How to select the right kettlebell for your training
There is 1000s of different producers of kettlebells but they all fit in the following different groups of kettlebells:
Different types of kettlebells
Kettlebells are very popular and because of this there is a massive variety of different users each preferring different types of kettlebells which suit their training needs.
I will detail each type of kettlebell and list the pros and cons of each, to give you a good overall picture of what kettlebells are available and so you can choose which kettlebells suits your training needs.
Cast Iron Kettlebells
Cast iron Kettlebells are the most widely used kettlebels, they are no nonsense kettlebells, and are basically a big chunk of iron.
The sizes varry depending on the weight of kettlebell making it easy to select between each weight. An advantage of this compared to competition kettlebells is eahkettlebells centre of mass varries and so as you change kettlebell you rechallenge your shoulder and arms stability.
The finishing on cast Iron kettlebells varies and I recommend getting a well painted kettlebell because kettlebells attract moisture and so rust easily if they aren’t painted properly.
If your looking for quality cast iron kettlebells check out kettlebells.
Rubber coated kettlebells
Again these are also widely used, and because of the rubber coating they don’t scratch and rust. However the grip and feel of the kettlebell is changed and they tend to stick as you swing them.
Again the sizes vary depending on the weight, they can also be colour coded but these quickly loose their finish which can look poor.
Competition kettlebells are all the same size and shape. If you are interested in competing with kettlebells then these will be the right set for you. They are all colour coded to show each weight.
Adjustable Kettlebells allow the user to adjust the weight of the kettlebell to suit the training session. They are obviously more expensive than other forms of kettlebells because of the extra manufacturing that goes into constructing them. They also are not a solid piece of iron, which I believe takes something away from the feel of kettlebell training. Kettlebells are by tradition a big piece of Iron there is something very satisfying about the simplicity of this.
Different preferences in shape and grip
On Top of the different types of kettlebell available, they also vary in size and shape which will effect the balance and strength gains.
Variations in size and shape:
- Smooth Handle OR Rough Handle
Smooth handles tend to be better, they will be less abrasive on your hands and allow the handle to rotate better.
- Thin handle OR wider handle
This is down to your preference , thicker handles will challenge your grip more, but thinner handles allow you to use a hook grip.
- Rubber Bottom OR no protection rubber flat bottom
Rubber bottoms make kettlebells less stable, and they can dig into your shoulder when you are performing kettlebell clean and presses. It really doesn’t matter if the base of the kettlebell gets damaged So I wouldn’t worry about these.
I hope this has helped give you an overall view of the different types of kettlebells available.
Ptgear has an excelent range of Kettlebells. They are painted cast iron kettlebells with a smooth handle and a medium sized grip.
Range of kettlebells for functional training
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