It is nearly impossible to enter any gym without tripping over them or getting hit by someone doing swings. The question is: are they a superior training tool than dumbbells and barbells?
- Great for core strength
- Increased fat loss
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane to see where kettle bells come from and what they are good for.
The current madness is actually the second renaissance kettle bells are enjoying. They had their first go around in the glorious ’80s, when a former Speznaz (Soviet Special Forces) instructor brought them to America. Since it was the height of the Red Scare (we all watched Rocky IV), everyone believed that anything coming out of the Eastern Bloc must be super advanced but guess what? The Soviets used kettle bells due to shortage of materials: this is what they had!
- in rehab and mobility work
- if you compete with kettle bells, of course, you have to use them in training
- if you are in need of a doorstop
- thick handles are tough to hold onto past a certain weight. If you can squat or bench more than 50 lbs, kettle bells have no use whatsoever.
- not well designed for any type of pressing, so what you’re stuck with is a cumbersome and poorly built dumbbell.
Communism failed us again.