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Why Dumbbells Are Better than Kettlebells

There are a lot of “new” exercises out there that can be performed with kettlebells. At least they seem new compared to good old trusty dumbbells. Kettlebells have been around for a very long time, but have become popular again because of some trainers promoting them as tools for fat burning and strength training. Crossfit gyms love to use barbells, but also kettlebells so that has gained them some attention too.


Kettlebells are very versatile and can be a gateway for some people who never lifted weights to actually do some strength building exercises. The Ironmaster adjustable kettlebells were developed for that very thing. Fixed weight kettlebells are good but easily changing different weights makes them ideal for the individual trainer. Same rational as with adjustable dumbbells and the Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbbells are the best out there.

OK, this article is about comparing dumbbell weights to kettlebells so let’s compare.


Dumbbells                                                                                           Kettlebells

Easy to learn and use                                                                          Takes education to use them properly

Made primarily to use two weights                                                  Made primarily to use one weight

Bodybuilding focused                                                                         Cross training focused

Ideal for basic pushing and pulling movements                            Ideal for swinging and overhead movements

Can be more expensive since a pair is needed                              Can be less expensive with a single weight and lower weights typically used


Here is the number one reason why dumbbells are the better choice if you must pick one over the other. Barbells. Barbells are the gold standard for strength and mass building exercises as well all know. They are the epitome of free weight training bodybuilding equipment. But dumbbells are nearly just as good and are actually more versatile! A pair of dumbbells can be considered just a barbell separated into two parts. You can do almost exactly the same exercises with dumbbells as with a bar and do it in a lot smaller space. It might be a bit more challenging in terms of heavy loads and balance since one arm can’t help the other, but that keeps you in perfect symmetry and is a good thing.  Barbell squats without a squat rack can be pretty dangerous, but with dumbbells, you will never get stuck. You could “try” to use two kettlebells to do standard lifts, but it is just not as good or easy.

The next reason is that you can do almost every kettlebell exercise with a dumbbell! There are lots of videos showing how to do a kettlebell swing with just a dumbbell. You just hold one end of the bell and swing away. Not quite as good or safe, but certainly possible and a decent substitute. Cleans and snatches can also be done with dumbbells almost as easily.

Dumbbell weights can be used without a weight bench, but a weight set and bench together are the best combination. Using a kettlebell set with a bench would be quite awkward.  A flat weight bench is a minimum but even better to use a fully adjustable weight bench.  By the way, the Ironmaster Super Bench is considered one of the best weight benches and should definitely be considered.  If you are looking for weight benches for sale, you will find none better.

This is kind of a weak way to wrap up the comparison, but kettlebells are actually pretty great weights for what they are designed to do. In an ideal Gym you would have access to dumbbells AND kettlebells. Weight training machines and barbells too. They are all designed for specific purposes and using them all gives you a lot of flexibility in your workouts. BUT, if you only had the room or budget for one type of weight to lift, what would it be. Probably  a dumbbell set, right? Luckily, Ironmaster makes is pretty easy to not have to forego kettlebells. You can simply get the Quick-Lock Adjustable Kettlebell handle as an accessory to the Quick-Lock Dumbbells for a very small investment.

So there you have it. Everyone may have different opinions on this topic and that is OK. Just as long as you keep on lifting!


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    Quick-Lock Kettlebell 57.5 Combo

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    FREE Shipping to the lower 48 US States! For other locations, please contact us via email or phone and we can give you a shipping quote.

    Ironmaster’s patented quick-lock adjustable kettlebell handle design is still unrivaled in form and function today. You will not believe how quick and easy this adjustable kettlebell system is to use until you have it in your hands. A product of extensive research and development, our quick-lock kettlebell system is ergonomically designed with a locking screw that will not interfere with your grip and with a handle that looks and feels exactly like a traditional kettlebell. This is all done without compromising quality and durability.

    The quick-lock adjustable handle weighs in at 22.5 lbs empty and can be adjusted from 22.5 lbs to 57.5 lbs in 2.5 lb increments. Combine our adjustable kettlebell handle with our adjustable dumbbells to expand the versatility of your home gym in the most space-friendly way possible. The included weights can be used with our adjustable dumbbells as well. For more information, read our product details below or send us a message!

    $239.00 $209.00
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    Quick-Lock Adjustable Kettlebell Handle

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    Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Kettlebell

    Kettlebells are a great tool for sports training, fitness and strength and give you some capabilities not possible with barbells or dumbbells or machines. Just like with our adjustable dumbbells, this adjustable kettlebell saves you lots of space and money to have only one KB rather than a bunch of different sizes.
    $134.00 $119.00
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    Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System 75 lb Set

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    The 75 lb Set includes a pair of adjustable dumbbells and the Dumbbell Stand

    The Ironmaster 75 LB Quick-Lock Dumbbell Set is one of our flagship products and a customer favorite for people looking for premium quality adjustable dumbbells. Our latest generation of this product includes our patented quick lock technology allowing you to adjust the weight of each dumbbell from 5 to 75lbs in 2.5 LB increments in less than 15 seconds! The system also includes the dumbbell stand.

    Unparalleled Quality and Realistic Feeling Adjustable Dumbbells

    Many adjustable dumbbells suffer from the same set of problems and annoyances. They are cheaply made causing them to break or become non-functioning after a short period of time. Not only is this expensive, it can also be extremely dangerous. People have reported competitors products releasing plates from the dumbbell and causing significant injuries. With Ironmaster, you do not have to worry about this. Our products are guaranteed for life with a no-frills lifetime warranty. Another common complaint of competitor products is that the dumbbells do not feel like a real dumbbell. Our adjustable dumbbells look, feel, and function just like real dumbbells. They are solid and ready to go containing no plastic or fragile components. More information about this product is available below in the product details section.


    $699.00 $649.00
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    Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System 45 lb Set

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    The Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbbell System is the latest generation of our adjustable dumbbells – now available in a smaller size set. You can quickly adjust each dumbbell from 5-45 lbs with our patented quick lock design in under 15 seconds!

    Now you can have a complete set of free weight dumbbells for training at home that feel just like traditional dumbbells with no restrictions, rattling or safety concerns!

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