Dumbbells are one of the most fundamental, iconic and popular pieces of weight training equipment and can be found in most commercial and home gyms. There are two main types of dumbbell: adjustable dumbbells, where the amount of weight can be adjusted by removing or adding weight plates to them, and fixed weight dumbbells.
Kettlebells are solid metal cannonball shaped weights with handles and a flat bottom so they can be placed on a flat surface. They have gained momentum as a popular training tool due to their ability to contribute to both strength training and cardiovascular (aerobic) training, making them great for a full body fitness regime.
Select from one of the categories below to start exploring the world of dumbbells and kettlebells.
Adjustable dumbbell handles are small metal bars (often referred to as dumbbell handles) that allow multiple weight plates to be slotted onto each end and secured by a collar to ensure they don’t slip off during use. Adjustable dumbbells are most commonly found in home gyms where space is limited and practicality is important, as they effectively offer multiple combinations of weights in one single package. The downside to this style of dumbbell is that a degree of effort is required to change weights between sets of different exercises and they are limited in terms of the amount of weight that can be loaded onto them.
As is the case with barbells, dumbbells can also come in two diameter specifications: Standard (usually 25-28mm thick) and Olympic (50mm thick). Standard diameter dumbbells are the most common variant as they are considerably cheaper and more widely available.
With standard dumbbells, the weight shaft thickness varies from 25mm through to 28mm, with different collar styles and lengths available. Better priced than olympic sized equipment, they will suit most everyday lifters.
Olympic dumbbells have a much thicker end than standard barbells. They typically will have a rotating end, weigh more and tend to be sturdier than a standard sized dumbbell. Subsequently – they generally cost more. With the extra strength, these bars are more suited to the serious lifters.
For more information on the differences between standard and Olympic-sized equipment, check out our blog post on the topic here..
We offer a number of pre-packaged dumbbell kits , varying from 20kg in weight through to 100kg. These packages are offered with our EZ lift weight plates.
Fixed dumbbells come with a fixed handle and weight, so no changes to the weight configurations are possible. These are more commonly found in professional gyms where accurate weight ranges are required. The benefit of having a complete range of fixed dumbbells is that no adjustment is required between sets – you can simply move to the next weight range. Fixed dumbbells are also stronger and sturdier than their adjustable counterparts which make them more stable when using heavier weight.
While we stock Rubber Hex Dumbbells as our fixed dumbbell of choice, we are able to provide a variety of different fixed dumbbells, including commercial dumbbells, neoprene dumbbells, vinyl dumbbells and other variations. Just let us know what you’re after at 03 9041 1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer email.
Whilst kettlebells can be used for most of the same exercises that dumbbells are used for, they do offer an additional level of flexibility due to their handles. Incorporating them into circuit training and exercises that focus on core strength and cross functional movement, such as kettlebell swings, is a great way to build overall physical strength and balance. These workouts are so effective and kettlebells have such functional benefits that many gyms and personal trainers offer workouts and programs based solely on kettlebell training.
Kettlebells come in a range of different weights and at Little Bloke Fitness we stock kettlebells from 4kg up to 40kg.
Classic or Pro-grade?
At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock the two styles of kettlebell we believe are the hardiest and best value for money – classic cast iron kettlebells and pro-grade steel kettlebells. Both of these styles come in the full weight range so you can rest assured that all levels of lifter are catered for.
Classic kettlebells are made from painted cast iron, and increase in bell size and handle size as the weight increases. This makes the 4kg tiny, and the 40kg quite a bit larger. This means that you may need to adjust your technique as you increase the weight of your kettlebells. These tend to be more popular as they are considerably cheaper than pro-grade kettlebells and are a great place to start if you’re new to kettlebell training.
Pro-grade kettlebells (also known as competition or professional kettlebells) are made from steel, are more precise in their weight, and are uniform in size and shape as their weight increases. This means the 8kg kettlebell is the same bell and handle size as the 32kg kettlebell. However, some of the more regular lifters and competitive athletes prefer to use Pro Grade kettlebells. If you plan on using them regularly, knocking out some long sets, or even competing, then you can’t go past the pro-grade style.
Want some advice?
What type of setup you opt for will depend not only on the type of weight training you plan to do, but also what you can afford. If you just want the gear you need to get you started, but aren’t sure exactly what that might be, we’re here to help at Little Bloke Fitness. We’ll show you what your options are and recommend the most cost-effective way to go, so give us a call on 03 9041 1953 or email us at email@example.com.