Cap Barbell makes some decent, inexpensive fixed Kettlebells. You can find them on Amazon or Walmart (Website, ship to home/store). They’re pretty much bombproof, as most fixed iron or steel bells are, so I like to use them outdoors or when I’m teaching group classes.
Personally, I really like using Cap’s Adjustable Kettlebell; it adjusts from 20 to 40 pounds in 5 pound increments; currently (09/2013) find it same place as above for $150-$180ish. It’s shaped much like a competition kettlebell and remains the same shape regardless of weight. It also works great when training clients in their home as you don’t have to lug around multiples.
Hi Melissa: Check out PerformBetter.com. They currently have a sale going on their ‘First Place Vinyl Coated Kettlebells, which are the ones I use with my clients. PowerSystems had a really nice 50% off sale that included free shipping about 2 weeks ago, but I think it may be over. Keep in mind that these are NOT competition KB’s so that handle size will vary with their weight. Best of luck!
Hi Melissa. Although others raise some valid points on the proper and safe use of this piece of equipment, since your question only asks about the ‘purchase’ of kettlebells, I will answer based on the assumption that you already know how to, and feel comfortable using them. I purchased some of mine at Walmart. They were Gold’s gym brand and a bit cheaper than in other retail outlets.
I agree with Harris here. Kettlebells are tricky, and correct form is mandatory to avoid wrist injuries. Even though it is the latest ‘thing’, I would think about it twice.
I personally bought one adjustable kettlebell and only use it one-on-one when I do. Since you are doing a small group of up to 5 people, it could be one station of a circuit format which would save you buying lots of them and log them around.
Hello Melissa Sigler,
I would do my homework on this one, first. Check out all the options in person for myself, and see what the clients like, also.
I like Jocelyn Martin’s idea of having the clients get their own. They will do the lugging, which is good exercise, and pick out what is comfortable for them. Everyone will most likely pick different styles and weights which can be shared during class.
If you must purchase the equipment, I would go with an adjustable set that I like since it will be my responsibility and product.
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