Kettlebells are essentially bowling balls of cast iron with a single looped handle on the top. They are like dumbbells but their different shape changes the way your body works out.
Ranging in weight from 2 pounds to over 100 pounds. Lifting a kettlebell forces your entire body to contract as a group engaging multiple muscle groups giving you a whole body workout.
Kettlebells are an incredibly efficient piece of kit as they work on endurance,strength, balance,agility and cardio. They are small and relatively cheap. No wonder they are now an incredibly popular piece of gym equipment. Check out the different types of kettlebells we have on offer and all at very competitive prices.
Kettlebells Buying Guide
A kettlebell is a free weight that has a flat base and an arched handle. It looks like a teapot without the spout, hence the name kettlebell. They originated in Russia and have now gained in popularity. Kettlebells are meant to be swung, thrown, juggled and moved in many different ways. Weights come in a range from 4kg to 48kg.
What’s The Difference Between a Kettlebell and a Dumbbell?
There are differences between the two. Kettlebells are better if you want to perform explosive full body movements, they also develop your grip strength better than a dumbbell. The weight distribution is also different, if you hold two kettlebells and perform a press it is harder as the weight is not so stable. But both dumbbells and kettlebells are a great way to get fit, but it is important to note that they both do slightly different things.
Kettlebell movements fall into two main groups-ballistic and grinds. Ballistic movements are Turkish get ups, overhead press, windmills and bent presses.
How Many Kettlebells Do I Need?
It all depends on what you want to do. If you are starting out then one kettlebell would be good, there is a lot you can do with one kettlebell-the swing, the clean, snatch, the one arm swing, squat and so on. Two are great if you are more advanced.
What Size Kettlebell is Right?
A quick warning, particularly if you are a man, don’t start out with one that is too big for you. It obviously all depends on how experienced and fit you are but an active man should start out with a 16kg or a 20kg kettlebell. This size will be fine for ballistic movements. For controlled movement then the same man should be looking for a kettlebell between 8kg and 12 kg in weight.
For an average active woman, for ballistic movements, she should look for a kettlebell that is between 8kg to 12kg. For more controlled movements averagely fit women should start out with 6-8 kg.
Different Types of Kettlebell
There are two main kettlebells, the cast iron and rubber coated kettlebells. The standard cast iron kettlebells offer good value for money and are usually made from a single mold. Rubber coated kettlebells protect the metal core and will also protect your floor from damage.
You can also buy chrome handled cast iron kettlebells, the main advantage of these is that the chrome finish makes the handle very smooth and comfortable to use.
There are also competition grade kettlebells, these are made of steel, and they have a wide base for performing floor exercises with. Competition kettlebells have the advantage that the weight is very dependable and consistent which it has to be for competing.
What To Look For When Buying a Kettlebell
A really good quality kettlebell should have a smooth curved handle. This ensures you can easily grip it anywhere on the handle. Cheaper kettlebells don’t remove the sharp seam on the handle which will really bother your hands after a while.
For some movements you will need to get both hands within the handle. While the handle tends to get wider as the weight of the kettlebell increases, if you have large hands you may want to check all dimensions out.
Single Cast Mold
A good kettlebell with be made from a single cast mold, so you will have no seams, ridges or rough spots. The other type of kettlebell involves two piece assembly which involves attaching the handle to the ball, this will never be as strong or good as one piece casting.
Check the base of the kettlebell, it mustn’t be wobbly or uneven. If it is this will make it difficult to do ground work with. Exercises like renegade rows, handstands, mounted pistol squats will all require a kettlebell with a completely flat bottom.
You may see this term used by manufacturers, so what is a pood? A pood is a Russian measurement of weight, 1 pood is roughly equivalent to 16kg. Most manufacturers quote in kg but if you see the term pood you will at least know what it means!
Buy From a Reputable Brand
In checks that are done many cheaper brands of kettlebell do not weigh what they say they weigh! So stick with a good name brand, that way you know exactly what you are getting.