A training method from the past
to build your fitness for the future.
Kettlebells are an iron cast weight in the shape of a cannonball with a handle. The unique shape and centre of mass enables the kettlebell to be used to perform exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. They were developed in Russia in the 1700 as a counterbalance for weighing grain. In the 20th century the Soviet army introduced them as a part of their physical training programs, and they had been used for competition and sports throughout Russia and Europe since the 1940s.
Typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, buttocks, legs, shoulders, abdominals and increase grip strength. The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once.
Kettlebell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously and may be repeated continuously for several minutes or with short breaks. This combination makes the exercise partially aerobic and more similar to high-intensity interval training rather than to traditional weight lifting. So if you want to see your butt disappear and your body tighten, come get familiar with kettlebells.
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