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Interesting Facts about Kettlebell History

Updated on March 2, 2011

Nowadays,there are numerous exercise gadgets and equipments that are available in fitness equipment stores. Among these are free weights, Swiss ball, elastic bands, trampolines, elliptical bikes and other gadgets for the midsection.

Many people have become health conscious and buy different fitness gadgets or equipments to complement their fitness regimen. However, it is interesting to learn about kettle bell history as it is one of the oldest exercise equipment that Russians have used way back World War II.

Russians proclivity is not limited to board games like chess but they are hooked on strength building like wrestling, gymnastics and yes, kettle bell lifting. Kettlebells are actually hand cannons with handles that can weigh as light as 10 pounds.

Kettlebell History
Kettlebell History

Kettlebell history has its origins in ancient Russia wherein culture prized strength as a value. It wasn’t just fanfare to exhibit strength since contests were held in almost all villages and nearby towns. Being strong is deemed as honorable so the strongest men were called Bogatirs. Kettlebell history reveals to us the Russian folklore mythical hero who employed strength for fighting evil. That mythical hero is like Superman or the Incredible Hulk in the modern times.

According to kettlebell history, kettlebells were not really treated as part of sports. It was just a piece of equipment that can develop strength and endurance. As time went by and World War II happened, kettlebell history took a different turn. Suddenly, weight lifting became popular and modern countries saw the value of the lowly kettlebells. By 1960’s kettlebell history reached its golden age as kettlebell lifting was held in schools and universities.

After ten years, kettlebell lifting was already a part of the United All State Sport Association of USSR. Some 15 years passed before kettlebell history recorded the first National Championship of USSR in Lipetsk, Russia. This launched kettlebell lifting as a seriousl sport with complete rules and regulations.

Today, kettlebells are widely used in countries like the United States. In fact, it was deemed Hot Weight of the Year by Rolling Stone in 2002. The secret behind this is that kettle bell lifting can really burn fat and build solid muscles when used regularly. Truly,kettlebell history hits its all time-high.


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      bemily521 5 years ago

      Great hub! Kettlebells are awesome!

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      RJ 6 years ago

      I have been using kettlebells for 3 years and they are a fantastic workout. I have a 44 and 53 pound ones. I am a 48 year old guy in the Houston Texas area.