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Dumbbells and barbells both serve an important role in the gym, but when you really want to take a swing at dynamic new workout moves, kettlebells should be your go-to implements.
The kettlebell is a wonderfully efficient fitness tool, with its large handle teardrop design that lends itself to swings, presses, and jerks. On its own, a kettlebell can provide an incredibly potent total body and core-intensive workout, especially if you use them upside down. One study even found that a 12-minute kettlebell circuit that included swings, clean and press, and sumo squats could torch more calories than a 12-minute all-out cardio routine. Or strengthen your mind-muscle connection and activate your shoulders, triceps, back, and core in one killer move: the Halo of Death.
When you’re picking one out for your own home gym, make sure you opt for one with a secure grip and solid casting (if you’re going the solid metal route, that is). You can also choose adjustable kettlebells for more versatility, or some made out of fabric for a softer experience.
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Want even more to do with just a kettlebell? Try out these 15 KB-centric routines, with one-off moves all the way up to full-on workouts. That not enough? Check out our new Men’s Health Kettlehell program from Flowmaster Eric Leija (a.k.a. Primal Swoledier).
The full-body program uses 20-minute metabolic circuits to radically transform your physique.
Then, grab one of the options below and start training today.
TRX Training Kettlebell
These kettlebells are made using a gravity-cast molding process for the ultimate in durability and stability. And they’re available in weights from 4 to 40 kg so you can customize your own rack.
Adjustable Kettle Versa-Bell
This adjustable Kettle Versa-Bell can be customized between 16 and 36 pounds with a simple locking pin system, basically the same as any weight machine. A cast-iron handle offers a solid grip while the fire engine red base ups the cool factor.
Yes4All Vinyl Coated Kettlebell Weights Set
Kettlebells can bang up your arms and wrists until you figure out what you’re doing. These vinyl-coated cast-iron weights offer a tiny bit of buffer for your skin and floors, and the neon colors admittedly will look rad in a dullsville gray basement gym.
CAP Barbell Soft Kettlebell
For the beginner, these poly-canvas kettlebell bags are filled with iron sand so they’re less likely to hurt when you whack your noggin trying those Halos of Death. Reinforced stitching and TPR handle make the bags virtually indestructible and they won’t damage your hardwood floors if you drop them.
We love these heavy-as-hell iron kettlebells. They come with a chip-resistant coating because if you’re dropping bank on a set that looks like a gorilla, a screaming chimp, or even designs from Marvel and Star Wars, you want those things to last.
powerblock Adjustable Kettlebell
Engineers designed this all-steel block with a contoured shell for ergonomic excellence, and the magnetic locking pin allows you to customize your weight from 18 to 35 pounds in one compact contraption.
JaxJox Smart Kettlebell
This adjustable kettlebell doesn’t just give you a range of weights from 12 to 42 pounds—it’s also super smart. Track exercises and reps with built-in sensors and the companion app, which also gives you a whole series of workouts.
Crown Sporting Goods Black Cast Iron Kettlebell
For the man who is a traditionalist at heart, these logo-free black corrosion-resisting enamel-coated cast iron kettlebells get the job done—and at a reasonable price.
Rage Fitness Competition Kettlebells
As hardcore as kettlebells come, these cast-steel cross-trainers have a silky smooth handle to prevent blistering and a cool color scheme for a little beauty with your bad-ass training.
Valor Fitness Chrome Kettlebell
These chrome and cast-iron kettlebells come in weights from 8 to 70 pounds. The handles offer to crosshatch for a better grip (think: your standard gym barbell) while the rubber emblem cleanly and clearly identifies the weight.
Merrithew Soft Plus Kettlebells
These super soft lightweight kettlebells do double duty as ankle weights. Roll up the two five-pound bags for any traditional kettlebell exercise then unroll them flat for super easy storage.
This travel-friendly 1-pound attachable handle turns any set of dumbbells into a set of kettlebells. Breathe new life into gear collecting dust in your basement or pack them in your carry-on when you need to take your workout on the road and plan to hit the hotel gym.