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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    Default Adding weight plates to a KB?

    This was mentioned in another thread in relationship to doing swings. Picking up on it:

    I have a 16 kg bell that has hard rubber pad bolted to bottom (Apollo brand). Easy to replace the rubber w/ a 10 lb plate or even 2 plates (just get a longer bolt). I can see where this would be totally fine for swings but--

    Has anyone done this could tell me how it would effect comfort, safety, even "do-ability" of moves like cleans and snatches?

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    I've used a couple of small 5 lb plates and generous amounts of duct tape as an intermediate step to go from a 70lb bell to the 88lb bell. I taped the two plates together securely, then taped that to the bell. I used it for cleans and presses only, checking the tape before each workout and in between sets. I wouldn't recommend this for high rep ballistics work though (too much risk for stuff to go flying unexpectedly).

    it worked really well for me. Would probably also work for other grind moves like TGU's and dead lifts.

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    I would be careful, because I don't think the threads in the bottom of the Apollo bell are actual tapped, I think they drill it and glue some sort of threaded insert into the bottom. Thus I would be leary about it popping out unexpectedly. I would suggest duct tape for additional security. There are also other things you can do e.g. drill the edges of the 10lb plate & secure with ropes. I think there are even some commercial products for applying additional weight to a KB, but I don't have the links handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffreyLevens View Post
    This was mentioned in another thread in relationship to doing swings. Picking up on it:

    I have a 16 kg bell that has hard rubber pad bolted to bottom (Apollo brand). Easy to replace the rubber w/ a 10 lb plate or even 2 plates (just get a longer bolt). I can see where this would be totally fine for swings but--

    Has anyone done this could tell me how it would effect comfort, safety, even "do-ability" of moves like cleans and snatches?
    I have duct taped plates to the bottom of DragonDoor kettlebells and it's worked fine - can't say about other brands.

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    I've taped plates to the bottom without issue for c&p workouts. I do not swing or snatch with it.

    Gorilla tape does a solid job.

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    Saw this at the Olympic Training Center. If its good enough for elite athletes it's probably ok for you
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    Just make sure the tape you use is duct tape. I saw on tv, on I believe TLC a demo of picking up a 2.5 ton car with duct tape. Duct tape is strong - but inspect frequently for fraying. Also don't be stingy with just a little - use lots! You could use a strong cord as back up over the tape..Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffreyLevens View Post
    I have a 16 kg bell that has hard rubber pad bolted to bottom (Apollo brand). Easy to replace the rubber w/ a 10 lb plate or even 2 plates (just get a longer bolt). I can see where this would be totally fine for swings but--

    Has anyone done this could tell me how it would effect comfort, safety, even "do-ability" of moves like cleans and snatches?
    I did like that with a pair of bells with rubber plates at the bottom (not appollo). It felt solid but I still used it very little. In clean snatch and such, the balance became quite off and uncomfortable. For swings with a small plate attached it worked ok, as I remember it.
    That brand of bells I used did not have standard threads, so I had to get so-called "instrumental thread bolts", bring the rubber plates when you go bolt shopping :-).
    I have contact glued a 4 kg plate to the bottom of a 36kg bell that I use with a 40kg bell for farm holds and sumo deads. That works very fine as the bells stays vertical all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffreyLevens View Post
    This was mentioned in another thread in relationship to doing swings. Picking up on it:

    I have a 16 kg bell that has hard rubber pad bolted to bottom (Apollo brand). Easy to replace the rubber w/ a 10 lb plate or even 2 plates (just get a longer bolt). I can see where this would be totally fine for swings but--

    Has anyone done this could tell me how it would effect comfort, safety, even "do-ability" of moves like cleans and snatches?
    I've done this with a muscledriver kettlebell and had no adverse afffects. I did find that in the clean, press, or snatch positions, it really messed with the center of gravity of my kettlebell. I took my kettlebell to a machine shop and gave them $10 to drill and tap two 11/16 holes in the sides along the axis of the handle. Now I can bolt weight on the sides, and it does not mess up the center of mass as much.
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    Thank you all for replies and suggestions! That bit about a "not tapped" hole in the Apollo is a bit scary. I work out in my living room and punching a whole through the wall w/ a flying weight plate is is definitely a lessor option! Duct tape hmmmm, not so good for going back and forth between weights! I was scheming on using my 16 kg for VO2 and the weighted up one for swings and grinds.

    I may end up just biting the bullet and buying a 24 kg though. I found a super dealio on one (24 kg) that with shipping would only cost $71 total. They claim their finish is comparable to DD though I have not seen their bells...

    Originally I was thinking I would step up by 10 lb increments w/ the plate (I have only been doing everything w/ a 16) but I did swing a 50 lb KB at a sports store yesterday and was surprised how easily it went. No problem w/ two and one handed swings to shoulder high. I could clean it fine but not a prayer of pressing it yet. About where I was at with the 16 when I got that one...

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