Kettlebells may not be as well-known as dumbbells therefore, many people aren't aware of the differences between the two. Though dumbbells are also weights, the two pieces of small equipment are very different.

For starters, the shape of the kettlebell allows you to perform a variety of movements (primarily swings) that work different muscle groups simultaneously. For this reason, among others, a dumbbell is not an adequate substitute for kettlebell-specific exercises.

Here are a couple more reasons the kettlebell is uniquely different from a dumbbell:
• The handle on a kettlebell is designed to allow you to swing with power.
• A kettlebell's weight is offset, meaning the handle is lighter than the ball. This makes it a more functional piece of equipment because it resembles the irregular unbalance of everyday items.

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