While looking for ways to change up our current workout program, I came across the Russian Kettlebell. Kettlebells are typically cast iron "cannonballs" with handles. They provide a great, well-rounded workout for strength training as well fat loss. The only downside to Kettlebells that I could see was their cost. Expect to pay anywhere between $2-4 / lb. for a Kettlebell. A 20lb Kettlebell will easily cost you $50.
Looking for an inexpensive option, I ran into an article posted to a CrossFit forum (http://www.crossfit.com
), which provided details on how to build an inexpensive Kettlebell. I have since built 5 Kettlebells of various weights and have been extremely impressed by the durability of the product as well as the options we now have when working out at home.
Kettlebell exercises employ a wider range of motion than traditional dumbbells and typically involves swinging and explosive movements that utilize the full body. Because the weight is off-center from the handle, the movements demand greater stability and really target the core muscles.