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How to Choose the Right Kettlebell: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Kettlebells are an essential tool for any serious fitness enthusiast. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned athlete, having the right kettlebell can make all the difference in your workouts. But with so many different types of kettlebells on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. In this comprehensive guide, I'll teach you how to choose the perfect kettlebell for your needs and goals.

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How to Choose the Right Kettlebell: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Choose the Right Kettlebell: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the right kettlebell is an important decision and one that should not be taken lightly. It can affect your workouts, your progress, and even your safety. With so many different sizes and weights of kettlebells available on the market today, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need to choose the perfect kettlebell for your workout needs. We'll discuss how to determine what size and weight of a kettlebell is best for you, as well as some tips on how to use it safely and effectively. With this guide, you'll be able to find the perfect kettlebell that will help you reach all of your fitness goals!

Everything you must know about buying a kettlebell

To choose a kettlebell of appropriate quality, size, and weight, there are a few things to know. Your bell will become an extension of you and a tool you will become acutely accustomed to.

Everything you must know about buying a kettlebell includes understanding the different types of kettlebells available, selecting your kettlebell weight, where to buy kettlebells, and really understanding the differences and what's going to work best for you.

Types of Kettlebells

Kettlebells have become a popular tool for strength training, conditioning, and overall fitness. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to understand the different types of kettlebells available and how to choose the right one for your needs. In this article, we will discuss the different types of kettlebells, their uses, and tips on choosing the right one for you.

Cast Iron Kettlebells

Cast iron kettlebells are a popular choice due to their durability and versatility. When choosing a cast iron kettlebell, it is important to consider the type of kettlebell, the size and weight, and the handle shape. Knowing these factors will help you make the best choice for your fitness goals. In this article, we will discuss the different types of cast iron kettlebells available on the market and how to choose one that meets your needs.


  • High-quality kettlebell

  • Durable

  • Widely available


  • These do get bigger as you go up in weight

  • The handle can differentiate in size and diameter making some moves awkward

  • These kettlebells can get uncomfortable on forearms

Competition Style Kettlebells

Competition-style kettlebells are specifically designed for competitive sport such as kettlebell sport or CrossFit. These kettlebells have unique features that make them the perfect choice for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level. In this article, we will discuss the different types of competition-style kettlebells available and how you can choose the right one for you.

Competition kettlebells are generally made of steel, steel kettlebells are the most popular type of kettlebell and come in a variety of sizes, weights, and shapes. When choosing a steel kettlebell, it is important to consider the weight, size, and shape that best fits your needs.


  • Competition kettlebells stay the same size as they increase in weight, this is more comfortable on your forearms too!

  • Very high quality

  • Larger base


  • More expensive, even a lightweight will likely run you around or over $100

  • Smaller handle so if you're using two hands for movements, you might feel like there isn't enough space

  • With them all being the same size even if it's a light weight, they do tend to take up more space

Lesser Quality Materials and Types of Kettlebells

Some lesser-quality include types of kettlebells include plastic, adjustable kettlebells, and vinyl-coated kettlebells. Why plastic and vinyl-coated kettlebells are cheaper, they're certainly less durable. I highly urge you to steer away from plastic kettlebells altogether because they're rough on your hands and generally won't hold up or help your performance.

Vinyl-coated kettlebells aren't horrible, they can be less durable and a bit tough to handle. As long as you aren't doing things such as flows or advanced kettlebell moves, these are fine to use for foundational kettlebell movements.

Adjustable kettlebells I have a few thoughts on. They can certainly be cost-effective and a space saver for the home. To me personally, they're rather awkward and uncomfortable when you start to rack the bell. They aren't as durable as traditional steel or cast iron and it's a pain to switch out the weight. But again, if you have these at home and use them for fundamental kettlebell foundations, they can be a good option.

As a kettlebell professional, I would advise you to invest in a solid cast iron or steel kettlebell. I am all for getting competition kettlebells but I am well aware of the invest on these. I'll share some of the best places to buy kettlebells and try to find a deal!

Kettlebell Weight Selections

Before we do that, let's look at kettlebell weight selections and determine what's best for you. When it comes to choosing a kettlebell, proper weight selection is crucial for effective and safe workouts. The process of kettlebell weight selection involves considering various factors to ensure optimal training outcomes. It is important to remember that selecting the right weight for your fitness level and goals is key. Beginners should start with lighter kettlebells to master the correct form and technique before progressing to heavier weights. Gradually increasing the kettlebell weight over time allows for consistent growth and prevents injury. Experienced individuals can choose weights based on their strength and the specific exercises they plan to perform. Ultimately, successful kettlebell weight selection involves finding a balance between challenging oneself and maintaining proper form to maximize the benefits of this versatile training tool.

Kettlebell Weight Suggestions

Beginner(just starting with kettlebells):

  • Men:12-16kg (about 24-35 lbs)

  • Women:8-12kg (16-24 lbs)

Intermediate(have some experience):

  • Men:16-20kg (32-40 lbs)

  • Women:12-16kg (24 -32 lbs)

Expert (masters of kettlebells):

  • Men:20-24kg (40-50 lbs)

  • Women:16-20kg (32 - 40 lbs)

Remember, these weight suggestions are based on assuming you're an average, healthy individual without physical limitations or injuries. You may need to go down or you can always go up. Listen to your body and don't jump right into something headfirst as you might injure yourself.

The best places to buy kettlebells near Burlington, NC

If you're looking to buy kettlebells near Burlington, NC, there are several options available. Kettlebells can be purchased from online retailers or at sporting goods and specialty stores. Now these suggestions aren't the only ones out there, but they're based on where I have personally purchased from.

Dick's Sporting Goods Store (Online)

Most of us know about Dick's Sporting Goods. When I began teaching out at Find Your Flow in Greensboro, I decided to purchase a few of Weider's bells from Dick's. These have been great, the handles aren't too large in diameter and they've been a perfect option for my students. They also offer a decent weight selection from 10 pounds to 30 pounds.


Look, if you're just looking for a one-stop shop, we all know Amazon has it - even kettlebells. In fact, even industry-leading brands. So feel free to take a look, just make sure they're quality (steel or cast iron) and you're good to go!

Play it Again Sports (Burlington and Greensboro)

The majority of my kettlebells have come from Play It Again Sports (in Greensboro) and that's because of their prices! Play It Again sells gently used sports and exercise equipment, so they're discounted versus buying brand new. Plus, if you go visit the store (there's one in Burlington and one in Greensboro) you can see how it feels which I believe is important, especially for newbies.

Just a quick note I realized that Greensboro's location typically has far larger a selection versus Burlington's location.

Kettlebell Kings Online

My Kettlebell Ikea.

Seriously, if I won the lottery - I'd buy every single kettlebell from Kettlebell Kings. They offer steel and cast-iron with powder-coated bells, competition kettlebells, and adjustable kettlebells. They are high-quality kettlebells, trusted by professionals in the industry. They are slightly more expensive, but I encourage this investment. I just bought my first one and couldn't be happier.

Common questions when buying kettlebells

Common questions I see people ask when buying a kettlebell are something I also wanted to address.

I am a beginner and new to fitness in general. Can I use a kettlebell?

Absolutely! Kettlebells are literally for anyone. Choose a kettlebell based on the guide about and start implementing kettlebells into your workouts to improve strength, balance, conditioning, and more!

How do I know which kettlebell to choose? There are too many options!

Use the guide above to choose a kettlebell that's right for you. But if that's too much information, stick with cast iron or steel kettlebells and choose a weight that works of you based on the guidelines we've discussed.

When should I upgrade to a heavier kettlebell?

You shouldn't upgrade your kettlebell until you feel confident in your current kettlebell and you aren't struggling to perform the movements with it. Once you are no longer straining against your current kettlebell weight, increase the weight to continue improving your strength.

Kettlebell Weight Buying Guide Infographic

choosing a kettlebell weight buying guide infographic

Choosing a Kettlebell Weight Video How To

Wrap up

After reading this article I hope you understand more on how to buy a kettlebell that you can feel confident in. Remember, we have to start somewhere but you also want to feel challenged. There's no need to feel intimidated by kettlebells. As always, ask me your kettlebell questions below.

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