Working out with kettlebells is a tried and tested method to get in shape, with the Kettlebell swing probably being the most popular of kettlebell exercises and a favourite in Functional Fitness routines.
The reason why the kettlebell is so efficient in Strength Training is because every movement engages multiple muscle groups.
It's no surprise the use of the Kettlebell in Strength Training routines saw a rise in popularity in recent years, thanks to more people looking for an alternative to the traditional weightlifting routines.
And for those that have only started their fitness journey, the spelling is a common misconception: the correct spelling is kettlebell, not kettle bell or kettle bells.
What type of kettlebell is best?
For beginners, it’s always good to start with the basics, at least until you get used to the movements because exercising with a kettlebell is very different than doing barbell or dumbbells exercises.
Cast Iron Kettlebells are usually the most affordable ones, and the texture also helps with getting your grip right. And trust us, finding the right grip is very important when performing a kettlebell swing for instance.
Competition Kettlebells on the other hand have a unique characteristic. Unlike, Cast Iron Kettlebells, the Competition Kettlebells have the same size, regardless of how much they weight. Cast Iron kettlebells will increase and decrease in size depending on their weight.
What weights of kettlebell should I buy?
By far, the 12kg Kettlebell is the most popular option. It’s not too light and not too heavy. And even if you think it might be too heavy for you, keep in mind that there are a lot of kettlebell exercises you can perform with two hands, so they won’t be too heavy in these cases.
Also consider checking out Kettlebell sets. Kettlebell sets, or bundles, are created with your fitness progress in mind. You might start with a lower weight and, as your strength and overall fitness levels improve, you can move on to a heavier weight. A good kettlebell set for beginners can include for instance, an 8kg kettlebell, a 10kg kettlebell and a 12kg kettlebell.
Some brands also offer adjustable kettlebells. They cost more but they are great space saving solution, offering multiple weight combinations in piece of home gym equipment.
Choosing the right size kettlebell to use is a process in itself. There are a few different options to go for and getting the perfect fit can take some time. With kettlebells, it is not a one-size-fits-all product. Kettlebells come in different weights and materials. You need to consider a few things when choosing one, including handles, material, and weight amounts.