Gear Review: CFF Standard Kettlebell

Christians Fitness Factory Kettlebells Review

Gear Review: Christian's Fitness Factory Kettlebells

Introduction:

The kettlebell has had a rollercoaster ride in the fitness world.  Riding on the fame and popularity of Pavel Tsatsouline’s cult of personality, the kettlebell went from obscure tool entering a niche market, gradually to a mainstay and for many the end-all-be-all of training.  In past years it seems to have settled, taking a reasonable place as an accessory and conditioning tool, taking silver medal to the barbell.

At Fatal Fitness we follow the “Pareto Principle” aka the “80/20” Rule.  We whittle things down to what is most effective, most useful, and discard everything else.  When it comes to kettlebells we will not be like dragondoor and demand a bushido-like devotion to the perfection of the swing.  Instead, we focus in on basics and what use of the kettlebell fits in best with our purposes, and has a great effect.  For us, that is the kettlebell snatch.  One of the best methods of developing work capacity is kettlebell snatching whether in high-reps or in intervals.  This is how our KB’s get used, how they get beat up, and how they are measured.



Christian’s Fitness Factory Kettlebell:


RATING: D+

CFF is a company that makes economy gym equipment for the crossfit style workout.  I know these guys personally, like them and applaud their effort to bring more competition to the market on pricing and availability of equipment for average joe’s.  I have purchased things like bars and bumpers from them in the past and will likely continue to do so.

After a couple of workouts came some major chips.  After major skin tears came repainting.  After that came rusting.  

After a very short period of time, the bell chipped, and "rough on the hands" went to "tear your skin off".  The chips were repainted.  Then they rusted.  Very quickly stopped using the bells.  

After a very short period of time, the bell chipped, and "rough on the hands" went to "tear your skin off".  The chips were repainted.  Then they rusted.  Very quickly stopped using the bells.  

That said, their kettlebells are terrible.  My 35 and 52 pound kettlebells from CFF both very quickly developed large chips in their powdercoats.  It took very, very little for the powdercoat to chip, and once it did, both kettlebells became impossible to use for snatches or anything more than light swings.  Friction on your hands turned to hands being torn open. 

I contacted CFF about the problem and they basically told me there was nothing wrong with the bells. 

Long story made short: the best part about CFF gear is that it’s cheap.  And the worst part about CFF gear is that it’s cheap.  Two stars. 

Posted on March 19, 2014 and filed under Gear Review.