Adjustable Kettlebells = No

by Kilo on February 8, 2011

One of my favorite things to do is look at the family of kettlebells that lives in my back yard. I have fond memories of getting each and every one. But–some say that having a bunch of bells is folly most heinous. Why, after all, why buy a bunch of cast iron giryas when you could buy some adjustable kettlebells and see your worries all drift away?

Okay, full disclosure: I’ve never used an adjustable kettlebell outside of the story I’m about to tell you, but I did see one the other day for the first time. There’s a store here in Salt Lake City that is basically a bunch of scrap metal, grip gadgets, camping gear, and the occasional stack of weight or kbs.

adjustbale kettlebeI was in there recently and I saw one of these, made by Weider:

I picked it up and tried swinging it a little bit. Swinging a kettlebell can look a bit silly to begin with, but this was worse, and not just because I was in the middle of a crowded aisle filled with other bargain hunters. It just didn’t feel great. The quality felt flimsy and I did not like the way the handle felt.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not interested in a kettlebell that only goes up to 40 pounds. I do most of my work sets right now with a 44kg or 40 kg bell, and if I’m swinging, I’m usually swinging 300 pounds on a Stronger Grip plateau buster.

Maybe they’re fine. Maybe some people love them. But so far it just looks to me like Weider wanted to get in on the hype that kbs were getting ever since Jillian broke one out on The Biggest Loser.

What say you? Am I wrong? Anyone have any experience with these little beauties?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick Tracy February 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I just swing a bucket filled with sand. Works fine. Is cheap. Looks scary to witnesses.


John Sifferman February 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

A friend of mine gave me one of these after he got some real KB’s. Mine maxed out at 40 lbs, too. It’s been sitting in the corner of my home gym for years, and I’ve rarely used it. In the few times that I did swing it around, it was awkward and flimsy – did not feel right at all… should probably get rid of it.


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