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    Source for kettlebells?

    Looked at dragondoor ... $90 for a 36lb bell + s/h? How much money can it possibly cost to make an iron ball with a handle on it ... :)

    Anyway, if there's a cheaper or better source, please reply.

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    Not sure where it can be found, but there are plans on the web for a homemade version created from several 5 pound free weight plates and metal pipe fittings... While I am a purist and love my overpriced KBs, my buddy swears by his homemade version.

    The upside is that you can change the weight on the homemade one to suit you. The standard sized KBs available on DragonDoor are that weight and that weight only...

    There are some sites on the web as well that sell what amounts to a free weight dumbbell handle that allows you to use it as a KB (there is one that has a T handle attached to a crossbar that you put the weights onto like a DB, and there is one that is like a Y with a cross piece across the legs of the Y, with the weight attached to the downward leg, if any of that makes sense), but they are pretty pricy as well...

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    I'm not about to seach for it - but I believe in the crossfit forums you should be able to find some posts on homemade KB's

    http://www.crossfit.com

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    No. 6,

    Good question about the price. Answer: it's an historic novelty which people now-a-days over-romanticize. It's evident in the premium price they pay for a crude chunk of metal.

    Kind of like the AK-47. The only nations which use them are those which can't afford anything else.

    If someone has to play it cheap, like those who concieved of the kettlebell in the first place, you'd be improvising your own stuff with pipes.

    It's a peculiar switcheroo of sentiment.
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    Wow, that was enlightening.
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    Originally posted by keinhaar
    No. 6,

    Good question about the price. Answer: it's an historic novelty which people now-a-days over-romanticize. It's evident in the premium price they pay for a crude chunk of metal.

    Kind of like the AK-47. The only nations which use them are those which can't afford anything else.

    If someone has to play it cheap, like those who concieved of the kettlebell in the first place, you'd be improvising your own stuff with pipes.

    It's a peculiar switcheroo of sentiment.
    So, I take it you disapprove of KBs?

    To each their own. I have seen some "regulars" in our gym cast disparaging glances in our direction, and that's fine... Interestingly, though, we've had plenty of folks come up and ask about them, and none of them were the big, bad, buff guys... In fact, of the few "regulars" that I've spoken to, none of them wanted to even try the KB out... Go figure.

    Whatever. I love 'em, and I'll stick with them.

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    I don't disapprove. Weight is weight. Great progress in my early teens was with a rickety bench and plastic coated cement plates. If KBs were a bargain, I'd be all over them. As it is, cast dumbells and plates go for about 50 cents per pound. The aforementioned KB is a little over $3 per pound. Don't even want to think about shipping.

    It's just not my thing to pay more for that which doesn't conveniently (or cheaply) accomodate the basic things which have been hitherto shown to streamline the weight lifting process, i.e. progressive resistance.
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    Would these kettlebells work with my steroids and hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from GNC?
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    Not without zoobas, dumbass.

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    Because I don't really feel I 'm training with enough aliveness.
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