You asked: How heavy a kettlebell should I use?

Do you need heavy kettlebells?

Like other free weights, kettlebells come in a variety of sizes — but choosing the right one for you doesn’t have to be intimidating. … “If you are new to fitness, begin on the lighter side, but if you have experience and a general knowledge of lifting weights, the heavier option should suffice,” she said.

Is 35 lb kettlebell too heavy?

Kettlebell lifting is technical and requires attention to detail so choose a kettlebell size that is reasonable to start out with. For ballistic movements like kettlebell swings, cleans and snatches an average, active man should start out with either a 16 kg- 35 lb or a 20 kg – 44 lb kettlebell.

Is a 20 lb kettlebell too light?

In general, Lopez recommends going anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds lighter on a kettlebell than you would a dumbbell. But resistance is assistance, so going too light or too heavy can compromise technique — not to mention increase your risk of injury with the added momentum of most moves, Brown adds.

Is 4kg kettlebell too light?

You’ll be throwing around a 4-kg (9 lb.) kettlebell like nothing. If you do this, you will never perfect your form, you will never progress to heavier weights, and you will not achieve the real benefits that kettlebells have to offer. Don’t go too light!

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Do you need 2 kettlebells?

Unlike dumbbells, you only need one kettlebell of each size. This is because kettlebell training is functional exercise at its best. In fact, working only one side of your body at a time allows you to work more muscle groups.

Are kettlebells bad for your back?

A common fault of the kettlebell swing that can cause back pain is not having the correct amount of hip mobility to keep the spine neutral. If we don’t have enough movement in the hips we cause a compensatory motion at the lower back. This ‘overuse’ of the lower back can cause pain and possible injury.

When should I move to a heavier kettlebell?

You are ready to size up when:

  1. Set of 20+ kettlebell swings have become easy. They do not feel at all intimidating and do not spike your heart rate.
  2. You can maintain perfect form on longer sets of 40+
  3. You can smoothly snatch the weight for an unbroken set of 10-20 reps.