So, you’ve caught onto the latest weightlifting trend of kettlebells, have you? Is it because of the huge number of calories that a kettlebell workout can consume? Maybe it’s the promise of efficient fat burning and the resulting toned look. Whatever the reason for your interest, there’s no doubt that the popularity of kettlebells has exploded since the turn of the century. Although once an obscure tool used by Russian strongmen, kettlebells have become familiar to both women and men who are looking for a workout that not only burns calories, but uniquely strengthens muscles by combining weightlifting and balance-keeping. Crossfit training and other fitness regimens made popular by celebrities may have opened your eyes, but actually performing the exercises yourself is probably what has made you a believer. Although your local gym probably provides a wide range of different weighted kettlebells to choose from, if you’re looking to do the same workouts at home, you’re probably wondering, “How many kettlebells should I buy?”
Types of Kettlebells
There are actually two main types of kettlebells. The first are known as classic kettlebells. These are Russian style, cast iron kettlebells that vary in size according to weight. The second are known as competition style or Girya (the Russian word for kettlebell) which are made of steel but come in a uniform size no matter how much they weigh. And although classic kettlebells are typically the cheaper of the two types, either style can be used for home workouts. The primary benefit of competition style kettlebells is the uniform size which means you don’t have to change your technique as you get stronger. You will also likely come across a hybrid style, known as competition fitness kettlebells, which have a uniform size regardless of weight, but don’t meet precise competition weight requirements. The benefit of these is that they have a uniform size with a much lower price tag.
How Many Kettlebells Should I Buy?
When you’re first starting out, there’s no need to buy an entire set of kettlebells. In fact, one or two should be sufficient to get you started at home. The smallest kettlebells weigh in at eight kilograms (kg) and can range up to 48 kg. Choosing the appropriate size will largely depend on your strength, fitness level and whether you’re looking to do single handed or double handed workouts. Obviously, you’d choose a lighter weight for single handed workouts. If you like to do both single and double handed workouts, having two appropriately weighted kettlebells will allow you to perform a full range of exercises. Because of the large weight increments between kettlebell sizes (four kg) you don’t have to worry about outgrowing them at a very rapid rate. There are a wide variety of exercises that will keep you challenged for as long as you own the equipment.
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