While kettlebells and medicine balls have been around for a long time, they are becoming increasingly popular among those looking to gain some muscle while working out. DICK'S Sporting Goods offers a wide variety of kettlebells and medicine balls from top brands like GoFit, Fitness Gear, Century and Body Solid.
Choose the weight you want to work with, as DICK'S has kettlebells starting at five pounds. Kettlebells come in a variety of shapes: concave, contour, block, round, hammertone and even adjustable. Medicine balls start at two pounds and go up from there and include such varieties as hard, slam and soft. They are also available with or without bounce or handles.
Slammer medicine balls help improve core strength and conditioning. They maximize full body movement, which means you use more muscles at one time. Maximum durability is key with these heavy-duty, rubber-shelled and perfectly balanced balls. Choose from slammer medicine balls that weigh 10, 20 or 30 pounds. Keep in mind that these slammer balls have no handles or bounce.
An adjustable kettlebell takes up less space than a collection of different kettlebells of varying weights. It starts out with a base weight and allows you to add more depending on your workout. The multi-functionality of adjustable kettlebells make them perfect for whole-body exercises. It is great for cardio, strength training, burning fat and joint mobility. The U-shaped handle is comfortable and easy to grip.
Tips & Expert Advice
Choose kettlebells with grips that are large enough to comfortably accommodate your hand and that allows you to move the weight freely when performing swings and snatches. Check that the grip of the kettlebell is smooth to the touch. Competition grade kettlebells are usually made of steel and have a uniform grip size, regardless of their weight.
It is important to choose the correct weight for each exercise that you intend to perform. If you are a beginner, invest in a range of different medicine ball sizes and kettlebell weights. Do not purchase a medicine ball that is too heavy for you; this merely increases your risk of injuring yourself. Do not worry about outgrowing a light medicine ball or kettlebell; light weights are always useful for fast, high repetition exercises.