I totally meant dumbells, not barbells. Good call, DIDS70. Thanks, you two! I have been leaning more towards kettlebells, because I occasionally get hand weakness from dealing with Carpel Tunnel issues-or however that's spelled.
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The unique shape of the kettlebell allows more comfort in doing ballistic movements (swings, cleans, snatches) all of which can be done with other types of weights but swings feel best when done with a KB.
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kettlebells can be lifted with one hand arm. A barbell cannot. Are you also speaking about dumbells? I use my dumbbell or handweight interchangeably with my kettlebell. There are some exercises i can't do effectively, but I do use both.
a barbell needs to be lifted with both hands/arms and is mainly used in weightlifting competitions or at the gym.
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