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Dumbbells vs Kettlebells (DB vs KB)
Written By : Scott Bird
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Dumbbells

Dumbbells.
Kettlebell

Kettlebell.



There’s an interesting discussion on the Dragon Door forums on the merits of dumbbells vs kettlebells. For anyone considering the purchase of their first kettlebell, some of the differences noted were :

  • kettlebells have their centre of balance off-centre, which offers the stabiliser muscle benefits usually associated with odd-object lifting
  • performing swings, snatches and cleans feels more natural and fun with kettlebells
  • From Pavel Tsatsouline :

    the ability to do many swings safely with a KB. With a large enough DB you would take your knees out with a pronated grip. With a semi-supinated grip your elbow could not handle the volume.

  • kettlebells afford a more comfortable rack position, increasing ROM in presses and making exercises such as Front Squats a little easier

I’d add the following :

  • kettlebells have a thick, curved handle; ensuring a great grip workout every session

Not to mention the fact that throwing a large chunk of iron around is just downright fun.

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