Dear Coach: Are Double or Single Kettlebells Better?
Kettlebells are used in various sports all over the world. There are different types of kettlebells, but they all have one thing in common – they’re heavy! They can be used for strength training, conditioning, and even sport.
But which type is better? Is it worth investing time into learning which type is best for me?
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each. Let’s start with the obvious first…
Double kettlebells are heavier than single kettlebells. That means they’ll give you more bang for your buck when it comes to strength training. You might not get as much out of them if you’re just starting out, but once you’ve got the hang of using them properly, then you’ll definitely see results.
They’re also easier to control than single kettlebells. You don’t have to worry about dropping them from too high or getting them stuck in a wall, so you won’t have as much trouble controlling them.
The double kettlebell is a bit more versatile than the single kettlebell. If you want to add another exercise into your routine, then you could easily do so with two bells.
They’re heavier than single kettlebells, which means that you won’t be able to swing them around as much. They’re also a bit more cumbersome to hold and control multiple bells of different weights at the same time if they’re different weights.
The shape of the single kettlebell is a bit more compact. It’ll fit in your hands better, and it’s just easier to get a good grip on.
There are less types of exercises that you can do with double kettlebells. You won’t be able to throw them in the air and catch them like you would with a single bell, and you won’t be able to perform certain snatches like those you’d do with a barbell.
So, Which Is Better?
Both types have their benefits and their downsides. It really depends on what you want out of your training. If you’re trying to get a stronger grip, or if you just want to focus on two-handed kettlebell exercises, then the double kettlebell is probably a better choice. If you want to be able to swing the kettlebell for most of your workout, or if you’re just starting out, then the single kettlebell is better.
So Which One Should You Choose?
This entirely depends on what your goals are. It also depends on what equipment you have access to, and whether or not you’re allowed to use double kettlebells in your training area.
If your goals include working on double-handed swings, snatches, and other similar moves, then the double kettlebell is the right choice for you. It’ll be easy to get started with.
If your goals include getting into double-handed kettlebell training later, then the double kettlebell is still a good choice. You can always switch to single kettlebells once you are more experienced. The single kettlebell is also a good option if you’re just starting out, as the double kettlebell can be a bit too much for you until you develop the right skills and muscles to handle them.
Are They Better For Women?
One potential disadvantage of the double kettlebell is that they’re a bit heavier than the single kettlebells. This can make some exercises more difficult for women. You’ll have to be especially careful with the exercises you do and how you perform them, especially if you’re just starting out.
What Are Your Goals?
If your goals are centered on developing a strong grip and practicing a lot of one-handed exercises, then the double kettlebell is a good choice. It’ll work your grip and your forearms more than the single kettlebell, so you’ll see better results if that’s what you’re after. You’ll be able to do all kinds of exercises with these, even without modifying them.
If your goals are more centered on getting a good workout with a single kettlebell, then the single kettlebell is the right choice for you. You can easily do double-handed exercises with it, and you’ll get used to handling it without any issues. You’ll also be able to focus more on the single-handed exercises rather than having to worry about controlling the extra weight of the second bell all the time.
For Whom Are They Best?
If you’re a professional athlete, or if you’re just getting back into training after some time off, then the double kettlebell is the best choice for you. You’ll be able to use it right away without worrying about form or technique, and you’ll be able to get a good grip on the handle so that it’s comfortable for you. It’s also easier to get used to handling the extra weight of the bell when you’re first starting out.
If you’re just starting out with kettlebell training, then the single kettlebell is the better choice for you. You can easily control the weight of this one bell, and you can focus more on your technique rather than struggling to carry and control the extra weight of two kettlebells. Once you develop your skills and muscles, you’ll be able to move up to the double kettlebell without much issue.
Which Are Better For Beginners?
As we’ve already mentioned, the single kettlebell is the better choice for beginners. It’s easier to learn with and to control. The double kettlebell is a better choice if you’re an experienced veteran who’s trying out kettlebell training again. Otherwise, stick with the single kettlebell, and master that before moving on to more complicated equipment.
Which Is Better Overall?
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