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Can Kettlebells Do It All?

from By John P. Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM

To me, the mention of kettlebell training evokes the vision a singlet-clad, mustachioed weightlifter in a dark gymnasium extending a weight overhead. That vision may not be that far-fetched, as kettlebells are thought to have originated in Russia during the early 1700s. In recent years, they have grown in popularity as part of individual and group fitness classes.

First of all, what is a kettlebell? A kettlebell looks like a cannonball with a hooped handle on the top. They are typically made of cast iron and historically looked rather rudimentary. Nowadays, as their popularity has grown, they come in a variety of colors and often have a plastic coating. Kettlebells range in weight from 5-175 pounds, with the original version weighing 1 Pood (approximately 16 kg or 35 lbs). more

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