A month or two ago Onnit dropped the first in its trilogy of Primal Bells, the one pood chimp kettlebell. What is a pood exactly? One pood is the equivalent of 36.11 lbs. Why measure a kettlebell in an obscure measurement of weight? Well, the origins of kettlebells can be traced back to Russia, where a pood is a unit of measure that’s in use in that part of the world.
The first of Onnit’s Primal Bells features the face of an angry chimp. As Joe Rogan says, he looks like he’s ready to bite your dick off. Growing out from the side of his head between his ears is the handle you use to swing and lift the kettlebell. One might think that because this Primal Bell is crafted in the shape of a primate’s face rather than a perfectly round, symmetrical ball that the weight wouldn’t be distributed evenly, which is something you would notice when working out, but I can say that this isn’t the case. The chimp kettlebell is perfectly balanced, so when you’re blasting through a kettlebell workout, you won’t even notice the difference between a traditional kettlebell compared to a Primal Bell.
In terms of construction, this is a solidly built piece of equipment. It’s crafted from the same high quality chip and rust resistant coated iron as Onnit’s regular kettlebells, but it’s infinitely more badass. What’s different from regular kettlebells aside from the chimp face is the thicker handle, which will work towards improving your grip strength even more compared to a conventional kettlebell.
So can I recommend that you buy the chimp Primal Bell over a regular kettlebell? If you’re in the market for a kettlebell between 30 and 40 lbs., then I can absolutely recommend it. The face and thicker handle alone justify the slightly higher price tag compared to a plain ol’ cannonball with a handle sticking out of it. You’ll get just as good of a work out, boost your grip strength, and you can display them in your house when they’re not in use. Pick up a couple of chimp Primal Bells, the new Keith Weber Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout 2: Exceed Your Limits DVD and prepare to have your dick kicked in the dirt.