What are Kettlebells?

Date Posted:1 July 2013 

Kettlebell is a cast iron ball with a handle attached to the top of it.  This design makes kettlebells different from training with dumbbells because the weight distribution and centre of gravity is different, therefore creating the need to counter balance and stabilize during your workout.

Exercising with kettlebells targets all of the major muscle groups as well as the stabilizing muscles delivering a full-body workout in an extremely efficient amount of time.
Kettlebell workouts get your heart pumping, which means that along with muscle development, there are aerobic and metabolic benefits.  It is like getting a cardio interval workout while lifting and gaining strength.
Kettlebells Are Great For Everyone
Kettlebells are great for men and women of all different shapes and sizes.  They are a great tool to lose weight, or build muscle (or both!).

Kettlebells are portable, so you can take your workout anywhere.  Plus, they don’t take up much precious space in your home.

For centuries Kettlebells have been used to develop strength and endurance.  Whilst there is no certainty to their exact origin, there is some evidence of their use in Ancient Greece.

Kettlebells made their way to Russia at the beginning of the 18th century where they were initially used as a weight to measure grains and other goods. However, as the Russian wanted to show feats of strength, kettlebells were used during festivals and fairs.  It was then that the health benefits were realised. 

Toward the end of the 1800’s Russian doctor, Dr Kraevsky, introduced exercises with kettlebells and barbells to the Russian athletic community. He then opened a weight training hall with the focus of muscular development.

Early in the 20th century, physical culturists, strong men and circus performers from around the world trained with kettlebells in the traditional fashion of the Russian strongmen and athletes. This introduced kettlebells to a wider audience outside of Russia.  

In Russia, kettlebells are a matter of national pride and a symbol of strength .Unlike most national armed forces, which test their soldiers with push ups; the Russian armed forces test their soldiers using the high volume kettlebell snatches.
Kettlebells in the West
In 1998, Pavel Tsatouline, former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, and considered the “modern king of kettlebells”, wrote an article discussing kettlebells in a popular American magazine for strength athletes; the article was extremely well received.

As a result, kettlebells began to be manufactured in America. Following from that, kettlebell training certification was established.

If you have been wanting to start an exercise program or are tired of spending so much of your precious time doing workouts, we challenge you to give kettlebells a try! Get in touch with a qualified instructor to teach you proper form and give expert guidance. I'm sure that you will find this workout with a bell quite a ball!