THE BURDEN - Leather Kettlebell


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The Burden is the brainchild of Jocko Willink and Pete Roberts. Born during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as the nation experienced a shortage in functional fitness equipment, The Burden was designed in 48 hours as a versatile tool for fitness enthusiasts.

The Burden offers something a traditional cast-iron kettlebell does not, the ability to add weight in the form of sand, stones, lead-shot, steel-shot, and our favorite: Pennies. Featuring 100% Maine Oil-Tanned Full-Grain Leather and embedded wood handle, brass eyelets, and a woven lace to cinch shut with whatever media you choose to fill it with. The Burden is sewn with a heavy-duty braided cord used in safety harnesses and high-tensile tow straps. You will break before The Burden does.

The way The Burden is built, it takes more stabilizer muscles to tame in your workout. It lands softly on your forearm, chest, or shoulder, and over time will mold to your grip. The Burden may have just killed the kettlebell.


  • Small River Rock - 10-12 lbs
  • River Rock with Sand - 15-20 lbs
  • Lead-Shot - 38-40 lbs
  • Rocks and BB's - 15-20 lbs
  • Steel-Shot - 25-35 lbs
  • Pennies ($50 worth) - 32 lbs

[pennies are the true meaning of "Free-Weight" and our favorite to put in The Burden, don't tell The Federal Reserve]

Patent Pending.

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  • 5
    The Burden

    Posted by Mark J Brancato on Sep 22nd 2020

    I have been going to a gym and working with weights for 45 years. The Burden is unique in that unlike a steel kettlebell I notice that the weight is not perfectly stable. This is a positive attribute as you must engage other muscles during the range of motion. The Burden is a good compliment to other weight routines or is complete on its own. I filled it with lose change , one side benefit is that since it is soft sided I can put it down on our hardwood floor or tile with out worrying about scratches.

  • 5
    Leather Kettlebell

    Posted by Brandon Staples on Sep 9th 2020

    Love the feel and craftsmanship! Only issue is deciding what to put in it, it feels almost too nice for just sand, but I'll manage. Perfect travel companion

  • 4

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 20th 2020

    The opening to place weight into is a little to narrow. Suggest a wider opening that can still be fastened snuggly as the current design allows.

  • 5
    The Burden

    Posted by R.E Hengsterman on Aug 19th 2020

    There is something exquisite and simple within the design. Loaded it with 40 pounds of lead shot and it works as advertised. From a physics standpoint, probably a bit better because the shifting lead weight inside adds instability and thus recruits more accessory muscles. Going to order another.

  • 5
    Very Durable

    Posted by philip bracco on Aug 19th 2020

    Got 2. Couldn’t get pennies. All the banks are low lol. Filled up with gravel. Had a few workouts so far. Very Happy. Love your products.

  • 5
    Survived a train wreck

    Posted by Dominic Magnoni on Aug 11th 2020

    Great product, shipped on time, then suddenly they were late. Turns out that my new BURDEN - - Leather Kettlebells were part of a train derailment – I love them even MORE now.. (to any snowflakes…. that happens on your way to Arizona….) They arrived unscathed (of course) a week later. After a high desert train wreck, the only respectable filler was Magnum Lead-Antimony shot. I bought (2) 25lb bags and then removed 5lb portions to make (4) 5lb cornhole bean bags (on steroids) out of recycled canvas lead shot bags. My daughter sewed the shot bags closed with denim jean hemming thread. The remaining 15lb shot bags were sewn shut and packed sideways (like a bratwurst) in the bottom of the kettlebell. The real-man cornhole 5lb. bags were packed on top. The balance is perfect and the bags are breaking in well. I pound them down to stretch the leather and make them stand up straight. The proper packing of the lead shot sacks aided in the break-in. I’m thrilled with the product and will most like embellish the train wreck story over time. (maybe Chuck Norris was involved?) I’m considering adding 5lbs to each side after the kettlebells relax a bit more. I think I am going to use range lead. Range lead (or even lead tire weights) make a great dense option (at often free or low prices). Double-bagging is probably a good idea. I have plastic inside the shot bags.

  • 5
    Fantastic product! Definitely helped me out in a pinch!

    Posted by Nicholas Lingo on Aug 8th 2020

    I'm in the military and often need to workout when in difficult situations. These travel easy and can be filled with just about anything, I went with pennies, to ensure you have some weightlifting capacity. These were lifesavers during my 14 day quarantine in Japan. They will also serve as a great choice when on deployment with my ship as the gyms tend to be overcrowded. Highly recommend. They even gave me a military discount after the fact. I never think to ask and their customer service representative was very helpful in asking about my service and making sure that happened. Great company!

  • 5
    Excellent product

    Posted by JG on Aug 4th 2020

    This is just what I needed. I filled smaller muslin bags with 5lbs each of BB’s and put bags into the Burden until it was full. Initially that was 25lbs. After a little use it loosened up and I can put 5-10 more lbs in.

  • 5
    Love this thing for many reasons

    Posted by Eli on Jul 31st 2020

    This is my indoor kettlebell. It doesn't dent my hardwood floors and it's not a toe breaker if the kids trip over it. I filled it with lead dive weights/bags. It is also pleasant on the eyes. Jocko & Pete you nailed it with this one!!!