Vintage Kettlebell Photos | Kettlebell History

Following are vintage Kettlebell photos I’ve collected over time, if you have any that aren’t listed below please feel free to submit them and I will put them up plus give you the credit.

Photos of: old kettlebells, female kettlebell lifters, strongman, circus performers, kettlebell posters and more.

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The History of the Kettlebell

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  • Ancient Greece Kettlebell are used
  • Early 18th century Kettlebells made their way to Russia
  • 1704 the word ‘Girya’ (meaning kettlebell) is first published in the Russian Dictionary
  • Early 20th century strong men and circus performers from around the world start using Kettlebells
  • 1940’s Kettlebell Sport is developed in rural areas and Soviet military groups in the former USSR.
  • 1962 Kettlebell Sport rules and weight classes are established and athletes compete in the Triathlon.
  • 1974 Kettlebell Sport is officially declared the ethnic sport of Russia.
  • 1985 the Committee of Kettlebell Sport was established, along with official rules.
  • 1985 the First National Championship of the USSR is held in Lipetsk, Russia.
  • 1993 the First World Championship is held in Lipetzk Russia.
  • 1998 Pavel Tsatouline former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor writes an article discussing Kettlebells in a popular American magazine for strength athletes.
  • 1999 Valery Federenko, one of the first World Champion kettlebell athletes from the former USSR, moved to the United States from Kyrgyzstan to help teach and develop kettlebell exercises.
  • 2002 the kettlebell makes it on to the Rolling Stones Magazine Hot List as ‘the Hot Weight of the Year’.
  • 2006 Valery Federenko establishes the World Kettlebell Club.
  • 2011 Jadranka Marinovic is the first Australian Woman to compete in a kettlebell Marathon Championship representing Australia.
  • 2014 the IUKL World Championship of Girevoy Sport is held in Hamburg (Germany).

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Where did the Kettlebell come from?

The Kettlebell originates from Russia

What is a Kettlebell?

The kettlebell as we know it today is an exercise tool that looks like a cannonball with a handle, but the Kettlebell was initially invented to weigh crops.

How much does a Kettlebell weigh?

The Kettlebell comes in all different weights, but usually starts at 8 kilos and increments by 2 kilos, it’s rare to find an uneven number in kettlebell weight.

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