Make Adjustable Kettlebells Using Standard Weight Plates

If you’re like most fitness enthusiasts, you have a bunch of standard weight plates lying around collecting dust. I’ll bet that lots of them are smaller plates like 5 pounders and 10-pounders.

Have you ever thought you’d like to use those plates to make an adjustable kettlebell?

If so, there’s good news. You can. You just need a kettlebell handle and you’re good to go.

Attach standard weight plates to a kettlebell handle

Kettlebells are not sculpture. They’re designed to be used — hard. Therefore, you can’t just attach a loop of rope to some plates and call it a kettlebell. Try that and you’ll rip the skin of your palm up so fast people will think you just fell off a motorcycle.

What you need is a well-designed kettlebell handle that is designed to be easy on the hands. Here are some options:

Handles made by kettlestacks are well designed, but they require a wrench or some pliers to change the weight. They’re good if you plan to ‘set it and forget it’.

The basic threaded kettlebell handle is probably a better choice for those of you who just want to get the feel of making an adjustable kettlebell out of some standard weight plates. They’re great for one-handed swings and low-speed stuff like rows. But it starts to get a bit painful when you want to do kettlebell snatches or cleans.

To get the feel of a real adjustable kettlebell, complete with deep, wide handles that serve you well no matter which kettlebell exercise you do, you’ll need to forget the home-built stuff and go for a fairly expensive adjustable ‘bell. A good one will probalby cost you $150 and up, so be prepared to get your money’s worth by using it regularly. I’d wager you won’t regret it, but you’ll still have your standard weight plates lying around your workout room.