I have just bought some new kettlebells from the great Stan Pike at Intense Fitness. I dropped in to his place on a drive South last weekend and was impressed to meet this great bear of a man and see inside his garage gym. He is not at all Russian (but a very tall Scot).
A 16kg, a 24kg and 32kg. I've been playing around with swings and some snatches. At the moment the 32 seems like a real beast and I wonder if I'll ever get it over head.
Despite what I might say sometimes I am an increasingly big fan of kettlebells...or at least of kb movements. I think the swing is great for developing the posterior chain, that series of muscles that "uncurl" you and extend your body. So much of the day is spent sat down and curled up. The swing, I think, works the hips and gets you into extension - a real antidote to the amount of time that we spend in flexion.
Of course you can swing with dumbells too, but the kettlebell is a nice toy!
I've been watching the video below to try to perfect my swing (I'm not getting into the RKC/AKC debate!)
.......Regarding snatches, I am still a big fan of the dumbell snatch / power snatch. Great for explosive power: