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. 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.
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.
Thanks to their incredible combo of simplicity and versatility, kettle bells are a hugely popular home fitness item these days. But if you’ve gone shopping for them online recently, you may have noticed that the wonderfully handled weights are a little, UMM, scarce.
To address this issue, we connected with fitness pros across the country in search of DIY solutions, homemade hacks that can mimic kettle bells in a pinch. “There are quite a few large load laundry detergents with nice thick handles,” says Lynn Montoya, ACE, a hard style kettle bell -certified instructor.
“My clients have been keeping moving using water jugs,” says Bay Area trainer Jonathan Jordan, NASM-CPT, a Kettle bell Athletics L1 coach. And for heavy we fill up with loose change.” Jordan has created a 12-move milk jug workout, with videos showing all the moves.
“A weighted backpack is a great swap,” says Ryan Palermo, manager, head coach and trainer at New Jersey’s CrossFit Turbocharged. Cushion with a towel or t-shirts so your household items don’t move around.” Palermo has demonstrated a backpack kettle bell workout on Instagram.
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“I would caution inexperienced kettle bell users to refrain from starting now in their homes,” says personal trainer Jim Faith, founder of TopFitPros. “However, a sturdy gym bag loaded with canned goods, books or magazines offers a great piece of homemade exercise equipment.
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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.
Men take our advice and don't buy a heavy bell unless you already know you can manage it. Kettle bell lifting is technical and requires attention to detail so choose a kettlebellsize that is reasonable to start out with.
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. Lifting kettle bells will not make you big and bulky and rob you of your feminine curves.
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.
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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.
Some other aspects of kettle bell design are grip diameter, grip width, ball diameter, the distance from the top of the ball to the bottom of the handle. Now that kettle bell training has become popular with fitness professionals, the mainstream population is finally catching on.
I remember for years explaining it over and over to my friends, new clients, other personal trainers, and family members. These days I’m happy to say I don’t have to explain what kettle bells are as frequently, and people are slowly starting to call them by the correct name.
Any Joe Shoe in the fitness field thinks he or she can pick up a kettle bell and teach it to their clients. It’s very frustrating to see fitness “professionals” teach their clients how to use these cast iron weights in a dangerously incorrect fashion.
No wonder why some gyms have to lock up their kettle bells in order to stop people from hurting themselves. Beginning your kettle bell journey can be quite overwhelming and one needs to be careful when choosing a path.
This will ensure you are on the right path to proper technique, form, increased results, and all without wasting time or money, and hopefully avoiding injury. The ROC has high standards and is very selective with granting their individual certifications.
There are several former Senior and Master ROC’s who have formed their own certifications or workshops utilizing different approaches. Do your homework, research their individual background, and/or sit in on a class or session when finding an instructor for yourself.
If you are an athlete, practicing the foundation moves as little as twice a week can create a huge carry-over effect in performance. You can also find programs and workouts laid out for you in the kettle bell books I mentioned above.