Men who are new to kettlebell training and lifting in general should start with a 16 kilogram or 35 pound kettlebell. This is the ideal weight for the average man, new to weights or average to just above average gym strength. Men who are new to kettlebells, but not weight training and have been at it for some time can consider starting with 20 kilogram or 44 pound kettlebell. The average man will quickly be able to use a 24 kilogram or 53 pound after a few months of kettlebell training. If you are of advanced strength, but new to kettlebells we recommend starting with a 53 pound or 24 kilogram kettlebell, knowing you will progress past this in up to 6 months.
Women who are new to kettlebell training and lifting in general should start with an 8 kilogram or 18 pound kettlebell. This weight is ideal for a woman who is just beginning weight training whether it be in the gym or at home. Remember, you want a kettlebell you can grow with, even if this seems like a lot of weight at first, you will fairly quickly be able to increase your reps through regular use and the workouts you do. Women who use some form of weights but are new to kettlebells should start with a 12 kilogram or 26 pound kettlebell.
NEW to Kettlebells and Weights?
For men and women, with little or no weight experience or who might be older, consider starting with a kettlebell under 8 kilograms or 20 pounds to become acquainted with new movements.