Cast Iron Kettlebells and Kettlebell Sets - Cast Iron Kettlebells are the most common type of kettlebell and are recognized by their black or gray finish. They are simple, functional and the most affordable. These painted cast iron kettlebells are commonly seen
in CrossFit boxes, commercial gyms and military installations. Ironcompany offers many different types of iron kettlebells to choose from in pounds or kilograms and with many different finish types.
What is a Kettlebell? An Iron Kettlebell consists of two cast iron handle horns that join the handle to the body of the bell. The best kettlebells are cast in a mold that forms a solid, one-piece design. The base of the body is often flat which keeps the bell upright when you set it down and can also stabilize the user when using them to perform push-ups. Some kettlebells will include a rubber pad at the bottom of their base to absorb impact if dropped or when putting them on a rack specially designed for kettlebells.
What characteristics of a Kettlebell Handle are most important? The handle itself and your comfort level with it are key. If there are sharp edges present, it’s too slippery, too rough, too thin, too thick or whatever, chances are you will not get the most out of your kettlebell workout. So first and foremost decide if you want a smooth handle or one that is textured. Smooth handles, which are usually painted with baked on enamel or a “hammertone finish”, tend to be better for high rep training since they create less friction on the hands. A quality manufacturer will make sure to grind off any rough or sharp areas of the handle that can cause discomfort or worse. Many heavy lifters like a thicker handle with enough texture on it to hold chalk and provide the best grip possible when lifting heavy.
Where do I start and what sizes do I need? If you’re new to kettlebell training, start light! Even if you’re a seasoned weight lifter, kettlebell training is a totally different animal compared to lifting dumbbells and barbells. Using the correct form is crucial not only in maximizing gains, but for avoiding injury. So even if you think you don’t need it, seeking the help of a professional in the beginning for your first few sessions will keep you a happy, healthy kettlebell lifter for many years.
A good kettlebell starter weight for women is usually 18 lbs. (8 kg). Men will want to begin with 35 lbs. (16 kg). These weights will allow you to safely learn technique without putting too much strain on yourself and risking injury. In due time as your technique gets better and you get stronger you can begin to increase to heavier kettlebell sizes.
What are the best Kettlebell Exercises? The most frequently used exercises are the Swing, Snatch and Clean and Jerk. The number of exercises that can be done with a kettlebell are endless but other examples would be the Figure 8, Goblet Squat, Lunge Press, Sumo High Pull, Russian Twist, Windmill, Single Arm Floor Press, Deadlift, Get Up and many more. A lot of these lifts can be learned by entering the name into YouTube and finding a reputable kettlebell coach that teaches proper execution of each exercise.
Need help selecting the perfect Iron Kettlebell set? Contact an Ironcompany.com equipment specialist today at 1-888-758-7527.