Vulcan Strength has become a major player in the fitness equipment space within the past couple of years.
Targeting the functional fitness community has certainly helped them climb to the top, but what has really solidified their position is their kettlebells.
There's a hundred and one companies selling kettlebells, but only a few who are actually making and selling their own.
Most of the kettlebells you see in the gym and online are cast iron and are the same thing with a different name. Vulcan set out to create a competition kettlebell that could not only be used in real Kettlebell Competitions, but also CrossFit competitions that utilize the two handed American Style swing.
The bells are called the Vulcan Absolute Competition Kettlebells and they are absolutely awesome.
Why Even Use Kettlebells?
I first want to tackle the question of why you should even incorporate kettlebells into your training.
Kettlebells are made to be used for much more than the double hand swing seen in CrossFit. Although this move has become popular, there's far greater/punishing workouts to be had using the kettlebell.
For instance, the clean and jerk as well as the snatch. I also greatly enjoy using kettlebells for overhead pressing and farmers carry.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If there was ONLY ONE piece of equipment I could use for the rest of my life, it would be a 24 kg/53 lb Kettlebell.
You don't need a lot of equipment to get strong, trust me I have just about everything imaginable. But, I digress.
So, if you haven't used kettlebells much in the past, change that TODAY!
The first thing you notice about the Vulcan Absolute Kettlebells are the quality. I've used many different bells from cast iron to competition.
The problem with cast iron kettlebells is their weight is hard to get accurate, the handle separates from the bell, they're all different sizes, and they can have a really rough finish.
On the other end of the spectrum are the traditional competition kettlebells like these:
These kettlebells are great, but can become very expensive, very fast.
Vulcan Strength seems to combine the two and create the perfect kettlebell between the very expensive competition style and the cast iron versions.
The Absolute Kettlebells from Vulcan are actually made of steel. This is something I was surprised on until I figured out the bells are actually hollow.
When you turn the kettlebells over and look at the bottom of the bell you can see a hole like so:
This is not something I'd ever seen in a kettlebell and shows that the process to manufacture them is pretty unique. Vulcan even owns a patent on the design.
The great thing about the construction of these kettlebells is they are one piece and guaranteed for life from denting or cracking, a problem often seen with cast iron bells.
Because the kettlebells are hollow, that means they have no filler and extra things added to the mix that can cause unnecessary damage. To finish the kettlebell off, Vulcan uses powder coating that's sure to last for generations.
Based on the construction alone, this is truly the best kettlebell available.
The Absolute Kettlebells are obviously constructed well, but one thing you can't tell just by looking at them is that the handle is different than any other kettlebell available.
You see, the design of the Vulcan Absolute Kettlebell allows the handle of the kettlebell to sit further down on the forearm, causing the majority of the weight proximal to the lifters body. Other competition kettlebell designs force the handles to sit higher up on the lifters wrist displacing the majority of the weight to a more distal position away from the lifters body.
This design allows for more weight to be lifted in an efficient manner and also lends to fewer injuries. Both are great things.
Overall, the kettlebell is a rather simple design. There's a handle and then a ball of weight attached to the bottom. There's many options available, but if you're going to spend money on something, you might as well buy the best value.
I have many cast iron kettlebells and they're fine. I personally haven't had many problems with them, but the Vulcan Absolute Kettlebells are absolutely superior (see what I did there?)
In reality though, there isn't too much comparison between them and and cast iron bells because they're in entirely different leagues. If you plan on doing competition style kettlebell movements, than you need a competition style kettlebell. And the features, along with the price of the Vulcan's are hard to beat.
Stay Strong, Live Long,