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Way back when...

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Have balls , will travel

In the past century : 70-150 years ago visionary folk , many called “strongmen”,  urged industrialised & urbanised folk ( many of whom suffered health problems caused by overwork , poor nutrition , overcrowding and poor sanitation ) to revisit their ancestral roots by practising frequent, natural patterns of movement and breathing Often , this was promoted as generating vigour , an essential quality ensuring survival of the species. The writings and performances of these strongmen undoubtedly assisted them maintain a decent material standard of living,  but the methods and conclusions were based on logic and frequent practise ( as well as plagiarism of ancient Greek , Roman & Oriental methods ). It certainly pays to read some of this .

 

 In the 19th & early 20th centuries kettlebells were used by “circus strongmen” both as a training tool and as part of the stage act. Some were enormous and filled with sand ; more a showpiece as clearly impossible to transport & lift if cast from metal. The more manageable sizes were favoured by those strongmen who required tremendous strength &  flexibility where “odd” lifting feats utilised humans , animals such as horses , rocks , iron girders and sometimes a combination of the above. The travelling strongman/showman required portable training aids and importantly , a means by which movements involving sublime muscle control and body stabilisation could be practised. Kettlebells  were a convenient and highly effective method of obtaining & maintaining grip endurance and strength flexibility. In addition , they were a favourite prop in the studio setting.

 material and marvel at the highly tuned,  natural physiques and to this day , often unsurpassed feats of strength , balance and vigour .

 

 

 

 http://www.sandowmuseum.com/musclechampsone.html

 

 http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/S/sspt/sspt-intro.htm

 

 

Only a  small percentage of regular modern gym users can display even modest feats of balance, strength and endurance. This imbalance is corrected with old fashioned kettlebells! They worked for me!

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The one legged squat ("Pistol") : 24kg bell and done on an anvil for added fun!

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