Kettlebells are usually divided into those with a fixed weight and those with a variable weight that can be changed according to your level of ability. These variable kettlebells offer several advantages, but also have considerable disadvantages in comparison to traditional kettlebells. This is because with every increase in weight, the centre of mass is also always shifted. This means it is extremely difficult for beginners to learn a perfect technique.
Kettlebells with a fixed weight predominantly differ by their size. The diameter of many kettlebells increases the heavier they are. The exceptions are competition kettlebells, which are always the same size. They differ only in appearance due to a particular colour – on the handle of our professional kettlebells for example.
Another difference is whether the kettlebells can only be used indoors or can be used outdoors as well. You can conveniently use all of our kettlebells in the gym or at home. The e-coating process has been used for our powder-coated kettlebells. The electrochemically applied layer makes the kettlebell particularly hard-wearing so you can also exercise with it outdoors.
The handle: the kettlebell handle is one of the most important parts of a kettlebell. You should therefore look a little more closely at handle width, thickness and quality. There are generally smooth handles or rough handles that offer better grip. Anyone who regularly trains without kettlebell gloves will notice that rough handles will quickly irritate their hands. In terms of handle size and thickness, the kettlebell should be able to sit comfortably in your hand and enable a two-handed grip when necessary.
Rubberised kettlebell: a coated kettlebell offers the advantage that you can put it down quietly and without damaging the floor. This is ideal for beginners because they may not have quite mastered the sequences of movements during kettlebell workouts and putting down a kettlebell harshly would then not be punished with a dent in the floor.
Cast-iron kettlebells offer not just one but two considerable advantages that make individual workouts easier. For one, cast-iron kettlebells are balanced more precisely. This is kind to the joints during some exercises and offers more training fun in the long term. For another, there is no danger of the weight coming loose from the handle, as can definitely happen with welded kettlebells.
There are numerous ways that the surface of a kettlebell and its handle can be conditioned. Kettlebells are usually divided into those that are polished and lacquered kettlebells, lacquered with a hammered look as well as kettlebells with an e-coating. Polished and lacquered kettlebells are most common. Kettlebells with a hammered look are becoming more and more popular with our customers because, besides their appearance, the textured surface provides a comfortable grip during workouts. Anyone who would like to train indoors and outdoors should use a kettlebell that has an e-coating i.e. is powder-coated. With this surface treatment, the protective layer is electrochemically applied – thus providing a particularly hard-wearing and especially long-lasting textured surface.
Kettlebells allow everyone to train a variety of muscles and muscle groups both effectively and intensively. To make kettlebell workouts as intensive but also as varied as possible, there are different exercises with various difficulty levels.
The most well known is probably the popular kettlebell swing, which is already one of the classics in kettlebell workouts. During this exercise, strength comes from the hips whilst the back remains straight and the abdomen tensed. The swing is a basic exercise that trains the abdomen, legs, bottom and back, and helps to gradually build up functional strength. Just like with every kettlebell exercise, the secret is a perfect technique. This alone can prevent injuries to muscles, tendons and bones.
When it comes to exercises, the sky’s the limit! Whether traditional squats, cleans, presses, Turkish get-ups or even classic deadlifts, these basic exercises for kettlebell workouts must be performed perfectly before more technically challenging workouts are possible and reasonable.
Questions about the size and weight of a kettlebell are some of the most important questions in kettlebell training! For beginners, firstly it is important to learn the correct technique. We therefore often advise choosing a smaller size and weight at the beginning. We recommend a 12-kg or 16-kg kettlebell to the average athlete who wants to begin working out. For female athletes, sizes for beginners would be between 6 and 8 kg. To learn the correct technique, we also recommend guidance from a qualified kettlebell trainer.
As well as performance of the exercises with a perfect technique, the individual athletic goal also influences the choice of kettlebell size. Want to build muscle, train endurance or begin an intensive full-body workout and movement training? The choice of kettlebell should be made based on your individual athletic goal.
For strength endurance, a lighter kettlebell weighing 12 kg is more suitable. Should you prefer to use the kettlebells to improve your flexibility and reduce fat, or simply to create additional training stimulation for your chosen sport, then we highly recommend a standard 24-kg kettlebell. For building muscle (in experienced, skilled men), very heavy 32-kg kettlebells are available.
For women, kettlebell sizes range from 6-8 kg for endurance training, 12-16 kg for full-body workouts and 16-24 kg for muscle mass training.
To sum up: which size and weight of kettlebell to choose depends on general fitness level, experience in using kettlebells and individual athletic goal.