What The Kettlebell Company Execs Don’t Want You To Know About Their Marked Up Prices
Three years ago, yesterday, if you can believe it, I published The Definitive Guide For Buying Kettlebells, which included a big chart containing all of the actual prices of kettlebells from several different online distributors. Seeing all of the prices in one place was eye-opening, to say the least. And needless to say, those prices have changed a bit since then. Most have gone up, but not as much as you’d think. Now, there are some really interesting things you can learn while shopping around these days. And if you’re in the market for a kettlebell or two, you might want to know what I dug up today while I was updating the prices in my KB buyers guide.
For example, did you know that a standard 16kg kettlebell from one of the country’s largest, if not the largest kettlebell distributors, will run you a whopping $121.33 shipped ($96.75 + 24.58 S/H)? Well, if you didn’t, then you will be shocked to learn that you can buy an even higher quality kettlebell for less money – a lot less money. In fact, you can get a pro-grade, competition-quality kettlebell of the same weight for a mere $71.95 shipped. For you math whizzes, that’s about $50 less. Or, about 40% less – just by choosing a different retailer. Heck, with that price disparity, you could practically buy two for the price of one. And did I mention you’d be getting a higher-quality kettlebell that would even be acceptable in official kettlebell sport? Need I say more?
That’s just one example of the many things you learn when doing a bit of price shopping these days. And that’s exactly what I did this morning for a couple hours to update my kettlebell buyers guide. You can see the prices for yourself in the fully updated PDF here:
Find Out The Top Two Best Companies To Buy Your Pro-Grade, Competition-Style Kettlebells From
The first kettlebells I ever used were some classic Russian kettlebells from Dragon Door about 8-9 years ago. Those were totally “the thing” for awhile there. But as I got more and more into kettlebell training, I started to hear about a new kind of kettlebell. Depending on who you asked, they were either called “pro-grade kettlebells” or “competition-style kettlebells.” And what made them unique was that they were made of steel, instead of iron, and also that their dimensions were universally the same regardless of weight. So, a 16 kg Pro-Grade Kettlebell would be the same exact size and shape (ie dimensions) as a 32 kg Pro-Grade kettlebell. Obviously, that’s a distinct advantage that pro-grade kettlebells have over traditional iron kettlebells.
Since then, I’ve used several different kinds of pro-grade kettlebells, which has led me to discover that there are some minor differences from manufacturer to manufacturer, which is why I wanted to post this review today.
You see, after trying all those different KB brands, I’ve narrowed my most recommended pro grade kettlebells down to two manufacturers. No matter who you are or what your goals are, I think that you can be best-served by the KB’s from these two companies. They’ve got ALL your bases covered if you want a pro-grade kettlebell, and you’ll find out why in this video review.
A Comprehensive Product Review of the Xero Shoes Minimalist Footwear for (Almost) Barefoot Running, Walking, Hiking, Yoga, and More! (aka “Invisible Shoes”)
Note: Xero Shoes were formerly branded as Invisible Shoes. The product is one and the same, but you should know that this is technically an Invisible Shoes review because I got my sets before the company re-branded. I don’t think it matters either way.
It was 10 degrees below freezing this morning, and I can’t think of a better day to publish my review of the Xero Shoes, which is really more of a high-tech sandal or flip flop than a shoe. I may not be going to the beach anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to bring you this review of a superb minimalist footwear option.
I started evaluating these early this year – somewhere between the transition from Winter to Spring up here in New England. And I’ve put them through a lot of use in a lot of varying conditions and situations to see how they measure up.
So far, I’m pretty impressed and heartily recommend them to most people – given the right conditions. In particular, if you’re at-all interested in an affordable minimalist footwear option for normal minimalist footwear reasons, and/or you’d entertain the idea of getting a set of high-tech flip flops, that in my opinion, are way – WAY – better than normal flip flops for a number of reasons, then you may be interested in Xero Shoes. However, if you live in Siberia, then I wouldn’t throw away your Mukluks just yet.
I got an email yesterday from RMAX International announcing their new line of TACFIT clubbells, which are now available for sale. Not even an hour following the announcement, I received a question about them through my Contact Form, and I’ve received two more in just the last 24 hours. The first one, Ryan, asked me…
I was wondering if you’d had a chance to work with the Tacfit Clubbells yet, and if so, how they compare to the original. Your video review of the originals is great, and addresses the concerns I had about the original design (namely, broken knob screws) – Ryan
So, to answer your questions as best I can. Here’s the rundown…
I’ve been hearing about and seeing TACFIT clubbells appear in photos for awhile, though have not used them myself yet. I’ve got an *almost* full collection of the original CST-style clubbells, and don’t see any reason why I’d need to purchase any new ones apart from having cleaner/fresher clubs without any wear and tear. Truth be told, I’m kindof fond of my old, beat-up clubbells – even with their shortcomings.
From what I’ve read and heard, the new TACFIT clubbells have a few changes which make them different from the originals.
1) They’re noticeably slimmer, which should contribute to a lower risk of injury from impact (it happens) and also make the clubbell more portable (e.g. for air travel, etc.). So, if you’re a traveling clubber, you may find benefit in the more compact TACFIT clubbells.
2) RMAX also claims they have a tougher and more ergonomic knob, which according to them is “indestructible.” This is good news because the number one complaint I’ve heard about the original clubbell design has been about damaged or malfunctioning knobs. And I’ve had some issues with clubbell knobs breaking, too. So, I hope this is true! Continue reading New TACFIT Clubbells: The Rundown
All of my long-time readers know that I only fully endorse training products that I completely believe in. In an industry where shady marketing and scam products run rampant, it’s of paramount importance that people get clear direction regarding what fitness equipment to invest in. You can count on me to call it like I see it.
Allow me to introduce you to what may change the face of the entire fitness industry. This product has been featured on highly-esteemed and prestigious television shows such as: The Ellen Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Saturday Night Live, The Jay Leno Show, and South Park. It’s been used by the New York Jets, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Stone, Chuck Liddell (pro MMA fighter), and Charles Barkley (pro basketball player) among others.
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With such a precise analysis and the resulting spike in sales from celebrity exposure, there’s no question in my mind that someone needed to review this product.