How To Purchase Kettlebells (5 steps)

by admin on May 5, 2011

Thinking about purchasing your first kettlebell(s)? Looking to add some new weights to your arsenal?

Here’s how to purchase kettlebells in five easy steps:

Step one – preliminary research

There’s all kinds of freely available information about kettlebells on the internet – and this blog, of course, is a great place to start :)

If you’re just getting started, you’ll want to simply learn all you can about the basics of kettlebell training to make sure it’s right for you. Check out this recent blog post for a great overview:

Kettlebell Blog Overview – The Best Of KettlebellBasics.net

Step two – try before you buy

Most folks I see for kettlebell training sessions are just getting started with them – and it’s certainly a good idea to get some in-person instruction to make sure you learn the basics right the first time around.

If you’re in a relatively big city, there’s likely an RKC certified instructor near you – to search for one in your area, click here

Step three – determine the weight of kettlebells you’ll need

Depending on your starting fitness level, your experience with kettlebell training, and a host of other factors, you’ll need to determine what size kettlebell you’ll need.

I actually have an entire post about this here, so I’ll direct you to that if you need more info:

I’m Going To Purchase Some Kettlebells; What Size Do I Need?

Step four – shop around

Your two basic options when you’re looking to purchase kettlbells are 1) buying locally or 2) ordering online.

Search around sporting goods stores in your area if you’re looking to buy locally. The advantages here are that you can see the kettlebells before you buy them, you potentially save on shipping costs, and you don’t have to wait – you could run out and buy your kettlebells today.

You might even try looking on places like craigslist or local classified publications – after all, used kettlebells are often times just as good as new ones.

Ordering online, you’ll likely be able to get a better deal on the ‘bells themselves. You’ll also have more selection, as there are dozens of kettlebell brands you can order on the Internet.

My personal preference, of course, is Dragon Door kettlebells. Of the half dozen or so brands of kettlebells I’ve trained with, these are hands down the best. They are the best balanced, have the smoothest grips, and just are all-around well-built. A good testament to how much I like them is the fact that I’ve outfitted my training studio with Dragon Door ‘bells almost exclusively.

Step five – pickup any extras

Proper instruction is what will make your kettlebell training a success or failure. So at the very minimum, make sure you get some quality instructional materials (click here for more details on kettlebell training resources).

Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel is another great resource to get you pointed in the right direction when you’re first starting out, as is the recommended resources section of this blog.

If you’re looking to purchase kettlebells, a bit of planning will go a long way in helping you select the right sizes, get the highest quality, and get the most out of the training you’re planning on doing with them. Good luck!

Forest

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