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How to Make your own Kettlebell for Fitness and Fun

Updated on October 3, 2010

Kettlebells have become a favorite piece of fitness equipment for many good reasons. First, you can derive a great workout from these nifty but compact equipment since in a few weeks time, your fat will melt like butter.

Additionally,there’s this really cool benefit of building up strength and endurance due to the ballistic movements that you have to perform like the swing, snatch ,jerk and clean.

Undoubtedly, mixed martial arts practitioners integrate kettlebell work-out into their practice to acquire explosive power that can tackle opponents. Even so, using a kettlebell for your workout can create a shapely body. There is only one issue in buying a kettbell – its cost. .

Kettlebell for Fitness and Fun
Kettlebell for Fitness and Fun

When you make your own kettlebell, you can buy the materials, change some features to fit your needs and save a lot of money. Even a lightweight kettbell can be expensive, almost a hundred dollars plus shipping. So when you make your own kettlebell, you don't spend much since all you need are the materials available in a local hardware. The following instructions can guide you so you can make your own kettlebell. By the way, you can view the complete illustration at website to have an idea.
Materials :

  • 1-1"x 6" steel nipple ( external diameter is 1 and 1/4")
  • 2- pieces of  1" 90 degree elbows
  • 2-1"x 4 1/2" steel nipple (vertical pieces)
  • 2-1" 'T's 1-1"x12' steel nipple ( would go through the plates)
  • 2 pieces - 1' end caps
  • 6 pieces of 5 pound barbell plates

Connect the “90 degree elbows together  on the corners of the 1” x 6” steel nipple. However, the main handle would use the 1”x 6” steel nipple .Insert the barbell plates in between the  1” x 12” steel nipple but keep in mind that the 3/4” pipe can bore through all of the plates. Longer vertical pieces can be used later for heavier plates. Put the endcaps at the T”s end.
Now, you realize how smart it is when you make your own kettlebell.


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