Training with kettlebells is a great way to workout. By design they build muscle mass while providing an intense cardio workout. It’s the best of both worlds you could say. Fantastic! Now, where do you start? Well, it starts with getting yourself one of the many kettlebell sets available and by reading my other article on kettlebell training basics.
You need a kettlebell set because just one kettlebell limits your exercise options. You can still have a killer workout with just one but it gets more fun and diverse with multiple options.
Does it matter which of the kettlebell sets you buy? Yes! Though it’s not as complicated as you may think. You don’t have to buy a kit per se, just buy one at a time until you create your perfect set.
Personally, I prefer a one-piece solid cast iron kettlebell. Cap, Troy and Onnit make some good ones. Other materials just don’t feel the same for me. I want my workouts to be gritty and hard, and it’s hard to go wrong with solid cast iron for that.
Next is choosing the weight. Trust me, you will underestimate the weight of these suckers. When I went to pick up my first 35lbs kettlebell I thought it was 50 or 60 pounds. The weight is so densely packed that I couldn’t believe how heavy it was! Keep this in mind when selecting your kettlebells. Go to your nearest sports retail store and try these out first if you’re thinking of buying online.
So what kettlebell sets should you get? That varies from person to person. It was tough for me to start with a 35lbs kettlebell, especially when following the Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout DVD. For me, the best bet was starting with a 15lbs, 25lbs and 35lbs kettlebell. With these three you can work your way up to heavier weights, do super sets and drop sets. Another option is to double up and get two of the same weights so you can do certain exercises, such as the double kettlebell swing.
The truth is, there aren’t any one-size fits all kettlebell sets. You need to pick the bells you are most comfortable with and that will give you the best challenge. If you’re curious where I bought my kettlebells, I bought my kettlebells from Amazon.