As gyms remain closed and exercisers shift to at-home workouts, the biggest challenge most people will face will be how exactly to spice up their bodyweight-heavy routines. Unless you have a fully stocked home gym, you’re facing a challenge—and although we do have plenty of tips to help alleviate that struggle, the simplest solution is to just get yourself some of your own fitness-focused gear.
To make the most of your home setup, you’re best suited to find some adjustable gear. You’ll be able to access the most amount of load—and scale down when you need to, too—while taking up the least amount of space. In my humble experience, some of the most seamless, useful adjustable gear comes from Bowflex’s SelectTech line. The adjustable dumbbells are some of our favorites (which is why we’ve named them award winners before, and then again)—and the latest in the line, a kettlebell, continues that versatile excellence.
Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. agrees. He’s all in on the bell and how useful it can be.
“The Bowflex kettlebell is a really underrated training tool with plenty of versatility,” he says. “It’s adjustable up to 40 pounds, which is a solid kettlebell swing weight, but it has a small footprint. You’re not limited to swings with it, either; you can easily and comfortably do goblet squats, halos, or even towel hammer curls with this. I love it as a quick way to get a single-kettlebell leg workout whenever I’m crunched for time.”
Want some moves to for your first all-kettlebell home series? Start by mastering the simple swing first.
Once you’ve got that down, try your hand at some flows. We’ve got a whole program for you, courtesy of kettlebell master Eric Leija (a.k.a Primal Swoledier). Kettlehell, available on our All Out Studio streaming platform, will challenge using nothing but your trusty new fitness tool. You can get a free 30-day trial now—just use the promo code MHFREE30 when you start a new monthly subscription.