Before understanding Kettlebells, let’s understand fitness first. Many people who take fitness lessons have different understanding of the word fitness, let’s be it Yoga, dance, lifting weights, running or something similar. Everyone takes the easiest way to achieve it. We need to understand that it’s the wholesome way not just any single activity.

Throughout prehistoric time, man’s quest for fitness has been driven by a desire to survive through hunting and gathering. Today, though no longer driven by subsistence requirements, fitness remains paramount to health and well-being.

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It looks like a solid cast iron kettle without a spout. It started life in rural Russia as a counterbalance for weighing grain. Russian peasants picked it up and swung it around for a bit of convenient weight training.

Over time, the Russian military understood its potential and started to use it, then Russian strongmen, weightlifters and wrestlers. Today it is regarded by fitness experts as the ultimate training tool for all-round fitness and physical development. Kettlebells are easy to use and recommended to learn under expert initially. Looking at you tube videos and executing the drills cannot help understand Kettlebells and related exercises.

Scientifically if done correctly, workouts like swing, clean and press or jerk, Kettlebell workouts covers endurance and strength training working simultaneously, we can say a ratio of (70:30 endurance to strength).


Kettlebells are known as Girya in Russian, and the athletes that lift them are called Gireviks. Girevoy sport is a traditional Russian weight lifting sport, where maximal repetitions rather than maximal weight determines who is the champion.

In Russia, where Girevoy sports comes from the standard weight for measuring grain was a pood, the equivalent of 16kg. This weight measure set the competition weight for Girevoy sport that we know today.

Through 1870 to 1880, Doctor V. Kraevsky from St Petersburg gathered all sort of information about physical culture and the development of sports through his travels across Europe. His goal was to improve health and well being for the masses through physical culture. He introduced exercises with kettlebells and barbells to the Russian athletic circles in 1885 by opening the first weight training facility in Russia.

By the early 1900’s, circus performer, physical culturists and strong men from around the world trained with kettlebells. While kettlebells slowly disappeared in the West in the second half of the century, they began to flourish in the former Soviet Union. Everyone from common people, to the military, to Olympic athletes trained with kettlebells.

It didn’t take too long for the Russian military and government to realize the potential benefits of the humble kettlebell and spread their use across the nation. In 1981, an official Commission enforced mandatory kettlebell training for the masses, relying on kettlebells as an effective and yet simple tool to increase productivity and decrease health care costs.

During Soviet times, Girevoy sport spread rapidly in rural areas, in factories, among students, and in the army and navy.

In 1948, the “first” Kettlebell competition was attended by 200,000 people. From then on, kettlebells went from being used for general physical conditioning to a sport of its own. The needs for specific sport specialization lead to the modern competition kettlebell making its appearance in the 60’s. Those bells are hollow and made of steel, and have the advantage of coming in one standard size, regardless of the weight.


  • Great functional aspect to training involving entire body as a single unit, which also helps burn more calories for a given time then compared to other fitness tool.
  • It is safe for any age, shape or size.
  • Significantly increases mental strength.
  • Optimum level of conditioning which gives a crossover effect in any sport. Like bodybuilding, marathon, tennis, wrestling, boxing, squash or any other sport.
  • Easy to carry anywhere you travel, requires less space, also can be stored in any corner of house.
  • Excellent tool to learn for personal trainers for home training.
  • Strengthens lower back region & puts less stress on knee.
  • Very effective for fat loss programs, as it involves multijoint compound movements.