A kettle bell is a type of dumbbell or free weight that is round with a flat base and an arced handle. Kettle bells can be swung, thrown, juggled, pressed, held, moved and manipulated in hundreds of ways.
Kettle bells are a highly efficient way to lose weight, tone your body, increase your cardio-vascular fitness and strength and maintain joint health, mobility and flexibility. They were originally used as handled counterweights (bearing the Imperial Seal) to weigh out dry goods on market scales.
The Russians measured items in “goods.” A Food (16.38 kg, or 36.11 pounds) can be traced back to the 12th century. This type of training was called Shi-SuoGuong (The Art of Stone Padlock) and predates kettle bells by thousands of years.
Kettle bells were used extensively by old time strongmen such as Arthur Saxon, SIG Klein, Clevis Massimo and The Mighty Apollo. His students included the legendary strongman George Hackenscmidt, “The Russian Lion”, who credited him with teaching him everything he knew and Eugene Sand ow, “The Father of Modern Day Body Building”.
In the 1970s kettle bell lifting became part of the United All State Sport Association of the USSR, and in 1985 national rules, regulations & weight categories were finalized. The United States Secret Service & the FBI Counter Assault Team also require their operators to train high repetition, ballistic kettle bell moves.
Today exercising with kettle bells is undergoing a major resurgence and kettle bell training has now become one of the most popular and best ways to lose weight, maintain a high level of cardio-vascular fitness, get stronger and get that sculpted, toned, healthy & beautiful body you've always wanted. Joint health, mobility and flexibility can all be maintained, and even improved, with the correct application of kettle bell movements.
Ballistic (explosive) lifts: swings, cleans, snatches, tossing, juggling. For ballistic lifts you can use a heavier kettle bell than with slow, grinding movements like get-ups and windmills that must be carefully controlled throughout the entire range of movement and require a smaller bell.
Our experience with kettle bells has boiled it down to the following general recommendations for men and women. All cast iron kettle bells such as the Matrix Elite precision e-coat series change dimensions, including handle diameter, as the weight increases or decreases.
Many men have the unfortunate habit of starting out with a kettle bell that is too big for them. Add the fact that if you have only used dumbbells and barbells for weight training, snatching a kettle bell for the first time may come as a bit of a shock to your system and ego!
Of course if you are 250 lbs and have been lifting weights all your life, feel free to buy whatever size bell you want to! If you are not active and do not consider yourself to be “in shape” you might want to start with a 12 kg — 26 lb kettle bell.
For controlled, grinding movements like Turkish Get-ups and windmills you should choose a kettle bell that you can easily press overhead about 8-10 times. Out of shape, inactive men should try an 8 kg — 18 lb kettle bell.
Lifting kettle bells will not make you big and bulky and rob you of your feminine curves. On the contrary, with proper training and dedication it will give you the body you've always wanted.
For ballistic movements like kettle bell swings, cleans and snatches an average, active women should start with a kettle bell between 8 kg — 18 lb and 12 kg — 26 lb. As with men, for controlled, grinding movements like Turkish Get-ups and windmills you should choose a kettle bell that you can easily press overhead about 8-10 times.
Single Cast Mold With No Seams, Ridges or Rough Spots. A quality kettle bell is cast in a single step into the mold and is finished like a piece of fine furniture.
Competition or “Pro Grade” kettle bells are made to fixed specifications. To find out more about the differences between cast iron and competition kettle bells click here.
Well we could certainly could, like so many of our competitors, and make lots of money doing it too, however there is a very good reason that we do not. Real kettle bells are designed to be balanced in a certain way, and they are actually precise tools.
If a kettle bell can be improved by new materials or a new engineering insight or manufacturing process so that real users will benefit then we will do so, however, we are not interested in gimmicks that are solely designed to misinform consumers and take their hard-earned money from them. We have been in the kettle bell business for some years now, and we will not compromise our principles just to make money off innocent, uninformed consumers.
Without proper kettle bell lifting technique you will not get the full benefit of the movement and you greatly increase your chance of injury, and this defeats the purpose of training with kettle bells in the first place. We recommend that whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced lifter, that you have a few kettle bells in different weights.
Also, the high leverage lifts such as Turkish Get-ups, Windmills and Bottoms-up presses, require less weight especially when you are first learning them so having a range of kettle bell weights will give you the required training flexibility need to progress. If your budget can handle it then buy at least two kettle bells to start with in different weights and then add to your collection as your form gets better and your conditioning level increases.
CrossFit aficionados use this term quite a lot as do many old school kettle bell instructors. At Kettle bells USA ® we prefer kilograms or pounds because we think “Food” is a confusingly weird word!
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