Did you know that traditional Kettle Bells only came in 3 sizes? It’s true. Originally, these cast iron bells were made in a 1, 1.5, and a 2 ‘Pood’. The weight of a Pood is equivalent to 16 kilograms, or approximately 35 pounds. Say the word ‘Pood’ out loud, just for fun.
Like the history of free weights, it is unclear as to exactly when the Kettle Bell first originated. Historians date their presence back to as early as the late 1600’s. Although some may argue to the contrary, history places the origin of the KB in Eastern Europe. Folklore has it that KB’s were used as counterweights at Russian markets. At the end of the day, these farmers would swing, toss, and juggle these weights for fun and exercise. These traditions were passed down through generations. It became part of the culture as “the people’s” method for vitality and physical fitness.
Using Kettle Bells as a form of resistance, aerobic, and power training is one of the most effective and efficient modalities around. In fact, the most advanced nation in the world’s history of Sports Science (the former Soviet Union), once chose the KB to ensure the overall health, wellness and vitality of their nation’s population of over 200 million.
These intelligently engineered, highly durable tools can be used to enhance any training environment ranging from aerobic conditioning, functional performance enhancement, dance, team sports, physical therapy, and even group or family fitness settings.
Here are some of the many benefits of KB based fitness programs:
Achieve maximal results with maximal efficiency and minimal time
High degree of overall “real life” transfer-ability (AKA functional training) for overall elevation of quality of life
Safe and effective techniques keep injury rates extremely low
Low cost, durable, portable equipment for access to all populations and lifestyles
Increased muscular strength, endurance, power, and aerobic conditioning
Enhanced caloric expenditure, flexibility, timing, balance, coordination and focus