Gone are the days when steel weight was the only option for strength training equipment. These days, fitness clubs are filled with bars, bands, ropes, straps, balls; you name it, they’ve got it. The wide range of options and versatility of equipment has proven the need for variety to maximize our potential as athletes of life (aka Awesome Human Beings)!
Kettlebells are a tried and true piece of equipment. Their versatility and functionality have helped kettlebells grow in popularity in both conventional and non-conventional fitness programs. Not to mention how cool you look once form and flow have been mastered.
But as I mentioned earlier, there is always room for more fitness tools! Let me introduce you to Kamagon®. The Kamagon® Ball is a ball with two U-shaped handles, one on each side of the ball. What makes the Kamagon® Ball unique is that it is filled with water, making it a destabilized weight. As we touched on in an earlier blog, Hydro-Inertia® - Why It’s So Great!, the theory behind Hydro-Inertia® is what makes exercises with the Kamagon® Ball so challenging. Hydro-Inertia® works the muscles concentrically and eccentrically while simultaneously training the nervous system. Pretty cool, right?
So, when comparing the kettlebell or the Kamagon®, is one better than the other? The short answer, not necessarily. The long answer, each piece of equipment has its pros, cons, and overall differences. A few similarities:
- Both provide weight for strength and cardio exercise options.
- Both can be used with just one handle.
- Both are fairly easy to store and are affordable.
- Both can be used in group fitness classes or personal training.
- Both are great for power moves (ex: Swing, Clean & Press).
And a few differences:
- The Kamagon® Ball is equipped with 2-handles allowing for grip versatility verse the kettlebell’s one handle design.
- The 2-handle design of the Kamagon® allows for more exercise options not as easily executed with the kettlebell (ex: Lateral Lunge with Swing, Swing Toss, Alternating Bowling Lunge)
- The Kamagon® Ball uses water as weight to destabilize exercises, resulting in an increase in muscle fiber activation.
- The weight of the Kamagon® Ball is easily changed by adding or removing water while the kettlebell stays at a fixed weight.
I own and use both kettlebells and Kamagon® Balls. And I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I needed the Kamagon® until I used and experienced the effects of Hydro-Inertia®. I’m not kidding you when I say my whole body was sore after my first Kamagon® workout. In any good workout program, you find pieces of equipment and exercises that complement each other to maximize results. In the case of the kettlebell versus the Kamagon®, each has their place in the fitness world but the use of Hydro-Inertia® with the Kamagon® Ball will enhance any fitness program.
Alison Smith has a Masters degree in Kinesiology and works with athletes, college students, kids, older adults, and everything in between. In additional to working as a Hedstrom Fitness National Master Trainer, Alison owns EnergyX Fitness in San Antonio, Texas.