Work OUT with Chris - Episode 4: Choosing The Right Kettlebell

In today’s lecture, I am talking about the 3 things worth keeping in mind when choosing the right kettlebell. Kettlebells are not cheap and - since we’re talking about working out at home or in the garden, but not in a professional gym - one should also consider the amount of storage space they require.


If you don’t have the time to watch the entire video (which takes exactly 2 minutes, so roughly as long as Queen needed to get to the “Too late, my time has come” part in their classic song Bohemian Rhapsody), here’s a quick recap of the 3 bullets:

  1. You can train the entire body using just one single kettlebell - no need to buy two.
  2. Too light is better than too heavy
  3. Use a cast iron kettlebell and some ground protection.

Regarding the third point: whatever you put on the floor for protection - unless it’s a tank or Vinnie Jones - it will not save it from the damage caused by a falling kettlebell. “Quick feet are happy feet”, as the father of kettlebells Pavel Tsatsouline often says. Please take his advice to heart and, if you happen to drop your weight, focus on getting yourself out of the way. Don’t worry about the floor.

And, if you’re wondering what the right size kettlebell could be for you, experts in this field usually give the following recommendations:

  • women - 8-12 kg  (18-26 lb)
  • men - 16-24 kg (35-50 lb)

I, personally, own a 16 kg and a 24 kg kettlebell and I might do another video explaining the types of exercises and routines for which I find each of them helpful. 

Stay safe, stay strong and tell me if you have your own tips on choosing the right kettlebell.