A kettlebell originated in Russia and is a weight consisting of a cast iron ball with a single handle for gripping the weight during exercise. The kettlebell looks like a cannonball with a handle. These unique tools are used in a wide range of strength training exercises, to increase muscle and build endurance.
The first recorded mention of them was in 1704 within a Russian dictionary. The Russian word for Kettlebells is “girya,” and the men who lifted these weights were called “gireviks.” Kettlebells gained recognition as a superb weight loss tool when they were featured in the fitness magazine Hercules in 1913. Since then they are in more and more magazines. In recent history of the Kettlebell, they have become increasingly popular within the United States thanks to a man named Pavel Tsatsouline. Tsatsouline is a fitness author who used to be a trainer for not only the United States armed forces but the Soviet Union forces as well. Once the United States noticed that they could not endure as long as their Russian counterparts within competitions, they began incorporating the kettlebell into their training routines. In 1985 a committee for the sport of Kettlebell lifting was created, and the first National Championship for Kettlebells was help in Russia in 1985 with its own set of rules and standards. Today, the Kettlebell is being introduced into the fitness routines of the everyday man, as their benefits have proven them to be one of the most useful tools for building strength.
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