Kettlebells have been around for a few hundred years.
They are simple, versatile, and highly effective tools to help you build strength, endurance, power, coordination, mobility, agility, conditioning, and confidence…depending on how they are used.
They are different than dumbbells due to power, inertia, and some of the ways that KB’s facilitate unique challenges to the body (including swings, and rotational style loaded movements.)
The great news is they are also cheap and don’t take up much space. A few strategically selected kettlebells in your home can provide a wide range of incredible workout options available to you on a moments notice without needing to dedicate space to a home gym.
Styles and Weights of Kettlebells
Here is a video I did a while ago explaining the basic types. Sorry about the sound. I haven’t got around to reshooting it. 🙁
Basically, there are two types. “Standard”, and “Pro-Style”. Either one will work fine, but I’m a fan of the pro-style since they are all the same size, regardless of weight. Most common KB’s you will find in a gym range from 4kg to 32kg. You can get them heavier, but most people won’t be ready for them.
The weight you should use depends on many factors. The primary two are:
- Your current strength, stability, and conditioning level
- The type of movement/exercise you are doing. For example, You will be able to handle a heavier KB for a 2-hand swing than you will for a slow overhead pressing type motion.