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  • I can only pick one right now. Purchase a Kettlebell or a weight vest?

    I have a few fitness things I need to return to Play It Again Sports. I will use store credit and get either a 35 or 52 pound Kettlebell or a 50 pound weight vest. Not sure which one I should pick. I need some help with this.

    Thank you.

    Almost forgot to mention that I have had training from a local RKC on different exercises I can do with the Kettlebell. Which brings up another question.

    What exercise burns more calories Kettlebell Swings, Kettlebell Snatches or doing burpees?
    Last edited by linuxguy0481; 05-25-2013, 01:03 PM.

  • #2
    I use and teach Kettlebells , but I would actually go for a weighted vest. Once you have exhausted the progressions on push-ups, pull-ups, lunges and squats, you can stick the vest on and take it all to a new level.


    • #3
      I would get the kettlebell myself. Instantly adds variety to your routine (I know some people stick with specific moves, I like to mix it up), and you can use it to add difficulty to almost every body-weight exercise as well.


      • #4
        If my goal was fat loss, I'd go for the kettlebell. In my experience, kettlebell swings (the vanilla two-handed variety) don't burn fat so much as napalm it.

        If my goal was strength, I'd go for the vest but only if I was ready to progress from unweighted bodyweight movements.
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        • #5
          Swings and snatches are great, but if you can only afford one kettlebell, then progressions on rows and presses get tricky. Sure, you can slow the movement, add pauses in various places, but once you have exhausted that, these movements will end up in the endurance rep range.

          On the other hand, push-ups and military presses with body weight can easily be progressed with raised feet, pauses, weighted vest, single arm, handstand etc, pull-ups can cover the pulling motions, chins, wide arm, weighted, one arm.

          HIIT with weighted vest too, also, make your own sandbag for a few bucks.

          Kettlebells are great, but you need a few to progress over time. Vest and body weight will keep you occupied for ever.
          Last edited by thriveful; 05-26-2013, 12:33 PM.


          • #6
            Not to hijack the topic, but can someone provide a source for some illustrated kettlebell exercises?


            • #7
              Originally posted by rcav8r View Post
              Not to hijack the topic, but can someone provide a source for some illustrated kettlebell exercises?

              Google Mike Mahler and Pavel Tsatsouline. You can probably find both their ebooks online for free download. Or buy them.

              I would go for a kettlebell simply because you can always make bodyweight exercises harder with leverage alone. Plus you can throw the kettlebell in a backpack if you need added resistance for runs or whatever.

              A kettlebell is without a doubt the most functional piece of equipment besides your own bodyweight. You can bring it anywhere, need very little room, do dozens of movements and always find ways to progress. Depending on your strength, i would suggest the 53lb and work up to higher reps rather then the 35lb and already be able to high rep stuff.

              Also i would say single arm swings for double tabatas (16min - 20sec on, 10sec off) is an amazing fatloss workout. But just about any complex with a kettlebell is good. My favorite is high rep, clean, front squat, press, repeat. As for which exercise burns more calories, they are all probably about the same. It would be the duration that decides. High rep snatches are amazing trap and ab builders though.


              • #8
                you can stick the vest on and take it all to a new level.


                • #9
                  So 3 votes for weight vest and 2 votes for the Kettlebell. I'm not sure what MIPWID voted for though. If he votes for the Kettlebell then it would be a tie. I'm still deciding.

                  I am aiming for fat loss right now though. I'm trying to go back to my high school weight. No let me rephrase that. I will be going back to my high school weight.

                  I even heard of a woman that lost so much weight doing Kettlebell swings. Her name is Tracy Reifkind. It's quite the inspiration to hear her story. That's part of the reason I'm aiming for a Kettebell.


                  • #10
                    Then get a kettlebell. If it doesn't work out for you, get the weightvest.


                    • #11
                      I'm a big fan of bodyweight training and if you stick to the bodyweight training, you probably don't need any of those until you can do 10 pistols.
                      With that in mind, I would get pull-up bar or gymnastics rings first.
                      If you have them or easily access them, I think either kettlebell or vest is okay.

                      BTW, weight loss is more about diet than exercise, and the major role of exercise on weight loss is increasing metabolism by building muscle rather than burning calories directly.
                      Please keep in mind that the strength (or muscle) you can build with only one kettlebell is very limited especially if you are a guy.
                      If you are going to add more kettlebells later, kettlebells can be a good choice, but if you are a minimalist, vest would be better.
                      Last edited by vincebae; 07-02-2013, 10:35 AM.


                      • #12
                        what is your current workout routine? i'm voting for the weight vest. its 1000x more functional than the kettlebell. you can add the weight vest to every single bodyweight exercise that you can do. you can sprint with it. you can hike with it.

                        a kettlebell is decent for a few things, but is probably the single most over-hyped piece of fitness equipment on the market today. its a neat addition to a solid home gym, but 1 kettlebell isn't going to get you that far. definitely the vest.