How to Choose the Best YBell for Your Fitness Goals
Posted at 9:00 • 8 June • Aaron Laurence • YBell
You’ve seen what the YBells have to offer and decided it’s time to get a set. Fantastic! Now it’s time to figure out which YBell is right for you.
The simple answer is: The right YBell for you depends on your fitness goals.
Why Do We Reference Sizes?
Looking over the options, you’ll see that we offer five weight options for the YBell Neo, but they’re typically referenced by size instead of weight. There’s an excellent reason for that.
Since you can use YBells for so many different movements and as multiple types of tools, the traditional mindset of “How heavy is it?” doesn’t fit. You can accomplish a lot more in less time with less equipment by simply changing your grip on the YBell.
That’s why it’s essential to associate YBells with size rather than weight. A lighter YBell can quickly become heavy with a grip change or increased intensity, thanks to its versatility.
Let’s take a look at the three buckets a YBell user will fit into. Depending on your starting point and goals, we’ll offer suggestions of which sizes you should consider.
1. Choosing YBells if You're New to Working Out
Although this is about choosing the right YBell for you, it’s vital to consider the other steps that play a role in your workout routine. You’ll need to decide the type of workout, frequency, the equipment you’ll use, dietary needs, and many other factors.
This stage is about planning out your health and fitness goals. Where do you want to be in one month? In six months? Are you striving for weight loss, muscle gain, or extended physical endurance?
Regardless of your goal, we want to set you up for success.
When you’re first ramping up, your focus should be on proper form and stretching before and after your workouts. The habits and techniques you form early on will stick with you and can be tough to change as you progress. Bad technique can slow your fitness progression, cause injuries, and lead to longer recovery times.
A common mistake made by many new workout enthusiasts is to try using heavier weights too early. An incorrect weight can also slow your progression and not let stabilizing muscles catch up.
Goal: You Want to Start Working Out Regularly and Feel Better
Never mind those other buckets — this is the best one. Taking the first steps to improve yourself is exciting. It can seem overwhelming at first, but remember to celebrate your wins. Start with a smaller size to get comfortable with your movements and nail down your form.
If you’re new to working out and your main goal is to improve your overall health, you should purchase:
YBell Size: XS or S
Number of YBells: 1 or 2
Best Value Purchase: YBell 4-Piece Starter Kit
Exercises to try:
You can do these basic exercises starting with one YBell. Adding progression into your training can help you to level up to using two YBells consistently in your workouts.
Goal: You Want to Improve Your Strength
You might not have a regular workout routine, but you maintain an active lifestyle through recreational sports and outdoor activities. Keeping your focus on the quality of your technique will be necessary as you ramp up your at-home training. Once you’ve mastered each exercise, you can start increasing the length of your workouts over time.
If you’re new to working out and your goal is to increase your muscle strength, you should purchase:
YBell Size: XS, S, or M
Number of YBells: 1 or 2
Exercises to try:
Focus on lower reps, moving to a larger size once you’ve got your technique down. Adding a second YBell will add to the intensity of your workout, which will help you target strength gains. You’ll also start to see added endurance and flexibility.
3. Choosing YBells if You Have an Established Weight Training Routine
Perhaps you’ve trained on and off over the years but lacked consistency. If traditional workout equipment wasn’t keeping you in the game, the compact size and versatility of YBells will keep you engaged with your workouts to create a long-term health and exercise routine.
YBell’s 4-in-1 design gives you more exercise variation without the need to own multiple pieces of equipment. That means you can achieve a high-intensity workout in less time by not having to switch gear.
Goal: You Want to Build Lean Muscle
You can increase strength and build lean muscle mass by developing a weight training program focused on lower reps. Using free weights puts more resistance on your muscles, which breaks down tissue and triggers your body to heal and build muscle in the process.
If you have experience with weights and want to increase your strength, you should purchase:
YBell Size: S, M, or L
Number of YBells: 1 or 2
Best Value Purchase: YBell 6-Piece Intermediate Kit
Exercises to try:
You can start these exercises using one YBell. As you become more comfortable, try increasing to two YBells for greater intensity.
Goal: You Want to Improve Endurance and Mobility
Increasing endurance and mobility often involve longer workouts and adding more functional training with compound movements into your routine. Endurance workouts will typically include a pair of YBells, focusing on intensity.
If you have experience with weights and want to increase your endurance or mobility, you should purchase the YBell 6-Piece Intermediate Kit.
YBell workout to try: YBell Mobility Pod Blast
Set your timer to 10 minutes. Start with 2 reps of each exercise, then ladder up +1 each round.
- Cross catch presses
- Pickup cross halos
- Lateral jump burpees
2. Choosing YBells if You Have Some Experience With Weights
If you’re in this category of YBell users, you’re very likely consistently training about three to four days per week. You’ve probably established a good regimen of both high-intensity resistance training (HIRT) and active muscle recovery workouts.
You can accomplish strength gains with larger YBell sizes for increased resistance with higher intensity. A pair of YBells combined with challenging workouts focused on better movement, rather than burning max calories, should satisfy your training goals nicely.
If you’re a fitness fanatic that trains four to seven times per week, YBells can still offer variety through different training modalities each day.
YBell Size: S, M, L, or XL
Number of YBells: 2
Best Value Purchase: YBell 10-Piece Kit
YBell workout to try: YBell Full Body Blast
Set your timer to 10 minutes. Start with 2 reps of each exercise then ladder up +1 each round
- Kettlebell rack squat presses
- Kettlebell low swings
- YBell pushup rows
When and How to Level Up With YBells
The decision to level up will come down to your training goals and your training consistency.
Going From One YBell to Two
If you are starting with a single YBell, the next progression would typically be adding a second YBell of the same size into your workout. Some indicators that you’re ready to train with a pair of YBells are:
- You’re able to complete YBell beginner workouts multiple times and
- You’re getting your workouts into the 40-minute mark consistently
Adding a second YBell to your workouts offers you the bonus of greater balance and stability.
Staying Steady With Two YBells
If you’re happy with your weight and shape but are trying to improve your conditioning, then you may want to stick to the same size. Simply increasing the volume of work and minimizing rest breaks in your workouts should keep your routine and goals on track for any number of years.
Increasing to the Next Size Up
If you’re looking to bulk up and get stronger, moving up one size may be a good option after 12 to 18 months. Remember that you should discuss weight increases with a doctor and avoid the mistake of increasing your weight too quickly.
If you’ve worked your way up to the larger sizes and find that your workouts are getting a little bit too comfortable, then creating more challenges comes down to your exercise selection and how you combine those into your routine. Structuring your session with more complex movements can make a light piece of equipment feel very heavy very quickly.
You can always find more diverse exercises on the YBell Fitness App, along with intermediate and advanced training options.
YBell Sizes by Weight
Here’s how the YBell sizes translate to weight:
- XS: 10 lb / 4.5 kg
- S: 14 lb / 6 kg
- M: 18.5 lb / 8 kg
- L: 22.5 lb / 10 kg
- XL: 27 lb / 12 kg
Remember, don’t focus too heavily on weight the way you would with dumbbells. Thanks to the versatility in the YBell’s design, a smaller size can become heavy by simply changing your grip or increasing your intensity.
YBell Is Great for Every Workout and Every Body
Whether you’re new to working out or you’re ready to take your routine to the next level, there’s a right YBell for you. YBells suit most training modes, including:
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata training
- High-Intensity resistance training (HIRT)
- Cardio training
- Endurance training
- Weight loss
- Mobility training
- Core and abdominal strength
- Functional fitness
YBells are great for exercising at home and on the go. Use them in your home gym, at a friend’s house if you want a workout partner, or at the beach if you want a change of scenery. With a set of YBells, you can work out whenever, wherever and however you want.
About The Author
Co-Founder, YBell Fitness
The development of the YBell has been a labor of love for inventor and personal trainer Aaron Laurence. Over the last 15 years Aaron has trained thousands of people on Australia’s famous Bondi Beach.