When the comes to debating over whether Kettlebells or Dumbbells are better the debate is still out. A lot of experts tend to think their way is better than the other. A new study from California State University, Fullerton says that dumbbells are still superior when it comes to maximizing your strength, while kettlebell experts say the benefits of their oddly-shaped weight benefits go beyond just strength gains. We like to think that they are both great at what they do.
If you are still needing convincing that one is better than the other, then read on to find out which one may have some better benefits to the other when it comes to specific exercises.
When to use Dumbbells instead of Kettlebells.
There is no doubt that some exercises for some people require a lot of weight to challenge them. When it comes to these type of exercises, there just aren’t Kettlebells heavy enough to fill this heavy of an order. Think exercises like Deadlift, Chest Press, and Biceps Curls. Really the thing with the Biceps Curls is that the Kettlebell can be a little awkward when performing the exercise and could lead to the Kettlebell bashing into your arm during each curl. Hurting ourselves is not really something we are looking to do to ourselves while exercising.
Keep in mind that Dumbbells can be great for exercises that are low reps, high weight, and muscle isolation.
When to use Kettlebells instead of Dumbbells.
Think about Kettlebells as a way to add more explosiveness to an exercise. Since a kettlebell has a thick offset handle it makes performing full body exercises easier, like squats and swings. Its design is particularly great at allowing you to change hands or hand positioning part way through a move to incorporate more exercises, like a snatch or clean and jerk into your exercise.
Keep in mind that Kettlebells can be great for high reps, low weight, and explosive movements.
So which is better, Kettlebells or Dumbbells?
We think that answer is up to you to answer, friend. Just remember what your goals are.