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Few things kettlebells

You see, too many of us out there have no idea how to hold a kettlebell. In this article, i want to talk about something that many seasoned users or shall i say qualified kettlebell trainers still am doing it wherever i go across the globe. With an array of certifications around the block, its not a wonder why most people don’t really know how to. Maybe as well nobody during the course talks about this itself, I’m not too sure but lets not take my word for it. First of all you need to know that there are two main types of kettlebell. One, is the iron casts, which is just a black iron canon looking ball with a handle.

Iron cast

Iron cast

The second type will be a Pro grade kettlebell where you can see an array of colour and they have a constant shape to weight ratio(colour is what sets them apart) unlike the iron casts, they get just a tiny bit bigger with the increment of weights. With the Pro grades kettlebells, they have same circumference, same length(handle), same angle in the bend/kink of the handle. The iron cast’s is the opposite, where the changes are in the circumference, length and the kink. This will dictate how you place and hold the bells in your rack position or whilst doing pressing movement.

Pro Grades

Pro Grades


Just for the sake of easier learning, lets jus say that there are two main techniques to hold the bells which all depends on the dimensions and goals. Firstly there is the Hardstyle or the GS way of handling it. Ill try my best to shine some light on this topic as its quite a grey area with people who don’t know how to handle them and think of only ONE way and that is the ONLY correct way, erm no. Anyways…here is some of the things you might want to look at the next time you handle them on the rack postiton or pressing movements.




as you would know by now, GS technique

as you would know by now, GS technique

Look again at the kettlebells and how much the kettlebell’s handle is turned. This is due to two things again, one being the dimension and two the goal of the training.


Look at the dimensions which will include the thickness of the handle, the distance between the horns, the bending angle and the distance between the handle and the ball itself. Below i already have put out the most appropriate technique to use for the bells for learning sake.









GS/ Hardstyle



The whole idea is to know your kettlebells(dimensions) well enough so that when you have clients that you train or you want to try and suggest a “certain type of way”, you actually can get the most optimal positioning that it doesn’t cause any discomfort or pain on the bone where the bell bell will rest. You can come join us during the CKC where we discuss in further details how you can quickly maximize the kettlebells for your training.



About Jab

Delusionally Optimistic Personal Trainer and Manual Therapist. Lifetime foodie advocate.


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