How Heavy A Kettlebell Should I Buy

Brent Mccoy
• Thursday, 10 December, 2020
• 18 min read

Just like dumbbells, barbells, steel maces, and other weightlifting equipment, there’s no one-size-fits-all with Kettle bells. Different kettle bell sizes will be best for certain genders, ages, exercises, and overall fitness goals.

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What is the best Kettle bell size for building muscle, gaining strength, burning fat? It's all organized by sections, so if you want to scroll down to your specific question, it will be easy to find.

Before the end of the 19th century, Russian girl had found its way into the sphere of competitive weightlifting sports in Russia and some parts of Europe while the term, Kettle bell,” was widely adopted at the dawn of the 20th century in the Western world. Unlike the simple structures of Dumbbells and Barbells, Kettle bells have complex, equally-important parts, each of which contributes to its uniqueness.

The anatomy of a Kettle bell, as seen from the above picture, includes the Handle, Corner, Horn, Window, Bell, and Base. The Bell is the center of mass of a Kettle bell while the Window is the space that separates the Handle from the Bell, affording the user convenient and flexible movements that are lacking in Dumbbells and Barbells.

If you are new to weight training, it's best to start at a beginner level so you can learn proper mechanics. Your age, fitness, and experience determine the type of Kettle bell training you can take-on.

Kettlebell grinds are not only the best for beginners, but they are also very great for experts as its technique is perfect for building muscle and strength. The obtuse shape of the Handle also helps in ensuring a perfect grip and some products now come with a chip-resistant coating that enhances grip and lets users see the weight written on the Kettle bell through contrast.

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Note: Although those increments may seem big, a jump from training with 15lbs to 20lbs is normal for kettle bell lifting. For one, it gives users greater flexibility to choose between the wide range of weights and ease scaling-up a bit if they please.

When we talk about men here, we mean active males starting from the age of 18 years. The most important thing is an improvement, the ability to fulfill your potentials as your training progresses.

It is our professional recommendation that you start with a weight that is proportional to your skill level and fitness. This helps you to maintain a good form while you scale up with smiles and less stress.

Starting with anything in this range will help you to conveniently learn how to use proper techniques whether you’re training on your own or with a trainer. Like we mentioned with men, the talk of women here refers to females starting from age 18 years.

While we advise everyone to carry just enough weight, some women have been found to underestimate their strengths, opting for Kettle bell sizes that are too small. A general rule of thumb is for you to carry a Kettle bell weight with which you’re able to do 5 repetitions (reps) of any workout you’re starting with.

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Also, if you’ve reached a stage whereby you can conveniently do 20 reps of that workout, then it’s the right time for you to pick up something heavier. The American Academy of Pediatric shad since the year 1990 asserted the potential benefits of monitored weightlifting for children and adolescents on health and athleticism.

A kid’s Kettle bell size for a workout will depend on fitness and age. In the end, it will be the level of fitness that will determine the number of Kettle bell workout reps each child will perform.

Kettle bell lifting for kids should be limited to simple exercises. They can help you build your strength and balance, as well as improve your cardiovascular fitness.

And it will be wiser for you to focus on cardio-based kettle bell exercises such as swings, squats, cleans, and presses because you're no longer trying to build excessive muscles, but just enough to keep your bones together and covered. If you have any doubts, be sure to ask your doctor or a physiotherapist about kettle bell training and if it's right for you.

When you aim to do a lot of ballistic workouts with the kettle bell and you have never done any of such activities before, starting with 18LB is good for women while 26LBS will be alright for men. If you had done some moderate ballistic workouts before, 35LBS is a good start for men and 26LBS is okay for women.

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When you aim to do lots of slow lifts with the kettle bell and you have never done anything like that before, starting with 22LBS is good for you as a woman while 30LBS for you as a man. Some people start doing kettle bell workouts because they want to build their size and strength.

To build your size and strength using kettle bells, you need to focus on exercises that can give you the most beneficial results. Additionally, you can include another free-weight equipment in your Kettle bell exercise to get the most out of your workout.

Excellent free-weight equipment you can combine with Kettle bells for incredible muscle build-up is the Steel Mace. You can learn more about how to get the best out of these two weightlifting equipment from our Steel Mace and Kettle bell Arm Blast Workout.

The kettle bell swing is a ballistic exercise that you can use to train your posterior chain muscles and it’s most useful in building your hip power and speed. To perform the kettle bell swing, you need to move the bell in a pendulum motion from between the knees to anywhere at your eye-level or above it.

For average active men doing Basic Goblet Squats, the best Kettle bell size is 40LBS. The Goblet Squat is a typical beginner’s exercise to help new Kettle bell lifters get positional awareness, accumulate basic squat strength and technique, and get a better balance.

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You can learn more about perfecting your squat by reading our How to Fix Hip Pain article. The Kettle bell Turkish Get-ups are very useful for developing your solid movement foundation as they tend to focus on your small stabilizing muscles.

Not only does it reveal your problems, but it also helps you develop a functional core, serves as a safeguard against back pain and improves your posture. Beginners, intermediate and advanced flows exist for individuals fitting each level.

It is best to use the Kettle bell size that you are most comfortable with for two to three exercises you want to put into a flow. Complexes can be done in a sequence or one exercise after the other (i.e. 5 x squats then 5 x presses then 5 x sumo dead lifts, without resting or putting the kettle bell down).

Unlike other Kettle bells, their handles and other parts are always of the same shape and dimension regardless of their weights because of the need to maintain consistency in competitions and fairness among competitors. They are usually based in kilograms and range in 2 or 4 kg increments according to international standards, each weight having varying color for convenient identification.

Some Gregory Sports competitions start male competitors with 26LBS, up to 88LBS; and females from 18LBS, up to 53LBS to a varying number of repetitions in lifts such as Snatch, Jerk, and Long Cycle. A kettle bell workout is a great way to tone your body, burn fat, earn some killer abs and keep fit.

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For average active women, the best Kettle bell sizes for tone-up, burning fat and keeping fit is 18LBS for beginners, with a gradual build-up to 26LBS as you get used to the bells. For average active men, the best Kettle bell sizes for tone-up, burning fat and keeping fit is 26LBS for beginners, with a gradual build-up to 44LBS.

If your goal is to burn fat, you want a weight that you can use with little rest and for HIIT workouts. This means you should go lighter than what you would use for traditional sets and reps workouts with longer rest.

If we had to choose the three overall best Kettle bell sizes, we'd go 26, 35, and 44LBS or 20, 30, and 40lbs, depending on the supplier you buy from. It enhances core strength and stability through its multi planar and unilateral movements.

It’s the most convenient way to reduce body weight, burning up to 400 calories in 20 minutes. Embedded in this ancient weight-measuring tool is everything you need for your total body-conditioning goals and you can know more about what you'll start to gain from it by reading our 18 Benefits of Kettle bells article.

They might look like iron casts with handles, but they are the most efficient type of workout equipment you can have in your collection. Ever since its invention in Ancient Greece, Kettle bells have been known to offer numerous health benefits like encouraging core stability.

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However, for you to experience the countless benefits kettle bells have to offer, you need to use the right weight when exercising. For men and women who are active and athletic, the kettle bell weight they should purchase should be higher.

Therefore, make sure that before you buy any weight kettle bell, the handle has undergone flashing. Handling flashing is the process of filing down the hands’ underside, leaving the surface smooth.

If it has sharp edges, don’t purchase it as this can injure your hands as you work out. If it’s uncomfortable or too tight when you place both hands, don’t buy that dumbbell.

Their major drawback is that they don’t last as long as the cast steel kettle bell does. In truth, the number of kettle bells you have doesn’t influence your workout routine.

The primary reason why experts recommend the use of one kettle bell is because it fully integrates your body during every workout. However, once you can comfortably perform the proper technique and form for each exercise, you can add the second kettle bell.

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Therefore, make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew when choosing the kettle bell weight to purchase. Ballistic (explosive) lifts: swings, cleans, snatches, tossing, juggling.

For ballistic lifts you can use a heavier kettle bell than with slow, grinding movements like get-ups and windmills that must be carefully controlled throughout the entire range of movement and require a smaller bell. Our experience with kettle bells has boiled it down to the following general recommendations for men and women.

All cast iron kettle bells such as the Matrix Elite precision e-coat series change dimensions, including handle diameter, as the weight increases or decreases. Many men have the unfortunate habit of starting out with a kettle bell that is too big for them.

Add the fact that if you have only used dumbbells and barbells for weight training, snatching a kettle bell for the first time may come as a bit of a shock to your system and ego! Men take our advice and don't buy a heavy bell unless you already know you can manage it.

For controlled, grinding movements like Turkish Get-ups and windmills you should choose a kettle bell that you can easily press overhead about 8-10 times. Lifting kettle bells will not make you big and bulky and rob you of your feminine curves.

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As with men, for controlled, grinding movements like Turkish Get-ups and windmills you should choose a kettle bell that you can easily press overhead about 8-10 times. Single Cast Mold With No Seams, Ridges or Rough Spots.

A quality kettle bell is cast in a single step into the mold and is finished like a piece of fine furniture. Competition or “Pro Grade” kettle bells are made to fixed specifications.

To find out more about the differences between cast iron and competition kettle bells click here. Well we could certainly could, like so many of our competitors, and make lots of money doing it too, however there is a very good reason that we do not.

Real kettle bells are designed to be balanced in a certain way, and they are actually precise tools. If a kettle bell can be improved by new materials or a new engineering insight or manufacturing process so that real users will benefit then we will do so, however, we are not interested in gimmicks that are solely designed to misinform consumers and take their hard-earned money from them.

We have been in the kettle bell business for some years now, and we will not compromise our principles just to make money off innocent, uninformed consumers. Without proper kettle bell lifting technique you will not get the full benefit of the movement and you greatly increase your chance of injury, and this defeats the purpose of training with kettle bells in the first place.

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We recommend that whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced lifter, that you have a few kettle bells in different weights. Also, the high leverage lifts such as Turkish Get-ups, Windmills and Bottoms-up presses, require less weight especially when you are first learning them so having a range of kettle bell weights will give you the required training flexibility need to progress.

If your budget can handle it then buy at least two kettle bells to start with in different weights and then add to your collection as your form gets better and your conditioning level increases. CrossFit aficionados use this term quite a lot as do many old school kettle bell instructors.

At Kettle bells USA® we prefer kilograms or pounds because we think “Food” is a confusingly weird word! Some other aspects of kettle bell design are grip diameter, grip width, ball diameter, the distance from the top of the ball to the bottom of the handle.

Pavel Tsatsoulin was the main driver of a movement that started from “What you use cowbells to train” to mainstream level with DVD sets delivering kettle bells for free with their program (hint, as this kettle bell comes for free, you guessed it, its crap). As I do not own many kettle bells myself, because I am simple and did my research on my first time purchase, refer to the links at the end of the article if you want to know details about specific models and learn from others.

Always consult a doctor for a new exercise regimen before you take it up, especially if you have not been active for a long time, you are older than 50 or have been already diagnosed with chronic disease. If you have any questions, recommendations or tips please leave a comment at the end of this article or look up my email address in the about section of this webpage.

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Generally, kettle bells will be bigger for males than for females in size and weight, but not as big as the individual might think. Just because you can perform multiple repetitions of a 225-pound bench press that does not mean that a 10 kg something kettle bell is child's play.

Remember that when you pick a kettle bell and do a curl or row you are not performing the main exercise which you will do with this piece of equipment. The main exercise is the kettle bell swing in which you can make use of more muscle groups than in the row and curl.

This rule might not just apply to kettle bells as I also see quite a bit of writing about this phenomenon in books regarding career advise, Lean in and Nudge being two of them. Generally, you will find that women, given that all other factors compared to a man are equal, will use half the weight in the kettle bell swing.

In some cases, you might even avoid using the kettle bell altogether as you should not load a movement if your body is not capable of doing so. If you have joint pains, arthritis or other chronic diseases which kept you from heavy exercising in the past kettle bells might be a solution but consult your doctor first.

The laws of physics dictate that the heavier a body is the more it is at an advantage of moving another object. So for all of you who are a lot smaller and lighter than average also consider going down a kettle bell size to get the best results.

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The most commonly recommended sizes for kettle bells for men are 16 kg and women should start with 8 kg. Women might think that 8 kg or 12 kg is too much for them and based on the psychological background discussed this is what they should start with.

Another thing to consider is whether you will be mainly doing grinder or ballistic movements with your kettle bell. Grinder movements are exercises performed with long time under tension and which are not meant to be explosive.

For grinds, pick a kettle bell which you can easily press ten times overhead. For ballistic movements like the swing and snatch, you can pick slightly heavier weights.

Be humble when you think you are hulk, be wise according to your age and be brave if you are a pink wearing weekend warrior when picking your first kettle bell. How big and what type of kettle bell you will buy is also depending on the style of training you are intending to pursue.

Is the kettle bell your main tool of strength regime or considered accessory work? The more you gravitate towards the main tool of exercise and cardio the lighter your first kettle bell will be.

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If your focus is on strength, you will not perform more than ten kettle bell swings per set. If your focus is on cardio you will swing in the 12 – 20 repetition area and therefore you might even go down a size from the recommendation.

The kettle bell should not be too light as you can not execute the swing properly then and also not too heavy because this leads to the weight dominating you rather than you controlling the movement. This is the raw version of training which is focused on strength and in which you try to brutalize yourself and the weight in the most intense way without exposing yourself to unnecessary risk.

The Gregory sports style is more focused on skill and endurance as it is not allowed to put the kettle bell down during such a routine. This style is usually followed by people who are more interested in full body control and acrobatics than raw strength.

As a beginner, do not sweat these different training methods too much and stick with the simple considerations around body weight, age, and fitness. If you are an advanced athlete think hard before you buy a set of heavy kettle bells.

The heavier they get the more it will hurt your purse when you do not think through how kettle bells will fit into your already full workout schedule or that of your athletes. When it comes to equipment like barbells and kettle bells good quality will last you for a lifetime and keep you safe.

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In the iron game, quality means craftsmanship and high-end material which cannot be gotten for small change. They are bigger than cast iron or competitive kettle bells of the same weight and are more prone to poor finish or design which will literally hurt you in the long run.

If that is the case make sure that you find a kettle bell which has similar dimensions to what the pros use. Plastic and vinyl are a lot more forgiving to your children when it gets dirty, or they do other things with the cannonballs with a handle on them.

The challenge with them is that the mechanics of changing the weight are either cumbersome if it is a sturdy design, or downright terrifying during the swing if you can adjust quickly. Based on the extra mechanics these kettle bells are also bigger than their actual weight would demand which makes them often unbalanced and hard to handle during the swing which takes away the focus from what matters, your body.

Cast Iron kettle bells have been around the longest and are a great entry point as a compromise between your wallet and getting the real deal of Russian exercise bliss. You usually will not find monster kettle bells in the competition segment as there are not many people walking this face of the earth who can juggle 92 kg for ten minutes.

You also do not get the highest tech speed swimsuit if you only go for a splash on the weekend with the kids. Nice swimming trunks will work as you also do not want to look cheap when you are out (aka plastic kettle bells).

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There are some standards in the kettle bell world which are either confusing to beginners or not pointed out for lack of knowledge or attention to detail with instructors. Back in the day kettle bells were used as weights on markets to determine the worth of certain goods brought there, such as sacks of grain.

When the locals started to get bored and do tricks with these weights the kettle bell sport was born. While Pavel Tsatsoulin has advocated big jumps to shock systems to make them adapt Mark Ripped outlines the principle of incremental increases' workout for workout in his book Practical Programming for Strength training.

As of late, the kettle bell master seems to be a bit less extreme in what kind of increments he advocates. This might be due to the wisdom he gained in older days or seeing a chance to sell more kettle bells.

Make sure that the kettle bell you choose can be comfortably placed into a double hand grip. Especially light kettle bells from low price vendors can have a tendency to be too small dimensioned to get a proper grip.

If you do not have a gym membership, make use of one of the free trials to try some kettle bells out and get instruction. The situation is improving, but if your personal trainer does not use kettle bells himself/herself and is not ROC or Strong first certified the instructions might even do more harm than good.

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Painted kettle bells of all sorts have a higher risk of chipping and therefore losing their structural integrity and balance. Seams are the result of the manufacturer skipping the filing of the handle in the production process.

Simply run your finger at the lower part of the handle and if you feel one long rough line from one end to the other put the kettle bell down and step away. These can occur when the metal cools down at different rates in the cast which also leads back to poor manufacturing.

Imagine swinging away at full power and 22.5 kg (you can keep the handle) go flying towards a fellow gym member or even worse, your children. Best case scenario is some severe property damage or a piece of modern art which you can sell.

Worst case scenario is a dead body which you have to explain to the police or you're impaling yourself. Gimmicky kettle bells like ape heads, Iron Man masks and other demons and beasts are fun to look at.

However, if you are not a collector or have surplus money to spend go for a balanced, professionally designed kettle bell. It should be smooth to the touch, not need a lot of chalk so that you can keep your grip and slightly curved to be easy on the wrists.

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The excitement of getting your new toy can be severely dampened when the transport is almost as expensive as the tool. Rogue Fitness is one of the main sponsors of the CrossFit games and all the products I have gotten from them are of good quality and shipped in time.

If you want a very good kettle bell under the top prices of the market this is your place to go. KettlebellsUSA is the gold standard of kettle bells in my opinion based on how they present themselves, their pricing and the reviews they get online.

Real kettle bells are designed to be balanced in a certain way, and they are actually precise tools. If a kettle bell can be improved by new materials or a new engineering insight or manufacturing process so that real users will benefit then we will do so, however, we are not interested in gimmicks that are solely designed to misinform consumers and take their hard-earned money from them.

We have been in the kettle bell business for some years now, and we will not compromise our principles just to make money off innocent, uninformed consumers. If you have the spare cash buy a 16 kg, 24 kg, 32 kg set as an average guy and you will have fun for life.

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