Kettlebells come in all shapes and sizes, to a degree. There are two basic designs, the traditional and the Prograde. The traditional kettlebells are all a little different in size as they work their way from the smallest (normally 4 kgs) up to the largest (i’ve seen an 80kg!). This means that the centre of gravity and weighting is a little different on each kettlebell and you technique needs to alter slightly with each weight change.
Prograde kettlebells are the same size from the lightest (8kg) through to the heaviest (72kg!). They are all perfectly balanced and the weighting and centre of gravity remain constant. This means your technique stays the same all the way through the range.
So how do I know which is the right kettlebell weight to start with?
Even tough everyone is different, and there are hundreds of exercises you can do, the following guide should help point you in the right direction.
- If you are a female with no previous resistance training experience then a 6kg is a good start.
- If you are a female with a little training history then head for the 8kg.
- If you are a strong girl, you best be trying the 12kg!
- Most average blokes should be starting with a 16kg kettlebell.
- Stronger than average guys (you’re the one who always gets asked to help people move house) should be getting the 20kg.
- Very strong guys (you’re the one who doesn’t get asked because people are scared of you!) should get a 24kg.
Failing this, there is also an adjustable Prograde kettlebell which goes from 6.5kg through to 32kg.
This is a great way to start and is the first kettlebell I bought. They cost about the same as buying 2-3 kettlbells but you get the weights of 7 different kettlebells. If your budget allows then I highly recommend getting an adjustable and work your way up through the weights.