July 23, 2024


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Six-in-one smart kettlebell gets you ripped and saves space too

If you’re serious about home kettlebell workouts, the JaxJox KettlebellConnect presents a unique space-saving alternative to the half-dozen different weights you’d otherwise have littering your floor. Not only is this a six-in-one weight system, but it also has a related JaxJox app that automatically logged my reps, sets, pounds lifted and the total time I spent using the kettlebell. 

I even paired my Fitbit to the app, where it tracked my steps, calories burned and miles traveled for a more complete picture of my fitness (this was somewhat hit-or-miss, which I’ll discuss more later on). 

My main hesitation is the price. This thing costs a whopping $349 — the same as Apple’s overpriced HomePod smart speaker. That said, a quick perusal of Amazon shows that kettlebells don’t always come cheap. Some cost just $12 each, while others cost $65 or more. So if I split the difference and say $30-$40 is a rough average cost of a single kettlebell, $349 doesn’t seem quite as ridiculous.

Overall, the KettlebellConnect is a clever compact gadget that makes weight lifting goals easier to manage via the app. It’s well worth consideration if you’re a fan of kettlebell workouts… just don’t bank on a reliable Fitbit integration. 

At a glance, KettlebellConnect is, well, just one kettlebell nestled in a rechargeable, battery-powered base. 

But if you press the plus or the minus button on the base, weight cylinders inside attach to the kettlebell — or drop off the kettlebell — in 6-pound increments. KettlebellConnect ranges from 12 to 42 pounds, which gives you six weights in one. 


An automation plays on the small display screen as the KettlebellConnect adds or drops weights.

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JaxJox claims the kettlebell will last about 14 hours on one charge; I found that to be about right during my testing. You can always keep it connected to power 24/7, too, if you don’t want to bother with a draining battery.

There’s also a free JaxJox app. Enter details about your level of fitness and create daily and weekly weight lifting goals for yourself. 

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