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Kettlebells as The New Trend

Kettlebells have been around before the World War II.  It was introduced to America in 2000 and it has become the latest trend in fitness today. Kettlebell workouts are intended to increase strength, endurance, agility and balance, challenging both the muscular and cardiovascular system with dynamic, total-body movements.

History of Kettlebells:

Kettlebells started in Russia.  They are a truly Russian national sport. Since ancient Russia times, Russian people valued physical strength. The strength contests constantly were held in all villages and in towns. The Strongest men were referred to as Bogatir which means extremely strong and honorable man. During that time, kettlebells officially weren’t considered to be a real sport. It was more form of entertainment, part of the social gatherings. After World War II, the weight lifting became popular in Russia and other countries. People were motivated by the idea of winning, getting titles, getting master of sport in athletics title, but nothing like that was offered in Kettlebell sport. Kettlebells, however, still were practiced in villages by farmers, fisher men, military and navy soldiers. The contests kept on being unofficial and as a form of power and strength contests. There were no rules, no regulations, no normative. It was just plain simple. Who will lift the heaviest kettlebell more times was the winner.

In 1960’s more and more contests were held in schools and universities. The rules, regulations, normative were set up. They varied from one place to another and there was no unity in the contest organizations. There were official recordings of the best results but no official normative for the master of sport title. Later there were special normative and regulations for military contestants. In 1970’s kettlebells became part of the United All State Sport Association of USSR but still there were no official set of rules, normative, or standards. In 1985 committee of kettlebell sport was organized. Finally, national rules, regulations, normative, weight categories were set up. In November of 1985, the First National Championship of USSR was held in Lipetsk, Russia.

Types of Kettlebells:

Many companies produce their own brands of kettlebells and kettlebell exercise programs. Some modern kettlebells feature adjustable weights.  Prices vary depending on size and type. You can buy them at PerformBetter.com

  1. Pro – Heavy Metal – Conventional cash-iron kettlebell.  It changes sizes and diameters as weights go up.

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  1. Vinyl Coated Metal – A well-made cast iron with color-coded vinyl encasement.  Sizes changes with weight changes.kettlebell-vinyl1
  2. Competition Kettlebell – Steel made with color-coded for easy identification.  All KB are the same size and diameter making going up in weight an easier transition.kb-competition1
  3. Some modern kettlebells with adjustable weights – some companies have adjustments at the bottom of the KB, some are re-loadable with powder into a hollow, steel KB.kb-adj22kb-adj1

The trainers at AF Performance Center are certified Kettlebell instructors and trainers.   All of the clients use kettlebells in their training program for either strength, balance, agility, power, endurance and cardiovascular.

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April 7, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] wrote about kettlebells in my previous blog: discussing what they are, the trend, history and types of Kettlebells. You can find almost everyone from professional athletes, to military units and Hollywood […]

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  2. […] wrote about kettlebells in my previous blog: discussing what they are, the trend, history and types of Kettlebells. You can find almost everyone from professional athletes, to military units and Hollywood […]

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