Kettlebell Myths: What you don’t know about kettlebells can hurt you
Kettlebells are sold to folks who want the next best thing. Often, these people buy with their hearts rather than their heads. Consequently, they swallow kettlebell myths hook, line, and sinker. These people want to believe that kettlebells are perfect in form and function.
Unfortunately, some of these kettlebell myths do more harm than good.
Here’s a try at setting the record straight:
Kettlebell myth: Thick handles are great for the grip.
Yes, thicker handles require your grip to work overtime. This is as true of kettlebells as it is of thick-handled barbells or dumbbells.
What is insidious about this myth is that kettlebell marketers try to make it sound like this thick handle is a feature that has been deliberately built into kettlebells.
On the contrary, it is merely an unfortunate artifact of the manufacturing process. Cast iron is somewhat brittle and it’s often riven with holes, cracks, or other imperfections. In order to make a handle that stands up to stress, it has to be thicker than you would ideally want it to be.
The good thing about adjustable kettlebell handles is: the handle can be thinner and more comfortable. There is no need to make it thick and ungainly.
Kettlebell myth: Adding more time and/or intensity to your kettlebell exercises makes you better
Since it is expensive to make kettlebells in a wide range of weights, most manufacturers stick to the standard sizes.
However, the increase in weight between these different bells is too severe to allow for traditional weight progression of the sort used by most people who are into strength training or weight lifting.
Kettlebell people claim that they’re just fine with this. “Increase intensity or time and you’ll get better“, they say.
This is hogwash. They’re rationalizing a problem.
Using adjustable kettlebell handles, you get around this inconvenient truth and get all the weight progression you want.
Kettlebell myth: Kettlebells are great for overhead presses and Turkish get-ups
Pressing overhead is fun with a kettlebell (as long as you can keep your wrist relatively straight).
In fact, it can feel easier than with an equivalently-weighted dumbbell.
Kettlebell folks point to this perception as proof that kettlebells are somehow better for overhead pressing than their cousins the dumbbell or the barbell.
Unfortunately, it’s all just an illusion. Since the center of gravity of a kettlebell is lower than that of a dumbbell, it is easier to press it. But this doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily better.
It all comes down to your goals: if you want to strengthen the core and the other spinal stabilization muscles, you might not want to use a kettlebell that works these areas less than a dumbbell would.
Using an adjustable kettlebell handle, you can load the perfect amount of weight onto the ‘bell. This way, you don’t need to worry about how easy (or difficult) the weight feels, you can just shoot for an ideal rep range and dispense with all the guesswork.
Kettlebell handles make more sense than traditional fixed-weight bells
Why kid yourself: traditional kettlebells are a thing of the past (and rightly so). Adjustable kettlebell handles give you everything a traditional bell does, and so much more.