How to Perform 4 Kettlebell Exercises: An Illustrated Guideby BRETT and KATE MCKAY on JUNE 6, 2013 ·The History of the KettlebellYou may have seen more and more people at the gym swinging what looks like a cannonball with a handle. Those weird looking weights are called kettlebells and they’ve been used by Russian strongmen for over two centuries to “become strong like bull.”
Much of the equipment we [British soldiers] carry on vehicles accompanying the infantry is carried on a man’s back in Russia.” While American strongmen have trained with the kettlebell since the late 19th century, it wasn’t until fairly recently that they achieved mainstream use. Former Soviet fitness instructor Pavel Tsatsouline and his book Enter the Kettlebell has played an important role in bringing the kettlebell to the masses in the United States. When you kettlebell train, you’re not only getting a strength training workout, but you’re also getting some high-intensity conditioning In addition to getting your muscles jacked and your heart pumping, kettlebell training also increases power and explosiveness, particularly in the hips.
According to Pavel Tsatsouline in his book Enter the Kettlebell, Kryloff ”could cross himself in the Russian Orthodox manner with a 70-pound kettlebell, military press the same kettlebell with one arm 88 times, and juggle three of them at once. ” The strength and conditioning that Soviet soldiers developed through the use of the kettlebell made them the envy of other countries.