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How To Determine Kettlebell Weight

This article will provide you with all the information you need to pick the correct kettlebellweight 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.

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Maria Johnson
• Tuesday, 15 December, 2020
• 7 min read
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There are a few problems with picking a kettlebellweight 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. 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.

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A big mistake is selecting a weight that is too light (again, assuming that you have trained with a kettle bell professional). 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. Innit Kettle bells are made with a high-quality, chip-resistant coating that’s strong enough to endure your most punishing workouts.

1) A chip-resistant coating, smooth enough for stamina-building work sets without irritating your hands, yet with just enough texture to take gym chalk. 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.

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This workout will make you so beefy, Hollywood would be crazy not to cast you in the next Marvel movie! 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.

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. “When performed correctly, all kettle bell exercises are full-body moves, so you’re using more muscles and burning more calories,” says Toronto-based strength coach Chris Lopez, Strongest Level II kettle bell instructor and owner of KettlebellWorkouts.com.

Think about a baseball bat, says trainer Jason C. Brown, creator and owner of certification program Kettle bell Athletics. “Kettle bells create a longer lever arm, which requires you to use more force to move an equal weight the same distance,” Brown says.

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This recruits more muscles, challenges inter- and intramuscular coordination, and generally delivers one hell of a burn. But resistance is assistance, so going too light or too heavy can compromise technique — not to mention increase your risk of injury with the added momentum of most moves, Brown adds.

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.

“Most use a goblet squat solely as a mobility exercise — they get low and do a hip pry. “It teaches a powerful hip snap and can be a great bicep and PEC builder — but it’s difficult to master the clean unless you really have your swing dialed-in,” Lopez says.

Turkish Get-Up This move involves a lot more than just lying down and standing up with a weight overhead. “The get-up is known in most training circles as the perfect exercise because the whole move — all 14 steps — includes every possible human movement pattern,” Lopez explains.

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.

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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. After you select your gender, weight range, and fitness level, hit “calculate weight and a prompt with a link to buy your suggested weightkettlebell (from Amazon) will be generated.

These are only weight suggestions and you should never try to work out with a kettle bell that you are not trained to use or with which you don’t feel comfortable. That being said, the number of people fit and skilled enough to perform 25+ high-quality swings in a set without losing technique is very small relative to the number of people swinging kettle bells, so this question is really only valid in the context of a skilled kettlebeller.

Once a person learns proper technique around the mechanics and properly swinging a bell, ideally by taking an HK course or working with an ROC trained professional, they should use the following program to help determine their next workout’s acute variables: Strength Endurance B: Breathing Ladders at standard weight (Rest period is measured in inhalations equal to half the number of reps performed in the Swing, often starting with 20 swings and dropped by two each round)

Naturally, once a person has 10,000 or so swings under their belt, they are going to become significantly stronger and much more efficient than they are today. Dedicated kettlebellers will need to raise their “standard weight to 24-32 kg or more with time, although the same reps and math will apply.

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I’ve programmed an intermediate Won for you all that includes body weight exercises and kettle bells, I’m fairly certain that there will be at least two exercises you’ve not seen before, or thought about including in your Words. I’m talking about gorilla cleans, and the kneeling alternating press!

The kneeling presses will be the one that you’ll need to pay the most attention to when it comes to instructions. You should not be rushing this movement, pressing from this position correctly will not be easy, so, if you rush this, you’ll not only get sore knees, but you’ll also fatigue before you complete the full 6 minutes.

Lunge back, gently touch the knee to the ground, now bring the other knee down to come into full kneeling position, extend the hips, brace the core, and press till you achieve a good overhead lockout on one side. It’s basically an alternating hang clean, it requires timing, and explosiveness.

Start in double kettle bell racking position, let one bell drop straight into a hang, reduce velocity with the legs, from the hang, clean it straight up with a pull powered by the legs, land into rack, repeat straight away on the other side. The jerk is going to be a bit different at the top, because you’ll be dealing with a unilateral exercise tool—the kettle bell.

After each completed set you can put the weights down on the ground without penalty. The kicker here is: the athlete will pay with penalties if he/she does not reach the same or more amount of burpees as in the first task.

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Complete this Won in your box, film the whole session, or film bits, and post it on Facebook, tag it with Borrow, and Caveman training, hashtag it with #won #CrossFit #sangre1_4. Hips touching the ground Chest touching the ground Any area starting from the diaphragm up till the shoulders Feet must leave the ground upon jump Hips and knees extended Landing with feet flat Torso within 10° of the vertical plane Clap above head

Two kettle bells racked Full hip and knee extension in starting and ending position Both knees on the ground before pressing Full overhead lockout on each press You should be able to see the following joints aligned: knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists Full rack before coming upright Full hip and knee extension in starting and ending position Hip hinge swing for the clean Bells behind the knees on the swing Bells need to be racked before being pushed Athlete needs to dip under the kettle bell after the push Arms fully extended before coming upright

I did not want to bombard you with too many instructions for one exercise all at once, but the kneeling press does deserve a bit more time devoted to it. You need to squeeze your glutes to get a good hip extension in the kneeling position, you’ll want to get one line from the knees, hips to the shoulders, especially when starting to press, otherwise NO REP!

The hang clean is a squat, not a hip hinge, hips low, shoulders high, sight ahead, let the weight drop till the base is just under the knee, explode up, drive the legs into the ground, full knee and hip extension, let the weight come up through the power generated by the legs, don’t muscle it up! Much more… kettle bells are awesome, but they come with a high learning curve, and fundamentals should be learned/taught, anyways, that’s for another time.

I hope you enjoy the workout, I’ve had wonderful feedback so far, I’m available to take questions, and looking forward to seeing you take on the challenge, post and tag Borrow plus Caveman training to see more KB Words on Borrow. Some main things to learn when it comes to kettle bell cleans: bell to body proximity on the clean, and drop; opening up for a proper hand insert; appropriate power generation, generate too little and you’ll need to muscle the weight, generate too much, and you’ll be banging the weight.

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Check out two e-books I wrote that will instantly improve your kettle bell training:

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Sources
1 www.onnit.com - https://www.onnit.com/academy/what-is-the-best-kettlebell-weight-to-start-with/
2 www.mensjournal.com - https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/how-to-choose-the-right-kettlebell-weight-w447908/
3 functionalstrengthlab.com - http://functionalstrengthlab.com/workout-calculators/kettlebell-calculator/
4 www.coachjoedi.com - https://www.coachjoedi.com/articles/swings
5 www.boxrox.com - https://www.boxrox.com/the-hardest-kettlebell-workout-you-will-try/