What is an Adjustable Kettlebell

Perhaps you've heard that kettlebells are now all the rage in the fitness world these days. If you're like me, for many years I had no idea what a kettlebell was. Little did I know (and I was soon to learn) how effective and amazing they are as a workout tool. Kettlebells hаvе thеir origin in Russia and have been around for quite some time, but only recently have spread mainstream across the globe.

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​Thеу hаvе gained a lot оf popularity in recent timеѕ ѕinсе thеу offer a wide variety оf dynamic moves for the exerciser. A kettlebell is a large cast-iron ball-shaped weight with a single handle. If you need a visual, think of a cannonball with a handle. An adjustable kettlebell is a variant of the kettlebell, and allows for you to adjust the amount of weight used on the kettlebell. Adjustable kettlebells typically vary in weights frоm 5lbs tо оvеr 100lbs.

Why use an adjustable kettlebell?​

Kettlebells are used to perform power exercises that combine strength, cardio, and flexibility training. In many ways, the kettlebell is similar to a dumbbell - a set of solid weight that can be used in training. However, the kettlebell is different from a dumbbell in that its center of mass extends well beyond the hand, unlike that of a dumbbell. This is where you get so many of the additional benefits to using a kettlebell. Swinging the kettlebell provides added benefits to your workout, above and beyond a typical weight lifting exercise.

An adjustable kettlebell provides you with the ability to add or remove weight to a kettlebell, without the need to have many different single weight kettlebells. Think flexibility. Most people don't know the exact weight they want to buy when they start working out with kettlebells, and that is where the adjustable kettlebell is perfect. Also, as you advance in your fitness, chances are pretty high you'll want to increase weight, which the adjustable kettlebell gives you a number of options for doing so.

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​Adjustable kettlebells have come a long way in recent years. No longer are they simply just a series of dumbbell weights, hooked together by some awkward handle. Old versions felt dangerous and clanky. The weights would constantly be shifting as you performed your exercises (especially the swings), and you would constantly be worried that one would fly off and go through a window. Nowadays, the adjustable kettlebell or interchangeable kettlebell is made to last. And, the best adjustable kettlebells are made so that you will never even be able to tell the difference between it and a standard kettlebell.

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​What are the Benefits to an Adjustable Kettlebell?

Space Saver

A lot of people use their home or office for the kettlebell workout routine. As such, space can be a concern. Every kettlebell you purchase has to be stored, and that space adds up quickly. An adjustable kettlebell, on the other hand, means that you only need one kettlebell for all of your needs. Most are the same size, or slightly larger than a regular standard kettlebell, and store very easily. You'll be thankful for the space saved as time goes on.

Related: The Best Kettlebell Storage Methods

Cheaper (in the long run)

Out of the gate, an adjustable kettlebell will probably not be cheaper compared to a standard kettlebell. But, over time, as you need to add more kettlebell weights, you'll see how cheap an adjustable kettlebell turns out to be.


With an adjustable kettlebell, you can adjust the weight depending on the kettlebell exercise you are doing. Normally, most kettlebell workout routines aren't able to allow for adjusting. For example, you are stuck with a 12kg kettlebell workout, or a 24kg kettlebell workout, or a 32kg kettlebell workout... well, you get the point. For many exercises, you might want to add or subtract weight, and an adjustable kettlebell allows you to do this easily and quickly.


In summary, an adjustable kettlebell gives you the added flexibility, convenience, and space benefits that you don't get with a standard kettlebell. If you're considering adding kettlebells to your workout routine, consider going for the adjustable kettlebell as your go-to.

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