Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009
|Recently I received a catalog from a well known fitness retailer. This company which is best known for its easily portable resistance cable equipment shocked me by declaring Kettlebells as the #1 fitness product in the world. First let me say that I have nothing against kettlebells. I own a couple pairs and use them occasionally. I have clients that have them and we incorporate them into their workouts and sometimes even build the entire workout exclusively around the kettlebells. In my opinion the kettlebell is a good piece of equipment, but would I consider them the #1 fitness product in the world? No, I wouldn't, but I'm sure there are plenty of people that would. While there are certain exercises that are best performed using kettlebells they can also be performed using other forms of "free" resistance like dumbbells, medicine balls, mini-med balls, and sand bags or sandbells.
It's true that you can get a full conditioning workout (strength, endurance, agility, and more) using only kettlebells but the same can be said for lots of other pieces of fitness equipment. What it all boils down to is the program. Hopefully you already know that to get and stay fit you do not need any equipment other than your body and mind. Your individual training goals will dictate what fitness product will be #1 for you and your goals. Personally my top pick, based upon my goals, is a pair of adjustable dumbbells. What is your #1 fitness product?