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3 Reasons Why You Should Respect The Kettlebell Size Gaps - Stronghorn Fitness

3 Reasons Why You Should Respect The Kettlebell Size Gaps

Traditionally, kettlebell training offers only a handful of weight options. Typically using increments  of  4k to 8k – 9 to 16 pounds – between sizes. The original reasons for these size gaps were most likely due to limited resources and space.

But it turns out that the benefits of the traditional gaps between weights are something you should know about. So here they are – the 3 reasons why you should respect the kettlebell size gaps and use them to maximize your fitness.


#1 Sharp Changes Force You to Think Differently

Like mentioned earlier, kettlebell size gaps are traditionally 4 to 8 kilograms – or 9 to 16 pounds – between options. So if you increase your bell weight from 16k to the next one up – which would be 24k – you’re going up 18 pounds!

Sounds like a pretty big jump right?

That’s because it is.

But big jumps like this work on a psychological level to help you get stronger,  by motivating you to switch the mindset of a cautious approach associated with small increases – to a “go strong or go home” approach.

So, with bigger jumps in resistance, you literally approach the exercise differently. You have to build the confidence and mental grit in order to conquer the weight.  And when it comes down to it, it’s all about your approach.

#2 Less Choices = More Work

When you have less options for weights – sometimes only 1 or 2 depending on the exercise – you have more mental capacity to focus on the work you need to do.

Instead of spending 5 minutes looking up and down the dumbbell rack, trying to do percentage math in your head, you’ll simply grab the only kettlebell option you have and get right to work.

This simplifies the workout experience and saves you time – so you can do more work – which is the whole point right?

#3 A focus of quality

Let’s say you are currently working with a 24k(53lbs) Goblet Squat but had the goal of hitting a 32k(70lbs) Goblet Squat. That’s a 32% increase!

Since we have no other options between the 24 and 32k, there is no opportunity to “creep” up on that bigger bell. Instead, you’re going to have to “own” the 24k Goblet Squat with a mastery level execution before attempting the 32k.

This provides you the right motivation to focus on high quality reps and plenty of practice. Both of which will be crucial to dominating that big bell Goblet Squat.

So now you know!

I hope this article has encouraged you to embrace the gaps between the kettlebell sizes.

In later posts, I’ll show you how to know when it’s time for that upgrade in weight and where you can find your next bell.

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Coach Joe

Joe holds multiple certifications through nationally accredited sources including, but definitely not limited to; Hardstyle Kettlebell Coach through Dragon Door Publications and Personal Trainer / Sports Performance Enhancement through National Academy of Sports Medicine. Valuing education, he plans on continuing his learning and growth in teaching kettlebells and practical healthy lifestyle changes to promote longevity and vitality to his clients and followers. Voted one of Austin's Best Personal Trainers in the Austin Fit Magazine 2017 Best Of Awards, Joe prides himself on making fitness fun and effective for all clients no matter their fitness level. Even though Joe is one of the top personal trainers in the Austin area, he also works with clients remotely and in group classes. Learn more about him HERE.

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