Steel kettlebells are the most traditional, classic type of kettlebell. Made from solid steel, they can be more expensive than vinyl or PU kettlebells, but they’re very durable and long-lasting, unlikely to crack or break over time and designed to last for many years, even with frequent use.
Steel kettlebells have a rough, textured surface that provides a good grip even when hands are sweaty. In fact, some people actually prefer the feel of a steel kettlebell in their hand over other materials, as it can provide a more authentic, tactile experience.
Available in a wide range of weights, steel kettlebells are suitable for beginners, fitness enthusiasts and experienced athletes alike – anyone who wants to incorporate kettlebell training into their fitness routine – and as such are a great addition to a commercial gym, fitness studio or home gym.
Note, however, that anyone looking to compete should train with steel competition kettlebells, as athletes must lift a standardised weight.
Within the Physical catalogue, the ZIVA Signature Steel Competition Kettlebell sits at the performance end of the market. Created in collaboration with world-renowned kettlebell authority Steve Cotter, this steel kettlebell is designed to meet standard international competition dimensions. Its weight range goes up to 36kg, with a textured surface to better hold chalk for extended performance.
In summary, steel kettlebells are highly durable, versatile and deliver a classic feel in the hand. Steel competition kettlebells are also available for athletes who want to compete in standardised weightlifting events.