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    blaise_rascal is offline Junior Member
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    Cool Should I buy a kettlebell or a tall pull up bar?

    Hello dragon door forums!

    There are two pieces of exercise equipment I'm considering purchasing, and I'm having trouble deciding which to get (first?). Maybe you all can help!

    A little background about myself: I am a nerd who started doing Convict Conditioning about 5 years ago, and I switched to the Naked Warrior about 1 year ago. My progress has been slow, but I've enjoyed the journey, and my 1-armed pushup and pistol squat are slowly becoming something I can be proud of! During all this time, my biggest fitness goal has been disease & injury prevention.

    According to convict conditioning, I've met the progression standard for floor leg raises, and I'm ready to switch to hanging abdominal exercises. This makes me want a tall freestanding pull up bar, which would also solve the problem of my door frame pull up bar leaving marks on my door frame. I notice the dragon door freestanding pull up bar is out of stock; maybe I could get something like this instead?
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FMH7VR7...5-fb19e6f8bfdd

    However, I also have become mildly curious about kettlebells. I don't know hardly anything about them, but I know some people love them. I could probably continue with bodyweight exercises forever and be perfectly happy, but if kettlebells yield better results for strength & bodybuilding, then perhaps I should buy one of the Dragon Door kettlebell books and a kettlebell!

    So what should I get? Freestanding pullup bar or a kettlebell?

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    Both are important pieces of equipment. It is also important when choosing equipment is that your choice is in line with your goal. For me, it would be the kettlebell for the conditioning and fat loss. However, you sound like you are enjoying Convict Conditioning. You SHOULD have a pullup bar. In fact you cannot really do CC without one. So its a no-brainer - get the pull up bar. And for Christmas next year get a kettlebell as a present...Dennis

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    Forgot to mention that kettlebells - at least good quality kettlebells (not the Walmart brand) are expensive. If bodybuilding is of interest to you I would buy a 300lbs Olympic barbell set before I would get a kettlebell. That is provided you have space for a barbell, squat rack and bench. Also, kettlebells are great, BUT it is highly advised you get instruction from an RKC because kettlebells if not used properly can injure you. So unless you can purchase a used kettlebell online I would consider Barbells...Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad5ly View Post
    Forgot to mention that kettlebells - at least good quality kettlebells (not the Walmart brand) are expensive. If bodybuilding is of interest to you I would buy a 300lbs Olympic barbell set before I would get a kettlebell. That is provided you have space for a barbell, squat rack and bench. Also, kettlebells are great, BUT it is highly advised you get instruction from an RKC because kettlebells if not used properly can injure you. So unless you can purchase a used kettlebell online I would consider Barbells...Dennis
    Thanks for the response! I already have a door frame pull up bar, which I use about twice a week, but I want something taller that doesn't attach to the door, both because I want to do hanging leg raises, and because I'm worried about damaging my door frame.

    I guess my real question is: knowing nothing about kettlebells, should I try them out? Fat loss is not a concern of mine. Skinny vegan here... it's a miracle I've been able to get up to 160 pounds. Maybe my metabolism will slow down a little as I get older, but at 26 years old I'm still skinny.

    I've shied away from free weights because so many of my friends have gotten injured on them, and I don't really care to buy all the equipment that free weights require. If kettlebells are safer than free weights and take up less space, but still produce better bodybuilding results than CC, then maybe I will give them a try!

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    By the way, we do have a new delivery of our pull-up bar coming in next month...so you might want to wait on that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Du Cane View Post
    By the way, we do have a new delivery of our pull-up bar coming in next month...so you might want to wait on that...
    Oh, word? Thanks, I'll check that out. Though I may just go with the one I linked on Amazon, as much as I like to support Dragon Door, because $400 might be out of my price range...

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