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How Much Weight Do You Start With For Kettlebells?

If you ’ve never trained with kettle bells before, choosing the correct weight takes some thought. Choose heavier weights for swinging or ballistic exercises and strength training.

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Christina Perez
• Monday, 28 December, 2020
• 6 min read
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Use lighter weights for slower exercises, sometimes referred to as “grinds,” and cardio workouts. The American Council on Exercise prefers using lighter weights for their 2010 whole-body kettle bell workout, which includes ballistic, strength, grind and cardio components.

As you become more experienced training with kettle bells, progress to heavier weights for ballistic exercises such swings, cleans and snatches. Also use heavier weights for strength exercises, such as squats, dead lifts and lunges.

Turkish setups, windmills, shoulder presses or single-arm rows require a lighter weight, usually because you are working more slowly or targeting your arms. Whole-body kettle bell exercises, such as the Turkish half-getup, have a lot of moving parts that can go askew if you're using a weight that's too heavy.

A trained eye will notice improper positioning or muscle imbalances and can help correct your form or recommend a different kettle bell. 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.

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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.

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.

Assuming you ’ve been to at least one session with a kettle bell professional and are ready to get started, here is what I recommend based on gender. A new female kettle bell trainee might pick up the weight, and automatically try to perform a 1- arm upright row (without one thought of lifting technique, mind you), and immediately exclaim, “I can’t lift that!”

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).

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If you do this, you will never perfect your form, you will never progress to heavier weights, and you will not achieve the real benefits that kettle bells have to offer. Unlike women, most men will look at the 16-kg kettle bell starting weight and say, “That’s way too light!

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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Some other aspects of kettle bell design to consider are: grip diameter, grip width, ball diameter, and the distance from the top of the ball to the bottom of the handle. This workout will make you so beefy, Hollywood would be crazy not to cast you in the next Marvel movie!

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Whether you ’re a trainer or fitness enthusiast the kettle bell should have a place in your training for the results it can deliver in less time. Whether you decide to use your kettle bell to supplement your training or as a stand-alone tool you will gather the exact system on how to do so.

The benefits of the kettle bell are immense and with this single tool one can create incredible strength, power output, and stamina if used to its potential. 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.

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. How do you decide what kettle bell weight to choose?

Here are some tips to start thinking about what kettle bell weight to choose. To skip the tips and jump straight to the guide, click here.

Lose weight / fat loss Gain overall strength Become flexible Increase cardiovascular endurance Etc. Performing a racked squat with a kettle bell is completely different from a ballistic swing, or overhead reverse lunge.

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If you can handle a 24 kg swing, that doesn’t mean it’s the right weight to use for high volume or endurance. If you ’re mainly going to be doing slow lifts and carries like, dead lifts, farmer walks, racked walks, goblet squats, racked squats, and even some double arm chest presses etc.

If you want to work on endurance or cardio, you ’ll be doing a higher volume, if you want to work on strength, hypertrophy, then you ’ll be doing lower volume. I’ll post a link below where you can see 90+ kettle bell exercises in action.

If so, it will be easier to understand some concepts in kettle bell training, hence, you ’ll be safer, so you can increase the weight you choose. Following is a guide on what kettle bell weight to choose, however, you should consider all the points above first and make your own informed decision.

Taco Fleur Russian Gregory Sport Institute Kettle bell Coach, Caveman training Certified, IFF Certified Kettle bell Teacher, Kettle bell Sport Rank 2, HardstyleFit Kettle bell Level 1 Instructor., CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Judges Certificate, CrossFit Lesson Planning Certificate, Kettle bells Level 2 Trainer, Kettle bell Science and Application, MMA Fitness Level 2, MMA Conditioning Level 1, BJJ Purple Belt and more. 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.

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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.

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 kettlebellsyou can practice different exercises, for example at intermediate level:

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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.

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

Sources
1 livehealthy.chron.com - https://livehealthy.chron.com/much-weight-start-kettlebells-5506.html
2 www.onnit.com - https://www.onnit.com/academy/what-is-the-best-kettlebell-weight-to-start-with/
3 www.cavemantraining.com - https://www.cavemantraining.com/caveman-kettlebells/weight-kettlebell/
4 kettlebellsworkouts.com - https://kettlebellsworkouts.com/which-kettlebell-to-start-with/