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The Kettlebell – What Should You Look For Before Making Your Kettlebell Purchase?

The Kettlebell – What Should You Look For Before Making Your Kettlebell Purchase?

I get many questions about kettlebells on a day to day basis. I guess I’m making a little noise with teaching people about the benefits of training with this ancient device. I will address some of these questions in this article. Please permit yourself to read on and learn exactly what you need to know before getting your own kettlebell.

Question: I have seen those adjustable kettlebells on TV and was wondering if I should get one of those so I have the choice of multiple resistances, is this a good choice for me?

Answer: I know that there are several types of adjustable kettlebells on the market, however as a professional I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable executing some of the more basic lifts with the kettlebell such as swings and snatches with the risk of adjustable parts flying off through the air. You also run the risk of losing parts that have the potential to come apart. This is why nothing beats the cast-iron bell.

Question: I have seen other smaller weight bells in stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, are they ok to use?

Answer: I have seen bells in other stores too and they vary in the type of material they are made of. Most all of them also max out at about 44 or 45 lbs as well, and this is as heavy as you are going to get in one of these places. I have also noticed that some of them are made of less durable material and will charge you close to the same amount of money, so if you are going to invest why take the risk of paying the same for something that may or may not be as durable as the traditional cast-iron mold? You also have total freedom in purchasing a bell of every possible weight ranging from 4kg’s all the way to 48kg’s with the cast-iron type.

Question: What weight should I start with when purchasing a kettlebell?

Answer: These are my recommendations for you when purchasing your first kettlebell:
Beginning Kettlebell Weight

To Start!
For Women:

The Beginner-12kg (26.4 lbs)
The Above Average Strong & Active Lady-16kg (35.2 lbs)
The Greek Goddess Strong Lady-20kg (44lbs)

For Men:

The Beginner-16kg (35.2 lbs)
The Above Average Strong & Active Guy-20kg (44 lbs)
The Greek God Strong Guy-24kg (53 lbs)

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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