In training rooms across America, from urban fitness centers to basement gyms, hard-core lifters and other fitness enthusiasts are pushing themselves with Kettlebells. Best described as cannonballs with handles, these iron spheres originated in Russia as the muscle-building tool of choice for Red Army soldiers and athletes.
Today "KB" workouts, which produce particularly impressive gains in the legs, hips and shoulders, are all the rage. There are more muscles involved in balance and leverage with the kettlebell; you work every muscle just keeping them up and moving them around you. By training with Body-Solid kettle bells, you'll achieve strength, endurance and body shaping as you build core strength with every successive workout.
Body-Solid Kettlebells come in a range of weights to help you build strength, increase endurance and improve agility incrementally as you become accustomed to using them for:
|Excellent quality, if you want pounds, not kilos - New England Yankee|
|Rate: 5 out of 5|
I just spent an hour going through the stock of a local fitness company. The Body Solid kettlebells are really well-finished - not quite as smooth as the picture makes it out to be, but close (!) and quite a bit smoother and better finished than the GoFit, Cap, Troy, Apollo, and Powermax bells I looked at recently. I found several that I could buy and never bother to touch up the handles, in fact. They're almost as smooth as most epoxy coated kettlebells.
The handles graduate in size somewhat, but are roughly 1 3/8" or 35 mm through most of the range (appx. 20 - 50 pounds), and a bit smaller below that and a bit larger above. Space inside the handle is a bit under 3", but measurements were hard to get very accurately with a tape measure. Suffice it to say that handle diameters are sufficiently beefy, and space is certainly mainline.
The paint on all the examples I saw, except one oddball, was shiny black. Body Solid describes it as enamel, though the dealer insisted it was powder coat. It scratches white, and some on the rack showed some scratches like this. I actually preferred the matte finish on the oddball, but the dealer insisted that all new ones are the shiny black.
I like them, and they're well-priced. The only problem - for me - is that I prefer kettlebells in conventional kilo weights, as virtually every book, video, training regime, article, etc. that you read on kettlebells uses kilos (standards weights start with 4kg and go up in 4kg increments). Pound weight is a non-issue for the 35 pounder, as it's only 3 ounces different than a 16 kilo bell. The 55 pounder, however is 2.2 pounds heavier than a 24. Body Solid doesn't make bells above 75 pounds. All competition bells, should you develop that interest, are in standard kilogram weight progressions as well.
|5 pounders are a scarce commodity - Louise Corley "Boomer trainer"|
|Rate: 4 out of 5|
|I am a personal trainer that specializes in "boomers and seniors." The 10 lb kettle bells are too difficult for many women this age to handle. They become discouraged and quit. The 5 lb. kettlebell is perfect to ease the women into this strength-building program. 5 lbs kettlebells are scarce as hens teeth but are a valuable asset to getting clients interested in continuing the program.|
|its a kettlebell - Thomas Leon Simpson "kettlebell warrior"|
|Rate: 4 out of 5|
|Its a kettlebell, very nice and lot cheaper in price than the rkc kettlebells, shinier and has nice smooth finish, would buy again, but I dont need another Kb at this moment, I have this one and the 35 pound rkc Kb|
|good product(s) - Robert Wilkinson|
|Rate: 5 out of 5|
|I bought two fifteen pounders to start with and these particular bells are well built with good gripping handles! I will be upgrading to the twenty pounders sooner than later.|
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