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    Cast iron v. Steel kettlebells

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    Hello all,

    I have a few cast iron kettlebells and have thought about getting some competition kettlebells to mix it up. Does anyone have experience with the competition style?

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    I love my comp. KBs. Valery Federenko is designing a Performance KB; it looks pretty useful.
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    Is that what you use to train with?

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    I train with the competition KBs. Unfortunately, the Men's Performance KBs were not about when I got my bells (they do look effectively efficient.) I have access to both comp. & cast-iron KBs; of course my preference is for the latter; for ease of transitioning through the weights. One thing to look out for when buying competition KBs is to seek out those KBs that are cast from one piece of steel (hollowed out but with more weight built into the structure of the bell,) rather than those that are weighted with a piece of lead (I believe) welded into the interior of the bell.
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    I was curious if I should implement some comp bells in my arsenal, I have only cast iron but I do love my kbs.

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    I have a love for the feel of iron. There's just something medieval about it and gets my mind right for an aggressive battle with my big uglies (if you saw my 24's you'd understand). I am starting to warm up to the comp bells, but I only use them with GS-style snatches and jerks.
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    I definitely agree with you Rev. Plus you definitely see the size grow as you're able to swing heavier. I was curious as to what some of the benefits of the comp style bells are.

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    same here...what would be the difference to the muscles involved from one type of bell to another?
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    Quote Originally Posted by June68 View Post
    same here...what would be the difference to the muscles involved from one type of bell to another?
    There are no differences in the muscles involved whatsoever. The main difference is in the handle and size. Handles are somewhat smaller and all the bells are a uniform size regardless of the weight....
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