Adjustable kettlebells seem like a clever idea, but I doubt that anyone on earth would actually enjoy using such an awful invention after my experience with them. Kettlebell handles certainly fill a niche need, but there are definitely some disadvantages that should not go overlooked.
Several years ago, a friend of mine gave me one of his Kettlestack adjustable kettlebell handles. He had just invested in some standard kettlebells of his own, and was happy to get rid of that old, clanky kettlebell handle. It was his loss and my gain, or something like that, and I appreciated the gift. Although, over the next few months, I learned exactly why he was so eager to get rid of it.
In a word, adjustable kettlebells are simply awkward. In two words, they’re awkward and cheap – not to mention flimsy, inefficient, uncomfortable and even dangerous to an extent. For the most part, I don’t recommend adjustable kettlebells or any type of kettlebell handle at all, and I hope you never have to use one for weeks or months like I did. That said, it’s important to be fair and offer both the advantages and disadvantages of each training tool. So, I put together this product review to explain exactly why I don’t like adjustable kettlebells, and why you probably wouldn’t either. If you’ve been thinking about getting an adjustable kettlebell, you might think twice after you see this review.
Adjustable Kettlebells VS Standard Kettlebells – Video Review
*Please note: the adjustable kettlebell featured in the above video is not actually an authentic Kettlestack – it is a replicated version.
Even though, both standard grade (iron) kettlebells and pro-grade (steel) kettlebells are lightyears ahead of any type of adjustable kettlebell, I only fully endorse and recommend professional-grade kettlebells. If you’d like to know why these are the best type of kettlebell, then please read my First Time Kettlebell Buyer’s Guide below.
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