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Old 04-03-2009, 12:39 PM   #1
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Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

OK, how about adjustable KBs. Anybody try these? I have found several different kinds. Lorna and other experienced KB what do you think? Many of them look uncomfortable for all but swings.


All w/f safe

The most bizarre thing, a fabric KB. The list of materials to add to the sack is extensive and pretty funny.
http://www.packweight.com/

Iron Woody's look just like kettle stack. People have remarked on this board that the handle is rather narrow -- and it's plastic!
http://www.ironwoodyfitness.com/kettle-grips.php

http://www.kettlestack.com/

A plastic jug... and an uncomfortable-looking series of fill-able steel KBs up to 150 pounds.
http://www.artofstrength.com/OnlineS...2/Default.aspx

From Weider, quite pricey
http://www.getpowerbell.com/?gclid=C...FRUhnAodOQlSVg

Australian, pricey but looks just like a competition KB! Adjustable from 6.5 to 40 kgs. Anybody know of one like this here in the US?
http://www.kettlebells.com.au/store/...ettlebell.html

This one is KB-shaped and made in the US, but only ranges from 9 to 25 pounds. The larger one doesn't seem available. Their website seems quite unused!
http://www.uskettlebells.com/store/p...5a9864c697bd77

This hollow bell from USGA looks like the best to me... Good grip, good competition shape, price not too bad.
http://www.usgsf.com/news.html

Any comments? Has anybody tried these?
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

Don't buy.
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Old 04-04-2009, 05:36 AM   #3
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

Vanessa,

Have you checked out the Play It Again Sports by Walmart on Nelson. They have the Apollo (I think) KBs. Not the top of the line and you have to try out each in the weight you are looking for as they vary a bit in feel and may need to be touched up with a file, but with no shipping (except what may be built into the price), they may be the right price. I know that if I bought another KB, I would just go there.

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Old 04-04-2009, 06:27 AM   #4
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

Ironmaster is supposed to be coming out with a KB handle that uses their dumbbell plates soon:

http://www.samsfitness.com.au/blog/u...dumbbells.html W/F/S

I have the Ironmaster adjustable dumbbells and love them.
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

I'm with Jason.

I had a set of the 'high option' Kettlestacks - they sucked.

Buy real Kettlebells.
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

So... WHY do they suck? Some of these really do look useless for anything but swings, but why not get one for that? I can swing my two smaller bells together, but I need a heavier bell now. I'm getting stronger, and I like the way a barbell can be loaded with just 5 pounds more.

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http://www6.mailordercentral.com/iro...sp?number=1275

Here's another one, they claim this model was the first kettlebell available in the US period.


Paul - yes, that place is great. That's where I got my smaller bells. And I will look at them much more closely next time after getting an asymetrical 16 kg bell!

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:06 AM   #7
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

If you just want to do swings make one of these.

http://www.davedraper.com/blog/2006/...ise-equipment/ (WFS)
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:05 AM   #8
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Very nice!
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:09 PM   #9
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

Vanessa,

I found the kettlestacks to be poorly manufactured and poorly designed (slippery plastic handle, flimsy metal 'bands', plates are 'bolted' together - bolts are constantly backing off - major safety issue).

I also personally find the idea of 'micro adjustments' of minimal use with the exercises kb's are best suited for.

Incidentally, switching weights on the kettlestack is a pain in the ***. You also need primarily 2.5#, 5# and 7.5# plates to make a decent 'shaped' bell. It's been argued you can save $$ if you already have std. plates, but I doubt most people have multiple sets of the 7.5#'s I found necessary to make these units even partially useful.

For me, the best reason to own kb's is the kb snatch. Any movement such as this where the 'bell contacts the forearm/wrist or is racked (snatch, clean, tgu, press etc) is uncomfortable - not 'good uncomfortable' in the CrossFit sense, but annoying and distracting.

Even though I personally prefer kb's, if all you want is swings I would use dumbbells. If you want more from your kb's, buy some quality ones. My though is that buying good kb's is a safe investment - I've not heard of many quality 'bells wearing out.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:13 PM   #10
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Re: Exhaustive list of adjustable KBs - comments please

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Originally Posted by Paul Yoder View Post
If you just want to do swings make one of these.

http://www.davedraper.com/blog/2006/...ise-equipment/ (WFS)
I was coming back here to post exactly that link.

Here are a few more along the same theme and in that mix, one ready made commercial offering.
Sorinex' commercial version
http://store.sorinex.com/Hungarian_C...ed_p/hcb-1.htm
An expanded version of the article Paul posted
http://www.davedraper.com/pmwiki/pmw...mWiki/T-Handle
Using a hose clamp to hold the plates tight
http://rosstraining.com/blog/2008/12...demonstration/
A version that can use Olympic plates
http://mkonen.com/bblog/equipment/hu...re-blaster-20/

All WFS

On most of these you can't do an american (overhead) swing, but by adding a locking device above the plates it might be possible. As they are, for eye level swings I think they'd be perfect for a home gym and if well made, for a CF box.
I haven't made one yet, plumbing fittings being harder to track down here than they are in the US, but when I do I'm going to slip a collar for a standard bar on the vertical pipe and see if that will keep the plates in place.
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