How Often Should You Work Out With Kettlebells?

Over the past couple of months, my workout partner and I have re-integrated kettlebell workouts into our weekly routine at the Perimeter L.A. Fitness.  We bring out kettlebells on Tuesdays and Fridays and go through our set of exercises three times.  The entire routine takes about an hour.

Recently some of the regulars at the gym have been asking questions and one gentlemen has joined us in our kettlebell workout.  He is able to get through about 1/2 to 2/3 of each set but he keeps coming back so that is a good sign.  I’ll go into more detail about our routine in a future post.

I suspect that you could perform different kettlebell exercises each day and find something different to do every day of the week.  In our case, we have to deal with the issue of schlepping the kettlebells from the car, as our L.A. Fitness does not have a full set.  Interestingly, however, about six months after workout partner Michael and I used our kettlebells for the first time, a couple of the personal trainers there purchased four or five bells and started using them occasionally.  Right now, there is one 16kb bell, the rest are very light weights – most of the trainer clients are women who do not run through a very intense workout.  We use 16kb and 12kb bells and it is nice to have one available to use in addition to what we bring.

In the mornings at L.A. Fitness at least, most of the regulars are in their 40’s and 50’s and I doubt that too many of these folks would be able to handle an intense kettlebell workout.  On the other hand, swinging a 2kb kettlebell is not going to do much.  For  us, at this time, two days a week is about right.  I think it is better to run through a solid kettlebell workout once or twice a week, as opposed to a peripheral use of the weights once every two to four weeks.

As I will discuss in a future post, many of our kettlebell day exercises are focused on core strength and now that we are consistent, I am really starting to see some good results.  Not quite ready for photos (although I have several very solid “before” photos!).


  1. Arlinda Ayres says:

    Kettlebells are my all time favorite way of working out. I’ve lost so much weight (48 pounds!) and toned up like a model

    My son, a US Army Master Fitness Instructor currently deployed to Iraq, swears by them. The best place I’ve found to buy quality kettlebells at really good prices, is Kettlebells USA. They have some great starter kits to try them with.

  2. Wow, what a way to answer a question, by indirectly putting down the rest of us folk who aren’t as young and full of testosterone as you.

    I’m a +40 female comfortably swinging 7.5 and 12 kg bells and just trying to find out if I can train every day. I’m concerned about bone density, not bicep dimensions. Here you’ve totally dismissed both my gender and age group. (And I notice your “exercises for 40 to 50 year olds” is blank – what’s that about?)

    The switch to bells is a move towards intensity, regardless of how little they weigh. The old “folks” at the club are there for the same reason you are – to better themselves in some way. Let us walk our own paths with dignity, and spare us the derision please. You’ll be “old” someday, too.

    If you’re creating this negative vibe in the fitness club, it’s no wonder you don’t see others giving kettlebells a go. They probably all rush over to the bells once you’ve left the building!

  3. Go Betty! 🙂 I was thinking the same thing!

    I am just getting started with kettlebells (15 lbs or 6.8kg) & was wondering the same thing about how often I should be training. Other posts I have seen recommend 2-3 times per week, similar to how often weight training is traditionally done. Thanks!

  4. Craig Williams says:

    I support the 40 plus lady I am stronger now than ever before and have just turned fourty , I am on the sixteens in Kettlebells and moving to twenties pretty soon , jus ran a 1h 30 half marathon with a few Halfironmans under the belt whats your game ?

  5. Gloria Gordon says:

    I’m a 61 year old female and I currently do the Tracy Reifkind DVD with a 15lb and 20lb kettlebell. The workout is 40 min. and I use it 2-3 times a week. I have definitely gotten stronger. Addicted at this point.

  6. gordog01e says:

    I’m a 61 year old female and kettlebell 2-3 times a week with the TRACY REIFKIND dvd which I absolutely love. It’s basic and simple. 40 min. with a 15 and 20 lb. bell.
    I can feel my body transforming and my energy level has soared. This is the most fun I’ve had in years… many…

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