Dumbbells vs. Kettlebells

“When it comes down to picking between a dumbbell or kettlebell, the answer is always ‘it depends.’” 

Depends on what?, you may ask, and it’s a good question.

With a dumbbell, the weight is evenly distributed on both sides of the handle, whereas the weight of a kettlebell sits below the handle. And while it’s difficult for most to grip a dumbbell with more than one hand, a kettlebell is designed to either be gripped with a single hand, or both hands at the same time.

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The kettlebell is probably the more dynamic tool, resulting in better power and speed production. But when it comes to building strength, the dumbbell is probably the better choice – remember, stability matters when pursuing strength, and just as a barbell is more stable than two dumbbells, a dumbbell is more stable than a kettlebell because of the more even weight-distribution.

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