I Tried Pro Kettlebells: Here's What Happened
Read to the end for an honest Pro vs. Con.
Pro Kettlebell was one of the sponsors of the 2023 Grip Strength Kettlebell Competition in Nanaimo, B.C. where we were happy to cheer on all the awesome lifters and provide Pro Kettlebells to use for the lifters who wanted them.
Misty was one of those lifters, taking on her competition set with Pro Kettlebells. Had to share the post she made about it... Thank you, Misty!
How Do You Hold Your Kettlebell?
Misty didn't need to adapt to Pro Kettlebells, her grip already suited them instantly. That's not always the case, though.
Check out this email transaction:
Friday: Pro Kettlebells Delivered
“Hi, I'd like to request a return label for this order. Really great bells, unfortunately your design is not a good fit for my anatomy.”
“I've worked with these a bit more, and may hold on to them.”
“Alright, never mind, these bells are great. Keepers for sure. ”
The double-edged sword of creating Pro Kettlebell's patented contours - which do their job in eliminating having a pressure point dig into your arm - is that the design does not allow you to maintain a dumbbell grip on a Pro Kettlebell. (Well, you can, but it's going to feel terrible.)
You'll need to adjust the angle of your hand insertion so that your arm aligns with the angle of the contour of the Pro Kettlebell, resulting in a proper kettlebell grip (also called a “false” grip or Olympic grip- similar to what's used for rings in gymnastics).
People who don't want to let go of their habit of using a dumbbell grip for kettlebell work are probably not going to like Pro Kettlebells.
For them, it will require some effort and a few workouts to adjust their technique. But it's worth the payoff. Benefits which come with using a false grip that you may not realize are:
Increased grip endurance
Reduction of calluses and hand tears
…and here's a biggie…
Wedging your hand and arm through the window of the kettlebell (the negative space inside the handle) as deeply as it can go creates more stability and
Gives you maximum control over the kettlebell
Helps you keep your wrist straight
Reduces leverage on the elbow
Protects you from shoulder injuries during overhead movements
Are Pro Kettlebell's Worth the Cost?
Pro Kettlebell's are high quality, Made in USA products with a lifetime guarantee.
We wish they weren't so expensive to manufacture, but they are. So, although they may be the best teaching tool, the most comfortable for heavy and long sets, and the fastest adjusting with our magnetic chip weights, they're not likely to appear on a bargain kettlebell shopping list.
If all you're using kettlebells for is deadlifts, goblet squats, and some swings, it might not be worth it to you to invest in a Pro Kettlebell.
But if your goals include:
Using kettlebells on a daily or regular basis
Using kettlebells for their maximum potential
Making every effort to learn proper technique
Making every effort to reduce risk of injury
Prohibiting forearm discomfort
Having fun and enjoying hundreds of different exercises with kettlebells
Performing a lot of cleans, snatches and other ballistic movements
Then a Pro Kettlebell is a Ferrari worth investing in and learning how to properly drive.