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So gyms are closed again and I find myself trying to build my home gym once again . I have a pretty good start too . The only thing that seems available at the supplier I use at the moment are kettlebells . Do body builders even use them ? I watch a lot of my favourite bodybuilders / powelifters and I have yet to see a video . I see Tones of tutorial videos and literature but no one who I look up to Using them . Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about it . Are kettlebells a good addition to a home gym ?
 

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From what I’ve seen, kettle bells are more geared for the Crossfitters and "functional fitness"... whatever that means

I’m a barbell/dumbbell kinda guy myself. I wouldn’t waste money on kettlebells. But that’s just me
 

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It’s what I used when gyms first closed down.
Hang them from a bar and do chest with them - mimics an earthquake bar. Goblet squats. Stiff leg deads, front raises. Side laterals. You can do curls with them but it’s hard on the wrists.
And don’t forget kettle swings - I still use them as a full bodied warm up twice a week
 

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It’s what I used when gyms first closed down.
Hang them from a bar and do chest with them - mimics an earthquake bar. Goblet squats. Stiff leg deads, front raises. Side laterals. You can do curls with them but it’s hard on the wrists.
And don’t forget kettle swings - I still use them as a full bodied warm up twice a week
Ya they have a place as a back up . I was very Lucky not to mention persistent when everything closed . I emailed and called every supplier . Managed to get a squat rack and dumbbell set and stand . I couldn’t find a normal Olympic bar and bought the only one I could find witch was a custom $500 bar ! 450Lb in plates already have a commercial bench with incline and decline . Kettlebells may be good for cardio and functional training .
 

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I use them all the time during my HIIT sessions. Do you want to use them to build mass? not ideal.
If it is all you can get - by all means use them for the time being.

It is always good to incorporate different training methods / equipment now and then
I will always be a true believer that heavy barbell and DB training is a must in your training though.
 

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So gyms are closed again and I find myself trying to build my home gym once again . I have a pretty good start too . The only thing that seems available at the supplier I use at the moment are kettlebells . Do body builders even use them ? I watch a lot of my favourite bodybuilders / powelifters and I have yet to see a video . I see Tones of tutorial videos and literature but no one who I look up to Using them . Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about it . Are kettlebells a good addition to a home gym ?
I use them as an accessory for cardio, usually I will do a couple different variations of swings after my workout then hit the treadmill and stepper as far as for bodybuilding and powerlifting purposes they can help your stabilizers I'm sure but I really don't know. MMA fighters will use them to help with striking and balance.
 

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Brandon Lilly is doing quite a bit with kettle and dumb bells these days as he's leaning down and working out all the kinks from his injuries. Allan Thrall does a bit. Most of the stuff I see involves higher reps and more metcon type stuff, you're not going to build raw strength like a main lift. I don't think I would invest in kettle bells myself, but I'll sub in dumbbells occasionally for some swings, or circuit type work with db cleans/snatches/etc.
 

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I secured myself a pair of 60Lb dumbbells . I’ll hold off on the bells .
 

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I secured myself a pair of 60Lb dumbbells . I’ll hold off on the bells .
It is amazing what you can do with a chin up bar, adjustable dumbbells, and a yoga mat. Not ideal but I have put on a lot of mass with just that. I use objects that weight enough in the garage like heavy tiles and get creative. Don't forget about high rep BW exercises like pushups and squats.
Where there is a will, there is a way. I also have an old bench in my workshop that has built dip bars, an olympic bar and curl bar and enough weight to get a good pump, go to failure, and I'm often sore the next day. Most of all I use the adjustable DB's.

In today's world, you better start looking for equipment for home.
 

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Weights is weights man.
Kettle bells? Awesome
Barbells? Awesome
Tires? Awesome
Buckets filled with cement? Awesome

I think you get my point
 

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I secured myself a pair of 60Lb dumbbells . I’ll hold off on the bells .
when shit started in march i bought a 70lbs kettlebell. at the time the price was almost 1$/lbs so i made a good deal. I regret not buying more.

They are fun to use.
 

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You totally could also do squats while holding a microwave if you don’t have anything else . It’s a lot more enjoyable with real weights though
 
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