Originally Posted by Grayland
Just busting your chops. KB's can provide an excellent workout, but so can DB's, barbell's, or bodyweight exercises. I used a Soloflex for about a year when I was 24 years old and looked the best I ever did, but I don't see any threads dedicated to the Soloflex. Of course, at that age, I didn't have to work real hard to be/look in shape.
They are simply different strength tools and should be considered complimentary, not exclusive.
Originally Posted by javyn
I think one of the main things kettlebells have over DB or BB are they are just plain fun to use I'm finding out. Never ever have I actually looked forward to doing overhead presses until I bought one Friday. When I work out with BB or DB, even though I like them, I'm counting down the reps until I'm done and I can go do something else. Not so here, I'm actually disappointed when my workout is over and sad my muscles won't let me do anymore.
For me, basically, it comes down to this - what are your goals, what do you like, and what is functional for you. I've done the serious weightlifting before, and I have no time or desire to work to put on serious muscle anymore. My MO right now, and hopefully for the rest of my life, is mean and lean and functional. So I mostly lift kettlebells, do body-weight stuff and run. Am I as big and strong as I used to be? No. Do I have more functional strength? Absolutely. Do I feel healthier and physically better in almost every respect? For sure. I have not had an injury or a pulled muscle (related to KB, running is another story) since i've started. No more messed up shoulders, knees, lower back, wrists. I'm in much more of a fighting shape today than I ever was, and that's kind of what matters to me.
I seriously feel like I can keep doing KB + some cardio/etc and stay in the best shape of my life for the rest of my life. And my time investment is a lot less.