vinyl coated, cast iron kettlebells.

Regardless of the weight, they come with wide grip for comfortable handling.

Vinyl coating protects kettlebells and floors from any accidental damage, unless weights are dropped with large force - no coating can help in that case.

These kettlebells are available in 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 lbs.

For more info, feel free to check SPRI Deluxe Vinyl Kettlebells Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

cap barbell vinyl coated cement kettlebellsCAP Barbell Vinyl Coated Cement Kettlebell are very affordable kettlebells available 'only' as 5, 10, 15 and 20 pounds kettlebells.

As their name suggests, they are fully vinyl coated and filled with cement - they are cheaper than cast iron kettlebells, but in the long run, they are not as durable as cast iron kettlebells.

If you need great looking kettlebells with comfortable handle, and available weights are according to your needs, consider these kettlebells.

For more info, feel free to check Cap Barbell Fitness Kettlebells Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

Of course, there are many other manufacturers of fixed size kettlebells.

Long story short - cast iron kettlebells are very durable and can last a lifetime. On the other hand, plastic kettlebells are suitable for home use and if you think that 10 pounds kettlebells can't make you sweat, you will be surprised :)

Adjustable Weight Kettlebells

Adjustable kettlebells are usually found in home gyms and their weight can be adjusted in increments. If you have space to spare, fixed size kettlebells are recommended - they are practically indestructible and can last for a lifetime.

There are several manufacturers of adjustable kettlebells and here are few of the recommended models:

stamina 36 pound adjustable kettle versa bellStamina 36-Pound Adjustable Kettle Versa-Bell provides six weight levels in four-pound increments: 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, and 36 pounds.
Handle is made out of cast iron, while weight plates are made out of steel. Handle grip is wide enough for one-handed and two-handed exercises.

This kettlebell comes with square base pad holder and requires no assembly. However, it is advisable to read the manual before starting your first exercise with these kettlebells.

If you like to exercise with varying weights, changing weights with this one can be annoying, but generally, it saves space and some money.

For more info, feel free to check Stamina 36-Pound Adjustable Kettle Versa-Bell Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

empower 3 in 1 kettlebellsEmpower 3-in-1 Kettlebell is lightweight adjustable kettlebell providing three (actually four) weight levels: 5, 8 and 12 pounds. It is also possible to achieve 9 pounds, by combining handle and lower, 4 pounds disc (upper disc has 3 pounds).

This kettlebell is made out of plastic and filled with sand. It is interesting home, into-level kettlebell system that also comes with workout DVD and illustrated workout guide.

For more info, feel free to check Empower 3-in-1 Kettlebell with DVD Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

powerblock kettle blockPowerBlock Kettle Block is block shaped adjustable kettlebell that comes in two sizes: 20 and 40 pounds.

20 pounds block has weight range of 5-20 lbs in increments - 5, 8, 12, 16, 20 lbs, while 40 pounds block has weight range of 8-40 lbs in increments: 8, 12, 16, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 lbs.

Both models come with lifetime home use warranty, but this should be checked before purchase, just in case (it can depend on the store).

Some people don't like working out with block shaped kettlebells and prefer rounded ones. In worst case scenario, wearing forearm pads is recommended to avoid any discomfort during various exercises.

For more info, feel free to check PowerBlock Kettle Block Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

Rocketlok Adjustable Kettlebells come in two sizes: 14-20 and 24-36 pounds. They are adjustable kettlebells that have traditional round shape of classic kettlebells, so there is no need for any 'transitioning' period when using these kettlebells.

rocketlok adjustable kettlebells

Kettlebells bodies and handles are made out of solid cast steel and with removable interior cylinders milled from solid steel. Cap is molded polyurethane with slide locking mechanism that keeps weights secured. This way the balance stays consistent regardless of chosen weight.

Rocketlok 14-20 Adjustable Kettlebell weights: 14, 17, 20 pounds.

Rocketlok 24-36 Adjustable Kettlebell: 24, 28, 32, 36 pounds.

Together: 14, 17, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36 pounds (not the cheapest option, but saves space and in the long run - money).

For more info, feel free to check Rocketlok 14-20 Adjustable Kettlebell and Rocketlok 24-36 Adjustable Kettlebell Amazon links (both links open in the new window).

There are many more models of fixed size and adjustable kettlebells than they are show here. Some of them even cost much more than these models.

However, regardless of their price, one has to workout seriously and continuously to achieve desired goals - without that, purchased equipment is waste of money :)

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