The hard metal lumps must be faultless to endure the hammering they get (literally and figuratively), so let’s dive into the history of the humble kettle bell! Kettle bells can be traced back to Russian origins, first appearing in documents around 350 years ago.
Despite being a ball with a handle attached to the top, kettle bells aren’t quick to make and can be rather complicated. The metal is melted in a forge, and then poured into a mold where a rise encourages any air bubbles to escape.
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DIY kettle bells are also cheap to make so you won’t have to spend too much and you can even use some materials available at home. If you have a deflated unused basketball at home, you can use it to make your own homemade kettle bell.
Use the hacksaw to cut the PVC to a length you’ll be comfortable to hold as a handle. Another alternative is to wrap it with tin-foil, place it in a baking sheet, and heat it for 350 F for about 10 minutes.
Making the Kettle bell Cut the basketball open in a manner where the handle can fit halfway inside. You can do this by cutting a slit that will make part of the handle fit inside.
Once the ball is almost filled, insert the handle at a depth that you will be comfortable to hold at. After checking everything, wipe excess concrete with a damp cloth and let your homemade kettle bell dry for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, do some finishing touches like spray paint or thorough cleaning and you can now use your homemade kettle bell. Making a homemade kettle bell using a milk jug will only take up 2 to 3 minutes.
MaterialsInstructions Fill the empty milk jug with sand or water to add weight to it. Using sand is better because you might accidentally drop the homemade kettle bell and probably make less of a mess if you use water.
Advantages of Using Milk Jug Kettle bell It’s great for beginners as the weight of a milk jug is light compared to other homemade kettle bell alternatives. It doesn’t cost money at all to make as long as you have a spare milk jug at home.
It’s a convenient option especially if you are traveling and don’t want to spend money at the gym to exercise. The rope is flexible compared to the rigid handle of a kettle bell so it might cause some accidents.
Personally, it’s great for light forms of kettle bell workouts because if you’re not careful and the rope loosens then you might have a destroyed appliance at home. Remember to prioritize safety when making your own homemade kettle bell.
In 2018, he received his Pro Card with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in Classic Physique. It is one of the smartest tools you can use to increase strength, cardiovascular capacity, and lose weight.
No Problem! Kettlebell swings are a great way to add in extra exercise if you only have a few minutes. 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.
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. 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. Take a piece of rope and tie to each end of the dumbbell’s handle, that's it.
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. If you would rather not wear gloves, you can cover the pipe threading with tape.
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. 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.
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. The kettle bell is an amazingly simple and versatile training tool.
Our bells feature a smooth comfortable handle, wide flat machined bottom for stability, and a black paint finish. 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.
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 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.
Be sure to insert the handle as a test to ensure the length of the slit is correct. 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.
Already it had been dealing with low inventory levels across its home gym lineup because the virus had temporarily shuttered factories in China. Since then, the 55-person company has largely been reorganized to turn away from professional gym gear and focus only on home exercise products.
Most of the kettle bells that you could have ordered before March 13 were; it's probably not surprising that, in 2020, there are few American foundries eagerly pumping out large bulbs of iron. But Rogue, in a moment of massive demand and with a supply chain in chaos, has turned to Rhode Island's Cumberland Foundry, a company with roughly 40 employees.
Those Instagram pictures it posted were from Cumberland, a tacit acknowledgment that, at least temporarily, the system has shifted: Rogue needs professionally crafted kettle bells wherever it can get them, even if it has to pay higher, American-sized wholesale prices than what they and other companies (including Rep Fitness) are getting overseas. Cumberland isn’t automated, and its president, Tom Lucchetti, estimates that it takes a full day to produce 40 to 50 kettle bells (with Rogue handling last steps, like painting the bells).
“These huge companies are turning to a little mom and pop-type shop like us to get this product made because there’s no one else left in the U.S. who can do it,” Lucchetti says. It isn’t entirely true that there aren’t more American foundries capable of melding kettle bells.
In Georgia, George Boyd Jr. is the vice president of Golden's’ Foundry and Machine Company, one of the largest foundries left in the U.S. Golden's’ makes long-haul truck parts, in addition to commercial items like cast-iron grills, which Boyd says are “selling like hot cakes” right now. Golden's’ dabbled with limited runs of dumbbells once upon a time, but stayed out of the kettle bell business out of respect to their foundry friends up north.
Golden's’ dumbbell experiment didn’t last, and Boyd is hesitant to take on fitness equipment-related projects without a commitment from the companies involved that they wouldn’t bolt back to China when the pandemic subsides. “A lot of large American buyers say they care about everything, but at the end of the day, all they want to know is piece price,” Boyd says.
“They certainly do have great foundries in China, but the reality is, the bulk of their production is not done by people who are paid living wages, and the work isn’t always done in environmentally friendly ways.” Boyd hopes the sold-out kettle bell saga will open consumer’s eyes about the dismal state of manufacturing, amongst many other industries, in the U.S. and around the world.
“With these massive disruptions, I hope more people are thinking about, well, do we really want to have a logistical supply chain that stretches over half the globe ?” he says. UPDATE: This piece originally misstated the number of kettle bells that Cumberland Foundry can produce in a single day.