Kettlebells vs Barbells
This is the basis of one of our most-asked questions at Men’s Health. Kettlebells or dumbbells? Kettlebells or barbells? Barbells or dumbbells? As with with your nutrition and your recovery, your training strategy depends on your overall goal.
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Kettlebell training, however, could prove to be advantageous if you’re a member of a busy gym or want to avoid the weights room. Exercises such as the kettlebell swing can also help increase your heart rate — more than static, isolated moves can — to burn extra fat and improve core strength.
“KBs are best for swinging to develop your posterior chain. As these are your body’s biggest muscles, you’ll also torch calories,” says Rob Blair, PT at The Commando Temple.
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Similarly, kettlebells are an incredibly useful tool for those looking to build their base of strength and mobility. If you’re struggling with your barbell back squat, for example, utilising the kettlebell goblet squat (example below) is an ideal way of regressing the back squat to a safer exercise that can then be upgraded as your strength training progresses.
Well-suited for swings, presses and carries, kettlebells also lend themselves to more dynamic movements, where a dumbbell or barbell may be more difficult to use.