Advantages easy to use, reasonable price, comes with suggested exercises
Disadvantages handle is on the chunky side
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I first decided to get a kettle bell about two years ago when I was sitting in a park in London. A group of incredibly fit looking women seemed to come along from nowhere with their even fitter looking instructor and started exercising in a circle with these kettle bells - I remember thinking how fun it looked and decided to get myself one.It was only actually this January that I got round to purchasing a kettle bell - it was a spur of the moment thing, I saw it in ASDA, and with it just having gone New Year I was in that whole fitness mode that I normally start and then give up on within the first two weeks of every new year. The eco wellness kettle bell comes in two sizes - 2.5kg and 5kg. I got the smaller of the two having not used one before.
The idea of the kettle bell is that it is a weight you can use to work out, but it works differently to a normal hand weight due to the positioning of the handle. Apparently using one will work more muscles than a normal weight and a lot of people swear that they burn calories faster too, although I am not going to claim to know all the technical spiel about them, as when it comes to fitness I find a lot of people argue about what's best.This particular kettle bell comes with a leaflet included which gives some ideas for different exercises, but unfortunately that has been lost now. I am not sure what the eco part of the brand name is about, whether this was made from recycled materials or suchlike and unfortunately I can't find any info on this online.
The actual kettle bell itself is comfortable to hold, however the handle is quite chunky and my small hands do seem to lose grip over time. Although the plastic on the underside of the handle is slightly mottled to aid grip, I do find that if my hands start to sweat, the kettle bell sort of twists in my hands and I do sometimes worry it is going to fly out of my grip and through the window!When it comes to using this, I think the most popular 'move' is the kettle bell swing, whereby you stand with your feet apart and squat, swinging the kettle bell up in front of you. I actually find this move much easier with the weight of the kettle bell, ironically and I can do many more repetitions without getting tired, so this is great for toning the legs and bum as well as the arms.
I have also found youtube to be a great resource for exercise ideas and there are several workout videos on there for when you find you would like some variation in your exercise routine. I have noticed a fair few of the workouts use two kettle bells (for example lunges) so am considering buying a second one.The 2.5kg kettle bell costs £8 from ASDA and can also be purchased online from direct.asda.com. The 5kg one retails at £11.
Overall I am pleased with this kettle bell, the only thing I would change is to perhaps make the handle slightly narrower and maybe have the textured part all the way around the handle instead of just on the underside. I think the 2.5kg size has been perfect for me as it is helping me to get toned without being so heavy I find it overly challenging, so I would definitely recommend this.
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