Kettlebell Shopping Guide

Kettlebells are one of the best pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym!

They provide full-body functional workouts that build strength, improve cardiovascular endurance, and increase flexibility.

If you’re looking for a kettlebell(s) for your home gym and are overwhelmed by the options, here’s a quick overview of all the different kinds we carry to help it make it easier for you to decide.

Want help figuring out the right weight? Then skip to the Kettlebell Weight Guide for Men and Women!

Adjustable Kettlebells

If you’re looking for a one-stop value-packed kettlebell solution that gives you a full range, and lifetime, in a single piece of equipment, the adjustable kettlebell is for you.

It is ergonomically identical to a competition kettlebell. Depending on the weight package you select, you can get up at a range of 12KG – 32KG with 0.5KG increments in between. That’s 41 kettlebell weight increments in one easy-to-adjust product! To learn more, check out How Adjustable Kettlebells Work and the Bells of Steel Adjustable Kettlebell Review by Garage Gym Reviews.

Competition Kettlebells

Their main advantage of competition kettlebells is that their size is determined by kettlebell competitions standards, which means they are the same size, regardless of weight and shape. This means that as you progress to heavier competition kettlebells, your technique can remain consistent.

One important note is the starter ones of 4, 6, and 8KG have slightly smaller windows and handles to help beginners just starting out.

Another big advantage to competition kettlebells is that they are made of steel rather than iron, giving them a slight durability advantage over cast iron kettlebells.

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Save 10% when you buy 3 or more with our Competition Kettlebell Custom Set!

Powder Coated Kettlebells

Powder-coated kettlebells are a cost-effective option if you still want different weights but don’t want to pay the cost of a competition bell and don’t want to adjust the bell for different exercises.

The powder coating provides an improved texture that is perfect for maximizing our grip and holds chalk better than any other kettlebell style, which also helps to maintain a strong grip on the kettlebell. Each weight is also color-coded.

To learn more, check out What is the Difference Between Competition and Regular Kettlebells.

Save 10% when you buy 3 or more with our Powder Coated Kettlebell Custom Set!

Kettlebell Weight Guide for Men and Women

Training with kettlebells is a great way to tone your body and improve your fitness. It offers a wide range of benefits, from pumping up total body strength to burning body fat and improving core strength and stability.

It’s important to choose the right kettlebell weight for your needs. Due to the wide selection of kettlebells on the market, finding the appropriate weight for the exercises you want to do can be tricky.

Below we’ll share our kettlebell weight recommendations for men and women and why you should add kettlebell training to your routine.

Why Use a Kettlebell?

There are many reasons to use kettlebells or incorporate them into your workout routine. Kettlebells have become more popular and well-loved for the following reasons:

1. Versatility

Kettlebells can be used for a wide range of exercises, including Turkish get-ups, rows, swings, and goblet squats, which target different muscle groups simultaneously. Whether you’re a beginner lifter or an advanced athlete, this is a great way to add weight without loading a bar on your back.

2. Efficiency

Kettlebell exercises are known for their ability to improve cardiovascular fitness while building strength and endurance. As a result, they are a time-efficient option for those looking to improve their overall fitness.

Kettlebells are also compact and easy to use and store in small areas. Adjustable kettlebells, in particular, are a space-efficient option for small home gym setups.

3. Accessibility

Kettlebells are often less expensive than other types of weightlifting equipment, making them more accessible to most people.

4. Low-Impact

Kettlebells are a low-impact form of exercise, making them an excellent choice for those recovering from injuries or reducing stress on the joints.

5. Fun

Many lifters find kettlebell exercises more enjoyable than traditional strength training exercises due to their dynamic nature, including swinging and fluid movements. This feature appeals to fitness enthusiasts who tend to get bored with programming and need to keep things fresh for consistency and motivation.

What Weight Kettlebell Should I Use?

One of the most common (and important) questions we get is: what kettlebell weight should I get?

Kettlebells, like most exercise equipment, are not one-size-fits-all.

If you’re new to kettlebells and aren’t sure how much you’ll enjoy the workouts (hint: you’ll love them), or you’re not quite ready to invest in a full set, you’ll need to decide what kettlebell weight to buy.

Selecting the right weight will not only help you make the most of your workout, but it will also help you avoid injuries.

Kettlebell Weight for Men

It’s important to begin with a reasonable weight. In other words, don’t let your ego set the tone of your training. Starting too heavy will diminish the quality of your movements and impact your completion and consistency. Lift smarter, not harder.

If you’re a beginner to intermediate, we recommend 12KG, 16KG, or 24KG kettlebells.

If you’re a beginner kettlebell user with prior weight training experience or are athletic, you might feel more confident starting with a 20KG.

If you’re more advanced, you can go all the way up to 24KG or 32KG.

If you’re concerned that the weight is too light, don’t be!

Remember, instead of starting with the biggest and heaviest kettlebell, choose a lighter weight to concentrate on your technique. Once you’ve mastered your form, you can gradually increase the weight as your strength and experience grow.

Kettlebell Weight for Women

Women new to strength and conditioning typically begin with 6KG to 12KG kettlebells. Women with athletic experience, on the other hand, can begin with a 12KG or 16KG kettlebell.

If you are an experienced kettlebell lifter, you can use weights up to 20KG or 32KG.

At this level, it is important to be able to prioritize form and manage heavy weights safely to avoid injury. Take the time to develop a solid understanding of kettlebell exercise technique and use spotters as needed.

Kettlebell Weight Guide Summary

If you are new to kettlebell training and only want to perform a few simple exercises, then almost any kettlebell will do.

However, if you want to get the most out of your kettlebell training and perform advanced kettlebell exercises, you will need to choose a good-quality kettlebell.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Bells of Steel kettlebells are an excellent choice in helping you achieve your goals and overcome the common dilemma of using the wrong weight or style of the kettlebell, which can lead to injury or lack of progress.

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