How heavy your kettlebell should be (heavier than you think)
May 22, 2018
|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||40kg, 48kg|
According to Supreme Girya Master Girevik Pavel Tsatsouline, if you’re a man, you really should be swinging at least a 16kg kettlebell and ordering up a 24kg kettlebell and a 32kg kettlebell from Kettlebells USA for not later but for sooner–for soon!
Guess what I own? An 8kg, 12kg, 16kg, and 20kg kettlebell. I did buy two cast iron Russian style 24kg kettlebells–but they were more aspirational than anything. How could my body ever be ready to move around those two white dwarfs, those two lumps that feel like depleted uranium?
I didn’t give myself enough credit. I can two-hand swing my 24kg kettlebell now! I can’t clean and press or Turkish get-up the 24kg 1.5 pood cast iron lump yet, but I can see that I am at the very least an average strength man.
I am sure you are at least an average strength man or woman. Why don’t you buy yourself an 8kg, 12kg, and 16kg kettlebell if you’re a woman and a 16kg and a 24kg kettlebell if you’re a man–and start saving up for your respective “will need soon” 24kg and 32kg kettlebells, respectively.
You can do it, Comrade Girevik! Here’s the poop directly from Pavel himself: the recommended kettlebell weights for men and woman, according to Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: