Choosing The Best Kettlebells: A Complete Guide

Choosing The Best Kettlebells: A Complete Guide

Kettlebell training has become wildly popular, for good reason. As the name suggests, a kettlebell is a weight that is shaped like a bell with a handle attached. The flat bottom enables it to sit flush with the ground. It is a valuable tool for strength training, and can help improve your explosive power and endurance. With this information in mind, it is important to be mindful that not all kettlebells are created equally. Some important factors to consider when selecting a kettlebell are the material it is made of and how it is manufactured. Good kettlebells are composed of high quality materials, like cast iron and are made in a single cast. This makes them more durable, prevents cracking and typically distributes the weight more evenly. Giant Lifting’s kettlebells are die gravity casted, meaning molten iron is poured into our metal molds in a single cast. The handles and base are then hand grinded by our manufacturer to ensure all surfaces have a smooth finish. 

Why Kettlebell Training is Important

Kettlebells are one of the most versatile training tools on the market. They can be used for strength training, cardio, and flexibility workouts. They are compact and portable, so they won’t take up too much space in your gym. You can also bring them along on your next road trip for a quick and effective workout on the go, since most kettlebell workouts can be performed anywhere. Kettlebells enable you to perform functional movements that will help improve strength for everyday movements and improve your overall athleticism. They are also a good tool to warm your body up before more strenuous movements. Unlike barbells, kettlebells promote more balanced lifts and can help you work through kinks in your other lifts. Kettlebell workouts combine strength and cardio training into one workout and will help enhance balance and core strength. 

Benefits of Kettlebell Training

The benefits of kettlebell training are extensive. Dynamic kettlebell movements simultaneously engage and activate multiple muscle groups, which will help improve your range of motion, build muscle, enhance your body’s explosive power, and improve cardiovascular fitness. When you hold a kettlebell in front of you, your back muscles engage, which helps strengthen your posterior chain, correct muscle imbalances and improve your posture. They are a convenient tool for effective workouts in a short period of time and the benefits are endless. 

Different Types of Kettlebells

There are a wide variety of kettlebells on the market and it is important to know the differences before you choose which option is best for you. Standard cast iron kettlebells have the traditional kettlebell design and are suitable for most users and exercises. As the weight gets heavier, the kettlebell will get larger, so it is important to consider how much space you have to store the different sizes you will need. Competition kettlebells are made of steel and are uniform in size, regardless of weight. They are preferred in competition for their precise size and consistency. Adjustable kettlebells are a good option for individuals with limited storage space. You can still perform the same versatile movements, but if you are switching weight mid-workout, you will need to take the time to adjust the weight before you can continue. Rubber-coated kettlebells are coated in rubber, which makes them a bit more comfortable on your hands, especially if you are just beginning, and they can help protect your floor. Soft-filled kettlebells are another option. They have a fabric exterior and are filled with a material, like sand, to reach the desired weight. This can be a safer option for beginners or home gyms. 

How to Choose the Best Kettlebell for you

It can be tough to decide on the best kettlebells for you, especially since they all vary in cost and quality. You will want to identify the goals you are hoping to achieve with kettlebell training. Are you looking to build muscle, lose fat or focus on functional fitness? Are you training for a competition or working toward strength and mobility? Will you need a wider variety of weights? The general guidelines for beginners are 8-12 kg for women and 12-16 kg for men. This will need to be adjusted based on your fitness level and experience. Evaluate the space you have to store your kettlebells. If you are able to store several sizes, it is always easier to have several kettlebells so you can switch to your desired size as you perform different kettlebell exercises. If you need several sizes and your space is limited, adjustable kettlebells can be a great option. If you are able, it is always a good idea to test kettlebells before you purchase, so you can test the handle to ensure it is comfortable and fits well in your hand. Grip and handle width can vary along with the material and construction. You will want to avoid discomfort or handles that are too big or too small for your hand. Make sure you evaluate your budget and invest in the product that gives you the best quality for the cost. Investing in high-quality kettlebells will ensure they perform well for years to come. 


Now that you have an idea of the different types of kettlebells, it’s time to decide which option is best for you. We encourage you to evaluate your goals, budget, gym space and preferences before you make your decision. Sometimes starting with a more versatile option like adjustable kettlebells can help you get started on your goals. The beauty of the fitness world is that there are always people in different stages of their fitness journey looking for equipment at the best price. If you outgrow your original choice in kettlebells, it is likely you can recoup some of your investment by selling them, before you make your next purchase. Evaluate materials, different production styles, warranties and reviews before you commit to your purchase. This will ensure you are getting the best product for your investment. As always, get sizes that are appropriate for you and focus on proper form to avoid injury. 

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