Adding water kettlebells to your home gym opens up a wide variety of variations of many basic movements and so much more Just They are performed appropriately with a kettlebell” Dan Poley, CPTco-owner of an area training facility, and an Everlast trainer.
From squats to curls to presses, kettlebell variations allow you to challenge your muscles in different ways—and that promotes progression. In addition, some signature kettlebell moves, such as kettlebell swings, cannot be replicated comfortably with dumbbells.
While both home gym essentials share a similar small footprint, kettlebells zig zag where deaf bells zig. “Kettlebells provide a change in weight distribution compared to dumbbells,” says Boulay. “Because of the shape of the kettlebell and the different ways of holding it, it is possible to increase the difficulty of any physical movement during exercise.”
That’s right: Holding a kettlebell by its base, handle, or even upside down affects everything from the level of difficulty to how you fatigue the muscles. This is all thanks to physics and biomechanics, says Polay: “Holding them in different areas changes the leverage and momentum to provide more or less difficulty and/or stability.”