kettlebell history

The exact origin of kettlebells is always up for discussion. Were they founded in Scotland? Greece? or Russia? Regardless to the history of kettlebells, as a training tool they are unsurpassed. Dating back over 100 years they first started being used as a form of weight training by strongmen, weightlifters and wrestlers. Later it became a competitive sport in the late 1940's in Russia and has progressed from there.


Russian athletes have been using kettlebells for centuries. Tsarist Russia declared the kettlebell as the conditioning tool for the masses. As an example the 1980 Russian track and field team trained with kettlebells and swept gold in all the throwing events. This soon caught on and in recent times, various institutions and top sports scientists have conducted a wide range of studies. The general consensus is that the kettlebell is the single most effective training tool for developing strength and endurance as well as for functional based training. Although kettlebells develop strength, a kettlebell-trained body is far from bulky.

By encouraging the body to work as one integrated unit, kettlebell training differs from traditional weight training routines due to the fact it incorporates a series of dynamic, whole body, multi-directional moves which combine to provide the ultimate fat-blasting, functional workout in less time than that of conventional methods with dumbells, barbells and resistance machines.


The kettlebell is unrivalled as a training tool, due to its ability to simultaneously develop strength, flexibility, stability, endurance and cardiovascular capacity. This has led to extensive celebrity endorsement, as well as utilisation by a wide array of top flight sports teams, martial artists and military personnel.

Kettlebells are currently used by the U.S and Russian Military and Special Forces, the Australian SAS, Fire Departments, top Olympic athletes and boxers, as well as professional sporting teams, as the training tool of choice for producing unmatched results.