Maybe you should be swinging a much heavier kettlebell
May 16, 2018
The kettlebells I have been swinging every day have been too light from the beginning. I have been cycling between a 12kg, a 16kg, and a 20kg competition kettlebell but really should have been putting the work in and struggled with my 24kg kettlebell instead. Maybe you’re swinging a kettlebell that’s too light for you.
Mind you, 24kg is possibly too heavy for some of the other kettlebell workouts like the Turkish get-up (TGU) and the clean and press; however, the kind of full-body ballistic workout that the two-hand swing really demands the sort of benefits that a heavy weight provided by a 24kg kettlebell now—and a 32kg later—offers.
And, because the two-hand kettlebell swing is a full-body ballistic movement, tapping a chain of the strongest muscles in the body, I can really swing well above my actual strength. I personally recommend the 24 kg – 53 lb Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat Kettlebell by Kettlebells USA.
I will still use my 8kg, 12kg, 16kg, and 20kg kettlebells for kettlebell exercises like the around the world, the kettlebell sit up, the figure 8, the one-hand swing, the tactical lunge, the sumo deadlift high pulls, the clean, the clean and press, the goblet squat, the single arm pull, the single arm overhead square, and, of course, the Turkish get-up—I don’t think I’ll ever be a one-kettlebell does everything Girevik like quite a few people I know who just carry a 32kg kettlebell with them—two whole pood!
Recommended kettlebell weights according to Pavel Tsatsouline via Kettlebell Simple & Sinister:
|Need Right Now||Will Need Soon|
|Average Strength Woman||8kg, 12kg, 16kg||20kg, 24kg|
|Strong Woman||12kg, 16kg, 20kg||24kg|
|Average Strength Man||16kg, 24kg||32kg|
|Strong Man||24kg, 32kg||36kg, 40kg|