Most people that engage in physical activities are interested in exercising, not training. Exercising is about what the workout feels like, i.e. how sweaty, sore, out of breath, etc. you get. Kettlebells are great for that. Training is about reaching a long term goal, and each workout is simply a piece of the process to reach it. Jogging two miles three times a week is exercise. Running to increase endurance to run a marathon is training.stoptothink wrote: ↑Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:52 amCFM300 and I have actually discussed this; we don't understand the kettlebell hype at all. Their functionality is limited, especially for the cost. Other than a swing, there are better (and cheaper) implements for every single thing you do with a KB. You will quickly progress past the point where a 25lbs or 35lbs KB is sufficient to induce overload, then you've got to buy progressively bigger and bigger ones and they are expensive.kellyfj wrote: ↑Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:34 am I'm shocked no-one has mentioned Kettlebells so far. I'm in love with KBs - they can really hit a nice sweet spot for cardio or work muscles in different ways from the traditional barbell/dumbell combo.
I have a gym membership ($21 a month) and it has all the usual gear - barbells, dumbbells, squat racks etc. and cardio machines so the basement gym I am creating is to contain everything else to add a bit of variety
1) Kettlebells - just got a 25b and 35lb to start and planning many more - I highly recommend Kettlebell Kings https://www.kettlebellkings.com/
2) Gymnastic rings - great for increasing range of motion and working stabilizer muscles you can't hit with machines
3) Trap Bar - for heavy deadlifts, shrugs
4) Schwinn Airdyne bike for snowy days I don't feel like going out
5) Super Squats hip belt for squats at home without the need for a full rack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IE7G1E/re ... Izb1241KAG
You can get other ideas here
http://next-level-athletics.com/garage- ... ent-guide/
Kettlebells are not good for training because you will outgrow the lighter ones, and will need to buy increasingly heavy, unwieldy, and expensive kettlebells. For example, how do you provide the training stimulus of a 300lb squat with kettlebells? How do you perform heavy pressing movements with the kettlebell shape? What do you do when going to the next heavier kettlebell is too much, but the current one is not heavy enough? Barbells can be loaded in increments as small as 0.5lb, and allow you to train for the rest of your life. They are also far cheaper on a per pound basis.