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“When you take a class with kettlebells, or any other new type of equipment, it’s normal to feel a little lost. The following kettlebell exercises will teach you how to grip and use kettlebells to do some basic—and really effective—exercises. Start with a light weight, like a 10- to 15-pound kettlebell (4 to 6 kilograms). Once you start to feel comfortable with the moves, you can progress to something heavier.”
Kettlebell Krusher’s Take:
There really is no incorrect weight when it comes to choosing a kettlebell. Currently, I use a 25 lb. weight for all of my kettlebell exercises. Although, I do feel a little intimidated when I get emails from trainers saying that men should be using a 35 lb. to 50 lb. kettlebell when starting out. I think more factors need to be considered other than gender to make an appropriate suggestion.
Body mass, height, and frame structure are obvious criteria. Your health and whether you’re rehabbing or have aches and pains should be thought-out too. Gender, while perhaps useful as a general guideline, isn’t as important in my opinion. There are plenty of women who can swing a 40 lb. kettlebell and put me to shame. Although I say this tongue-in-cheek.
When it comes to kettlebell exercises, you should feel no shame. Getting the motivation to lose weight or get fit is a challenge in itself. The trick is to commit to exercising on a regular basis. The best person to decide on whether you should use a 10, 15, 20 lb. or whatever size kettlebell is YOU! I find that there is a lot of support within the kettlebell community and very little judgment. The fact that you can reach your goal so quickly with such a small piece of equipment keeps people in a positive mindset. This positivity is very apparent when you read success stories of those who have accomplished their goals.
I found the blog post I snipped to be inspiring. I know exactly how it feels to work up the motivation for exercising on a regular basis. The fact that you can use kettlebells with amazing results for short sessions makes it all the easier. I believe that anyone who really gives them a shot will feel the same way.