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Old 10-27-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
Mike ODonnell
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My old gym had KBs and I am looking to get some for my new place...but I forget what weight was ideal for doing swings...15lbs...20lbs...25lbs. Most all of my clients are women, so any ideas on the best KB weight to order? Probably will get the 15 and 20lb version...would I need a 25 too?

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Old 10-27-2006, 02:29 PM   #2
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You'll need a 25, a 30, and a 35 IMO.

Most will use 15s and 20s.

The other factor to consider is that for safety's sake, it's better to have them swing the chest level with a 30 than go overhead with a 20 or 25. Shoulder/upperbody power must be there to do overhead swings safely.

Also, you only need a couple of heavier KBs, because you can also have them do 2 KB swings (1 in each hand OR two in one hand for grip building) with two 15s and/or 20s. Double swings can be done between the legs (wide stance) or outside the legs (cross-country skiing motion with arms).
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:06 PM   #3
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Ah, Mike, get ready to get killed... :080402gudl_prv:
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:20 PM   #4
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Most of the people we train start out with 12K kettlebells and then move up to 16K and 24k kettlebells for swings.

The gender of the swinger does not matter. What matters is that their back is strong enough hold proper form when swinging.

Very few adults that we work with have trouble with a 12k kettlebell swing. For the ones that do, a light dumbbell will work just as well as a kettlebell and costs a lot less.

If you are learning kettlebell snatches and other kettlebell specific moves, lighter kettlebells may be useful.
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:12 AM   #5
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My first KB was a 12k. When I go to CF I like to use the16k. The 12k is a good start, I'm still swinging it! If I could have two I would have both. (Or a rock. See post about not being able to afford a KB.)I think for most new women 12 and 16k are safe to buy.
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:33 PM   #6
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A good rule of thumb is to estimate approximately 1/4 bodyweight for regular two arm swings. Once proficient, then moving up to 1/3 bodyweight is common.

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:32 PM   #7
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I've personally found that for all athletes, even large/strong males, the 12kg (26lb) is great to learn form with. Females and any older/weaker clients can stay with that weight for a while, average males can make the jump to 16kg (36lb) pretty quickly, and very strong males can move up to swinging the 24kg (53lb).
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:59 AM   #8
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sounds like 12kg and 16kg are the winners!
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