Competition Kettlebells are all made from one single piece of steel using the same sized cast, meaning that they are all exactly the same size, manufactured to specific dimensions set by the Sport’s governing body (Height 280mm, Base Diameter 140mm, Diameter 210mm and Handle Diameter 33 or 35mm dependant on the governing body).
Not only does this ensure that competitors have consistency throughout the world, but it also ensures that the technique can remain identical and the Kettlebell will sit in the same position on the forearm as the lifter moves up or down throughout the weights.
In a set that lasts 10-minutes efficiency and consistency are key. If the dimensions between two weights or two venues were different then any small variations could wreak havoc with the output.
Due to the fact that they are all the same size, the best way to easily differentiate between one weight and another is simple colour coding.
Therefore, to make it easier to identify how much a kettlebell weighs from a distance, competition kettlebells adopt a universal colour coding system as follows; Pink 8kg, Blue, 12kg, Yellow 16kg, Purple 20kg, Green 24kg, Orange 28kg, Red 32kg, Grey 36kg, White 40kg, Silver 44kg and Gold 48kg.
Competition Kettlebells are designed for single-hand use only. The handle is slightly narrower making it almost impossible to get two hands onto the handle unless you have very small hands.
This makes them less appropriate for beginners learning to perform basic two-handed drills such as swings or deadlifts.
Finally, Competition Kettlebells were not designed with the intention of being able to perform floor-based drills with them, but one of the great side-effects of their dimensions is the wide and flat base which makes them perfect for Renegade Rows, Push-Ups, Walking Planks and Dips etc.