You can perform most of the exercises and produce some incredible results with just one kettle bell. Weaker or inexperienced women may wish to begin with a 8 kg and men can choose a 12 kg.
Using two kettle bells doubles the load so care needs to be taken to ensure you are capable of handling the extra weight. As well as adding extra weight using two kettle bells also enables you to train both sides at the same time, this can seriously cut down on training time but also makes the exercises more demanding.
Here are a few things to bear in mind when making your choice: More rotational pull through the core Strong emphasis on spinal stabilization Requirement to do both sides so balances muscles Longer workouts, so more endurance based Requires less neurological control Cheaper and more exercise diversity
Double kettle bell clean and press exercise More balanced technique (unless one is heavier than the other) More weight so better for strength based workouts More demanding both physically and mentally More expensive Quicker workouts Less kettle bell exercise options
Clean and Press Double Lunges Racked Squats Single Leg Dead lifts Using the above exercises with 2 kettle bells will save you a lot of time and also generate some great strength benefits that are hard to achieve with just one kettle bell.
Body weight Reverse Lunge (always master the exercise without weight first) Holding One Kettle bell with Two Hands (see image below) The above exercises would be progressed over a period of months ensuring that you can perform 3 sets of each variation before moving on to the next one.
I understand that when you are just starting out the thought of buying lots of kettle bells is daunting but ultimately, as mentioned earlier, you can get away with just one. Let’s say you bought a 12 kg for lots of single kettle bell workouts and then later progressed to a 16 kg.
Holding a 12 kg on one side and a 16 kg on the other is an inexpensive way to begin double kettle bell training. There are lots more for you to try but these are the 3 that I would recommend you practice in order to get used to the feel of 2 kettle bells.
Using two kettle bells enables you to perform shorter workouts while at the same time challenging your strength. You may choose to use two different kettle bell weights when performing double kettle bell exercises in order to still add a degree of instability to the exercise.
However, if you want to add lots of bulk then kettle bells are the wrong tool for you. Think fitness devices like cable machines, boxes for jumps and even some free weights, specifically kettle bells.
To me, kettle bells always seemed too clunky and heavy and I couldn’t fathom how to stash them in my living room — my workout area — in a way that would be both stylish enough and functional enough for my preferences. All that aside, kettle bell workouts also just didn’t seem necessary since I have dumbbells and resistance bands to cover lots of fitness routines.
However, given the inherent difficulty of attending gyms right now with a face mask and the potential risk of exposure, I decided to shake things up and took the plunge: I ordered a kettle bell. If you’re likewise looking for the best kettle bells to buy, you’ll quickly find lots of options and some might seem very similar to others.
I’ve found a lot of value in even basic exercises, which challenged my body in gym-worthy ways, an especially significant value in workout gear as we head into winter. Other fitness pros I talked to had predictably different takes on the best approach to equipping your home gym with kettle bells.
Peter Bahia, director of personal training at Athletic Development and Performance Training, told me he realizes a kettle bell can be a substantial investment for some, but still considers it a unique piece of equipment that can build functional strength and improve range of motion — both worthwhile endeavors in the work from home reality many of us face. It’s easy to use and ultimately gives you unrivaled flexibility with what weight size you want in your kettle bell given you have the appropriate dumbbells to match with it.
Heidi Pocono, a personal trainer and manager of training at GYMGUYZ, recommends a vinyl coated cast iron kettle bell. “This is my go-to piece of equipment, no matter where I’m training,” Pocono said, noting the “comfortable” cast iron handle glides smoothly in her hand whether she’s performing a kettle bell swing, snatch or a windmill.
Former gym owner and personal trainer Alicia McKenzie said that a kettle bell is always one of the first pieces of equipment she recommends for anyone attempting to start a home gym — it took me more than eight months of in-home workouts to find the motivation to test a kettle bell. I used the CAP brand when I owned a gym and their equipment can really take a beating,” McKenzie said.
Are you worried about bringing such a heavy piece of equipment into your home and the associated risk of denting your floors? “It is durable, can withstand general wear and tear — but most importantly, it isn't going to damage your home or hurt (as much) if you slam it into your foot.” The handle on this kettle bell is relatively large, too, which gives you plenty of grip space for two-handed movements like a kettle bell swing.
Kettle bells challenge your balance because they change your center of gravity, turning regular exercises like lunges and squats difficult. The Burden is the brainchild of Jock Willing and Pete Roberts.
Born during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as the nation experienced a shortage in functional fitness equipment, The Burden was designed in 48 hours as a versatile tool for fitness enthusiasts. The Burden offers something a traditional cast-iron kettle bell does not, the ability to add weight in the form of sand, stones, lead-shot, steel-shot, and our favorite: Pennies.
Featuring 100% Maine Oil-Tanned Full-Grain Leather and embedded wood handle, brass eyelets, and a woven lace to cinch shut with whatever media you choose to fill it with. The Burden is sewn with a heavy-duty braided cord used in safety harnesses and high-tensile tow straps.
The way The Burden is built, it takes more stabilizer muscles to tame in your workout. It lands softly on your forearm, chest, or shoulder, and over time will mold to your grip.
Close× 5 Smart leather bell Posted by Frank VR Perez on Dec 26th 2020
I wish I could give this invention a 100 because this is just smart, and I am so grateful I could enjoy all the benefits of this all-in-one pie of workout equipment. 5 The Burden... Posted by Bill Godwin on Dec 15th 2020
Filled mine with bird shot (shotgun shell) since I reload for sporting clays. Can easily adjust weight by adding or subtracting shot.
5 awesome products, versatile Posted by Dave O'Brien on Dec 3rd 2020 Like this as a kettle bell with benefits, have added steel ball bearings to 16 pounds.
Will fit a lot more so plan to unlace and add to upgrade my workouts. I sewed inner liners or bags to insert that could roll at the top and contain the loose ballast.
I made these from surplus body armor carriers for the nylon canvas. If not for my own time spent they would certainly rate a full five stars, easily.
4 The Burden Posted by Kirsty Watts on Nov 25th 2020 5 The Burden Posted by Brian Mason on Nov 7th 2020
I ordered this during the Pandemic, while the company said it was on back order, it showed up quicker than I expected. I fill mine with lead weights, river rock and whatever I feel like experimenting with.
5 Leather Kettle bell Posted by Quince Krebs on Nov 6th 2020 Such an amazing build with high quality materials that is working great.
Keep up the great work of designing useful products that are at the highest level of quality! Bow flex Selected 840 Kettle bell
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