My first piece of at home gym equipment was a single kettlebell. I bought a Pavel Tsatsouline book and followed his daily program of swings and Turkish get ups for quite some time. At the time it was the longest I had ever stayed with a program. Because of that, it was also one of the only programs I saw results from. To this day, kettlebells are still one of my favorite implements. I have owned an embarrassing number of bells in a variety of different formats from standard kettlebells to competition bells to something called sand bells.
What I own
I love my current kettlebells. Actually, I looooooooooove my kettlebells. They are by far my favorite piece of gear. So much so that I don’t even keep them in my gym. I proudly display them in the corner of my living room (yes, I know, weird). But once you see them, you’ll understand why.
I own a set of 4 Primal Bells by Onnit. I’ve had them for years and I get a kick out of them every time I lift. Onnit has developed several sets of themed kettlebells. From ancient legends to Star Wars to primates, these are hands down the coolest kettlebells you can buy. And that’s why I love them.
What I recommend
As much as I love my Primal Bells from Onnit, there are two caveats to owning them. One is that they may not be your cup of tea. Two is that they are on the expensive side. If one or both of those apply to you, then I have an alternate recommendation. It’s not just an alternate, however. I will be adding a few more kettlebells to my arsenal soon and there is no better choice for a standard kettlebell than to go with one from Kettlebell Kings.
I learned a long time ago not to go super cheap on kettlebells. The cheap ones will either tear up your hands or be so slick you won’t be able to hold on to them. On top of that, the coating will chip off over time and you’ll find yourself replacing something that shouldn’t ever need to be replaced in the first place. Kettlebell Kings make some of the best kettlebells on the market. They are reasonably priced and will last you a lifetime. They also have the best grip of any kettlebell I’ve ever used.
Kettlebell Kings makes several levels of kettlebell. For home gyms, I recommend going with their most basic powder coated bells. These come in at a great price and are of an amazingly good quality. I love them and you will too.
Because you need so few and also because a good one will last you forever, I don’t recommend going to a budget level here. Sure there are lots of low priced options. Having owned a lot of them I can tell you from experience that they are a waste of your money. Stick with the models above by Kettlebell Kings. You won’t be sorry!