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What the heck is a pood?

What is a Pood?

You may have heard the term "pood" in association with kettlebells, or kettlebell sizes. A pood is a russian measurement of weight, and, in Russia, kettlebells are measured in poods. It is a unit of mass equal to 16.38 kilograms (36.11 pounds). Crossfit® aficionados use this term quite a lot as do many old school kettlebell instructors. At Kettlebells USA® we prefer kilograms or pounds because we think "pood" is a confusingly weird word! Nevertheless if you insist on using "pood" here are some common kettlebell sizes in approximate poods:

Convert your kettlebell weight from poods to kilograms and pounds.


  • In Russia, kettlebells are measured in poods.
  • A Pood (Russian: пуд, pud), is a unit of mass equal to 40 funt (фунт, Russian pound).
  • It is approximately 16.3807 kilograms (36.121 pounds) and is used in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The Crossfit® community tends to use pood rather than kg or lbs.
  • According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary pood is from the old Russian pud and is derived from Old Norse pund (pound) & the first known use of the word was in 1554.

Kettlebell Size Conversion Chart: Rounded up/down

Pounds Kilograms Poods
9 4 .25
13 6 .4
26 12 .7
35 16 1
44 20 1.2
53 24 1.5
62 28 1.7
70 32 2
80 36 2.2
88 40 2.4
106 48 3

To convert Pounds or Kilos to Poods click here.