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Lets say I can only afford 1 kettle bell

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Bob Mcbobberson
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2015/01/04 07:59:08 (permalink)
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Lets say I can only afford 1 kettle bell

What size should I buy?  I'm not sure how heavy I need to be doing those swings, i intend to buy a kettlebell and follow an online tutorial, also I can't really afford to buy a light one and work my way up gradually.  It needs to be challenging for a while longer than that...  BTW I live in an island with only a few gyms and none have kettlebells.
 
To give an idea of my strength level ...I'm currently 93kg, estimate about 12-15%bf, can bench around 120kg, squat and deadlift I usually do for reps, working with low weights (80kg-ish) because I have chronic lower back pain, can do about 12 pullups consecutively.
 
 
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    Celt
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    Re: Lets say I can only afford 1 kettle bell 2015/01/04 09:15:26 (permalink)
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    Might depend on the source of your lower back pain if you want to do swings mate; as you probably know they're taxing on the lower back and a great way to strengthen the muscle there. If you have damage there you probably need to start lighter and work up, but if the pain you experience is down to a need to develop the muscle there you could start heavier and the swings will have a great benefit for your squats and deads over time.

    My gut feel for just one bell based on your strength level would be a 24kg. I do 3 x 24 rep swing sets with a 24kg bell with 8 one hand, switching straight into 8 with the other and 8 two-handed. It's a great lower back and hamstring developer. 24kg is also a good weight to shoulder press, goblet squat, clean and press etc. A 20kg would likely be a better starter but I'd suspect you might be wanting the 24kg after a couple of months. That said if you're happy to just profess to higher reps over the longer term the 20kg would probably be just as ideal.
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    Bob Mcbobberson
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    Re: Lets say I can only afford 1 kettle bell 2015/01/04 13:23:01 (permalink)
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    Thanks for that mate.  I tried swings once last year, I forget what weight I used....with squats and deadlifts I always feel like i'm on a knife-edge with the bad disc, but the feeling of the swing was great.  Sometimes the more athletic moves are better for certain injuries.  In my experience anyway.
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    Re: Lets say I can only afford 1 kettle bell 2015/01/04 15:24:32 (permalink)
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    Good advice from Celt. Was going to suggest a 20kg one myself.
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    Re: Lets say I can only afford 1 kettle bell 2015/02/02 15:33:25 (permalink)
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    I agree with these guys. 20 or 24kg
     
    I've bought lighter ones and found them way too easy to have any effect after about two weeks.

    I smoke. A lot. And i eat full fat mayo. So suck on that! ;-)
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