Why Trainers are Going Ballistic for Kettlebells & You Should, Too
If you’re like most Americans, you probably only recently became aware of what they are, but kettlebells have been with us for a long time. It’s believed that kettlebells were used as scale weights in Russia even as early as the 17th century, when people began to marvel at the incredible strength and agility of the farmers who used them.
Fast forward to the Cold War, when there was fierce competition between the East and the West to become the dominant superpower. Huge amounts of resources went into creating a stronger nation. Many resources went to infrastructure and weapons and other resources went into creating stronger, smarter and more resilient people. Out of this arms race, the Soviet Union took kettlebell lifting (a favorite pastime of peasants) and turned it into a competitive sport, with the first documented competition being held in 1948. Rules and regulations formed over the subsequent decades, culminating with membership in their National Sports Federation.
Lifters compete in Snatch at the 2015 OKC Cali Open. Photo courtesy Nazofoto