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Best kettlebells for your home or department gym

Strengthen your on-duty and off-duty workouts with kettlebells that promise durability and versatility for all fitness levels


Versatility when it comes to exercise equipment is all about doing more with less. When I think about one item that is extremely versatile, compact, and that I can do a ton with, the first thing that comes to mind is a kettlebell. Kettlebells are a truly a weight room gem, as you can do everything from weight training, to cardio, stability and balance exercises with just one kettlebell. Additionally, exercising with kettlebells has immense benefits for your core, posterior chain and cardiovascular health.

Kettlebell exercises: Ballistic and grinding

Many experts recommend using at least two different sizes when training with kettlebells, allowing two different training styles, called ballistic and grinding. Ballistic exercises involve more explosive movements, such as cleans and snatches. Grinding exercises tend to have a slower progression, and include maneuvers like overhead presses and squats.

Gravity plays a role in ballistic exercises, while grinding exercises involve a more calculated, coordinated movement. For this reason, many suggest using heavier kettlebells for ballistic movements and lighter kettlebells for grinding.

Another thing worth considering when looking at kettlebells is the handle diameter, and if it’s comfortable in your hands. All of that being said, here are my top picks for kettlebells.

Top kettlebell picks

Yes4all vinyl-coated kettlebell

This kettlebell checks all the boxes in terms of versatility, durability and functionality. This kettlebell comes with a wide, smooth, slightly textured handle to provide a secure grip, and vinyl coating over the base to protect from corrosion and damage. This is a simple, easy-to-use and affordable option for users.

TRX Ybell

The TRX Ybell is a three-in-one kettlebell, dumbbell and push-up bar. There’s several exercises you can do with a kettlebell, but there’s even more you can do with a three-in-one kettlebell that can also be used as a dumbbell and a platform to grip and push off of when performing ground exercises, such as push-ups. The award-winning design of these kettlebells has opened the doors to a streamlined workout with a diverse choice of exercises to choose from with just one handheld tool.

Bowflex select tech 840 kettlebell

This kettlebell stands out from the pack due to the adjustable weight feature, allowing you to change the weight with just the turn of a dial. This effectively replaces the need for up to six kettlebells and ranges in weight from 8-40 pounds. If space saving is a priority for you, then this is definitely the right pick.

Jayflex Hyperbell dumbbell converter

This grip set allows you to convert dumbbells to a barbell and kettlebell set. Perfect for adjustable weights and portable, you can take your workouts on the road with this kit, adjustable up to 200 point capacity.

WeGym soft kettlebells

These kettlebells, sized at 10, 15 and 20 pounds, are cushioned with an impact-resistant, sand-filled base to protect your feet and your surroundings. The PVC handle is comfortable and slip-resistant.

As you can see, there are many options to choose from when it comes to kettlebells, and it’s hard to go wrong either way. The most important thing is that you use kettlebells safely and at a weight that is manageable for you. Always consult with a professional before doing exercises you are unfamiliar with, especially with kettlebells.

Ahmad Taha is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and Certified Athletic Trainer. He started his career at Boston EMS in 2016, transitioning to the Sharon Fire Department in 2021. At both agencies, Ahmad has been heavily involved in creating and maintaining a Health and Wellness program that is second to none and inclusive to all. His experience in training bodybuilding and weight loss clients has translated smoothly to first responders, helping them implement proper body mechanics and strategies for injury prevention and longevity in their careers.