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Competition Kettlebell Dimensions

Competition kettle bells are made of steel and are all the same size regardless of weight for a uniform training experience at all times. If you have used barbells, think about when you train with plates that are all the same size regardless of weight so your form is always the same during Olympic lifts.

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Maria Johnson
• Friday, 16 October, 2020
• 8 min read
kettlebell competition 28kg fitnessandsport 24kg
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Most competition kettle bells are a steel shell with fillers like sawdust and ball bearings to achieve the desired weight. Our kettle bells 40 kg and above do contain a small amount of lead filler, but contain more steel in the mold to keep it as minimal as possible.

The dimensions of the bell make it impossible for the amount of steel to be poured to meet heavier weights without. Get a Kettle bell Plan to Go With Your Bells and Reach Your Goals Sooner!

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Exclusive Inner Core Technology (hollow core) means no rattle from loose filler Regulation 35 m handle diameter designed for use with or without chalk Handles are coated with a proprietary finish Handle absorbs & holds chalk faster and better than other competition Kettle bells on the market Improved handle geometry for higher reps Optimized window opening for quick & efficient hand insertion & exit; not too big or small like other competition Kettle bell designs Greater distribution of steel towards the top of the bell results in the most well-balanced Kettle bell on the market — engineered for maximum efficiency Exceeds all Kettle bell Sport Competition Standards The only Kettle bell used at the Red Bull Training Grounds in Santa Monica Regulation colors Designed in the USA Manufactured in our ISO 9001 certified foundry Kettle bells USA® Lifetime Guarantee KettlebellsUSA® Matrix Elite & PARADIGM Pro ARE ONLY SOLD ON THIS WEBSITE. The large flat base has excellent ground clearance when doing swings...

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“ Regular kettle bells are the solid cast iron variety that you see the most of. “ Competition style kettle bells have a steel exterior, not iron, and are a uniform size, with only the amount of weight inside the hollow body changing.

There is no standard that manufacturers adhere to with the sizing of regular cast iron kettle bells. For heavier weights the handle will change in shape and thickness, and the body will get larger.

competition kettlebell pro grade 20kg wishlist handle stainless steel
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These size differences lead you to change your movement or grip a little with each weight or brand. Therefore, consistency in your workouts with regular kettle bells kind of goes out the window.

Competition style kettle bells have a hollow steel body of a consistent outside dimensions regardless of weight. The consistency factor is one reason why competition kettle bells are superior.

Most people at a typical gym aren’t going to really appreciate having the uniform size of competition kettle bells for perfectly consistent movements, the way someone serious about training with them across many exercises and weights would. Competition kettle bells have a more angular handle that’s straighter on top and with a more abrupt curve towards the body.

For two-handed swings, you might prefer either style of kettle bell, depending on the width of your hands. A regular kettle bell also allows you to space your hands out a tad bit for a more natural grip.

I have a few older (discontinued) regular cast iron Rage and Troy VAX kettle bells from when they were still making the handles too smooth. Not only are they too smooth, but also the handles have some imperfections in the casting, which only hurt your hands and don’t help your grip.

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Many around that time also had a line/seam on the bottom inside the handle that any sane person had to smooth out with a steel file before using it. A close up shot of a good texture on a modern powder coated kettle bell

A surface that’s too smooth sticks to your palms too much when dry, and then the kettle bell flies out of your hands as soon as you get sweaty. It creates a nice even layer of soft bumps on the surface that minimizes friction against your hands.

Kettle bell Kings calls their texture “pitted” steel. As long as the kettle bell handle looks like it has a decent texture, or the online description indicates that it is not polished smooth, don’t get too hung up on this.

The important thing is its a decent feeling finish with no rough spots. Handles on regular kettle bells graduate up for heavier weights, reaching 38 mm / 1.5 and higher.

The point of kettle bell training isn’t to work your grip. You aren’t lifting nearly as much weight as with a barbell, so a 28 mm handle is not necessary or even desirable on a kettle bell.

competition kettlebell 28kg kettlebells pro2
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The uniform size helps you maintain consistent form. The only problem is competition kettle bells are bigger, or at least in the lighter weights, than the regular cast iron counterparts, making it necessary for you to take a wide stance to get them both between your legs.

Competition kettle bells have a uniformly sized steel shell, and they need a way to vary the weight inside. You might hear the filler move around, and of course that means the weight is shifting around on you.

This method results in more weight in the upper portion of the kettle bell, closer to the handle. The effect for the user is a more balanced kettle bell that turns over your wrist easily.

Several days ago I posted a question about forearm pain while performing get-ups. I have large hands, so the 16-kg kettle bell that I use rests directly on my wrist bones when I try to hold my wrist in a neutral position, causing a lot of discomfort. Thinking about this problem led me to wondering whether a database of kettlebelldimensions exists anywhere.

I know that most kettle bells of a certain weight will likely be similar in size and shape, but it would be helpful to identify “outliers”; i.e., which kettle bell brands might work better for the average population, and which would be more suitable for people with larger or smaller hands. If such a database doesn't exist, I might try to contact some manufacturers directly and see if they will send me those dimensions (alternately, they could send me one of every kettle bell they make, so I can measure them myself, but I won't get my hopes up).

competition kettlebell grade 36kg 80lb fitness professional
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Off the top of my head, a list of the most import dimensions would include: (1) handle diameter at the center; (2) distance from the inside of the handle to the bell (as Steve suggested); (3) width of the inside of the handle; and (4) diameter of the bell. However, would it be possible / interesting to create an Excel sheet online with different information (such as mark, weight, thickness of the handle, distance...)

In my limited experience, most cast iron bells that are pure metal have little to no differences between them regarding the shape handle and its offset from the hemisphere. There are obviously exceptions, like Kettle bell USA's Matrix line, that I think to remember has a little longer horns (I might be mistaken). The difference is very noticeable when it comes to “fitness” bells, the ones that are commonly wrapped in rubber or plastic materials.

I have one 24 kg kettle bell with a handle that is near too impossible to grip: too thick and no texture whatsoever. The pair of 16 kg I have been also “fitness” bells from the same producer, they share a handle which has long horns and it's overall larger...

The fun part is that one's handle is slick but still nice to grip, the other ones is so rough it literally peals calluses and skin away... Really, it's similar to a dumbbell, that things hurts my body and my feelings. That said, the brand I use is from Italy and I don't know how useful it would be to measure them, because I don't think they ship abroad.

If your concern in particular is different shape of the implements in different weights, it might be wise to invest in competition kettle bells, which are usually more expensive, but they are steel made (not iron) and have standards to meet, so they may have minimal difference between brands, but inside the same one they should be all the same sizes. In my limited experience, most cast iron bells that are pure metal have little to no differences between them regarding the shape handle and its offset from the hemisphere.

kettlebell kettlebells girevoy sport anatomy2 kbell
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There are obviously exceptions, like Kettle bell USA's Matrix line, that I think to remember has a little longer horns (I might be mistaken). The difference is very noticeable when it comes to “fitness” bells, the ones that are commonly wrapped in rubber or plastic materials. I have one 24 kg kettle bell with a handle that is near too impossible to grip: too thick and no texture whatsoever.

The pair of 16 kg I have been also “fitness” bells from the same producer, they share a handle which has long horns and it's overall larger... The fun part is that one's handle is slick but still nice to grip, the other ones is so rough it literally peals calluses and skin away... Really, it's similar to a dumbbell, that things hurts my body and my feelings.

That said, the brand I use is from Italy and I don't know how useful it would be to measure them, because I don't think they ship abroad. If your concern in particular is different shape of the implements in different weights, it might be wise to invest in competition kettle bells, which are usually more expensive, but they are steel made (not iron) and have standards to meet, so they may have minimal difference between brands, but inside the same one they should be all the same sizes.

And yes, Kettle bells USA Matrix Elite line has longer distance from the grip to center mass of the bell. Innit cast iron KB's are another brand with quite a bit of space from handle to center mass.

I have just purchased a 25 kg KB, and it's destroying my wrist during TGU as well. I'm going to try with some kind of wrist protection, but I'm not sure if the dimensions of this KB are right.

competition kettlebell grade kettlebells 16kg fitness
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If anyone has a non- competition 24 kg KB he is happy with, I would appreciate if he shared the dimensions ! However, the Elite is closer to the labeled weight, which I suppose would be expected.

I love both Elite and regular Matrix and highly recommend. Those 2 cm difference for handle-to-bell clearance probably make a big difference regarding the point of contact of the bell with the forearm and the relative angle between the KB and the forearm (which would reduce the torque needed in the wrist to keep it aligned with the forearm and not bent).Let's see if someone else contributes with the dimensions of a good 24 kg.

I have no interference problems doing a clean and press with the 16 which also measure 7 cm I bought a load of gear from a guy in NJ and 2 of these were included.

Sources
1 www.kettlebellkings.com - https://www.kettlebellkings.com/competition-kettlebell/
2 www.kettlebellsusa.com - https://www.kettlebellsusa.com/products/paradigm-pro-elite-35mm-handle-precision-steel-competition-kettlebell
3 americanbarbell.com - https://americanbarbell.com/products/competition-kettlebells
4 www.tworepcave.com - https://www.tworepcave.com/11823/regular-cast-iron-vs-competition-kettlebells/
5 www.strongfirst.com - https://www.strongfirst.com/community/threads/database-of-kettlebell-dimensions.9113/