Fitness Gear Adjustable Kettlebell
Overall this seems to be a good product. If you are just starting to get into kettlebell workouts you may ot be sure of a good starting weight. This product lets you tune in to your level of fitness fairly easy and at a reasonable cost.
April 24, 2013
Great product but has limits
Really loved these when they showed up, and have found them to be a great improvement over the standard KB's. That being said, I must say the ability to order the weights that are advertised is a little hard to do. Don't get me wrong they are really a great item just wish I could get the right weights to go with them is all. But I would recommend this product to anyone looking to incorporate KB training into their workout.
April 24, 2013
bang for ur buck
good value,good handle...can load 50 + lbs....excellent!
March 22, 2013
I am 57 and have been trying to stay in shape for the past few years. This kettlebell is just what I needed as I was ready to move up in weight in my kettlebell workout. I crosstrain frequently and an adjustable kettlebell really adds a perfect addition to my workout and at a price that I considered a bargain as a 30 lb. kettlebell would have been more expensive.
March 17, 2013
Best Use-Your-Own-Plates Adjustable Kettlebell Handle on the Market.
~~Finding the picture and description for this "Fitness Gear Kettlebell Handle" lacking sufficient detail, I thought I would add it via this review, for the sake of future buyers with the same questions I had.
~~First off, the unit is of standard size, similar to the non-adjustable versions of the larger Kettlebells. It consists of the top one piece cast iron mildly textured handle and dome shape plate, the bottom cast iron mildly textured disk, a smooth chrome shaft with a triangular bolt head on the bottom end and course threads, at the top end that screws up through the bottom plate and all that's in-between, and into the threaded hole in the top dome (which is essentially like a giant "acorn nut" if your familiar) and finally four hollow plastic spacer disks. The handle is 1 1/4" diameter steel and the inside hand-width maxes at 5 5/8". The shortest height of the unit from bottom to top of the handle is 9 1/2" and the minimum space between the top and bottom plates is 3 7/16". The dome and bottom plate diameter is 6 5/16". The shaft is essentially a 1" diameter chrome bolt that is 4 13/16" long not counting the triangular head but including the 1 3/16" of threads at the end. The four spacer plates are hollow plastic disks essentially like weights but without the typical concrete filling, and they measure 7/8" thick. So, the four spacers "together equal 3 1/2" which is just enough to put a nice squeeze on them when the "empty" 20 lb. unit is screwed tight.
~~Again, as is, the unit weighs 20 lbs. and using a variety of preferably standard plates and some to none of the hollow spacers, you can configure several options up to the stated 50 lb. limit, which frankly, even more weight than that could fit, as you could theoretically use any size plate, but in reality, once you get much above the 10 lb. plates you will begin to find the unit is getting too large in diameter to be practical for some Kettlebell exercises. Plus, you also have the limitations of the shaft length. The diameter of 12.5 lb. or even 15 lb. plates might be within reason. Keep in mind that you may not like having the larger plates in the top position, just below the dome, as you might find it a bit less than comfortable (though probably still tolerable) on your forearm when doing overhead presses. Also, due to the different thicknesses of each plate size, you will find some combinations work much better than others for keeping the unit snug and rattle-free at a particular weight. Your minimum plate and spacer stack height should be 3 7/16" if you want to avoid rattle. If you were to choose (independently, and at your own risk) to go any taller, I, myself would not go with a stack much taller than 4" to be sure the shaft is securely screwed in several threads deep. (The shortest, fully screwed in, 3 7/16" shaft length may be all that was intended by the manufacturer, though it is not stated in their included instructions.) If I were working with that 4" maximum shaft length, owning two 2.5 lb., two 5 lb., three 7.5 lb., and five 10 lb. standard flat plates would give me a snug combination for every 2.5 lb. increment all the way up to 70 lbs., if I were to choose (independently, and at my own risk) to go above the 50 lb. maximum stated by the manufacturer. Another simple option to assist with snugging things up could be to also buy a few 1" I.D. or larger rubber washers or O-rings, though using the right plate combinations will do the trick.
~~Of course, figuring the best plate combo can be a bit boggling so I worked up a sequential list of what to add to the 20 lb. unit for each 2.5 lb. increment that fits using standard flat plates: (2.5+4 spacers = 22.5) (2x2.5+4 spacers = 25) (2.5+5+3 spacers = 27.5) (2x5+3 spacers = 30) (5+7.5+3 spacers = 32.5) (2.5+5+7.5+2 spacers = 35) (2x5+7.5+2 spacers = 37.5) (5+2x7.5+2 spacers = 40) (2x2.5+2x5+7.5+spacer = 42.5) (2.5+3x7.5+spacer = 45) (5+3x7.5+spacer = 47.5) (5+2x7.5+10+spacer = 50) (3x7.5+10+spacer = 52.5) (2x7.5+2x10+spacer = 55) (2.5+2x7.5+2x10=57.5) (5+2x7.5+2x10 = 60) (3x7.5+2x10 = 62.5) (2x7.5+3x10 = 65) (7.5+4x10 = 67.5) (5x10 = 70) Although there are other combinations I could choose, the ones I've listed will require the least amount of the shaft length, subsequently giving me the most amount of threads screwed into the "nut".
~~The unit comes with minimal instructions, though it seems understandable, given the limited working parts on one hand, and on the other, the monumental task of trying to discuss all of the various weight plate scenarios that might be involved, including factoring the type, brand and actual dimensions of whatever plates a customer might have access to. There's a recommendation for how to change the plates, which BTW, is a bit more clumsy than with a Dumbbell, but I have found the easiest way for me, is to sit on a bench or chair with the handle down and squeezed between my thighs/knees, rather than the sideways method that's described in the instructions. Essentially, simply by the nature of this being an adjustable handle, the reality is that much is left to the user to figure out, which frankly, a person should be able to do easily enough, and if not, they probably have no business trying to exercise with a Kettlebell in the first place. Having said that, I will say that the details I've described above have probably covered the majority of any questions one might encounter.
~~Note, when I first unboxed my new Kettlebell handle, it looked as though it had a cheap finish that was already flaking off, however that was purely an illusion, so don't be fooled if you happen have a similar experience. What I was actually seeing was bits of the thin plastic bag that had bonded to the textured surface of the cast iron. Once I cleaned that plastic bits off, I found there is nothing cheap at all about the finish or the overall product. It is very well made, and well designed for the purpose, especially given the challenge of the many variables it is tasked to accommodate. From what I've seen, it is by far the best use-your-own-plates adjustable Kettlebell handle out there. With the cost of the handle and plates I've essentially spent enough to have bought perhaps three of the fixed size models within the same weight range, but could instead now have 20 different sizes in 2.5 lb. increments between 20 lbs. and 70 lbs. to choose from (and I could add even more choices with 1.5 lb and/or 6 lb plates) which will come in handy as I get stronger, and/or change my workouts, etc.
~~I've elected to go with two of these handles so I can have a heavy one ready to go for squats, swings, rows, etc., and a lighter one for overhead presses, curls, etc. In practice, I really only need a couple sizes with which I can then vary the reps and intensity to work the particular target muscles to fatigue. Also, I might even want to setup two Kettlebells at the same weight, at times, so I'll have that option available.
~~Unfortunately Necessary Disclaimer: Once more, due to the nature of the world we live in, I want to state clearly that I do not represent the manufacturer or the seller, and am only a customer relaying my observations of the dimensions of the product. My indicating something fits or may fit, or any that inference that I could, might, or even will try it, is not my recommendation that you should try it, or even an indication that it will work as intended, if at all. It is imperative that you heed the guidelines of the manufacturer and use your own best judgment in determining how you will configure and use your Kettlebell handle(s).
March 14, 2013
I liked the idea of adjustable kettlebells and these fit the bill. I had some extra free weights laying around and they worked perfectly. They start at 20 lbs and you can add up to three 2.5 lb, 5 lb or 10 lb weight. If there is one drawback, it's having to check the locknut periodically to ensure it's tight. Other than that, it's a great value.
March 12, 2013
This kettlebell is great because you can vary the weight! My husband and I both use this one, we just add or remove weights.
The only reason I gave this product 4/5 stars is because the paint started to chip- that's why we got it on sale for $49.99.
My husband doesn't care about the chipping paint and would give it a 5/5.
March 10, 2013
Overall good value
Good bang for your buck but I can't understand why they could not make them so the top screwed down tight. Once you have screwed the top back on as it will go there is still empty space so the bells rattle and move when in use. I used felt furniture pads sort of as a shim and this eliminated the problem. Other than that the bells are good quality and saved a lOt of money versus buying individual bells at each weight I would want to use.
January 17, 2013
Works great. Best thing is we can adjust the weight needed for a work out.
January 16, 2013
I LOVE IT
I love this. It is perfect for me with out the extra weights, but when my husband uses it he can add the extra weights. Good job Dick's sporting goods for carrying this, not all sporting goods stores carry this.
January 16, 2013