How to Select the Proper Size of Kettlebell

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Selecting the proper size of kettlebell always requires you to keep a few very important things in mind. Select the proper size of kettlebell with help from a strength and conditioning coach in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Steven Benedict. I'm a strength and conditioning coach and performance enhancement specialist. Today, we're going to be talking about how to pick the proper kettlebell for your training. Now it all depends really on your fitness levels, your activity level and what you've been doing prior or what you haven't been doing. So this goes for basically men and women. So usually the kettlebells either come in pounds or they come in kilos. For today's purposes, we have pounds. So we have a 10, a 15, a 20, a 25, and we brought in a bigger one for 40 pounds. So basically if you're a woman and you've been pretty inactive, and you've been sitting around or taking care of the family and haven't had enough time for your own fitness stuff, I would suggest either starting in the 10 to 15 range, usually 10, maybe an 8, even lower in here and as you progress which you will progress very quickly you can jump right up into the15 range or 16 kilo range. But, the most important thing while you're trying to pick your kettlebell, is that you want enough weight that's going to cause enough stress and load enough resistance on your body so you can benefit from the kettlebell routines that you're going to do. Now if you are a runner or if you are some type of athlete where you are putting a lot of explosiveness through your legs, then I would start for the women anywhere from the 15 to the 20 range. Now on the men's side, muscle is a little denser for us so you can go a little heavier, you know, again based on your fitness levels. Gentlemen, anywhere from the 15 to 20 range and then as you progress, which you will progress very quickly, you know, into the 20/25 range and then if you can handle it, the more the better, 40 range. So again, based on your activity level and what you've been doing and what you haven't been doing, is all based on the proper utensils that you're going to use for your workout. So just ask me more questions or anything else about the kettlebells, follow me at or you can follow me on Twitter at Benedict_Steven and remember, the best training results you can get is to train like an athlete, train with an athlete.


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