Kettlebells, round, compact weights with a single handle that can be lifted and carried like a bucket, are all the rage in gyms these days. Kettlebell workout classes and DVDs abound, and those who might be intimidated by pumping iron with barbells are flocking to them in droves. If you want to buy a set of kettlebells to use at home, you'll find a wide range on the market. Whether you want a small set you can use with your favorite workout DVD or an extensive set you can use to train for a bodybuilding competition, you can find one that's right for you. We've compiled a list of three great kettlebell sets that range from inexpensive to pricey, allowing you to choose based on your personal needs.
The Marcy set comes with four kettlebells weighing 5, 10, 15 and 20 pounds. The weights are cast iron covered in black rubber, and the set comes with a detailed sheet of exercises to get you started. This is a great beginner set for those new to working out with kettlebells, and the price is right: just $99.99 from amazon.com and eligible for free shipping. You can also take advantage of Amazon's "frequently bought together" deals to get the Jillian Michaels "Shred it with Weights" DVD for an additional $6.29.
For a more extensive set of kettlebells, try this Body Solid set for $174 from amazon.com. With a list price of $300 for the set, this is a remarkable savings on a six-bell set. The weights range from 5 to 30 pounds in 5-pound increments. Made of cast iron and coated in sleek black vinyl, the Body Solid weights will get you through a kettlebell training regime from the first day off the couch to an advanced level of fitness.
What if you're already in good shape, used to working out with kettlebells and want an extensive set that will serve all your training needs? Look no further than the Xmark Fitness XMark Vinyl Coat Gym Kettlebell Gym Set, which features 10 weights ranging from 5 to 50 pounds in 5-pound increments. These cast iron bells have black handles and blue vinyl coating, making them an eye-catching addition to your home gym. Purchase your set from sears.com for $363 and work your way to the upper body, lower body and core muscles of your dreams.
If you'd like to try kettlebells but don't want to commit to (or make room for) a full set, take a look at this adjustable version. By adding plates to the bell as you would with traditional barbells, you can give the workout a shot or customize a single bell for multiple family members. This bell may be cumbersome for those who grow tired of stacking the plates during a workout, but if you live in a studio apartment or dorm room, it can give you the benefits of kettlebell training without the space requirements.