The kettlebell or girya (Russian:
гиревой) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight looking somewhat
like a cannonball with a handle. A
favorite tool of the strongmen of
old, the Kettlebell has enjoyed a
revival of late due largely to the
efforts of strength and flexibility
coach Pavel Tsatsouline.
can do standard weight training
exercises with kettlebells such as:
bench presses, curls, and rows.
However, the unique value of
kettlebells is derived from
ballistic (fast exercise) work such
as: snatches, swings, cleans, and
Why do kettlebells produce
It's all in the way you
use them. You don't "workout"
with a Kettlebell, you practice.
It's like practicing the piano - you
try to improve your performance by
refining your technique, learning
when to work hard and when to relax
- tension and release.
Kettlebells are small and
portable - no need for a separate
workout room at home. You can
even bring one down to the park, in
your garage or back yard. They go