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Russian Kettlebell Training

What is a Kettlebell?

A Kettlebell, also called a girya is a traditional Russian cast iron weight. It looks like a basketball with a handle. In Russia, kettlebells are very popular devices used by athletes who seek strength and endurance.

In Russia, kettlebells have long been the top choice fitness-tool of Olympic athletes, elite special forces and martial artists. The kettlebell's ballistic movement challenges the body to achieve an unparalleled level of physical conditioning and overall strength.

Kettlebell training is not a new phenomenon. Russian athletes have used it for more than 100 years.

Why train with Kettlebells?

When used properly and under the care of a personal trainer, the kettlebells can replace the following tools: barbells, dumbbells, belts for weighted pull-ups and dips, thick bars, lever bars, medicine balls, grip devices, and cardio equipment.

How do I learn to use the Kettlebell?

The Kettlebell technique can be learned, by reading books, or seeking the help of a personal trainer.

What is the right Kettlebell size for me?

Kettlebells come in 'poods'. A pood is an old Russian measure of weight, which equals 16kg, or roughly 35 lbs. Usually men start with a 35-pounder and women start with an 18-pounder. A strong woman can go for a 26-pounder.

Benefits of Using Kettlebells

Kettlebell training has a lot of benefits. Your benefit will depend on the type of training and techniques you perform. Kettlebell training can be a great way to lose weight, build muscle, tone up the body, and stay in shape.

Can Women use Kettlebells?

Yes.

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