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CAP Barbell Kettlebell Review

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CAP Barbell Kettlebell review

Product: CAP Barbell Kettlebell (enamel coated cast iron)

Made By: CAP Barbell

Best Place To Buy: Amazon.com

Type: Home Gym Equipment

Price: Varies With Weight

 

The kettlebell is by far one of the most versatile pieces of gym equipment you can have in your home today. These small, but effective and sometimes heavy weights can do wonders for your strength and overall levels of fitness. They are capable of not only working out your entire body at once, but increase the strength in your grip as well.

Equally as important is the fact that these kettlebells are a go-to item for core strengthening movements. The mere act of swinging a kettlebell is thus, capable of imitating and strengthening movements we make on a daily basis. When we add a kettlebell into the mix, we then begin to work on compound movements, which is capable of working on more than one muscle at a time. Here’s a list of my favorite kettlebell exercises!

But you probably already know this (or most of it), which is why you’re here looking to see how the CAP Barbell Kettlebell fares in terms of other kettlebells on the market. Well to put it shortly, the CAP Kettlebell is one that will not disappoint, especially if you’re looking to purchase the enamel coated version.

 

What Stands Out About The CAP Barbell Kettlebell?

  • Huge selection of weights and sizes – The CAP kettlebell comes in one of the largest varieties of weights I’ve seen. It starts at 10 pounds working its way up to 80 pounds in 5 to 10 pound increments. So wether you’re a lightweight or heavyweight in the fitness world, you are sure to find the perfectly sized kettlebell.
  • Cost-Effective – In terms of price, the CAP kettlebell fares out pretty well, especially given the quality of the kettlebell and its use of high gloss enamel coating. The higher you go up in weight, the more you can expect to pay.
  • Enamel Coating – The benefits in using a high glossy enamel coating is multi-fold. While many kettlebells tend to use a simple paint surface, the high glossy finish will help keep the kettlebell in-tact for years to come by making the kettlebell resistance to scratch and corrosion. It also keeps the kettlebell durable, smooth, and provides a non-sticky surface. There is also a non-enamel coated version of the CAP kettlebell as well (Cast Iron), for those who prefer the simple paint giving the surface a rougher edge and feel. Some might prefer this over the smooth glossy finish.
  • Stands On Its Own – This one element of the CAP kettlebell cannot be emphasized enough. The ability to lay down the kettlebell, without having it roll around is a must-have element to any kettlebell you purchase. Not only is this a great safety precaution to have, but makes storage all the more easy.
  • 30-Day Manufacturers Warranty – This is good to have, just in case there does happen to be some kind of defect within the first month of using your kettlebell, such as the handle coming loose or the enamel chipping off the actual kettlebell.

 

What Are The Drawbacks Of The CAP Barbell Kettlebell?

  • Narrow Handle – There aren’t a whole lot of drawbacks when it comes to the CAP kettlebell, but one you may want to consider is that the handle is a bit narrower than on other kettlebells. While this shouldn’t be an issue for most, it could make certain kettlebell exercises where you need to transfer the kettlebell from one hand to the other a bit tougher to grasp.
  • Smooth Handle – Some might not like the taste of holding onto such a smooth handle. For most, this doesn’t seem to be much of an issue. Others however, find that the kettlebell tends to slightly slide within their grip when holding it. If you find this could be an issue, then you may want to try going with the non-enamel coated version instead.

 

CAP Barbell Kettlebell Overview – Enamel Coated Or Cast Iron?

Despite a couple of drawbacks, as well as some issues with people getting the kettlebell damaged on arrival, the CAP Barbell does an above-satisfactory job when it comes to its delivery of a solid, heavy-duty kettlebell. Its inclusion of a 30-day manufacturers warranty should keep you at ease of any possible defects upon initial delivery.

Besides a somewhat narrower grip, the CAP Barbell Kettlebell excels on all other levels. From its variety of weight sizes to choosing between the enamel coated and the simple paint, but rougher surface, gives you everything you need to choose from when deciding on your next kettlebell. If you’re looking for a kettlebell that offers plenty of durability, resistance to all sorts of abrasion, and a fairly easy to grip handle, definitely go with the Enamel Coated Cast Iron Kettlebell.

If you prefer a much rougher edge to your kettlebell and really prefer a very tight grip than you’ll want to go with the original Cast Iron Kettlebell by CAP. The only issue with the Cast Iron is that it is less durable. Some have actually experienced the handle snapping off. So the Enamel Coated Kettlebell might also be your safest bet in any regard.

Have any comments, questions, or input you’d like to add? Leave them down below 🙂

10 Comments

  • Thank you for the review of the cap barbell kettlebell. I have been looking for a kettlebell but not sure what to get. I love the smooth handle so I think I will go with the enamel coated version. I really enjoy your site and have bookmarked it for the future. Thanks again for the great info you are giving.
    Marc

    • No problem at all Marc. Thanks for checking out the site and I hope you enjoy your new kettlebell. I tend to prefer the smooth handle as well, but again, it’s all a matter of preference!

  • I’m really curious lately about the kettle bell. My Kung Fu teachers has some. But are they really versatile like you say in your article. Can they replace dumbbells? Or are they working out parts of your body that Dumbbells can’t?

    I read that it goes from 10lbs to 80lbs. It starts to be heavy. The price must be there too I guess. What kind of exercises can you do with it?

    • They are very versatile Guy and yes, for the most part they can replace dumbbells. But they do have different uses. While a kettlebell might not be as good for isolation workouts like the shoulder press, they allow you to workout in ways a dumbbell can’t.

      For example, kettlebells are much more useful for working out your core allowing for more fluid, full body movements.The fact they allow you to work on compound exercises make them very efficient as a workout tool. I will say however, that it’s always a good idea to have a set of both. Dumbbells definitely have their time and place.

      Here’s a great list of kettlebell exercises you can do and if you’re looking for a great set of dumbbells, I highly recommend going with the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell set! 🙂

  • This is a great review! I’ve been in the market for some workout equipment for awhile now but couldn’t decide. I’ve always wondered what was the point of these kettlebell things. I also like how you were unbiased, giving some drawbacks to think about. Now I’m in the know and plan on making a purchase. Could you recommend any specific exercises?

    Thanks!

    • No problem John and I’m glad to hear you’re going to give the kettlebell a try. I always try to be as unbiased as possible in my reviews, as the whole point is to give the readers as much perspective as possible for an improved buying decision. Also yes, I’ve actually typed a list of my favorite kettlebell exercises here.. Thanks for asking!

  • Ahhh I need a kettlebell for my home workouts! I always thought these were called kettleBALLS, not kettlebell… weird.

    Anyway, I used a gallon jug of water today for a mini home workout…. how sad. I think I’ll have to grab a few of these in different weights. Then I’ll be able to get a much better workout in when I don’t feel like going to the gym.

    So thanks!

    • No problem Gabriela. You have no idea how much more effective using a kettlebell will be vs. using a gallon jug of water, lol.. But I’ll give you points for creativity! 🙂

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