Men – Develop a Fighter’s Physique with Kettlebells

If you are looking to strip some fat, build muscle, or develop game winning conditioning with one simple but highly effective exercise tool then kettlebells are for you.

It’s tough to get and stay in shape these days.  Everyone is  busy with work, family, & friends and its so easy to grab that snack food and skip those long exercise sessions.

We can change all that and give you a tool and training system that can be done at home in less time than it would typically take to get to the gym.

We will show you how kettlebells can transform the average man into a modern warrior with a fighters physique that is for “show” and “go”, and best of all this type of training gets maximum results in minimum time.

Yes there are a lot of exercise fads and gimmicks around.  Late night TV is full of shiny gimmicky pieces of equipment which promise results in a few easy minutes a day, but ultimately fail to deliver.

The kettlebell is different.  It has stood the test of time and has been around since the turn of the century.  However, up until recently kettlebells have been hidden away in Russia or the former Soviet bloc to train their Olympic athletes, fighters and Soviet Special Force members.

Perhaps you already know that the kettlebell training is one of the most effective types of training you can do, as confirmed by the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and what you really want is to get your hands on a high quality kettlebell and get training straight away.

Average Male Starter Kettlebell


But if you are like most people you probably have a few questions about kettlebells which we will hopefully answer below.

Why should I train with kettlebells?

  • Kettlebell training is time efficient and very effective and is ideal for mini 10 -20 minute training sessions.
  • Kettlebells train the whole body, both cardio and with resistance so you look good & feel good.
  • Kettlebell training can be done at home, at the beach or anywhere you have a bit of space, without having to travel to the gym.
  • Kettlebells can both rehab injuries & develop a more resilient body resistance to training injuries .

Therefore if you are a Dad with a family (like me) that wants to lose some of the middle age spread and get back to the physique you had 10-20 years ago but doesn’t have much time to train.

Or perhaps you are an up and coming rugby player or sportsman looking for an edge?

Then what you need is a training tool that can give you maximum results in minimum time, and kettlebells are one of the most efficient & effective types of exercise (along with cross country skiing) you can do, whatever your training goals, as recommended by the American Council of Exercise (ACE).


Why is kettlebell training more effective than other types of exercise?

  • Kettlebells train the body as a whole unit, the upper body, lower body & core together, how it is designed to be used.
  • Kettlebells train the fast twitch muscle fibers, building impressive fighter style physiques without the artificial bodybuilder look.
  • Kettlebell interval training maximises EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) thereby keeping your metabolism raised and burning calories long after you have stopped exercising.
  • Kettlebell slow low rep strength exercises (grinds) build a foundation of functional strength that further develop the physique.

The reason kettlebells are so effective is because you use your whole body to do exercises, as compared to say bodybuilding where individual muscles are isolated and artificially pumped up. This results in quicker progress and fewer injuries due to balanced development,.

With kettlebells you can combine resistance training  (ie, weight training) and cardiovascular training into one workout, even one exercise,  thereby getting fit, losing fat and strengthening building your whole body.  You are in effect training your body how it is designed to be trained, as a unit with both quick movements and slow strength movements through a full range of movement that your body was made for, not the range of movement a gym machine was made for.

Because kettlebells emphasize quick high rep exercises like kettlebell snatches & kettlebell swings you train the fast twitch muscle fibers which are most responsive to development & strengthening  yet also simultaneously you are improving  your fitness levels & stripping off fat.  And because most high rep quick kettlebell training is done in intervals it is anaerobic in nature, ie, it is done in short bursts with recovery periods in between.  This type of training maximizes EPOC  (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), which is simple terms means that you will continue to burn fat and build your body hours after finishing exercising.  This is in contrast to aerobic exercises like running where you burn calories when exercising but burn very few  (if any) additional calories after stopping training.

Kettlebells can also be used as a strength tool that develops the muscles and structure of your body to further develop your physique and enhance your quick kettlebell exercises.  Kettlebell strength exercises often focus on the core muscles to enhance your overall body strength and power using safe effective movements your body was designed to do. For further information on kettlebell training please refer to our kettlebell articles.


Why should we buy your kettlebells?

  • Our kettlebells are the best quality you can buy in NZ and have been tested and approved by a qualified kettlebell instructor.
  • Cheaper poorly designed kettlebells make doing kettlebell exercises difficult and can damage the hands and wrists.
  • We provide a kettlebell exercise guide and training program with our kettlebell along with an optional kettlebell training DVD so you can learn how to use your kettlebell properly.

Kettlebells NZ has been selling kettlebells since 2005, longer than any other supplier in NZ.  Not only do we sell kettlebells but the owner Mike Capper is one of only a handful of RKC qualified kettlebell instructors in the country and the only kettlebell instructor that sells kettlebells.  So you can be rest assured he knows what a good kettlebell is and has been improving the quality of  KBNZ’s products since 2005.  Mike has to be 100% happy with the quality of KBNZ’s kettlebells since he uses them himself.

Other kettlebell suppliers are after a quick buck and sell cheaper inferior kettlebells.  Some of these cheaper kettlebells have the handle welded to the bell so they are not as strong as our all in one cast kettlebells.  Most have rough unfinished handles that will cut up hands when they are sued for swings or snatches because getting a high quality finish is what costs a lot more when manufacturing kettlebells.  Some other kettlebells are just poorly designed so that they cannot be snatched our held in the rack correctly.  So rest assured our kettlebells may cost more but you won’t regret choosing our kettlebells over the competitions.  For further comparisons between our kettlebells and cheap kettlebells go here.

Because we not only understand kettlebells but know how to use them we also include with each kettlebell order a kettlebell exercise guide detailing how to correctly perform the kettlebell exercises and sample kettlebell training programs, along with an optional kettlebell DVD.

There is unfortunately a lot of poor kettlebell training advice from self taught trainers and so call YouTube experts.  Most NZ gym instructors have never used a kettlebell but Mike has traveled to the USA twice in the last 4 years to do the RKC 3 day kettlebell instructor course along with doing other kettlebell workshops so that he can pass on the correct information that he has spent thousands of dollars obtaining.


Kettlebells seem ideal for me but what size should I get?

  •  An average size and strength man should start with a 16kg kettlebell
  • A stronger / bigger than average man could start with a 20kg kettlebell in some circumstances
  • Only strong athletes should start with a 24kg kettlebell and this will be too heavy for most

The common consensus is that an average Male should start with a 16kg kettlebell and an average female should start with a 8kg kettlebell.

However, there are a number of factors that dictate the ideal kettlebell size.  If a Male trainer has a Martial Arts background, is stronger/bigger than average or has a powerlifting/Olympic lifting background they may be ok starting with a 20kgor even a 24kg in extreme cases (usually only for very advanced athletes).

The ability to move and and sit back using the posterior chain in movements like the swing / snatch is crucial.  So even if you have extensive weight training experience if you can not do the basic swing movement properly (using the posterior chain) then the strength you have developed doing weights will not be utilised.

In fact, bodybuilding type workouts can be more of a hindrance as the slow isolated squeezing type bodybuilding movements that are often used are in complete contrast to the faster ballistic kettlebell movements such as the swing or the whole body movements such as the Get Up and sometimes individuals that have trained as bodybuilders take a while to understand the movements.

Some people want to get a heavier kettlebell so it lasts and costs less than getting multiple kettlebells.  This would be a mistake because if the kettlebell is too heavy you will not learn the movements correctly and your progress will be limited.  But the great thing with kettlebell training is that it is a strength/endurance tool so as you get stronger you can move towards high rep swing/snatch type workouts.  This is not to say you shouldn’t get a heavier kettlebell at a later date, because you should to progress, but you will always be able to do high rep power cardio movements with your starter kettlebell or perhaps use it on a lighter training day.

The 20kg is a good kettlebell for stronger than average males
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