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The refillable Kettlebell

KETTLEBELL HISTORY

A kettlebell is a centuries-old Russian training tool that looks like a bowling ball with a handle.
The kettlebell appears in a 1704 Russian Dictionary (Cherkikh, 1994). It appears that, originally, kettlebells were counter-weights used in Russian markets. Country folk started throwing them around and eventually they became very popular in Russia as a training tool. In 1913 the Russian magazine Hercules reported ”Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics.” A Russian strong man was referred to as a kettlebell man –girevik. Girya is Russian for Kettlebell. Although kettlebells develop strength, a kettlebell-trained body is not bulky.

Russian athletes and common folk have been using kettlebells for centuries. Tsarist Russia declared the kettlebell as the conditioning tool for the masses. The 1980 Russian track and field team trained with kettlebells and swept gold in all throwing events. The Russian Military has long used kettlebells for conditioning and in fact do not test push-ups. They use a kettlebell snatch test.


Kettlebell on Wikipedia


An early kettlebell user