Make Your Own Kettlebell – A DIY Guide

Purchasing a kettlebell is probably the greatest investment that you can make toward your health and well-being. This equipment may seem simple compared to other fancy gym equipment, but don’t be fooled. When used correctly, a kettlebell can sculpt your body effectively and replace countless other pieces of exercise equipment.

The thing is, your body is extremely adaptable. Say, for example, you might find it difficult to eke out 10 reps of kettlebell squats using a kettlebell that weighs 18 pounds. But if you persevere and stick to your training program, you’ll find that squatting with that kettlebell gradually becomes easier for you. When this happens, you can either add more reps or use a heavier kettlebell to challenge yourself further. Now, there lies the rub.

The One Problem With Kettlebells

Although you can purchase one kettlebell to train your whole body, you may want to purchase a set of kettlebells. For smaller muscle groups like the shoulders and the arms, you might want to use a lighter kettlebell, and a heavier one to target your legs.

One problem here is that when you continuously progress and purchase more kettlebells, you might find that you’ll run out of space to stash them away after a workout. Unlike barbell plates that you can neatly stack on top of one another, you can’t stack kettlebells. Another problem you might encounter is that you might find it difficult to purchase heavier kettlebells.

The solution? Make your own kettlebell.

While there are a few other ways to go the DIY route with kettlebells, this version allows you to easily add more weight to your kettlebell.

For this project you’ll need: a 1-inch galvanized flange; a 1-inch galvanized T-shape; two pieces of galvanized pipe (each measuring 5 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter); another pipe (6 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter); and two 1-inch galvanized end caps.

Once you have bought all these from your local hardware store, the next step is to assemble these together. First, attach the flange to the 6-inch pipe. Next, attach the T-shape flange on top of the 6-inch pipe. Afterwards, put the 5-inch pipes on either ends of the T-shape flange. Next, attach the end caps to both 5-inch pipes. What you have here is the frame or skeleton of your kettlebell.

For your DIY kettlebell, you will need barbell/dumbbell plates, which are a lot easier to purchase. To put plates on your kettlebell, simply remove the top flange.

If you think that the handles are too long for your hands, you can purchase smaller pipes for the handles. You may also want to purchase a pipe longer than 6 inches to hold the plates. And to keep the plates in a snug fit, cover the longer pipe with duct tape.

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Hey, I'm Dom. I've been using Kettlebells for over two years, and am a firm believer that men and women can do very similar routines and exercises, yet get the different results they desire. If you click here to subscribe, you'll receive my tips, tricks, and recommended workouts in your inbox automatically.

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