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    I've been reading about the benefits of kettlebell for a few weeks now and am positive that I want to incorporate them into my workout. The problem becomes, what weight kettlebell do I start with? A friend recommended Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel. I don't know if there's anything in there on where to start, but I was curious if any of the kettlebellers here have any advice for me.


    I'm pretty active now that I'm doing the PB, about 4-6 workouts a week. That's only been going on for just over a month though. I wouldn't want to start too light and waste a kettlebell and I wouldn't want to start off too heavy and not be able to do anything well because of how heavy it is. Any suggestions?


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    Hey Gtr - here's a recommendation from Dragon Door . . .


    http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/130/


    I'm trying to start up with kettlebells again so if you want to trade notes, would be glad to!

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      When I started kettlebells (with zero fitness level) I bought a 16kg(35ish-lb) one. The great part about kettlebells is that you can do basic stuff to begin with and build a strong foundation of total body strength, then you can progress to increasingly complex workouts in order to continue building strength. I assure you that you wont get tired of your kettlebells!

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        Yeah, I think I've decided on the 16kg kettlebell. I was guided towards US kettlebells for purchasing one but do you have any recommendations for another/better vendor?

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          The usual starting recommendation for guys is 16kg (35lb?).


          That is a fairly good place to start. I now have 4, 8, 16, 20 and 28kg.


          I will use the 16 on occasion for one handed work and my wife also uses it.


          * the 4kg is for my 2yr old son, who carries it around and does deadlifts with it

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            the 4kg is for my 2yr old son, who carries it around and does deadlifts with it

            Ha! That's awesome.

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              Awesome video on buying the right size

              http://www.fitnessblackbook.com/buy-kettlebells/


              If I bought a kettlebell program, I would pick the one in the link below (yes I am biased; Fitness Black Book recommends it). It is arguably one of the best kettlebell workouts since it uses HIIT principals.

              http://fitnessblackbook.com/recommen...ell-revolution

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                @klcarbaugh


                That first video was very informative. I didn't even think about shipping costs when I looked online. I found a place near me that may have them. Going to call tomorrow.


                I looked at the second link too but I think I'll stick to Pavel for now. Thanks for the rec anyway though!

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                  Yeah, that video is great isn't it?


                  Glad to help.

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                    Love kettlebells! they will do great things for your butt and hamstrings, back development and core in general.


                    GtrBMart, are you female or male? not that it matters.. but most females do well starting with 12 kg? I think you might be male though.


                    There's lots of good info here, when I first started using KB- I found this site very helpful

                    http://www.artofstrength.com/


                    There is some good instructional videos here

                    http://www.artofstrength.com/videos/...08-videos.aspx

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                      Your dilemma is the one shortcoming of kettlebells. I wish they would make a modular kettlebell like they do dumbells, where you could turn a dial to a specific weight and when you pick up the bell only that weight would come up out of the rack. Any entreprenurial engineers out there?!


                      Whatever you start with, you will progress quickly to new weights.


                      While Kettlebells are great, a barbell and weights are a far more versatile tool and can be purchased very cheap on Craigslist.


                      Assuming you want to use kettlebells though, as a frame of reference Crossfit workouts usually call for a weight of 1.5 pood (55 lbs) for males.

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                        Get Primal -


                        They do make them. They're pretty expensive.

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                          Yes, you can buy loadable kettlebells that you can fill with sand or buckshot. Look here:


                          http://www.artofstrength.com/online-...ttlebells.aspx


                          I am a kettlebell instructor so my advice is going to be to find someone to teach you the basic moves. Where do you live?

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                            Now that you mention it I vaguely remember seeing one. I believe it only went up to about 25 lbs though, do they make modular models that go up to 60+ lbs?

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                              @Jessica:

                              I live near Boston, MA but will live IN Boston come January. I have quite a few friends into kettlebell so I may have some good resources for help.


                              @Ecala:

                              I am indeed male. I want to start with 16kg for two reasons. 1) It looks like the standard starting point and 2) it's heavier than the heaviest dumbbell I own (~11kg) so I'm expecting it to be a better workout overall because I won't have to do repetitive reps that take longer just to get to a point where my muscles feel the burn.

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