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Sweat, Swing, and Strengthen: Reviewing Rogue Fitness Kettlebells

Today we’re delving deep into one of the fitness world’s most robust tools, the kettlebell. But not just any kettlebell – we’re talking about the Rogue Fitness kettlebells. Known for their superior quality, durability, and ergonomic design, Rogue Fitness offers a variety of kettlebells for every fitness level and need. So grab a protein shake, sit back, and let’s take this journey together.

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Rogue Kettlebells

How It’s Made

First up, we have Rogue’s classic Kettlebell.

The manufacturing process for cast iron kettlebells typically starts with the creation of a mold. These molds are often made of sand and are designed to be the exact shape and weight of the desired kettlebell. Molten iron is then poured into the mold and left to cool and harden. Once the iron has hardened, the kettlebell is removed from the mold and any excess material is removed. The kettlebell is then polished to smooth out any rough edges and is finished with a powder coating to protect against rust.

It’s safe to say these kettlebells are SOLID.

When to Use It

Known for its simplicity and durability, the classic Rogue Kettlebell is designed to withstand even the toughest of workouts. Known for it’s color coded handles, it makes it much easier for gym owners and trainers to direct athletes to specific kettlebells on sight alone.

Ideal for both beginners and advanced users, its versatility makes it perfect for a wide range of exercises. However, its basic design and potential for chipped finish over time might deter some users.

Weight range: 9 lb. – 88 lbs.

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The Rogue Kettlebell Powder Coat

How It’s Made

Next on our list is the Rogue Kettlebell Powder Coat. The process for creating a powder coat kettlebell starts similarly to the classic cast iron kettlebell, with a mold being filled with molten iron. However, once the kettlebell has cooled and hardened, it undergoes an additional step – powder coating.

This process involves spraying the kettlebell with a dry powder that adheres to the iron. The coated kettlebell is then heated (a process called curing) which melts the powder onto the kettlebell, creating a smooth, durable, and rust-resistant finish.

When To Use It

Made with first-run iron ore (not scrap), it offers an optimal grip for high rep workouts and durability that’s hard to beat. Its powder coat finish allows for an excellent grip, a boon for those sweaty sessions.

While its superior quality justifies its price, it is a bit pricier compared to other options in the market, and the kettlebell’s actual weight may vary slightly from the stated weight.

Weight range: 9 lb. – 88 lbs.

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Rogue Fitness Kettlebell E-Coat

How It’s Made

The Rogue E-Coat Kettlebell is another excellent addition to their kettlebell lineup. Like others in the range, it’s cast in a single, solid piece to ensure durability and longevity. But, the key difference lies in its coating: the E-Coat Kettlebell is finished with an electrically-applied paint coating, hence the ‘E’ in E-Coat.

This electrically-applied coating technique is borrowed from the automotive industry and is known for its remarkable ability to resist corrosion, chipping, and scratches. The process involves submerging the kettlebell in a water-soluble paint, then applying an electric charge that binds the paint to the kettlebell, providing a consistent, even, and durable coat.

When To Use It

The E-Coat Kettlebell offers an excellent grip and texture due to the nature of the coating process, which doesn’t impact the texture of the iron beneath it. The e-coating process provides a consistently smooth and durable finish that can withstand high-impact workouts and resist chipping, scratching, and corrosion. The texture of the kettlebell is also maintained, offering an excellent grip that can handle even the sweatiest of workouts.

The e-coating process makes these kettlebells a bit pricier than other models in the Rogue Fitness kettlebell lineup. While the grip is excellent, those with sensitive hands may find the texture slightly rougher than other models.

Weight range: 9 lb. – 88 lbs.

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Rogue Rubber Coated Kettlebell

How It’s Made

Moving forward, we have the Rogue Rubber Coated Kettlebell. Rubber coated kettlebells also start their life in a mold. However, after the kettlebell has been formed and cooled, a layer of rubber is added to the exterior. This rubber coating is typically added by dipping the kettlebell into a vat of molten rubber.

The coated kettlebell is then allowed to cool and harden, leaving a protective rubber layer that can help reduce noise and protect floors and other equipment from damage.

When to Use It

Designed with home gym users in mind, it has a rubberized coating that offers protection against damage to floors and equipment. The chrome handle not only provides durability but also an excellent grip.

While perfect for home use, these kettlebells are only available in lighter weights and might initially give off a strong rubber smell which some people may find off-putting.

Weight range: 26 lb. – 70 lbs.

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Rogue Monster Kettlebell

How It’s Made

For the serious athletes out there, we present the Rogue Monster Kettlebell. The production of the monster kettlebells, due to their size and weight, might require a reinforced mold and more time for the iron to cool and harden properly. After cooling, these kettlebells may go through additional checks to ensure their structural integrity given their hefty size and intended use.

When to Use It

Available in sizes up to a massive 203 lbs, these kettlebells are designed to take your workouts to the next level. Their unparalleled weight range caters to serious strength training, and their premium construction ensures high durability.

However, given their weight, they are not suitable for beginners or individuals with certain physical conditions. Additionally, their higher weight, better quality, and limited audience make these kettlebells more expensive.

Weight range: 97 lb. – 203 lbs.

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Rogue Competition Kettlebell

How It’s Made

Lastly, we delve into the Rogue Competition Kettlebells. Competition kettlebells are typically made from steel rather than cast iron. This is because steel is a denser material and allows for the kettlebell to maintain the same dimensions regardless of weight.

The process of making these kettlebells involves using a steel mold rather than a sand mold. Once the kettlebell has been formed, it is polished and coated to protect against rust and to provide a smooth grip.

When To Use It

Designed for professional use, these steel kettlebells have uniform dimensions across different weights and a wide, flat base for added stability. Their consistent size, irrespective of weight, makes them ideal for competitive training.

However, their professional-grade design makes them more expensive and primarily suitable for athletes involved in kettlebell competitions.

Weight range: 8 kg. – 48 kgs.

In conclusion, Rogue Fitness offers a variety of kettlebells designed to meet the unique needs and preferences of every fitness enthusiast, from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. Their kettlebells, although a bit pricier than others on the market, are an investment in quality, durability, and a well-rounded fitness experience. Whether you’re looking for a classic cast iron kettlebell, a rubber coated one for your home gym, or a monster-sized challenge, Rogue Fitness has got you covered. So, pick your favorite Rogue Fitness kettlebell, and get swinging!

And if you’re looking for more in depth Rogue equipment reviews, be sure to check out our posts about the Rogue Echo Bike or details about which Rogue rack is best for you.

Remember, when it comes to fitness, there’s no one-size-fits-all. So choose wisely, listen to your body, and most importantly, have fun. Until next time, stay fit, stay happy!

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