What size bell is right for me?

Lets face it... weights are an investment.  They aren't cheap and most people can't afford to have a collection the same size as the studio does in their living room.  The most common question people ask is what size bell should I buy?

My response is almost always the same:  HEAVY! 

Which usually provokes a confused stare and a nervous laugh from whomever I just said that too. But here's the thing... I'm serious! 

So lets take a hot minute to talk about WHY I give this answer. 


1) Because bells are an investment and I don't want to see you outgrow the bells you just bought. 

      If you buy the bell you can currently press and consistently use it you will not only outgrow your bell quickly but your progress is going to halt.  What are you working towards if you can already press that bell for 10 reps.  So next you'll press it for 12 then 15 then 25 .... all you're doing is increasing the amount of time you have to workout for to continue to get results.  Now there are places and people who will tell you that volume training is good for your endurance, yada yada and that's great.  I won't necessarily tell you it's wrong, just that it's a method I practice scarcely as I genuinely prefer to spend less time working out and more time with my kids. 

2) Because there is a lot you can do with a heavy bell - you just don't know it yet! 

    Many of our signature kettlebell moves are actually designed to move heavier weight than you think.  Turkish getups and windmills for instance are the most beneficial to you as you start increasing your weight.  Now that's not to say that you will pick up and perform these moves with a heavy bell the first time you try them. You need to learn how to properly execute them, BUT the goal is to eventually perform these moves with a heavy bell.

3) Because when you start getting strong, your life will change in ways you didn't imagine

       The emotional transformation that takes place as you get stronger is incredible.   Its actually one of my favorite pieces of coaching- witnessing that transformation as clients begin to blossom and their confidence begins to take a whole new level.  

4) Because even if all you can do is swing it, that alone is a REALLY good workout! 

       Its good for your glutes, your lungs, your abs.  Simply swinging {consistently & correctly} will absolutely offer you body comp changes! 

If you're still trying to decide what you would do with a heavy bell that you can't press overhead yet- here is a quick workout you could try:

Start your stop watch, you are going to work for :40 seconds and rest for :20.
 {That means if your timer is working you are starting every time the minute hits :01 and resting every time it hits :41
Farmer Carry
Core Hold
Two handed chest press
(if you are able - if not that's totally ok, just skip it)

That is just a FEW of the moves you can hit with a heavy bell.... this list goes on and on, and as you grow into your heavy bell you start taking these moves to the next level.  Ex: Single leg deadlifts, single leg squats, overhead carry, overhead press, windmills, turkish getups

So the very last question is: what does "heavy" mean?  I suggest starting with a weight that is 15 (to 20) pounds HEAVIER than your single arm press!  Yes that's right.... so if you can press a 20 (to 25) pound bell overhead I would go with a 40 pound bell.  If you are starting at 10-15 pounds that you can press over head then I would settle in with a 30 to 35 lb bell.  I know this still leaves a lot of room, because ultimately I want you to choose a bell that although it may slightly intimidate you, you are comfortable with.


If you try any of these, let me know!  If you take the chance and buy a heavier bell and need more ideas, shoot me an email over at: Tabitha@VitalityBuffalo.com