Dragondoor is great, others are good, most are shite.
Can you be more specific- I'm wondering if mine is good (safe) or crap. Is there anyway to tell?
which brands are unsafe? Thanks.
It's an iron ball with a handle. So long as the weight is accurate and it doesn't come apart when I try to use it, I don't see why any one brand would be different from the other.
I bought a set of 35s and 55s from here. Cheapest I could find. 1.50 a pound. The quality is good. Thick handles nice spacing. I trained with K bells in the late 70s and 80s to help with power lifting injuries. Now I use them for martial arts.
If you're just doing mundane 3 x 10s like you do with barbells then you shouldn't give a ****. If you start going for high-rep snatches or clean & jerks, you will quickly notice the difference in dimension and balance.
Originally Posted by AlienGunfighter
The New York Barbell KBs are pretty good, just like everything else they make.
Ader Kettlebells are decent also.
Kettlestacks will get someone killed, eventually. Anything adjustable weight are bad news.
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Last edited by SFGOON; 11/02/2007 9:22pm at .
I wouldn't know the difference between the various brands. I train with a woman who knows how to to the various kettlebell exercises, but my experience with the kettlebell itself is limited to working with the M&M-looking brand we have in the studio and a kettlestack I got to try in a sporting goods store in California. The kettlestack seemed ok, but I only messed with it for about ten minutes.
Originally Posted by SFGOON
Still, it's an iron ball with a handle. Beyond poor manufacture or obvious defects, it's like asking a person what kind of fork they prefer to use at dinner.
Last edited by AlienGunfighter; 11/03/2007 9:29am at .
Well, try using one with a fucked up finish, or one which finds that awkward spot right between your wrist and arm when you clean, snatch or press it. Based on your situation I'd guess you're doing kettlebells at about 30% of what they can provide intensity-wise. If I'm not mistaken the kind you're describing are less than 30 pounds. If they're fucked up, so what? They're covered in vinyl so you wont really pound your bones, and the handle could be a giant rattail file but it wouldn't rip your callouses.
If you choose to get into the more difficult forms of KB training, Russian style, you will become very nitpicky about the dimensions and finish of the device. The kettlbell itself may be crude, but the body mechanics required for it are extremely elegant. At 63 pounds, if something is even a little off you'll notice it.
Originally Posted by SFGOON
Het goon were do you buy them.
You've got to order them online. I like dragondoor.com kettlebells, but lots of places sell them.
SFGOON, so I guess the go-fit brand is ****, specially for actual Russian-style training. However, in your opinion, is there a way to use one of these (specially one that's over 40lbs). I'm just trying to understand what value an owner could have out of them.
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