It seems that not a day goes by without a new exercise or fitness trend being revealed.
Kettlebells are not a fitness trend or a gimmick, they have been around for 100s of years and trusted by some of the best for the incredible results they can generate.
In fact, they are the forefathers of modern day weight training. But in my opinion, history or no, they are the perfect tool for women to focus on the most important part of fitness. To build lean muscle and and get fitter whilst getting stronger, efficiently.
Usually, the popularity of kettlebells gets traced to Russia, where it’s called the giro or girya. That term first appeared in Russian dictionaries in 1704 and originates from the Persian word gerani, meaning “difficult.” It’s also been traced to the ancient Slavic word gur, which means “bubble.”
The story goes that Russian farmers used kettlebells as counterweights to measure out grain at the market. As bored farmers learned the weights could be heaved and tossed in feats of strength and endurance, giros began enjoying a central role in farming festivals. Similar to what went on in the Scottish Highlands with Caber tossing, the results of these farmers becoming buff caught the eye of some influential people in the field of health.
Some time around the turn of the nineteenth century, a Russian doctor called Vladislav Krayevsky realized that the kettlebell deserved a place in sports medicine. Krayevsky (also called von Krayeski, Kraevskogo, and Krajewski) happened to be the personal physician of the Russian czar, who popularized kettlebell training in the Russian army after seeing the results it was getting for those buff and strong farmers, which eventually elevated it to a national sport.
Now every gym, fitness studio or home has one- but few know what to do with it and how to do it SAFELY.