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The Uniqueness of Kettlebells

By Greg Diener

I am always hearing from people whenever I talk about them; "What are Kettlebells?" It's very simple, these weights have become one of the biggest sensations in exercise these days. It is not rare to see somebody using these excellent weights at the gym. The people that have used the bells, know firsthand and will tell you that these bowling ball shaped weights, can give you great strength.

Kettle bells are cast-iron weights used for fitness purposes. They somewhat look like a powerful iron tea kettle, just without the spout. Another way to discuss them is a cannonball with a handle that had been affixed. They were primarily used in Russia where they were used as weights for scales in markets. Since they were primarily used to weigh agricultural equipment and products, kettlebells were mostly used by farmers. Eventually these farmers would turn swinging and carrying these weights into a tournament. Festivals were held to showcase each farmer's abilities. This would continue on for years until it became more of a fitness tool.

Kettlebells originally were used by farmers in some of the ways we see them being used in exercise today. Farmers did different motions with the weights by lifting, swinging, jerking and cleaning the weights. The Russians saw that you could perform many different moves with the kettlebell. Because the weights gave people excellent coordination, it would not be long until it became a national sport in the country.

It wasn't long before the use of Russian kettlebells extended to other European nations. It slowly started earning success in different nations and finally reached the coasts of America in the early 2000's. Since it has reached the United States, it has continued to grow in appeal. More individuals are shifting to kettlebells from the more traditional bar bell weights used in the United States. Not only are individuals following the kettlebells, but fitness groups, such as CrossFit, have begun to adopt them into their programs.

Kettlebells are so sought after because of their extremely productive routines. While they do bring numerous positive results, they do have a high risk of injury. This is because of the movements are very detailed and need to be undertaken with precision. Professional assistance should be sought before starting a workout program that uses kettlebells so that the risk of injury is stopped as much as possible.

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