Kettlebells have been around for years. In 1913 the Russian magazine Hercules reported not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics. A Russian strong man was often referred to as a kettlebell man –girevik.

Kettlebells have been around for years. In 1913 the Russian magazine Hercules reported Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics. A Russian strong man was often referred to as a kettlebell man –girevik.

Despite this long history, they have only recently regained popularity in fitness training. Athletes particularly are using this traditional Russian exercise to build explosive power.But what makes kettlebells so different from your usual free weight routine? Well because you’re holding the kettlebell by a handle, the centre of mass swings with your arm and so your muscles have to adjust to stabilise the movement.This results in more muscles being worked out, similar to what happens during an odd object workout using rocks or sandbags.