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    Rob J is offline Junior Member
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    Default Kettlebell or dumbell for size

    Hello,
    Just wondering which is the best for building size, kettlebells or dumbells.I am 46yrs old and 6ft 1 and just need to add some bulk to my frame as I only weigh 13st 8lbs. Any advice greatly received

    Thank you

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    Sorry if I sound like a dick, but the correct answer would be a barbell.

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    I train mostly KB and some BB. The correct answer to your question is barbells, but there's a flaw in your question. I personally add more muscle mass to my frame with intense bodyweight work than with iron. (See the "Convict Conditioning" resources.) It is not always just the implement; it's the programming.

    You might list what equipment you have available and what you've been doing while you've been thin. That's a better place to start than asking whether to use iron in this or that shape.

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    Well, Barbell Deadlifts, Squats, Benches/incline benches/ floor presses, and Chins/weighted chins are BEST, provided your doing a routine geared for size. That being said, if you have to make a choice between a KB and a DB (for what I'm presuming to be your at-home gym) I would go with an adjustable DB (with a bench and chin up bar if money's no object). Also, if for whatever reason your going to limit yourself to DB's and KB's, I would learn to front squat them- even adjustable DB's will only take you so far in the deadlift. Floor press or DB bench with them, and until you find yourself doing chin/pull-ups, you can do renegade rows or 1 arm rows (but chins/pullups are better for you...)

    hope this helps

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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    It depends but either one should work.

    The advantage of dumbells is that they're adjustable but, if you have progressively heavier kettlebells available as you grow into them, that would work too.

    If you're looking to do ballistic exercises: swings, cleans, snatches, you might want to consider kettlebells. Also, as John Beamon points out above, the tool is secondary to correct programming.

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    faizalenu is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob J View Post
    Hello,
    Just wondering which is the best for building size, kettlebells or dumbells.I am 46yrs old and 6ft 1 and just need to add some bulk to my frame as I only weigh 13st 8lbs. Any advice greatly received

    Thank you
    The knife and fork!
    Faizal S. Enu, CFT/RKC/PBA
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    thegym00 is offline Senior Member
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    lol everyone beat me to the punch.. but agrreed eat more
    and do simple multijoint movements if you are looking for a resource
    I would recomend the book "keys to progress" old but good

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    danfaz is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by faizalenu View Post
    The knife and fork!
    LOL! This is so true! More calories = more size!

    The barbell work is good, too

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