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How To Choose the Right YBell For You

Posted by Aaron Laurence on Jun 8th 2020

How To Choose The Right YBell For You

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. Awesome! Now it’s time to determine which YBell is right for you. The simple answer is the right YBell for you depends on who you are, and your fitness goals.

Looking at the possibilities, you’ll notice that we offer five sizes, but they aren’t classified by weight the way that dumbbells and kettlebells are. There’s an excellent reason for that —

YBells aren’t like the conventional workout equipment out there. YBells aren’t exclusively for experienced fitness professionals. They’re friendly enough for someone new to exercise to get a feel for them quickly but are also designed to be as challenging as you need them to be, with some practice.

When choosing the right YBell size, it’s helpful to start by identifying what type of user you are. Since you can use them for so many different movements, the traditional mindset of “How heavy is it?” just doesn’t apply.

All users will have the ability to do significantly more in less time with less equipment by merely changing the way you hold your YBells. Because of this, it’s essential to associate with size rather than weight. Thanks to the versatility, a lighter weight can quickly become heavy with a few grip changes or by upshifting gears in workout intensity.

With any type of physical exercise, it’s crucial to have a conversation with your medical professional to ensure that your fitness goals and workout routines are right for you.

Let’s take a look at the three biggest buckets of YBell users. Depending on your starting point, we’ll offer suggestions of which sizes you should consider.

The 3 Main Types of YBell Users

I am new to working out.

Although this is about choosing the right YBell for you, it’s vital to discuss the other steps that go into starting up a workout routine with YBells. You will need to decide the types and frequency of your workouts, the equipment you’ll use, your 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 make sure you’re set up for success.

 When you’re first ramping up, your focus should be towards good form and stretching. 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.

 

I’m new to working out, and I want to start working out regularly and feel better.

Nevermind those other buckets — this is the best one. The first steps to improve yourself are some of the most exciting. Although it can seem overwhelming at first, it’s important not to get caught up by everything. Always celebrate your wins. 

If you’re new to working out and your main goal is to improve your overall health, consider purchasing:

 YBell Size: XS or S

Number of YBells: 1 or 2

Using one YBell is a great way to get started for people that are not already training consistently. Adding progression into your program can help you to level up to using two YBells in most of your workouts.

 Sample exercises to try: You can use YBells for all of the basic movements, such as:

  • Curls
  • Presses
  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Pulling and rotation exercises

 You can do these basic exercises using just one YBell. The various movements are accomplished by merely adjusting from a single grip to a double grip when needed. Once you start getting a feel for the movements, increasing to two YBells will increase the intensity of your workout.

 

I’m new to working out, and I want to improve my strength.

You might not have a regular workout routine, but you maintain an active lifestyle through recreational sports and outdoor activities. Focus on increasing the length of your workout over time.

If you’re new to working out and your goal is to increase your muscle strength, you should consider purchasing:

YBell Size: XS, S or M

Number of YBells: 1 or 2

Keeping the focus on your form will still be necessary as you ramp up your home workouts. Remember, your goal is to form healthy workout habits.

 Sample exercises to try: You can use the same basic movements with the YBells, focusing on lower reps and a higher weight:

  • Curls
  • Presses
  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Pulling and rotation exercises

 By adding a second YBell, you will add to the intensity of your workout, which will help you to target strength gains. With this addition, you’ll also start to see added endurance and flexibility.

 

I have some experience with weights in my workouts.

Perhaps you’ve trained on and off over the years but never really stuck to training for long or lacked consistency. The accessibility, compact size, and versatility of YBells help you to keep engaged with your workouts.

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 equipment.

Proper form and stretching are still essential to your routine. But also pay attention to your breathing techniques. You should avoid hyperventilating (breathing in and out too fast) or holding your breath while exercising. Experts advise that the proper breathing technique for resistance training is to inhale as you lower the weight and exhale as you lift the weight.

 

I have some experience with weights in my workouts, and I want to gain strength.

The keys to increased strength are focusing on lower reps, higher weight, and adjustments to your grip for more resistance. Most, if not all, workouts will involve two YBells with a strong emphasis on intensity.

 If you have experience with weights and want to increase your strength, you should consider purchasing:

YBell Size: XS, S, M, or L

Number of YBells: 2

 Additional exercises to try:

  • Curls / Hammer curls
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Squat and press
  • Halos
  • Deadlifts

You can start these exercises using one YBell, adjusting from a single grip to a double grip when needed. As you become more comfortable with the exercises, try increasing to two YBells for higher intensity.

 

I have some experience with weights in my workouts, and I want to improve my endurance and flexibility.

Increasing endurance and flexibility often involve longer workouts and adding more exercises into your routine. Workouts will typically include a pair of YBells, focusing on intensity.

 If you have experience with weights and want to increase your endurance or flexibility, you should consider purchasing:

YBell Size: S, M, or L

Number of YBells: 2

Additional exercise to try:

YBell Mobility Pod 

(Start with two reps, then add one rep next round)

  • Cross catch press — start with two on each side
  • Pickup cross halo (double count 1, 1, 2, 2. then 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3. etc.)
  • Lateral jump burpees

By using a set of YBells or increasing your YBell to the next size up, you’ll add to the intensity of your workout. Higher intensity and longer workouts will help you to meet your endurance and flexibility goals.

 

I work out all the time.

If you’re in this category of YBell users, you’re likely consistently training about three to four days per week. You’ve probably established a good regiment of both higher and lower intensity workouts.

You can achieve strength gains by having a set workout routine centered around lifting higher weights, with lower reps, and increased resistance with higher intensity. A pair of YBells combined with challenging workouts focussed 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 and love to push very hard during all of your workouts, YBells can still take your routine to a new level. Incorporating variety with a set of YBells will ensure you can be doing different exercises and training modalities on different days, all while using the same equipment.

 YBell Size: S, M, L or XL

Number of YBells: 2

Additional exercises to try:

YBell Arm Blast 

Set your timer to 10 minutes. Start with two reps then ladder up +1 next round.

  • Bicep curl (Center grip/top lock)
  • Hammer curl squat (Center grip)
  • Tricep pushup (Top grip)⠀

 

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.

Aaron Laurence

How will I know when I’m ready to level up?

Again, this decision will come down to your training goals and your training consistency.

Going From Using One YBell to Two

If 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 for a workout 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 improved balance and stability.

Staying Steady With Two YBells

If you’re happy with your weight and shape but are trying to improve your conditioning, you may want to stick to the same size. 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.

Remember, changes to your grip can swiftly raise the level of any workout.

Increasing to the Next Size Up

If you start by using some of the smaller YBells sizes and are looking to bulk up and get a lot stronger, then moving up one size may be a good option after 12 to 18 months. Remember, you should discuss weight increases with a doctor, and avoid the mistake of increasing your weight too quickly.

 If you’ve worked up to the larger YBell sizes and find that your workouts are getting too comfortable, try challenging yourself by diversifying your exercise selection and combination. Exercise selection, grip choice, and session structuring, when done right, can make a light piece of equipment feel very heavy, very quickly.

You can always find more diverse exercises (provided by us, trainers, and other users) on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Don’t forget to download the YBell Fitness App for some YBell-specific workouts and advanced training options.

 

Ok, guys, sizes are great. But seriously, what’s the weight?

Here’s how the YBell sizes translate to weight:

  • XS: 9.4 lbs / 4.3 kg
  • S: 14.3 lbs / 6.5 kg
  • M: 17.6 lbs / 8 kg
  • L: 22 lbs / 10 kg
  • XL: 26.5 lbs / 12 kg

Remember, don’t focus too heavily on the weights the way you would with dumbbells. Thanks to the versatility in the YBell’s design, a smaller size can become heavy by changing your grip or increasing your intensity.

YBell is excellent 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. For the majority of people, YBells would suit most training modes, including:

  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
  • Hypertrophy
  • High-intensity resistance training (HIRT)
  • Bulk muscle gain
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Endurance
  • Weight loss
  • Mobility and
  • Agility

Another benefit of adding YBells to your workout routine is that they’re great for exercising at home and on the go. Use them in your home gym, your living room, at a friend’s house if you want a workout partner, or at the beach. With a set of YBells, you can work out when, where, and how you want.

About The Author

Aaron Laurence

Co-Founder, YBell Fitness

@ybellfitness

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.