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Maybe you should be swinging a much heavier kettlebell

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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.
Maybe you should be swinging a much heavier kettlebell

Two 24kg Metrixx® Classic E-Coat Military Grade Cast Iron Kettlebells by Kettlebells USA

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


Kettlebells USA 24 kg - 53 lb Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat Kettlebell12kg 20kg CFF STEEL COMPETITION RUSSIAN KETTLEBELLSRecommended kettlebell weights for men and women by Pavel Tsatsouline from Simple & Sinister

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are competition kettlebells?

  • Competition kettlebells are standardized kettlebells designed for professional competitions. They are made to the same dimensions regardless of weight, ensuring consistency in handling during lifts.

2. Why should I consider using a 24kg kettlebell for swings?

  • A 24kg kettlebell provides a significant resistance that can enhance strength gains and improve conditioning, making it ideal for someone looking to progress in their training.

3. Can a 24kg kettlebell be too heavy for some exercises?

  • Yes, exercises like the Turkish get-up or the clean and press may require lighter weights to maintain proper form and ensure safety, especially for those new to such movements.

4. What is a two-hand kettlebell swing?

  • The two-hand kettlebell swing is a full-body exercise that involves swinging the kettlebell between the legs with both hands and then propelling it up to chest height using hip thrusts.

5. How can I know if my kettlebell is too light?

  • If you can perform exercises without feeling challenged, or if you can easily exceed the standard repetition range for strength exercises, your kettlebell might be too light.

6. What is the appropriate weight progression for kettlebell training?

  • Weight progression should be based on your current strength level and the specific exercises you are performing. Pavel Tsatsouline's guidelines can help determine the right kettlebell sizes for different strength levels.

7. What are the benefits of kettlebell training?

  • Kettlebell training improves strength, endurance, balance, and agility. It also enhances cardiovascular fitness and can help burn fat.

8. How do I perform a kettlebell swing correctly?

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hold the kettlebell with both hands, bend your knees slightly, swing the kettlebell between your legs, and then thrust your hips forward to swing it up to chest height.

9. What is the risk of swinging a kettlebell that is too heavy?

  • Using a kettlebell that is too heavy can lead to poor form, which increases the risk of injury, particularly to the back and shoulders.

10. What exercises can I perform with a 24kg kettlebell?

  • Beyond swings, a 24kg kettlebell can be used for exercises like deadlifts, squats, and rows, which require greater strength and stability.

11. How often should I train with a 24kg kettlebell?

  • Frequency of training depends on your overall fitness goals and other workouts in your regimen. Generally, 2-3 times a week allows for recovery and adaptation.

12. What is the difference between a fitness kettlebell and a competition kettlebell?

  • Fitness kettlebells vary in size and shape as they increase in weight, whereas competition kettlebells maintain the same dimensions regardless of weight.

13. How do I know when to move from a 24kg to a 32kg kettlebell?

  • Progress to a 32kg kettlebell once you can comfortably perform all desired reps and sets with a 24kg kettlebell without compromising form.

14. What are some safety tips for kettlebell training?

  • Always warm up before training, focus on maintaining proper form, start with lighter weights to master technique, and increase weight gradually.

15. Can kettlebell training help with weight loss?

  • Yes, kettlebell exercises are high-intensity movements that can help burn calories and fat, contributing to weight loss when combined with a proper diet.

16. What should I wear during kettlebell workouts?

  • Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and sturdy, flat-soled shoes to ensure safe and effective workouts.

17. How do kettlebells improve cardiovascular fitness?

  • The dynamic movements of kettlebell exercises increase heart rate and breathing, boosting cardiovascular endurance.

18. Can kettlebells improve flexibility and mobility?

  • Regular kettlebell training can enhance flexibility and mobility through dynamic full-body movements and muscle stretching.

19. Are kettlebells suitable for all ages and fitness levels?

  • Kettlebells can be used by people of all ages and fitness levels, but the weight and type of exercise should be adjusted according to individual capability and fitness.

20. What is the "clean and press" kettlebell exercise?

  • The clean and press is a two-part exercise involving lifting the kettlebell to the shoulder (clean) and then pressing it overhead (press), engaging multiple muscle groups.

21. What is a tactical lunge?

  • The tactical lunge is a variation of the traditional lunge exercise, where you pass the kettlebell under the forward-bent leg from one hand to the other.

22. What does "sumo deadlift high pull" involve?

  • This exercise combines a wide-stance deadlift with a high pull, targeting the legs, back, and shoulders.

23. How does the goblet squat differ from regular squats?

  • In a goblet squat, the kettlebell is held close to the chest with both hands, which helps maintain an upright torso and engages the core more intensively.

24. What are the main muscles targeted by kettlebell training?

  • Kettlebell exercises engage multiple muscle groups, including the core, back, shoulders, glutes, and legs.

25. How do I maintain a kettlebell?

  • Keep kettlebells in a dry environment, wipe them down after use to prevent rust, and check regularly for any signs of wear or damage.

26. Can I use kettlebells for rehabilitation?

  • With proper guidance, kettlebells can be used for rehabilitation purposes to strengthen weakened muscles and improve movement mechanics.

27. What is the significance of the "pood" in kettlebell weights?

  • "Pood" is a traditional Russian unit of measure used to define the weight of kettlebells, where one pood is approximately 16kg.

28. How does kettlebell training affect core strength?

  • Kettlebell training significantly enhances core stability and strength due to the dynamic nature of the exercises and the need to stabilize the weight.

29. What is the Turkish get-up?

  • The Turkish get-up is a complex exercise that involves transitioning from lying on the ground to standing up while holding a kettlebell overhead.

30. What should be the progression strategy for kettlebell training?

  • Progress in kettlebell training should involve gradual increases in weight, combined with consistent improvements in technique and overall physical conditioning.


Competition Kettlebell

  • A type of kettlebell used in sporting competitions, standardized in size but varying in weight to maintain uniform handling characteristics.

Two-Hand Swing

  • A foundational kettlebell exercise where the kettlebell is swung between the legs with both hands and lifted to about chest height using the hips and legs.

Full-Body Ballistic Movement

  • A type of exercise that involves explosive movements engaging multiple muscle groups across the body, typically resulting in high energy expenditure.

Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat Kettlebell

  • A brand and model of kettlebell known for its precision engineering and durable coating, designed for both amateur and professional use.

Pavel Tsatsouline

  • A fitness instructor from Belarus credited with popularizing kettlebell training in the West. He is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor.

Turkish Get-Up (TGU)

  • An exercise that combines a series of movements transitioning from lying to standing while holding a weight overhead, which enhances mobility, strength, and stability.

Clean and Press

  • A compound kettlebell move involving a "clean" (lifting the kettlebell to the shoulder) followed by a "press" (lifting the kettlebell overhead).

Goblet Squat

  • A squat variation where the kettlebell is held close to the chest, helping to improve squatting technique and increasing the workout's intensity on the core and legs.

Tactical Lunge

  • A lunge variation where the kettlebell is passed under the forward leg from one hand to the other, increasing the complexity and balance requirement of the exercise.

Sumo Deadlift High Pull

  • A compound exercise combining a wide-stance deadlift with a high pull to the chin, effective for building strength in the back, shoulders, and legs.

Single Arm Pull

  • A kettlebell exercise where the weight is pulled up with one arm, often starting from the ground or hanging at the side, targeting the back and biceps.

Single Arm Overhead Square

  • Likely a variation involving movement patterns that incorporate both overhead and lateral movements, challenging coordination and strength.

Figure 8

  • A kettlebell exercise where the kettlebell is passed around the legs in a figure-eight pattern, engaging the core and improving agility.

Kettlebell Sit-Up

  • An abdominal exercise where a sit-up is performed while holding a kettlebell, increasing the resistance and intensity of the workout.

Around the World

  • A kettlebell exercise involving passing the kettlebell around the body at waist level, which helps improve grip strength and coordination.

Ballistic Movement

  • Fast, explosive movements that involve projecting the body or a weight through space, typical in kettlebell exercises like swings and snatches.

Full-Body Workout

  • A workout that targets all major muscle groups in the body, often involving compound movements that stimulate multiple muscles simultaneously.

Strength Conditioning

  • Exercises designed to increase muscle power, endurance, and overall strength, often involving resistance training like kettlebell workouts.


  • A Russian unit of weight measurement used historically for kettlebells. One pood equals approximately 16 kilograms or 35 pounds.


  • Electrostatic coating applied to metal objects, like kettlebells, to prevent corrosion and improve durability.

Average Strength Man/Woman

  • A classification in fitness describing a typical adult's strength level, used to tailor workout recommendations.

Strong Man/Woman

  • A term used to denote individuals with above-average strength, typically those who engage in advanced or heavy weightlifting.

Muscle Recovery

  • The process by which muscles repair and strengthen after exercise. Adequate recovery is crucial for continuous improvement and prevention of injuries.

Cardiovascular Fitness

  • The ability of the heart, lungs, and vascular system to efficiently supply oxygen to the body during sustained physical activity.


  • The ability to sustain physical effort for prolonged periods. In kettlebell training, endurance can be enhanced through extended sets or high-repetition workouts.

Training Goals

  • Specific objectives set by an individual related to fitness and health, such as improving strength, losing weight, or enhancing athletic performance.

Repetition Range

  • The number of times an exercise is performed consecutively in a set. Different repetition ranges target various fitness goals, like strength or endurance.

Technique Mastery

  • The degree to which one performs exercises with correct form. Mastery is crucial for effectiveness and safety in training.

Exercise Difficulty

  • A measure of how challenging an exercise is, which can vary based on the weight used, the technique required, and the individual's fitness level.