Kettle bell is a workout program that takes the average city dweller or suburbanite, and shows them first-hand why it is that people who grow up on a farm seem to be in better shape. Basically a kettle bell is a single weight that is designed to be easily grabbed through a ring grip. Depending on the exercise you use, the grip is with one or two hands.

The thing that makes the kettle bell workouts so popular is that the general trend in fitness matches really really well with what the equipment provides. Fitness programs and home equipment are emphasizing more and more total body conditioning. Workouts that force you to engage large muscle groups while doing cardio are showing greater promise in reshaping the body, than workouts that attack the body piecemeal. Obviously you also could see a huge time savings with any workout that requires a wider range of muscle utilization at once.

So you have these advantages. One of the disadvantages of this equipment has been storage for the different weight sizes. To address this issue, Weider kettle bell has come along with two adjustable versions that allow you to have all the different weight sizes in one kettle bell equipment piece. The earlier version went up to 40lbs and the newer version now offered goes up to just 20lbs.

The 20lb version has multiple adjustment settings of lower weights. The reason users are enjoying the 20lb version is because it has more versatility than the heavier weights. Customers have reported taking the lower weights and incorporating them into cardio moves using the Weider workout guide. What they refer to time and again are solid workout experiences for calorie burn, strength training, and overall fat shredding in no more than 20 minutes.

My concern about the heavier version of the Weider kettle is two-fold. First, I think kettle bells are best at lower weights to insure you are using great form. Many times use of heavier weights causes us to try to justify the heavy weight to ourselves and “defeat” the weight. Then form might slip. If form slips, you can basically slash the benefits of the workout by a half or more.

The other danger with too much weight is injury. There is a lot of deep lunging, bending, and stress at the low dangling point of a kettle bell move. Too much weight can cause permanent back damage. Even if you are big guy who is super strong, master the 20 in all exercises first. You'll get a great burn from the lower weight and stay clear of any danger.