So named because
it bears some resemblance (especially if painted black) to the old cast iron kettles found on every kitchen hob in years past.
A “cannonball with handle” or “ring weight” are other descriptors.
, it also known as a handlebell , or girya , meaning weight. People who use Kettlebells are known as gireviks. Centuries ago , the weights were standardised into units
known as poods ( 1 pood = 16.3 kg ) and used as weights/measures to enable standardised commercial
A Russian strength
, flexibility and conditioning guru – Pavel Tsatsouline – introduced
kettlebells to the West , after emigrating to the USA following
the breakup of the old Soviet system. He unleashed his wealth of strength, flexibility and conditioning “secrets”
to the masses and around 2001 introduced kettlebells to the mainstream. Pavel's methods are based on the proven strength &
conditioning principles espoused by old-time strongmen and further developed by the Soviets in the past century for military conditioning
and athletic purposes.. At present in the USA, and to a much lesser extent the rest of the world, there are
kettlebell instructors and gyms which promote kettlebell training. The wave is rapidly gathering momentum