They keep getting better and better, honestly – the ones which were at the Orlando RKC had a really nice finish on them, no need for sanding or dremel grinding – which was very good considering I had left such tools at home. I remember thinking how much I liked the one that I used for the snatch test, and how the handle was smooth and perfectly shaped to travel around the hand unimpeded. This principle followed suit with the smallest to the largest ones – the ratio maintained. And maybe I’ve lost my mind, but I think they have a balanced aesthetic, and are visually appealing. Can you say that for your treadmill?
A friend of mine on Facebook had read an article by Andrew Read, head of Dragon Door Austrialia – basically his article mentioned all the reasons to stick with the Dragon Door brand – however my friend still wanted to know if there were other brands we could recomment that might be cheaper. Interestingly enough I’ve been doing some experimenting with the theory of “going ahead and getting what you really want” or “saving up for the good one” instead of buying a bunch of shoddy alternatives – that when added up… cost MORE than what you really wanted in the first place.
I went ahead and answered his question though saying:
You may eventually be irked if you try and skimp on your kettlebell purchases, seriously they last forever… Similarly, I have only one kitchen knife – it’s a Henkel Profession S chef knife – its “mate” is a professional grade Henkel honing steel – both were “expensive” compared to the “just got to walmart” mentality, but I will never need to buy another for my whole life. I use one skillet, my Grandmother’s cast iron skillet, it too will never have to be replaced. Do you want to replace your kettlebells or not? 🙂 Granted – this isn’t a common way to think.
Speaking of sizes – just got word that they added TWO NEW kettlebell sizes – 18kg and 22kg Great in-between sizes – I hope we’ll see more Iron Maiden Challengers with these now being available. I was doing weighted pull ups last night with my 20kg kettlebell… what were YOU doing?!
Here’s RKC2 Laurel Blackburn’s kettlebell comparison video!
It’s best if you go and see a local RKC or HKC Instructor and borrow one of their kettlebells, and get some instruction at the same time. They can make a recommendation for your specific needs as well. HOWEVER below is the official guide to starter kettlebell sizes from Dragon Door. It also really does correspond with my personal experience and with that of my clients:
Quick “What Do I Buy” guide:
|Kettlebell Starter Guide|
|You:||Starting Kettlebell||A Useful Set|
|Average Woman||8kg (18lbs)||8kg, 12kg, 16kg|
|Strong Woman||12kg (26lbs)||12kg, 16kg, 20kg|
|Average Man||16kg (35lbs)||16kg, 20kg, 24kg, 32kg|
|Stronger than Average Man||20kg (44lbs)||20kg, 24kg, 32kg|
|Very Strong Man||24kg||24kg, 32kg, 40kg|