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    Default Ajustable Kettlebells are better than Cast Iron.

    So I have been looking to buy a kettlebell so I can start ETKB, However Buying the 12kg, 16kg 20kg and 24kg kettlebells Is going to cost a LOT of money. So Ive been looking at more cost effective ways of spending my beer money. There aren't any second hand bells near me (but that might change over Christmass) I was wondering if anyone has used ajustable kettlebells; they seem better than the Cast Iron bells because it works out a lot cheaper in the long run as I won't have to buy more bells as I get stronger.

    Are there any RKC out there who have used this type of Kettlebell and is It better or worse that the Cast Iron ones?

    Here is the one Im thinking of buying;

    http://www.wolverson-fitness.co.uk/A...-kg_AQDEC.aspx







    So could I buy an ajustable Kettlebell instead of 12kg,16kg,20kg and 24kg kettlebell

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    Why not just start with a good moderate weight kettlebell as indicated in ETK and adjust the exercises? Getting solid on the basic kettlebell exercises can be done with one single purchase. I haven't used that particular "adjustable kettlebell" but know from experience with such things that attempts do to things "cheaper" in some areas (powertools also come to mind) just lead to spending more down the road, or worst case—injury. Part of the beauty of kettlebell work is that you don't have to run out and buy a truck load of them... my collection has grown over time as my needs and the needs of my clients and classes has expanded - but it all started with one - for a good long while!
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    If money is short then you get what you can afford - even with kettlebells. Adj kbs would be fine with swings/tgus. But with snatches and c/ps there may be problems. ..Dennis

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    In theory, and adjust able KB is attractive, and if there was a well made one on the market, I would probably buy it. Unfortunately, the one you mention above doesn't have the best track record. I was looking into buying that one a number of years ago, and people reported problems with the weights coming loose inside, etc.

    The good news is that KBs have been out long enough, that if you're patient, you can buy some off of Craigslist in most major cities these days, if cost is a constraint.

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    I agree with the other posters. I don't think you "need" 4 bells to start with. When I started with bells I did a lot of work with a 16kg for quite a while training for HKC before I purchased another bell.
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    I could start with a 16kg bell but how would I "ajust the exercises" to make a 16kg bell harder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galifreytourist View Post
    So I have been looking to buy a kettlebell so I can start ETKB, However Buying the 12kg, 16kg 20kg and 24kg kettlebells Is going to cost a LOT of money. So Ive been looking at more cost effective ways of spending my beer money. There aren't any second hand bells near me (but that might change over Christmass) I was wondering if anyone has used ajustable kettlebells; they seem better than the Cast Iron bells because it works out a lot cheaper in the long run as I won't have to buy more bells as I get stronger.

    Are there any RKC out there who have used this type of Kettlebell and is It better or worse that the Cast Iron ones?

    Here is the one Im thinking of buying;

    http://www.wolverson-fitness.co.uk/A...-kg_AQDEC.aspx







    So could I buy an ajustable Kettlebell instead of 12kg,16kg,20kg and 24kg kettlebell
    You may be interested in shot filled kettlebells. I own two plastic U-Fill It Kettlebells and a steal Russian made shot filled kb. The russian made starts out at 16kg then you fill it with shot. The U-Fill It bell starts out at two pounds and I have filled them up to 70+ pounds. There handles fill good and they are my favorite. Reclaimed lead shot runs $1.50 a pound shipped and local tire shops often give away used lead wheel weights.

    With basic skills you can make your own adjustable kb. A 16kg competition bell is hollow. Cut the bottom third off, find center, drill and tap, use bolt/all-thread to attach plate weight. Used weights can be found for cheap. A little imagination goes a long way.

    I have often wondered why kettlebells have not evolved like dumbbells and barbells. Instead of evolving from solid to plate loaded the training programs are designed to work around there short comings.

    Many of the adjustable kb leave a lot to be desired but the idea makes sense.

    ETA; I am a minimalist that lives in a rv I routinely travel all over the country. Owning three bells has more to do with being practical then the cost involved. If I can't carry it on my back then I do not need it. Minimalism is the reason I started training with kettlebells.
    Last edited by Girevikapprentice; 11-25-2012 at 05:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galifreytourist View Post
    I could start with a 16kg bell but how would I "ajust the exercises" to make a 16kg bell harder?
    2 quick examples with military press - start with regular military press - progress to bottoms up presses, or change the position of your feet - such as one exactly in front of the other (think "railroad track").
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    First off, let me say welcome to the forum.I feel your pain when it comes to being short on funds, but getting an adjustable kettlebell is not the answer. Get 1, 20kg bell, and start the program. dont worry about where you'll be in 6 month's with the program, just take it 1 day at a time. It is not smart to have an adjustable weight over your face at any point in your training...........because at some point it can become de-adjustable and at that point it is bad news bears for your face, trust me. messed up.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Android-Man View Post
    It is not smart to have an adjustable weight over your face at any point in your training...........because at some point it can become de-adjustable and at that point it is bad news bears for your face, trust me. messed up.jpg
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