History of the Kettle Bell Weight Equipment

Kettle bells have been a popular form of fitness training in Russia for centuries.  The first recorded mention of a kettle bell was in a Russian dictionary in 1704.  Kettle bells originally started off as a form of measurement for grains and other commodities in the market place.  At the end of the day many of the merchants and farmers would have competitions to show off their strength and other athletic prowess with the kettle bells.

Dr. Kraevskogo introduced exercises with kettle bells to the Russian athletes in 1885.  From it’s early beginnings as a strong man competition it has now morphed into a combination of muscular endurance and strength training system that incorporates a bunch of stabilizing muscles that you don’t normally involve in traditional weight training regiments.  The first ever recorded kettle bell competition was held in the former USSR in 1948 with the first official Soviet competition in 1985.  Kettle bell training was virtually non-existent in the United States until a former Soviet Union fitness instructor by the name of Pavel Tsatsouline exploded onto the scene with his book Power to the People!: Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American (2000), which has launched an entire subculture of American “Gireviks” (Russian for those who lift kettle bells). In Russia, the kettle bell weight is measured in poods, which 1 pood is the equivalent to 16kg (36lbs)  You can now find kettle bells starting off at 10lbs going all the way up to 100lbs in some instances.  Since kettle bell training is now designed more for burning fat, developing strength, and explosive power it is highly recommended for sports that incorporate weight limits such as wrestling, mixed martial arts, boxing, etc as well as for the general population looking to burn some calories and get stronger without adding a ton of bulk.  Kettle bells are also great for those who do not have the budget for elaborate gym equipment, people that don’t have a lot of room, money or are a heavy traveler.

In looking at a kettle bell one quickly thinks of old Popeye cartoon episodes, but these units are hardly something to laugh at.  Kettle bell training incorporates a variety of multi-joint movements that center around the “swing” and the absorption of ballistic shocks that end up developing strong ligaments and tendons over time as well as taxing your cardiovascular system.  There have been numerous benefits documented over the years that are attributed to kettle bell training.

Some of the most well-documented benefits of Kettle Bell Training are:

  • Increased Flexibility
  • Development of explosive power
  • Increased fat burning
  • Increased tendon and ligament strength
  • Increased muscular and cardiovascular endurance
  • Increased balance
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness

If you are looking for a high intensity workout for a very low cost of ownership, pick up a set of kettle bells and start your routine today.

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