First off, let me tell you - don't listen to those articles. 99% of the stuff in them is so basic that anyone who's really a fitness fanatic probably has at least one, if not two or three of them already.
I mean, really, who needs another stop watch, pair of cheap-o workout pants, or a cheesy glitter headband that's $20 and slips off after 2 jumping jacks?
I guess it could be worse... you could get this headband:
Ok, I digress.
Anyway, back to the review.
So, you might wonder why I read these gift guides if all they have is crap in them. My answer is that I read them to see if there were any new fitness things on the market that I had been missing, and might want to try out.
Low and behold, I finally found something I DID want to try out - DemonBells.
At first glance, you might think - well, big whoop. Kettlebells. What's so exciting about that? You already own a full set of dumbells, a 12 pound kettle bell, and enough other fitness toys to sink a boat.
Yes, it's true. I do own too many fitness things, and DemonBells does carry a basic bell line:
HOWEVER! They also carry these:
You see where this is going, right?
At least they were on sale. Woo-hoo!
Since I teach high intensity cardio classes and high rep strength moves, I decided to keep it on the low side and buy the 16lb sugar skull.
When I first made my purchase, though, I was a bit worried because the item showed as on 'backorder'. And, after a week of waiting, I still had no idea of when it would ship.
Not to worry, after a brief email to the company asking about shipment status, I received a couple of great follow up emails and a shipment confirmation only a few days later after that. Talk about quick service!
I've now had my bell for a week, and I can say, wow - awesome! Love the quality, love the customer service, and love the reactions I get at the gym.
Plus, they really go great with my various skull gear:
Sugar Skull capris from Mick's Makings
Rainbow Skull skirt from ByrdSportswear
Matching tights from Running Funky
Sugar Skull shirt and Skeleton shirt/pants/sleeves from InkNBurn
In fact, I guess I wouldn't mind a shirt to go with my bell on the days that I teach kettles.
"Exercise your demons." Who wouldn't want that saying on their butt?!
The only thing I'm wondering about is the 16lb weight. The bell seems REALLY heavy, and I'm not sure if that's because I'm used to using 12lb dumbbells in each hand, or if the bell is a little heavier than the listed weight. I suppose I could check that if I want... but I'm not that worried about it.
What's the worst that could happen if it was off? I get even MORE ripped? HA!
Since this is a kettle bell, and the function of it is pretty straight forward, I guess that's about all I have to say. In the end, I'm glad I bought the bell. I'm already known for my wacky outfits, so why not have a few wacky toys as well?!