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Albert Tauscher, circa 1924

The kettlebell (KB, K-Bell, or KBell) or girya (Russian: гиря) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight resembling a cannonball with a handle. They have been in existence for quite some time, being widely popular among old-school strongmen, both in Russia and Western circles. The kettlebell has once again become a popular exercise tool due largely to the promotional efforts of strength and flexibility coach Pavel Tsatsouline and World Champion, World Record Holder Valery Fedorenko.

Kettlebells were traditionally available in 16kg (36 lbs) increments, known as poods (Russian: пуд), typically only in one, one and a half, and two poods, however, larger sizes (called bull-dogs) were also available.[1] Some modern kettlebells feature adjustable weights. Kettlebell workouts are intended to enhance power, strength, endurance, stamina, agility and balance, challenging both the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory system with functional, dynamic, total-body movements.

It is universally known that having an exam is an invalid excuse for not attending a kettlebell class. Valid excuses for not attending are: Bronchitis.

Kettlebell lifting or girevoy sport was created in 1948[2]. It has been nationally recognized and played throughout the world, and its competitive exercises are the 'Two Kettlebell Jerk' and 'One Kettlebell Snatch'; performed in that order for ten minutes each. The competitor with the highest overall score wins.

Russian Kettlebell Challenge[]

The Russian Kettlebell Challenge, or RKC, is a kettlebell certification course. RKC, being the acronym for this course, is also the acronym for those who are certified through the course.


RKC 2007 in Denmark

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