Dumbbells VS Kettlebells
Which one is better? Will one really help you achieve better, faster results than the other?
I have seen this debate only grow in the past few months because kettlebells are still becoming more popular in commercial gyms and they are being sold at sports stores.
Now, some people swear by kettlebells and say they are the best thing since sliced bread.
Well, here’s the truth of the dumbbell versus kettlebell debate: there is no “winner.” Neither tool will help you achieve better results than the other.
I’m not putting down dumbbells or kettlebells. I train with dumbbells very frequently, and here lately I have been doing a lot of kettlebell complexes for conditioning and some extra fat burning work.
The most important thing to remember is this: you can get amazing results with any tool, or even none at all. What matters is that you train smart, train hard, and train consistently.
What that means is that you can get incredible fat loss and muscle building results by only using your bodyweight – as long as you followed the three rules above.
It also means that you can get amazing results using nothing but kettlebells, or dumbbells, other free weights, and with the TRX bodyweight trainer.
Don’t get caught up in the hype and fads of the fitness industry and think that one thing is “magic” solution.
Are kettlebells a great tool? Absolutely, and I love training with mine. They provide versatility, some movements with kettlebells (snatches, cleans, high pulls, just to name a few) are completely different than similar exercises with a dumbbell, they are travel friendly, and they are fun!
If you want to get more results in less time, don’t look for the “next best thing” or the “best training tool” available. Instead, find a tool that will help you stay motivated to train and fits into your lifestyle. Or, do what I do, and use as many different tools as you possibly can!
Here’s a list of training tools I use routinely:
-Sandbags (don’t buy one, learn How to Make Your Own Sandbag)
-TRX bodyweight trainer
-Bodyweight only exercises
I would never say one tool is superior to the other; they all have their place and time to be used.
If you train at home and don’t want to deal with any equipment, then bodyweight workouts are the way to go. You can check out some highly effective, bodyweight only workouts here: http://FatLossAnywhere.com.
Now, if you train at home and only use your bodyweight, then I simply cannot speak highly enough about the TRX bodyweight trainer. If all you do is bodyweight training, this tool is priceless, in my opinion. I would never leave home without this, and you can check it out here: http://TRXbodyweight.com.
Now back to the kettlebell debate. There is nothing “magical” about them, but I’ll admit they are very fun to train with, and you can work your entire body with only a single kettlebell; trust me, I have done this multiple times in the past few weeks!
If you are going to invest in a kettlebell (or kettlebells) do yourself a favor and purchase a high quality bell. Don’t get one at the local sports store – they just don’t compare to the ones at http://WorldsBestKettlebells.com. If you get a great, well made kettlebell, it will last for the rest of your life.
However, before you make your decision in what to train with, remember that no one tool is superior to the other. Train with something that keeps you motivated, fits into your life, and allows you to keep making progress. And if you can, use as many different tools as possible for variety.