The vest is very durable and good quality. I looked all over the place for a vest within an affordable price-point, and this one fits the bill perfectly! Its not too great for running since it shifts (even on the tightest level) but if you flip it upside-down, it works pretty well! Its secure during strength training and breathes pretty sell since its the minimalist style. As a personal trainer, I wouldn't typically suggest 12lbs to start, but if you're up for the challenge, go for it! It'll definitely make a difference in your workout and though your muscles may hate you the next day, your heart rate will appreciate it! :)
Durable kettlebell. Use a lot of chalk when using this KB! The finish is slick as snot when you're sweaty! The grip is a bit too fat for my liking, especially for women. One good thing about this KB is that it is good for farmer carries to work on grip strength. If you're on a budget, I would recommend but, if not, look in to other brands of KB for your gym.
Functional Strength enthusiast will have you looking great but, mad broke. Don't pay $2.75/lb for "authentic" Russian Kettlebells. Just be a discriminating shopper. I don't buy things because they are cheap or on sale. I only buy quality. I wasn't disappointed. You WILL NOT be disappointed. My friend has a set of "authentic" Kettlebells that set him back over $2,000. He gripped my set and looked perplexed. "You got these on...Overstock?". Yep! The only difference he could tell was the weight is in lbs. If you are getting into the 80 + lbs weight range. I can't say, but the construction of these is excellent, they have a wide handle which is critical for developing grip strength, and the coating doesn't peel. I've had mine over 4 months. Great product.
Bought one for my son. He's crazy and obsessed with his Xbox so I got him one of these. I installed it on his doorstep and I was afraid that he might just ignore it. As I observed, the first week he tried it, he was having struggles lifting himself up, though it really is fun to watch what stress it gave him and that disappointment and stress gave him strength and it become motivation. On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th week, he was able to do several reps and a couple of sets which made myself proud big time. All houses should get one of these.
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