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How Much Is A 16kg Kettlebell

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Daniel Brown
• Wednesday, 30 December, 2020
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I am new to kettle bell use and have several weights that I have purchased since starting my program. I had a smaller kettle bell that I got from a big sports chain, and one look at the finish was all you needed to see that it was shoddily produced.

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These kettle bells, while merely a hunk of cast iron, have attention paid to their fit and finish that is top-notch. No burrs or flashing remain, seams are ground smooth and the blasted finish glides smoothly over your arms and doesn't pull the hair like the rubberized version I already had.

The differences between Dragon Door's authentic Russian kettle bell and the inferior one which I had purchased earlier at a local big box sports store are astounding! The Dragon Door design and quality are clearly superior, and your kettle bell just “feels” right in my hand.

There is absolutely no comparison (and yes, I returned the substandard hunk of iron to the big box store for a credit as soon as I received your kettle bell). I look forward to purchasing a heavier kettle bell from dragondoor.com as soon as I master the 16 kg weight!

By Raphael Sydney / Wood berry Forest, VA, USA I purchased this 35lb bell for a friend, and as I was carrying it to him I was thinking of ways I could keep it for myself.

The handle is ample in both girth and width even for a 35 lb bell, and the shape/ dimensions make overhead work so much more comfortable. But what I appreciate most about Dragon Door is its network of certified trainers around the country who are available to coach newcomers to kettle bell training.

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My experience recently with one such trainer has been both inspiring and humbling as I learned the importance of maintaining proper form throughout the exercises. My appreciation goes out to Dragon Door for its integrity to make such valuable training available.

I purchased this to complement my growing stock of Dragon Door Kettle bells (I own 2 18lbs and now two 35 lbs). These will no doubt last me years and I love the durability of the finish on the newer bells.

By Michelle Easton / Atlanta, GA, United States Our studio's Dragon Doors still looked fantastic despite heavy daily use by countless people.

In comparison, a couple of my own kettle bells at home -- from other manufacturers -- were already starting to look worn after a mere year of use. I also saw a YouTube clip of a woman doing a comparison of Dragon Door kettle bells with those from other manufacturers.

By Nick Kisses / Brunswick, GA, United States Having purchased Convict Conditioning and few other products from Dragon Door I was pleased to find that this Russian kettle bell falls in line with what I expected...a top quality product that my sons and I will enjoy for many years if not our lifetimes.

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I thought I would have a couple more days to procrastinate before starting my workout but I guess not:) Quality is also top-notch. I almost bought another companies' product but decided to give these a try based on overwhelming good reviews.

Despite my long term use of heavier bells, this little gem still has plenty of utility. As I age, I expect my use of this weight will become more frequent, as it doesn't beat up the joints while demanding cardiovascular fitness.

Prompt delivery, durable finish, and typical Dragon Door attention to detail characterize the 16 kg. Watch this video on the best starting weight for kettle bell training

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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A light kettle bell will not challenge your full body especially not your powerful hips and legs. Kettle bells are traditionally available in the following sizes and classified in goods, a Russian weight measurement:

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.

It is possible by changing exercises and increasing the difficulty of movements to only ever need one kettle bell if you make the correct purchase to begin with. With a collection of 3 kettle bells you can practice different exercises, for example at intermediate level:

Two Handed Kettle bell Swing weight — Women 16 kg (35lbs), Men 24 kg (53lbs) One Handed Kettle bell Swing weight — Women 12 kg (25lbs), Men 16 kg (35lbs) Turkish Get Ups, Windmills, Bottoms Up Clean weight- Women 8 kg (15lbs), Men 12 kg (25lbs) Most women will start their kettle bell journey with a 8 kg (17lbs) and progress to a 12 kg (25lbs) relatively quickly.

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Most male beginners will start with either a 12 kg (25lbs) or a 16 kg (35lbs) depending on their weight training background. 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.

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.

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.

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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. 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.

I will suggest an alternative approach:#1 technique first — simultaneously, focus on better food and more rest #2 then build strength #3 and then focus on hypertrophy (hint — if you follow #1 and #2, you will most likely hit #3 goal without even trying) Hard to suggest weight — we don't know what is your technique, current strength level, what exercises do you use, etc.

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Basically you could still progress with it... Do dead lifts, 2 arm swings, progress to one arm swings, practice cleans, try to press it with leg drive until you can strict press it. 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.

Do you have a suggestion on which kettle bell brand(s) offer horns wide enough to accommodate two hands comfortably? “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 ... 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.

In the meantime buy a 24 kg to get ready for the next progression. Are you following any particular program like Simple & Sinister? 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.

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I started my Strongest journey with the purchase of a 24 and a Kindle copy of Simple&Sinister. At the moment I work in the 40 with Simple&Sinister but my A+A snatch weight is the 24.

“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.

I purchased a used copy of Simple & Sinister from Casebooks and hope to receive it by early next week. Best, swing, welcome to Strongest I take it you already own a 16 kg bell and if 8 kg is too light, why not just go with the 16 kg and continue progressing.

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.

Besides Rogue and Kettle bell Kings, are there any other brands that offer wide handles? Do any of you have any experiences with the Pavel Brand kettle bells that are sold on the Strongest online store?

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.

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.

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.

Sources
1 www.walmart.ca - https://www.walmart.ca/en/sports-rec/exercise-fitness/strength-weight-training/kettlebells/N-4574
2 www.dragondoor.com - https://www.dragondoor.com/shop-by-department/kettlebells/p10a/
3 kettlebellsworkouts.com - https://kettlebellsworkouts.com/which-kettlebell-to-start-with/
4 www.strongfirst.com - https://www.strongfirst.com/community/threads/how-heavy-a-kettlebell-to-build-muscle.14714/