Tips for Picking the Right Kettlebell - dummies

Tips for Picking the Right Kettlebell

By Sarah Lurie

Part of Kettlebells For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re shopping for workout gear, investing in a good, high-quality kettlebell is the best way to go. After all, you certainly don’t want to be slinging a cheap kettlebell around your body and head.

Here are some useful tips for purchasing the right kettlebell:

  • Make sure your kettlebell isn’t too heavy or too light; you should be able to press it over your head with control and stability, but with some resistance.

  • Test the handle size to make sure both hands fit comfortably on the handle without touching each other.

  • Wrap one hand around the handle to make sure the tips of your fingers are only a couple of inches from your palm.

  • Purchase a solid cast-iron kettlebell without a vinyl coating. Vinyl coating doesn’t enhance performance or protect your floors, and it won’t have much longevity as it starts to crack and peel. Perhaps most significant, though, is the fact that when a kettlebell is covered, you can’t see whether holes from the mold were filled with a material other than iron. If they were, you really aren’t getting the size that’s indicated on the bell.

  • Make sure the kettlebell is made from one piece, instead of the handle being attached separately. You don’t want your kettlebell to come apart while you’re swinging it.

  • Check to make sure your kettlebell comes with a one-year guarantee. Manufacturers that aren’t willing to stand behind their products aren’t making quality kettlebells.