The kettlebell or girya (Russian: ги́ря) is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.[1] Russian kettlebells are traditionally measured in weight by pood, which (rounded to metric units) is defined as 16 kilograms (35 lb).[2][3]


[edit] Kettlebell anatomy

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[edit] Exercise

By their nature, typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength.[2]

Unlike the exercises with dumbbells or barbells, kettlebell exercises often involve large numbers of repetitions. Kettlebell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously[8]

The movements used in kettlebell exercise can be dangerous to those who have back or shoulder problems, or a weak core.[10]

Russian stamp with Girevoy Sport theme.

[edit] History

Kettlebells were developed in Russia in the 1700s.[11]

[edit] Girevoy Sport

Competitive kettlebell lifting has a long history in Russia but started being organised as a standard sport under the name Girevoy Sport ([14]

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