Kettlebells are generally associated with turn of the century strongmen, but they are now coming back in a big way. This workout has made a comeback because it is highly effective as both strength training and aerobic exercise. The weight of a kettlebell is centered below the handle, so, swinging it involves several muscle groups for a more complete workout. If you are looking for an efficient exercise to get and keep fit for your Russian bride, kettlebells could be a good option for you.
Kettlebells, which are also called girya, were invented in Russia in the 1700s. Originally, they were used as counterweights for weighing goods at the markets. People began throwing them for entertainment, and soon a sport was born. Kettlebells are still weighed in the medieval Russian measurement of poods. One pood is equal to approximately 36 pounds. Kettlebell lifting became the official sport of the Soviet Union in 1948. To this day, Russian soldiers are required to work out with kettlebells, as are members of the FBI Counter Assault Team and the US Secret Service.
Many gyms are now equipped with kettlebells. Their compact size makes them convenient to store, so they are also an ideal solution for home exercise. Kettlebells are great for building core strength and improving balance and agility. Kettlebell exercises include lunges, squats, and rapid lifting exercises known as cleans and jerks. The weights come in a variety of sizes ranging from 5 to 165 pounds.
There are a number of kettlebell workouts detailed online in both articles and videos. Or, if you feel you’d like more guidance, you can schedule a session with a kettlebell-trained personal trainer. Always start with a small kettlebell, and increase the weight only when you can do each maneuver perfectly. Before long, you’ll be stronger, slimmer and more fit than ever.
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