You Can Ring My (Kettle) Bells
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In the past few weeks I have gotten a lot of questions about the benefits and advantages of Kettlebell training. So, because so many of you have asked about them, I thought I would just dedicate this article to Kettlebell training. Now, you may just be asking yourself, "What are kettlebells?"
Kettlebells are a very simple, yet incredibly effective, piece of fitness training equipment. A kettlebell comprises of an iron base, shaped like a cannonball, with a solid rounded handle attached to the top -- and yes you guessed it, they look a little like a kettle.
Despite their recent surge into mainstream fitness, they have actually been around for hundreds of years. They are believed to have originated in Greece and then later used extensively in Russia. In Russia, a kettlebell is called a ’girya," and a kettlebell lifter is called a "girevik."
Indeed, kettlebell sport in Russia (and now throughout the world) is one of the toughest sports known to man and requires athletes to possess extreme strength, endurance and mental toughness. Top personal trainers in the United States no longer ask what they are. The very best trainers have adopted kettlebell training, and brought it surging into the mainstream. Consequently their popularity is now massive. And for good reason.
Top Hollywood stars, including Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Ethan Hawk, Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Lance Armstrong, Mariska Hargitay, Jason Statham and Kim Cattrall use kettlebell training to deliver the kind of bodies that Hollywood demands from its actors.
It doesn’t just stop there, though. Many sporting communities have also embraced the way of the kettlebell, most notably mixed martial arts. In addition, the Russian Special Forces, U.S. Navy Seals and other elite law enforcement teams use them to develop unrivalled super fitness.