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What are kettlebells good for and are they effective?

A kettlebell is a round weight with a flat bottom and a thick handle on top. It’s used for exercise and weight training. Kettlebells are also known as “girya”—but mostly in Russia.
They are good to improve overall strength, core power, flexibility, coordination, and balance while melting fat and sculpting healthy.
Working out with a kettlebell can also stimulate your mind! This is a direct result of the swing switching of the load between your hands, and the moving of weight between various sides of your body. It also requires focus and coordination. 

Why is it important to choose the right kettlebell?

Kettlebells come in different weights and materials, and not everyone can work out with the same. It’s essential to pick the right one for you and your workout. Otherwise, it may harm your body. If your kettlebell is too heavy, you could injure yourself. And if it’s too easy, it’s not as effective.

Are there differences between kettlebells?

Cast Iron Kettlebells

The cast iron kettlebell is the standard-looking one, with a handle that’s wider than the bell itself. It’s the most versatile option of kettlebells. 

Cement Kettlebells

The cement kettlebell offers the advantage that they’re cheaper than other kettlebells. But they’re only suitable for a couple of workouts.  

Adjustable Kettlebells

Adjustable kettlebells are good if you don’t want to buy more than one kettlebell. As the name says, adjustable kettlebells offer the ability to work out with different weights, but with the same kettlebell. 

Competition Kettlebells

Competition kettlebells have all the same size regardless of weight. They’re better with chalk, which is essential for high-repetition exercises. A competition kettlebell is the best for you when you want to do high-repetition sets in your workouts or do a lot of focused technique work. 

How many kettlebells do I need?

When you want to work out with kettlebells, you don’t need to buy more than one of each size. Because if you only work out one side of your body at a time, it allows you to work more muscle groups.  

Anatomy of a kettlebell

In the picture, you can see the Anatomy of a kettlebell. 

What to consider before buying a kettlebell?

Male or Female?

Untrained women, who start to work out with kettlebells, should use kettlebells between 5 and 8 kg. It may sound too light, but it’s the perfect start weight—not too light and not too heavy.
Untrained men, who start to work out with kettlebells, should use kettlebells between 10 and 15 kg.
There is one general rule you should know: If you’re able to do 5 repetitions of the workout you start with, it’s the right kettlebell size for you. When you can do easily more than 20 repetitions, you can change to a heavier kettlebell. 

Weightlifting experience

One thing you need to know is the right kettlebell size choice based on your weightlifting experience.
The weight beginners should start with, is in the text above.
The level “intermediate” includes people with a bench press strength higher than 91 kg. Women should use a weight starts with 9 kg and men should start with 16 kg. You’re on an advanced level when you have a lot of weight training experience and control over your full body movement. Advanced women should start with 16 kg and men with 24 kg.

Now that you know all about kettlebells and how to find the right one for you, you’re definitely ready to buy!
But if you want to take a look at our range of kettlebells, don’t hesitate and come to our showroom. If you are not sure which is best for you, our qualified staff will be happy to help you!

You’ll find us here:
Unit 1 Kylemore Park W, Kylemore, Dublin, D10 WC62
Contact us on 018167510 or email

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