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Old 05-09-2006, 01:34 AM   #11
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That's not a kettlebell, that's a sawed in half tricep bar.
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:04 AM   #12
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Check on that!
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Old 05-09-2006, 03:20 PM   #13
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This is looking a lot like an Equipment thread, so over it goes...
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:58 PM   #14
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I bought a set of hex dumbells for my gym, 20-45lbs in pairs for $90. During Dragon Door's one day sale, I bought one 36lb kettlebell for just under $100. That was the special sale price!

The cost difference is huge. You can always find someone selling used dumbells for cheap. Kettlebells are cool but they are pretty far down the totem pole when you are outfitting your own garage gym.
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:00 AM   #15
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i own both kb and db and find the kb to be superior for several reasons:

1. handle width seemed to increase my grip strength
2. db just felt awkward doing one arm swings, snatches, clean and jerks; always felt like the hex was going to smash me in the face too
3. i have no qualms about throwing the 1.5 pd kb in the truck when i go away but just wouldnt throw the 55 lb db in (this is just a psychological thing?) but just seems more transportable.
4. there are several exercises for kb that are just plain difficult to do with a db like figure 8s, pass thru the legs lunges, round the world, sdhp
5. if you tie a thick rope to your kb and pull it you wont dig up the grass like the hex on the db does
6. i just use the kb more than the db and they take up less space than my db do in the basement

financially the cost of db is less than kb but when i look at my workout log for the last several months this is what i see getting used the most:
c2 rower, best 850 you will ever spend period
pull up bar
24 inch box made out of plywood, screws and some support 1x3s
tyler haas elite rings
1.5 pd kb i got off ebay
dball, 20lbs, think it was a hundred bucks
45 lb bar, 2 25lb plates and 2 45lb plates
100 plus lb truck tire i got for free from local tire place
50 lb heavy plastic sandbag i got at home depot for 10 bucks

with the exception of the rower, everything else was less than the yearly cost at a local gym, ~ $50 per month (and they dont have a rower!)

so while all my db (10lbs to 65lbs) cost less than my 4 kb (1pd x 2, 1.25 pd, 1.5pd) i just use the kb a lot more which in the long run means more to me than saving a buck or 2.
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Old 05-12-2006, 09:03 AM   #16
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I an Kettlebell addict, I tried the dumbbells thing but love the feel and versatility of the kettlebells more, they are pricy but they will last you a lifetime and even you grandkids lifetime, so a little extra money spent over the long haul is worth it.

Go to and read the article "Strong Bodies = Stong Minds" and you will see what Kettlebells have done for me.
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Old 05-12-2006, 09:44 PM   #17
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Kettlebells are great. I mainly use these for to get a sweat going instead of strength training.

In order of importance:
Bar + Bumpers
Squat Rack

That's all I own right now. The reason I put kettlebells before rings is that I can do a lot of stuff just hanging off a ledge (pullups, leg raises, etc.). The only thing I might want to add is a heavy bag and a speed rope.
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