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How Heavy Should Your Kettlebell Be?

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Maria Johnson
• Friday, 13 November, 2020
• 13 min read

You’ve breached the barbells and dominated dumbbells, but if you’re still steering clear of kettle bells you’re missing out on arguably the best burn at the gym. Think about a baseball bat, says trainer Jason C. Brown, creator and owner of certification program Kettle bell Athletics.

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“Kettle bells create a longer lever arm, which requires you to use more force to move an equal weight the same distance,” Brown says. This recruits more muscles, challenges inter- and intramuscular coordination, and generally delivers one hell of a burn.

The dead lift is a multi joint move, so the average guy can probably handle 32 kg/70 lbs here to start, Brown says. Not only are your shoulders and abs working hard to keep you stable, but there’s more challenge to your grip since all the weight is in one hand.

Lopez actually makes clients ace all 14 steps while balancing their shoe on their fist before they’re allowed to try it with a kettle bell (you can opt for a two-pound dumbbell to save face at the gym). When you feel confident that you have the form down sans resistance, reach for a 12 kg/26 lb kettle bell.

Since form is so imperative here, Lopez says you shouldn’t move up a weight until you’re able to maintain perfect vertically with your arm, keep the elbow fully locked throughout all 14 steps, and feel comfortable going slow (most people rush due to discomfort). But because it doesn’t require swinging momentum or extension, a carry has a lower risk of injury than other kettle bell moves, which means you can go a bit heavier.

Grab a kettle bell that’s the equivalent of half your body weight to carry in each hand, Brown recommends. Though kettle bells have grown in popularity in recent years, there is still so much room for people to learn, especially beginners.

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Trying to answer how heavy should my first kettle bell be for a beginner can feel overwhelming, mainly because it’s likely they have never used one. We’ll help you determine the weight of your first kettle bell so you can get your training started as soon as possible.

For beginners, this is probably the biggest hurdle you are likely to face when purchasing your first kettle bell. Most men often tend to start out with kettle bell weights that are heavy for them.

Once you feel confident and hardly break a sweat, you can switch to a 20 kg or 44-pound kettle bell. On the other hand, most women tend to start out with a light kettle bell.

The type of kettle bell you choose can either limit or improve yourkettlebell workout experience. The construction is also different, competition kettle bells mostly consist of steel, which makes them more durable than their cast iron counterpart.

Given their versatility, you can use them for a wider range of exercises than competition kettle bells. However, once you master proper technique and form, you can proceed to use competition kettle bells.

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A seam that hasn’t been filed down can make working out a painful experience. The diameter of the kettle bell ’s handle is another essential factor to consider when purchasing one.

After all, nobody wants to struggle to place their hands inside the handle when working out. Therefore, make sure you find a kettle bell that will comfortably fit the size of your hands.

Another important factor to consider when choosing the right kettle bell to purchase is its base. A kettle bell base helps prevent marks on your floor.

All kettle bell exercises are based on full body movements so unlike dumbbell training there are no isolation based exercises like bicep curls or tricep extensions. Kettle bell exercises use 100’s of muscles at a time meaning you are able to lift more weight but also condition the body quicker.

The Kettle bell Swing is based on our strongest movement pattern: the Dead lift (see image below). Whenever you pick something up from the floor you are using the dead lift movement pattern.

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Remember you should start with those big strong exercises using the dead lift movement patterns for the best results. Trust me, I’ve never trained a lady who has started on anything lower than a 8 kg (15lbs) kettle bell.

Women will drag suitcases, carry shopping bags or hold children under one arm, you are stronger than you think, so start with at least a 8 kg (15lbs). I have trained men using kettle bells above 24 kg (53lbs) but for the majority of your basics this is as heavy as you will need to go.

Most male beginners will start with either a 12 kg (25lbs) or a 16 kg (35lbs) depending on their weight training background. This article will provide you with all the information you need to pick the correct kettle bell weight and perform exercises with proper form.

And to make things easier for you, we have included a simple 15-minute kettle bell workout video to get you in the best shape of your life. There are a few problems with picking a kettle bell weight depending on your training experience.

I need you to throw away your current perception of weight training, and look at the kettle bell as something new and different. While you may not think you need to, having at least one session with a trained kettle bell professional will make an enormous difference in your results.

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You’ll be using multiple muscle groups at the same time through ballistic, full-body movements. A kettle bell professional can show you the basics; like, the Clean, Swing, Goblet Squat, Windmill, and Turkish Get Up.

When performed properly, kettle bell movements will improve your body control, shorten your workout time, and give you functional results (and physique). The core movements in kettle bell training have exploded into hundreds of new exercises and techniques.

When done properly, kettle bell movements will improve your body control, shorten your workout time, and give you functional results (and physique) unlike anything you’ve been able to achieve in the past. A big mistake is selecting a weight that is too light (again, assuming that you have trained with a kettle bell professional).

Areas of your core (back, abdominal, and upper legs) will be on fire during your first session. To maintain proper form, you need a weight that is in proportion to your skill level, which may be low initially.

Men who have never used a kettle bell are especially susceptible to muscling through a movement, rather than performing it with proper form. You will hear this term used more in CrossFit boxes and by most traditional kettle bell instructors.

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At the Innit Academy we believe the kettle bell can create powerful athletes regardless of your chosen sport and with this system you will have everything they need to do just that. Greetings, last year I started with a 16 kg kettle bell but injured my back due to stupidity in technique, so I gave it a go again last month with a lighter weight and went with an 8 kg.

I have experienced some weight loss with the garbage around my waist starting to fade but I have not gained any muscle. I can still see my rib cage and my neck looks like what you see on Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton.

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I believe I am ready to move on now to a higher weight as the 8 kg feels at times like swinging a doll but am I looking for one that would help both with cardio and boosting muscle growth. The 24 kg and 32 kg seem more of a preferred choice among those who have experienced solid gains and developed transformations but I'm not sure if that is too big a leap.

Basically, I'd like to hear about your individual experiences on what weight(s) you have used to notice a growth in your physique. This is quite helpful and yes, I am also limited financially, so I am looking for a weight which I will not outgrow fairly quickly.

I am able to work the 40 kg on some moves (swings, goblets & TGU) but still use the 24 a lot. I am able to work the 40 kg on some moves (swings, goblets & TGU) but still use the 24 a lot.

Level 9 Valued Member Master Certified Instructor Greetings, last year I started with a 16 kg kettle bell but injured my back due to stupidity in technique, so I gave it a go again last month with a lighter weight and went with an 8 kg.

I have experienced some weight loss with the garbage around my waist starting to fade but I have not gained any muscle. I can still see my rib cage and my neck looks like what you see on Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton.

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I believe I am ready to move on now to a higher weight as the 8 kg feels at times like swinging a doll but am I looking for one that would help both with cardio and boosting muscle growth. The 24 kg and 32 kg seem more of a preferred choice among those who have experienced solid gains and developed transformations but I'm not sure if that is too big a leap.

“Beginner” has a very wide range of physical starting states, even if all people are equally new to kettle bells. swing, welcome to Strongest Greetings, last year I started with a 16 kg kettle bell ...

Do you have a suggestion on which kettle bell brand(s) offer horns wide enough to accommodate two hands comfortably? I am able to work the 40 kg on some moves (swings, goblets & TGU) but still use the 24 a lot.

Obviously the selection of lifts should be thought through carefully (to avoid trauma) and training has to be planned. I started my Strongest journey with the purchase of a 24 and a Kindle copy of Simple&Sinister.

“Beginner” has a very wide range of physical starting states, even if all people are equally new to kettle bells. It describes how to progress. As to brand, I think most are likely OK for 2 hand swings, but I can say for sure that Rogue is good.

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I purchased a used copy of Simple & Sinister from Casebooks and hope to receive it by early next week. Unfortunately I no longer have the 16 kg kettle bell as I returned it shortly after injuring my back.

I would consider buying another 16 kg but would prefer a weight that would stay challenging for a while and help with building muscle. When the book arrives, I will start incorporating the exercises in the program with the 8 kg to get a feel but plan on going forward with a heavier weight.

I do not think it is a mistake to invest in a small collection of Kettle bells from 8,16,24,32 at least (I have more), but the 32 gave me what the 24 never could, but I would not be there without the 16 and the 24. I do not think it is a mistake to invest in a small collection of Kettle bells from 8,16,24,32 at least (I have more), but the 32 gave me what the 24 never could, but I would not be there without the 16 and the 24.

For hypertrophy, you need a heavier KB than whatever you're comfortably doing volume with now (progressive overload). Set Simple as your objective goal & let the The come with it (Help Me Screw Things Up).

My wife yelled at me when the FedEx guy was struggling up the driveway with double 32s..... To add to the already good suggestions above, if you only want to do swing, and you really only can afford one kettle bell, the 24 should probably be your go-to bell for now.

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16 will be outgrown very fast in most cases for men, unless you have existing medical conditions or are of very small build. If you then cannot add more kettle bells, you can do the progression: dead lifts (to practice hinging, bracing, ..., you will get the drills in SAS), 2 hands swings, 1 hand swings, snatch (you may or may not need a lighter kettle bell to learn the snatch though).

If you also want to do other moves that involve arm and shoulder muscles (TGU, press, ...), you will probably also need at least the 16, unless you are already quite strong. A kettle bell is of no benefit unless it is an appropriate weight for your level of strength and technique, for the drills you are using it for, and for your goals and programming.

Do you have a suggestion on which kettle bell brand(s) offer horns wide enough to accommodate two hands comfortably? I own and have used a selection of DragonDoor, Rogue, and Perform Better cast iron bells, and competition bells from Kettle bell Kings and Kettle bells USA (as well as briefly handling a number of other brands). They may be usable for two-arm swings, but none of them are comfortable.

And I think chasing big bells for two arm swings is not an economic strategy, and not necessary to any training goals. For overloading swings specifically, a T-handle (manufactured or DIY) is much more economical (and comfortable).

New York Barbell has these TDS wide handle kettle bells for sale. I haven't used one, so I can't speak to their fit and finish but the handles look wider than normal in the picture.

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The question I would be asking myself is... “have I corrected my form issues?” You said you screwed your back up with a 16 kg and poor technique so you bought a 8k. You can get away with it with light weight but moving up to a 24 kg is just asking for more trouble if your form isn’t spot on.

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