14 Kettlebells Compared: The Complete Kettlebell Review

14 Different Models From 9 Of The Top Kettlebell Brands: Which of These Pro-Grade, Competition-Style Kettlebells Is Right For You?

Kettlebell Review
These are all of the kettlebells that were evaluated for this review. My wife calls them my “children” because they’ve been multiplying.

If you’re in the market for a new kettlebell and you’re not sure which one would be best for your unique needs, goals, and budget, this review will help narrow down your options, and hopefully, help you choose just the right one.

In this kettlebell review, you’ll learn:

  • Which companies sell the highest quality kettlebells
  • Which companies sell the most budget-friendly kettlebells
  • Which companies sell the highest value kettlebells (i.e. the best for the money)
  • Which kettlebells are best for kettlebell athletes or those interested in competing in kettlebell sport
  • Which companies have the most customer-friendly policies and provide the best customer service experience


Interview with Charles Staley About Strength and Fitness

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If you’re not familiar with Charles Staley, let me introduce you to a world-renown strength and conditioning coach, a well-accomplished powerlifter, and a prolific fitness writer.

Charles is a tall, somewhat lanky, but quite muscular, competitive powerlifter who can squat roughly twice his body weight and deadlift over 2.5 times his weight. He also set a new PR last year in chin-ups, scoring 17 reps. Oh, and did I mention that he’s in his late fifties and in the best shape of his life? I tip my hat to you, sir. You are walking the talk and leading from the front.

I first started following Charles work around 2004 when I read one of his articles about Escalating Density Training. Charles has since updated that article here: EDT Revisited. He’s a regular contributor to big name sites like Breaking Muscle, T-Nation, and Bodybuilding.com.

Just the other day, I ran across one of his articles, Making Continued Progress in Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond, which I loved because not only do I get a chance to learn from someone who has gone before me, and is a little older and wiser than I, but it also helps me prepare for things when I’m in my 40s and 50s, too.

So, after reading that, it struck me that, “I’ve known about this guy for awhile and have learned a lot from him. I should reach out to him for an interview.” One quick email was all it took, and he happily agreed. And in no time, we were talking training for nearly 90 minutes – and probably would have gone longer had I prepared some more questions.

I’ve always admired Charles “stick to the basics” approach to strength training. And the fact that he’s in his late fifties and still healthy, fit, injury-free, and very strong is a good indicator that his methods are sound.

Check out this recent video of Charles deadlifting 495 pounds. That’s 2.5 times his bodyweight, which is a very impressive pull no matter who you are.

30 Years, 30 Fitness Lessons (Get This Stuff Right)

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I turned 30 this year.

I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but about ten years ago, I started to realize how little I actually know. It’s called “growing up,” I guess.

And while the sheer magnitude of what I still don’t know is beyond human comprehension, with roughly twenty years of training under my belt and now ten years as a fitness professional, I have picked up some lessons about fitness and life, along the way – lessons that I’d like to share with you today.

So, here are 30 lessons I’ve learned about fitness over my lifetime. Perhaps you’ve learned some of them yourself. Whether these provide you with new ideas or good reminders, I hope that they’re helpful for you.

There’s something in here for everyone, and I hope that you get at least one or two that you can latch onto.

5 Beginner-Level Bridge Exercise Progressions

How to Work Up to the Full Bridge Exercise Gradually and Safely (Even if You’re Not a Flexible Yoga Gal)

Beginner Level Bridge Exercise Progressions - Male in Yoga Class

The bridge exercise is useful for building strength and flexibility of the back and spine, among many other things. Unfortunately, most people have a really hard time getting into the proper bridge position (i.e. the full bridge, AKA “wheel pose”), let alone being able to relax once they get there. This tutorial will teach you how to do it, even if you’re as stiff as a board.