Kettlebell Kings: Royally Good Kettlebells
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In the world of fitness, we often think of barbells and dumbbells, when there’s another fantastic option out there for us - the kettlebell!
Kettlebells are an excellent way to help develop your body's stabilizer muscles. They provide a rather challenging workout when used in their various forms, which I’ll get to in a bit, but I want to talk more specifically about Kettlebell Kings.
With a name like that, you expect these to be royally good and I was very excited to do a deep dive into all of the Kettlebell Kings stables of products to show you how this is one of the cruelly overlooked brands for kettlebells, fitness accessories, and fitness as a whole!
What is a Kettlebell
Might be a bit of a stretch to assume you don’t know what a kettlebell is, but for anyone that doesn’t, I’ll give a quick rundown of what a kettlebell is and how they work to provide some extra context to explain the purpose of Kettlebell Kings and their weights.
A kettlebell is a type of weight, made from cast-iron or cast-steel, in the shape of a ball (think cannonball) with a flat bottom and a handle to grip and move it.
Kettlebells originated as farming tools for weighing, but in the late 18th century - early 19th century became a fixture for weightlifters in circuses, strongman shows, and early weightlifting competitions.
Due to their unusual shape and design, they operate a little differently than a barbell, or even a dumbbell. Where a barbell is stabilized by having both your hands on the grip, the kettlebell (and dumbbell) make it more difficult to stabilize muscle groups like the back and shoulders.
Naturally, this builds those muscles in a different way than a barbell. Even a dumbbell is easier to control because there is less swinging motion needed to raise one up to the shoulders or over the head, making kettlebells very useful for training specific motions, and building the stabilizer muscles.
Kettlebells have become a very popular way to improve a workout, or vary the mechanics of your workouts, and help improve a wider range of muscles.
Who are Kettlebell Kings
Kettlebell Kings are headquartered in Austin, Texas, and pride themselves on being dedicated to all things kettlebell.
This is apparent in their wide range of kettlebell products and their wide range of knowledge.
In fact, Kettlebell Kings has even begun offering a membership plan to allow people to join in on kettlebell workouts to help improve form, build strength, and learn more about to how master kettlebell exercises.
Kettlebell Kings even has a program to become certified in kettlebell exercises which can be beneficial for people looking to become personal trainers or add to their own fitness knowledge.
Kettlebell Kings Products
It’s pretty obvious that Kettlebell Kings focuses primarily on kettlebells, but they’re not all the same. Let’s take a look at some of the Kettlebell Kings kettlebells!
1. Adjustable Kettlebell
First up is a favorite of people looking to maximize their workout.
Whether it’s a circuit or you just need to get it done quickly the Kettlebell Kings Adjustable Kettlebell is an excellent way to switch weights on the fly.
Adjustable kettlebells are not new, but the technology still amazes me that we’ve been able to take what makes adjustable dumbbells work, and use it for kettlebells as well.
Looking at the picture of the Kettlebell Kings Adjustable Kettlebell, you can see that there’s a dial that can be turned on the top, just below the grip handle, where you can slide small plates in and out for your desired weight.
Kettlebell Kings provides an Adjustable Kettlebell that ranges from 10-40lb (increasing in 5lb increments) which helps save you space for a set of kettlebells, and saves you money!
It’s effectively 7 kettlebells in one, which makes the Adjustable Kettlebell such a valuable asset for a home gym.
2. Powder Coat Kettlebell
The Kettlebell Kings Powder Coat Kettlebell is a singular weight, offered in either KG or LB units (no difference between the two other than unit measurement).
Each weight has a different colored band around the base of the grip for easy identification, along with an etched weight indicator on the opposite side of their logo etching.
As expected, there are a significant number of weight sizes you can choose from:
You can choose from the modest 4kg/9lb Powder Coat Kettlebell, all the way up to the beefy 92kg/203lb option. This is suitable for someone with plenty of space in their gym, and likely a higher budget if you want a larger set.
What makes the Kettlebell Kings Powder Coat Kettlebell so good is the powder coating which protects it from scuffs and scrapes, wear and tear, that your normal stainless steel workout equipment would endure.
Not only that, but the powder coating enhances grip too, which is crucial for safe lifting. These kettlebells can take a beating which is good news for serious lifters.
3. Competition Kettlebell
Designed very similar to the Powder Coat Kettlebell.
The Kettlebell Kings Competition Kettlebell are all uniform in size because of the practice of uniform plate sizes used for competition weights.
Just like the color identification for the Powder Coat Kettlebells, the Competition Kettlebells are different colors for each weight. These kettlebells come in:
Each handle for the Competition Kettlebell is 35mm, the international standard, so you can become very accustomed to the same size grip no matter the workout or weight. If you need a smaller grip, they also have a 33mm option.
On top of that, Kettlebell Kings has gone the extra mile to ensure top-tier quality by making the Competition Kettlebells weld-free, meaning it’s one solid cast, and no filler weight inside, like loose sawdust or ball bearings that can move around over time and disrupt the weight distribution.
4. Competition Kettlebell Fitness Edition
Next, we have the Kettlebell Kings Competition Kettlebell - Fitness Edition.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about this one that I haven’t already said about the regular Competition Kettlebell.
The slight differences you’ll see are mostly cosmetic, as they have 35mm standard grips and look near identical.
The color markers for different weights are only around the base of the grip this time, and they range from 20lb to 100lbs, with 5lb increments.
So, they’re a little different in weight measurements and slight changes, but the biggest change they mention is that the base of this version of the Competition Kettlebell is slightly larger to allow for easier Kettlebell Kings workouts that involve using the ground, like push-ups or anything like that.
Besides that, basically the same!
5. Adjustable Competition Kettlebell
Last, we have the Adjustable Competition Kettlebell and this one’s a bit of a doozy.
Just like the Adjustable Kettlebell, you have the option to take out and put in plates as you desire to change the weight or even weight distribution to improve workouts or make them harder - but there’s a catch.
Unlike the simple dial system of the regular Adjustable Kettlebell, this one has a nut at the base that needs to be changed with a small wrench (similar to one for furniture) and an Allen key.
It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but there’s a little more effort involved in switching weights out.
Regardless, Kettlebell Kings provides people who want the best of both worlds, an adjustable dumbbell and a competition dumbbell, with just that in this kettlebell creation.
The weight ranges from:
What makes this one so intriguing, besides adjustable weights, is that it can go up by increments of just 1kg making for more interesting combinations of adjustable plates to help better suit your progression on kettlebell workouts.
As for the Adjustable Competition Kettlebell body, it’s a steel shell with powder coating and iron weight plates, with the shell being 12kg by itself, and comes with 7 cast iron adjustable plates.
Other Kettlebell Kings Products
Although they’re the Kettlebell Kings, they’re not limited to just providing kettlebells.
Here are some of the other products that Kettlebell Kings offers:
You can see that, while they excel in kettlebell equipment, they’re not limited to just that. Plenty of these products are geared towards a wide range of exercise needs which is good to see, and while their kettlebells are the stars of the show (rightfully so), that’s not all.
If you were paying attention to what I said earlier, Kettlebell Kings, aside from kettlebells and their additional workout accessories, also offers a membership service and kettlebell workouts.
This is an awesome way to make use of your new kettlebells by seeing what their certified pros have to offer.
These kettlebell exercises and workouts are offered through virtual training and can help you maximize the full capabilities of your kettlebell to see what makes it such a useful piece of workout gear.
Some of the workouts include:
Each workout has a different focus. Some are meant for beginners (Kettlebell Origins, Kettlebell Fundamentals Course) while others are designed for more advanced lifters (Double Gain, Kettlebell Super Shred), and some are focused on specific goals like fat loss (Turbo Fat Loss) or improved movement (Flow Strong).
Regardless of which course you choose, it’s good to see that Kettlebell Kings aren’t just selling a product, and are actively helping people understand how to use kettlebells for workouts and the importance they have for a well-rounded fitness routine.
How Do Kettlebells Add to Your Workout
On that note, let’s discuss how kettlebells add to your workout.
Creating a kettlebell workout routine is simple because it works in similar ways to a normal routine.
Whether you’re aiming for a circuit workout, mobility workout, push/pull split, or something that’s a little bit of everything, you can find ways to easily incorporate kettlebells into your active lifestyle.
Some of the best kettlebell workouts you can add to your routine are:
There are so many ways to incorporate a kettlebell that work in similar ways as your more traditional lifts.
For example, the kettlebell clean is very similar to a typical barbell clean, but you are going to be working on stabilizing your wrists and the kettlebell more, same with kettlebell row or a kettlebell overhead press.
Check out this list of the best kettlebell exercises that will show you what to do.
Kettlebell Kings claim their stake as the royalty of the kettlebell world, and it’s hard not to see why! They offer plenty in terms of kettlebell product variety, but they’re far from being a one-trick pony.
You can find other workout accessories from them, and even offer certification for kettlebell trainers and kettlebell workouts through various courses.
Even with plenty of larger brands offering their own take on the kettlebell (Rogue, Bowflex, etc.), Kettlebell Kings are the plucky underdogs that are obsessed with this piece of workout equipment and it shows in the quality and commitment.