It sounds like the opening to a really bad cracker joke but there is a distinct difference between kettlebells and dumbbells, and the results gained from using them.
Understanding the two requires you to switch on the science bit of your brain for a second, but understanding is key to avoiding injury and getting the most out of every workout.
- With a dumbell the centre of gravity is in your palm regardless of the exercise you do with it. With a kettlebell the centre of gravity is extended away from your palm and will fluctuate depending on the exercise you are doing
- Livestrong.com says training with kettlebells is not designed to increase muscle mass but rather to build strength by increasing the amount of lean muscle tissue. Increasing lean muscle tissue results in strength without bulk and a lean-looking appearance
- Kettlebells are used primarily for swinging movements, so they end up combining strength training and cardio in one workout
But if you want to know more, grab a brief, three-minute lesson by Jason C Brown on the fundamental differences between kettlebells and dumbbells here.
Kettlebells vs. Dumbbells? What’s the Difference by Jason C Brown
Here, the Kettlebell Bombshell Lisa Balash from FitFluential talks about training with kettlebells and dumbbells safely.
How to Train With Kettlebells vs. Dumbbells
Now check out the BeFit channel’s introduction to the world of weights with the perfect kettlebell workout.