We’re big fans of dumbbells and kettlebells for home workout equipment. Both are small enough to put away in a closet, while versatile enough to let you perform dozens upon dozens of different exercises. It’s the same reason why we’re fans of the Gripbell, a new resistance training equipment that offers even more versatility.
Like dumbbells and kettlebells, it’s designed to be easily put away in a closet when not in use. Unlike them, it has a flat profile, making it possible to stack them on a single corner for space-efficient storage, as well as pack into your luggage when you want to bring exercise equipment during trips.
The Gripbell consists of a ring with a bar in the middle and two kettlebell-style handles on each side. This design allows you to use it as both a conventional dumbbell (grab it on the bar) and a kettlebell (use either of the side handles), all while allowing for entirely new ways of gripping to help vary your exercise routines. Because of the flat profile, it comes with evenly-distributed weight, making it a lot easier to keep a hold of when performing more intense routines.
An internal frame cut from cast iron provides the resistance, with molded-over hypoallergenic polyurethane exterior making it soft to the touch and easier to grip. It measures 16.25 x 8.75 x 1.25 inches (w x h x d) and comes in five weights (3, 5, 8, 10, and 12 pounds), although we have no doubt they’ll make heavier weights if these things sell well enough.
Judging from the Kickstarter campaign, it probably will. The Gripbell is currently in the middle of a successful campaign (over 1,000 percent funded with over three weeks to go), with pledges to reserve a unit starting at $19.