Or you can perform an entire workout with one kettle bell on the days you can’t make it to the gym. If you’re just starting out or you don’t have much cash, consider making your own kettle bell with items you might already have at home.
DIY kettle bells are easy and cheap to make, you can purchase everything you need at your nearest home improvement store or online. Ok seriously, dumbbells are good and do have their benefits, but a kettle bell can add an extra dimension to your workouts.
Isolating specific muscle groups Increasing strength Beginners learning to work out with free weights Versatile handle that allows for a greater variety of exercises Unique, off-centered design that challenges your entire body during every exercise The option to work slow “grinds” or quick, explosive movements The ability to train a wider range of motion Huge improvement in grip strength
Workout in the privacy of your home and save time travelling to and from the gym Relatively small, easy to store, and portable Train full body strength, endurance, and power all at once Cheaper than a machine and nearly indestructible (no maintenance costs!) Time efficient, full body workouts Target the core muscles with each exercise Blast calories and fat
They strengthen joint tendons and ligaments while providing a cardio workout that is easy on the joints That is, your back side, from head to toe Increases mental focus and coordination Let’s take a look at six different ways you can make your own kettle bell at home, from simplest and inexpensive to methods that require slightly more money and time.
Very easy to make The least expensive DIY kettle bell If you use water, the movement of the water will create a unique challenge as it sloshes around You can easily make two of these kettle bells and have a matching set Not only is it inexpensive and quick to make, but it’s a lighter weight which is great for those new to kettle bells.
If you are travelling and don’t have exercise equipment or access to a gym, this Milk Jug Kettle bell is a great option. That is, a larger bag would weigh more but would make swinging difficult.
The empty, waterproof bag is light and easy to transport. Depending on the size of the bag you purchase, you could fill it with up to 60-70 pounds of water.
I would suggest buying a high quality Kayak Dry Bag that would last longer. Choose the thickness of your handle (rope) to suit the grip size of your hand.
In some ways, the looseness of the rope mimics the instability of a kettle bell. A rope end could easily come loose, or the limp handle may cause an injury.
Make the handle by securing the two 4” pieces of pipe on either side of the “T” fitting. Secure the longer pipe (8-12” piece) into the vertical end.
Finish your DIY kettle bell by attaching the floor flange. The handle may be uncomfortably wide, especially for shorter people as they swing between their legs.
This DIY kettle bell will be more expensive if you purchase weight plates. Gloves are recommended to protect your hands, however they reduce your contact with the kettle bell and increase the chance of blisters when the material gets pinched.
Check the T-Handle kettle bell frequently for wear and loose parts. The bottom two elbows allow for more contact area to create a stronger bond in the cement.
Cut your ball open with one six inch slit that has small holes on either side big enough for the pipe handle elbows to fit in easily. Mix cement according to directions and fill ball 3/4 full.
This DIY kettle bell is a fixed weight and it is determined by the size of the ball you buy. Consider what shape you would like your kettle bell to have on the bottom as well as how deep set you want your handle to be.
Use duct tape to cover one end of your PVC pipe. Heat the PVC pipe in an oven set at 350 °C for a few minutes until it is moldable.
Cut into your basketball ball with a utility knife in a capital “I” shape. Good for long-term use This handle mimics the shape of a real kettle bell and it is smooth on the hands.
When heating the PVC pipe handle in the oven, do not leave it unattended. Now that we’ve looked at several kinds of DIY kettle bells, what it comes down to is personal preference.
Do you want to work with cement or would you prefer the simplicity of water or sand? If you desire a kettle bell that is easily adjustable, you’ll want to stick with the T-handle with the weight plates.
No matter which DIY kettle bell you choose to make, you’ll be saving yourself money while creating an amazing fitness tool. Even if you would be limited to performing only swings with your make-shift kettle bell, you will still be burning fat, strengthening your muscles, and increasing your endurance in just a few short workouts a week.
While looking for ways to change up our current workout program, I came across the Russian Kettle bell. They provide a great, well-rounded workout for strength training as well fat loss.
I have since built 5 Kettle bells of various weights and have been extremely impressed by the durability of the product as well as the options we now have when working out at home. Kettle bell exercises employ a wider range of motion than traditional dumbbells and typically involves swinging and explosive movements that utilize the full body.
Because the weight is off-center from the handle, the movements demand greater stability and really target the core muscles. Materials: -1 bag quite premixed concrete mix -1 cheap rubber ball (under $5) -26” of 3/4" or 1" PVC (sch40) -Small quantity of sand -Duct tape -Water
Tools: -1 Hacksaw or Jig Saw -1 Heat Gun or Oven -1 Bucket (for mixing) -1 Small Garden Spade or similar tool (for mixing and transferring concrete to the ball) -1 Pair of Scissors The handle used for these Kettle bells is made from PVC pipe which has been heated and bent to form.
I have found that 3/4” PVC (sch 40) has been sufficient for smaller weights (10 – 20 lbs. To save costs on these builds I've begun using PVC Conduit (for electrical installations).
Once packed full, use Duct Tape to seal the other opening of the PVC. Once the PVC has been filled with sand and sealed with Duct tape, it is ready to be heated and formed.
With the oven method, I would wrap the PVC with tin-foil, place it on a baking sheet and heat it at 350F for 10min. Ultimately you want the PVC to be shaped like a triangle with nicely rounded corners.
NOTE: if you are not happy with the shape of the handle, simply use a heat gun to re-heat the area of concern and re-shape it again. The ball is being used as a form for the concrete as well as a nice rubber coating for the finished Kettle bell.
Note: This latest build was for the wife (hence the pink & white ball). Add just enough water (a little at a time) to the bucket and mix until the concrete mixture is a thick paste.
Once your Quite is mixed to the correct consistency, use a small garden spade or similar tool to spoon the concrete mixture into the ball. Once the ball is mostly filled, insert your handle and set it to a comfortable depth.
Make sure to shake the ball and lightly tap it on the ground to get the concrete settled to the bottom. Once the ball is filled, check that your handle is still at your desired depth and is also nice and straight.
DIY Kettle bell inspiration credited to Matt Carney on the CrossFit.com forum — (Link) Because this device is such a powerful tool I thought I’d go a bit further today in teaching you how to build and construct your own kettle bell in case you wanted to keep the finish on your cast iron kettle bell nice and shiny, or if you happen to be running on a tight budget for your own strength and conditioning.
Regardless of your reasons I think you’ll appreciate today’s instructional guide for building yourself a rugged cannonball with a handle to swing around and lift in your own garage gym. I think you’ll find the process should be relatively simple especially if you enjoy doing projects yourself.
NOTE: Please read the entire set of instructions FIRST before assembly! 16 inch length cut piece of strong rope that is 4 to 5 inches in grip diameter Three large spools of strong tape good for gripping such as duct tape.
So if you want a 40 lb kettle bell you’ll need 40 lbs of sand). What space of the mold isn’t filled up, you can simply trim down with a knife, or strong scissors.
Once you fill your mold to reach your desired weight, you will want to close the basketball. To reinforce your mold open both of your 13 gallon kitchen trash bags.
Once you’ve placed your mold into the second trash bag and cinched the opening start wrapping tape in a circular motion end over end around the center line of the sphere of your mold. Make sure that your handle is in a good position for the kettle bell and that the gripping portion of the handle is about the width of your two fists as this will be a common width for when you perform double arm swings.
Make sure you wrap the hell out it and get it firmly secured because you don’t want your handle to detach. This portion is critical because you don’t want to leave anything loose, or unsecured with your homemade kettle bell.
A few things to note: You can also wrap your rope handle with tape if you wish to give it a more friendly grip for your hands. If you find that you need more duct tape than is recommended then feel free to use more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR SEALgrinderPT coach Brandon Richey is a certified strength and conditioning coach, author, and founder of Brandon Richey Fitness. He has worked with thousands of athletes over his 17 years of experience, developing fitness training programs for beginners to professional and D-1 level collegiate athletes at the University of Georgia.
He also trains MMA and May Thai athletes, both professional and amateur. QUESTION: Coach Brad, I love your workouts and I’m getting awesome results.
Could you tell me how I can start applying what I’m learning about getting focused on workouts to everyday life?