What Weight Kettlebell Do I Need?

I’ve already been asked this question a few times and I think this is because there is a lot of confusion surrounding Kettlebell weights. Some people list their recommendations in KG while others use LBs, there are also different recommended weights for women and men. This confusion mostly stems from the fact that Kettlebells were measured in “poods” in Russia.

what-weight-kettlebell-do-i-need1 Pood = approximately 16.38 kilograms (36.11 pounds).

What Weight Kettlebell Do I Need?

According to Dasha Libin, a Kettlebell instructor who grew up around Kettlebells her whole life, the recommended weights for women are as follows:

  • If you have never worked out before (or not for a long time) start off with one 5 or 10 lb Kettlebell (Around 2.25 and 4.5kg).
  • If you are a gym goer then you can try 10, 12, or 15 pound (4.5, 5.4, 6.8kg)
  • If you feel very fit and would like more of a physical challenge then you can try a 20 lb Kettlebell (9kg).

If you are just getting started or merely interested in Kettlebells and want to know more before you invest, you can actually do some of the exercise routines using a dumbbell, so if you already have one of these of similar weight, you can give that a try.

Dasha’s DVD routine only needs either 1 Kettlebell or Dumbbell to be performed adequately, therefore it is not essential to use a KB in the beginning (although please bear in mind the course was designed for Kettlebells).

Should I Invest In Multiple Weights To Progress?

That is another interesting decision to be made. If you start out as a beginner and later feel that you have surpassed the weight of your bell and want to move on, you can indeed buy yourself a heavier one, but I wouldn’t recommend it right away, you never know how long you are going to be doing this for, or to what extent.

It might be that once you have used the same Kettlebell for a few weeks you are perfectly content with it and have no desire to move on. Or it might be the case that you have achieved your goals already.

In other words, only you can decide how many Kettlebells to buy and what weight it/they should be, but I trust that the information provided here to you today is a big help in guiding you to that decision.

I have recently added a page showing you exactly where you can buy decent Kettlebells online, so now that you have chosen your weight, you can head over there to see more.

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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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Zachary - December 22, 2012

I have always wanted to try kettlebells! That being said I do pretty intense workouts now, will these provide intense workouts too?

    admin - December 22, 2012

    Yeah you can mix it up, what I like about them is that they aren’t as intense as P90X or “Insanity” but they achieve the same results, it depends what exactly you are looking for in your routines, fitness or muscles or fat burn or what?

Ty Johnson - December 21, 2012

I have never heard of “poods” before lol. Nice piece of information. I’m really glad you put bot pounds and kg tho because I’m American but my wife is Filipina so that really help.

    admin - December 22, 2012

    Yeah, I saved you having to go and Google the weight conversions. Can you imagine if I had just said “A beginner should start out with a 1/4 pood and more advanced can move onto 1/2 pood” ?

Doug - December 21, 2012

Some good advice there. Are the ones in the last picture made of cast iron? They look pretty solid!

    admin - December 22, 2012

    yep the originals were made of iron and pretty hardcore stuff! the more modern ones are steel. You can get vinyl covered ones but they aren’t as accurate and hard to tell what is in them


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