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Once You Hit 40 or 50, I feel the need to change gears again, possibly downshift for more power, but less speed.

Men in their late 30s and early 40s face motivation, parenting, and generating income while balancing education and expertise as obstacles to happiness and fulfillment - well not all of them, but I did, uncertainty definitely didn't help. In saying that though, these 'challenges' led me down a path of self realisation - meditation - ice baths - calisthenics - and giving less fucks about what strangers want. If you aren't a friend or family member, you might as well be an NPC (Non Playable Character) in my universe. 
So, lets take a look at some of these issues, and how I am leaning into them - if this wax melts into your way then sweet, keep on keeping on.

Challenges faced by people like us - Humans!

Lack of Motivation

As we age, look I won't lie, we lose motivation for fitness, for work, and other important things - for me it was feeling like I hadn't made the impact on reality that so many others had made. I felt bored and dissatisfied and I really didn't want to be the kind of person that was working and paying for someone's holiday. So I made friends with the kinds of people that were in a place I wanted to be - I had to spend a bit to hang out with them, but just being around them has shown me where to aim my time.

Balancing Work and Family

I still battle with this one, I don't feel creative during business hours, or more specifically, I am more productive on my own time. I hang out with my family when they get home from work or school, and I think this one will be ongoing. They enjoy the extra cash that came from breaking out from under the corporate umbrella, but they also would like for me to be more available. At least not I love what I am doing, and that is part of the problem for them.

Finding time for self improvement

Everything takes time, I am now doing less reading and more masterminds and courses. I think the next evolution will be 'never lift the hammer' - which translates to 'drive the change, don't implement the change'.  I feel like for my entirety I did things the way others did them, but now, now I do them the way that works for me. I can probably be more productive, but I am more productive now than I have ever been.

Realising we need more money

I feel like my parents were adults when they hit their late teens, but we are a few generations - where we are still children. Earning enough, and realising later in life that savings are a thing was a depressing realisation. Investing is a thing, and it is something I left too late - but then I also believe that I can lean into this and make that decision the right decision.

Take control of your personal fitness

Maintaining physical and mental health is a formidable challenge. I started doing cold showers purely to become comfortable with discomfort, and if there is one recommendation I would make to anyone who is in a rut, it is start taking cold showers in the morning, don't try to convince yourself that it will be easy - it needs to suck. 

But then it's like fight club - the annoyances of life have their volume turned down.

Finding time for self improvement

With the right support, motivation and resources, men, woman, humans in their late 30s and early 40s can overcome these challenges. You can find the motivation and energy to achieve your goals by improving your physical and mental health, learning new skills, and balancing your responsibilities. These are all links in a chain, once you start moving one, you will move them all. Give yourself a high-five for even starting down this road! 

Who am I?

We understand that not every body type is the same, so whether you are a severe fitness junkie or a festively plump kettle shaped junkie, our reviews include a wide variety of kettlebells, both shapes and 'types' to meet your demands, including the traditional hard core Russian kettlebells.

We have tried to get the best advice and expertise to help you accomplish your fitness goals, no matter what they are. We can confidently say that our testimonials will outperform those from any former personal trainers trying to sell you some crap on late night TV, or any commission based department store salespeople.

We offer comprehensive information in addition to the top kettlebell evaluations.

Our Kettlebell Reviews Explained

We provide reviews of the top items, explain the design decisions behind many of the greatest kettlebells on the market, offer instructions on how to use kettlebells, and direct you to a reliable retailer where you can purchase the kettlebells that we have evaluated. 

Even the process for building your own kettlebells out of a dumbbell and judo belt is covered in our review guide below.

For those who doubt the effectiveness of kettlebells. We take the research from various sports medicine trials available so you can make your own judgments. We want to be your go-to site for information and the best place to find comprehensive reviews about kettlebells.

What are Kettlebells?

Kettlebells are a military grade fitness product popularized by Pavel Tsatsouline in the early 2000’s. He has featured on the Joe Rogan experience and is world renowned as the master of Kettlebells. MMA, BJJ, Calisthenics and Personal Security professionals are all in love with kettlebells as they seem to take us back to the old (not massive) way of being stronger and faster. I fell in love with kettlebells as the mechanic of most of the exercises align with the same strength build from hanging exercises. Our shoulders do well with more hanging strength - and kettlebells challenge our shoulders in that same 'safer' way.
Kettlebells are a product that challenges the body with two of the most important movements because they make your grip stronger, your core stronger and you're more muscular. This leads to a better and healthier impression of yourself as well as increased physical strength. And there is a long and proven history of its use dating back to 18nth Century Russia.
In short though, a kettlebell is a weight, normally ball shaped, with a looped offset handle. Some of the weight is in the ball and some is in the handle. This makes for a challenging object to shift through space.
Sitting will make you lazy, and if you are looking to avoid the health consequences that come with obesity, it’s best to take some pro-active action.

Later, The Russian army saw the benefits of training with an offset weight, and it was incorporated as part of their daily training routine. It is surprising how heavy a 35lb (16kg) kettlebell is, when you are used to lifting a 44lb (20kg) dumbbell.

Modern research has confirmed the power of kettlebells to boost muscle growth, reduce the effects of our sedentary lifestyle and environmental stressors. The best of these kettlebell sets also have a high capacity to increase flexibility, and it really doesn’t take long to see or at least feel results and keep looking healthier and younger.

Some of the best workouts also combine the powerful effects of resistance with cardio to product an additional cardiovascular resistance benefit.

So, what are the best kettlebells for you? Read our expert reviews to find out.

Our reviews of the Top Rated Kettlebells of 2022

How to use Kettlebells Properly

This is the source, this is the course that started a movement.
A kettlebell workout can help you burn up to 400 calories in 20 minutes.
Kettlebells look much like a cannonball with a handle on top.
They are available in a variety of weights - 4.5kg up to — the craziness is the limit.
You'll use them when performing lunges, lifts, and shoulder presses.
The workout gets your heart rate up and burns up to 20 calories per minute, which is equivalent to running a 6-minute mile.

Kettlebell workouts are extremely adaptable.
You can incorporate a few of the moves into your regular workout or do a dedicated kettlebell workout a few times per week.
To learn how to do the moves safely, purchase a DVD or enroll in a kettlebell class at your local gym.
Kettlebell workouts are popular among celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, and Katherine Heigl, and it doesn't take long to see why.

Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel

You'll break a sweat doing a series of high-intensity cardio and strength-training moves like kettlebell swings, lunges, shoulder presses, and push-ups.

Targeted Areas:
Squats, lunges, crunches, and other moves that work your abs and other core muscles are common in kettlebell workouts.

Arms: Yes

The kettlebell is an awesome swinging weight used for arm exercises such as single-arm rows and shoulder presses.

Legs: Yes

Lunges and squats are two of the most popular kettlebell exercises.

Glutes: Yes

Using the kettlebell for added weight during lunges and squats will tone your tush.

Back: Yes

Performing a dead lift with a kettlebell helps tone your back muscles, all of the swinging motions work your back too.
A study from ACE revealed that swinging a kettlebell can blast up to 20 calories per minute. That's about how many calories you burn per minute if running a 6-minute mile. Because of the unique shape of the kettlebell, the center of gravity isn't the same as a traditional weight. With kettlebells, you'll learn how to move your body in ways you didn't know possible and those moves will carry over into other forms of your fitness life. When you acquire the skills to do kettlebell specific skills like the get-up, swings, and windmills, you feel like a fitness rock star.

With practice and proper training, you can easily master the moves! With kettlebells, you don't need a pair of dumbbells or multiple plates to go on a bar. Instead, you just need one kettlebell for each workout and it saves you money and space in your home. It's an awesome way to change up a static workout program and it's fun to swing heavy caveman-like toys around!
    Important things to be aware of when buying Kettlebells
  • Build Material - Are they plastic (bad) cast iron (better) or steel (best most of the time)
  • Coating Material - Do they have a coating, if so, is it a corrosion resistant finish, is it plastic or rubber?
  • Handle Diameter - 33mm better for smaller hands, and people seem to like them for lots of reps, or 35mm, better for bigger hands and usually used with huge kettlebells.
  • Shape - Russian (old school), Competition (all the same-ish), soft bag (a soft bag, not usually as heavy) or Custom (monkeys head etc)
  • Weight  for gender / body type / exercise - For Women, usually 8kg, 12kg, 16kg and for men 16kg, 20kg, 24kg. 
  • Number of kettlebells you can afford - 3 bells cost more than 1 multi plate bell.
  • Shipping Costs - free shipping when you buy more than a certain amount.
  • How hard core you are - monster kettlebells, and competitive kettlebells. 
competition kettlebells
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