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How do I Choose the Best Kettlebell Handle?

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When using a kettlebell for cardiovascular and strength training, there are a number of attributes that differ between makes and models of this piece of fitness equipment. One such element is the kettlebell handle. Individuals must select the right style, thickness, and width according to their preferences and needs when choosing the best kettlebell handle.

Traditional kettlebells are made entirely or mainly of cast iron. This equipment, which is typically comprised of one round weight attached to a single handle, is often swung, thrown and caught in some exercise moves. The kettlebell handle on these basic models is a fairly average size for only one hand to grip it at a time. Some individuals prefer this style, which is quite similar to that of the original models and is not unlike a normal dumbbell handle. There are those, however, that complain of cast iron cracking over time.—the metallic material may also cause one’s grip to loosen if the hands become sweaty.

Therefore, many kettlebells of a typical shape include a coating on top of the cast iron for comfort and an improved grip. These kettlebell handles may be made of vinyl, enamel, or another smooth surface. At times, these coatings can provide padding, which could provide a more stable grip due to its texture and density. These coatings can also help to protect some types of flooring, such as wood; individuals who perform kettlebell routines in the home may wish to consider this factor.

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Nontraditional models may offer still other styles of kettlebell handle options. One style, often called a threaded handle, is comprised of the handle connected to a rod. One can connect weighted plates up to a designated amount to customize a workout.

Another kettlebell handle is simply a handle that is not connected to a weighted ball or a rod. These handles are meant to be attached to dumbbells and can be situated on the dumbbell’s handle between the two weighted ends. A dumbbell one already owns can instantly become useful in kettlebell-style workouts. This option or the threaded handle may be the best choices for those who prefer to vary the weight of a kettlebell. This is because traditional models do not always have adjustable weights. Instead, basic models require one to purchase multiple kettlebells at different weights.

One should also consider the size of the handle when choosing his best option. Usually, a kettlebell handle is only big enough to grip with one hand at a time. There are, however, wider handles that will work better for those with large hands and for individuals who wish to grip the equipment with two hands at once.

The thickness of a kettlebell handle may also be important to some people. A thicker handle is believed to work the hand and forearm muscles harder than a thin handle. Thickness may negatively affect grip and overall performance, however. Basic models simply come with thick handles most often because the cast iron material requires it.

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