The kettlebell originated in rural Russia where it was used as a counterweight to weigh grain. Farmers started to swing them around and soon discovered how effective they were at developing their strength and cardio vascular fitness.
Throughout the 20th century the kettlebell was used as a training tool by the Russian military -especially the feared Special Forces unit known as the Spetsnaz. They were also integral to the preparation of the USSR’s dominant Olympic strength athletes.
What makes the kettlebell unique is its displaced centre of mass. Normal resistance training equipment (dumbbells or barbells) have a central balance point -usually where the handle is. Not the kettlebell. It’s centre of mass is located away from the handle making it a constant battle to control the dynamic force being applied to your hand and body.
- All round conditioning tool - provides cardiorespiratory and strength endurance training
- Strengthens connective tissue through repeated shock absorption and ballistic movements
- Improves muscle co-ordination and skill
- Improves mobility under load
- Increases power with ballistic swings and snatches
- Portability - train anywhere and throw it in your bag or car
- Versatility - doze